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Fabricio Coloccini fouled by Danny Murphy, the ref awards a free kick. Tim Krul takes the direct free kick. The referee shows Danny Murphy a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
Cheik Tiote fouled by Dickson Etuhu, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Tim Krul.
Andrew Carroll gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Brede Hangeland. Brede Hangeland takes the direct free kick.
Eddie Johnson is brought on as a substitute for Andrew Johnson.
Andrew Carroll has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the target.
The ball is swung over by Jonas Gutierrez, Danny Murphy makes a clearance.
Andrew Carroll has an effort at goal. Stephen Kelly gets a block in.
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Jonas Gutierrez, Dickson Etuhu makes a clearance.
Foul by Andrew Johnson on Sanchez Jose Enrique, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Tim Krul.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Moussa Dembele. Tim Krul restarts play with the free kick.
Kevin Nolan fouled by Danny Murphy, the ref awards a free kick. Sanchez Jose Enrique takes the direct free kick. Wayne Routledge on for Danny Guthrie. Nile Ranger on for Peter Lovenkrands.
Andrew Johnson challenges Fabricio Coloccini unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Tim Krul.
Cheik Tiote gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Clinton Dempsey. A cross is delivered by Danny Murphy, Headed effort from inside the area by Dickson Etuhu misses to the right of the goal.
The ball is sent over by Stephen Kelly, clearance by Sanchez Jose Enrique.
Centre by Damien Duff, clearance made by Mike Williamson.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Simon Davies, Zoltan Gera leaves the field to be replaced by Dickson Etuhu. Shot by Dickson Etuhu from 12 yards.
Cheik Tiote gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Andrew Johnson. Aaron Hughes takes the direct free kick. Cheik Tiote receives a caution.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Stephen Kelly on Jonas Gutierrez. Danny Guthrie restarts play with the free kick.
A cross is delivered by Danny Simpson, Peter Lovenkrands takes a shot. Save made by Mark Schwarzer.
Zoltan Gera takes a shot. Fabricio Coloccini gets a block in.
Damien Duff produces a cross, clearance made by Fabricio Coloccini.
Effort from outside the penalty box by Cheik Tiote goes wide left of the goal.
Andrew Johnson concedes a free kick for a foul on Cheik Tiote. Fabricio Coloccini restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is sent over by Sanchez Jose Enrique, save by Mark Schwarzer.
Andrew Johnson is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Fabricio Coloccini.
Brede Hangeland concedes a free kick for a foul on Peter Lovenkrands. Danny Guthrie takes the free kick. Brede Hangeland receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.
Clinton Dempsey takes a shot. Brilliant save by Tim Krul.
Cheik Tiote concedes a free kick for a foul on Moussa Dembele. Brede Hangeland takes the free kick.
The referee gives a free kick against Moussa Dembele for handball. Fabricio Coloccini takes the direct free kick.
Centre by Danny Simpson.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jonas Gutierrez by Stephen Kelly. Danny Guthrie sends in a cross, Shot from 20 yards by Andrew Carroll. Save by Mark Schwarzer. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Danny Guthrie from the right by-line, Brede Hangeland makes a clearance.
Danny Simpson sends in a cross.
Danny Murphy concedes a free kick for a foul on Jonas Gutierrez. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Danny Guthrie. Shot from just outside the box by Danny Guthrie goes over the target.
Shot by Peter Lovenkrands. Save by Mark Schwarzer.
Mike Williamson booked.
Peter Lovenkrands challenges Zoltan Gera unfairly and gives away a free kick. Mark Schwarzer takes the free kick.
Centre by Jonas Gutierrez, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Peter Lovenkrands misses to the left of the goal.
Foul by Zoltan Gera on Jonas Gutierrez, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed right-footed by Danny Guthrie from left wing.
Moussa Dembele concedes a free kick for a foul on Cheik Tiote. Direct free kick taken by Tim Krul.
Andrew Johnson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Fabricio Coloccini. Direct free kick taken by Fabricio Coloccini.
Jonas Gutierrez sends in a cross.
Danny Guthrie produces a cross, Mark Schwarzer makes a save.
Andrew Johnson concedes a free kick for a foul on Cheik Tiote. Tim Krul restarts play with the free kick.
Foul by Danny Guthrie on Damien Duff, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed right-footed by Danny Murphy, clearance by Cheik Tiote.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Danny Guthrie from the left by-line to the near post, Andrew Carroll takes a shot. Save made by Mark Schwarzer. Peter Lovenkrands has a volleyed shot. Save by Mark Schwarzer.
Cheik Tiote concedes a free kick for a foul on Damien Duff. Free kick crossed right-footed by Danny Murphy from left wing, save made by Tim Krul.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Andrew Carroll. Aaron Hughes takes the indirect free kick.
Cheik Tiote gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Zoltan Gera. Direct free kick taken by Danny Murphy.
Kevin Nolan produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the target.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Andrew Johnson. Mike Williamson takes the indirect free kick.
Clinton Dempsey has an effort at goal from 20 yards. Save by Tim Krul.
Unfair challenge on Kevin Nolan by Zoltan Gera results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Kevin Nolan.
Effort on goal by Zoltan Gera from 20 yards. Save by Tim Krul. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Simon Davies, Mike Williamson makes a clearance.
Simon Davies takes the inswinging corner, Clinton Dempsey takes a shot. Save by Tim Krul. Corner taken right-footed by Simon Davies, clearance by Mike Williamson.
Shot by Moussa Dembele. Blocked by Fabricio Coloccini. Drilled right-footed shot by Moussa Dembele. Danny Simpson gets a block in.
The referee blows for offside. Indirect free kick taken by Sanchez Jose Enrique.
Peter Lovenkrands gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Clinton Dempsey. Free kick taken by Damien Duff.
Danny Simpson delivers the ball, Aaron Hughes manages to make a clearance.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Andrew Johnson. Fabricio Coloccini takes the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jonas Gutierrez by Danny Murphy. Direct free kick taken by Cheik Tiote.
Clinton Dempsey challenges Cheik Tiote unfairly and gives away a free kick. Danny Simpson takes the direct free kick.
Corner taken by Danny Guthrie played to the near post, Clinton Dempsey makes a clearance. Corner taken right-footed by Danny Guthrie, Zoltan Gera manages to make a clearance.
The ball is delivered by Danny Simpson, clearance made by Aaron Hughes.
Danny Guthrie delivers the ball, clearance made by Brede Hangeland.
The ball is crossed by Moussa Dembele, Simon Davies gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Cheik Tiote. Tim Krul takes the free kick.
Short corner taken by Simon Davies from the right by-line.
A cross is delivered by Danny Simpson, Danny Murphy manages to make a clearance.
Danny Simpson has an effort at goal from outside the box missing to the wide left of the goal.
Mike Williamson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Andrew Johnson. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Danny Murphy from left wing, clearance by Danny Simpson.
Danny Murphy gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kevin Nolan. Danny Guthrie restarts play with the free kick.
Zoltan Gera fouled by Jonas Gutierrez, the ref awards a free kick. Moussa Dembele takes the direct free kick.
Clinton Dempsey is ruled offside. Indirect free kick taken by Tim Krul.
Peter Lovenkrands delivers the ball, save made by Mark Schwarzer.
The ball is swung over by Sanchez Jose Enrique, clearance made by Aaron Hughes.
The referee gets the game started.
The ref blows to end the first period.
The referee gets the second half underway.
The match has reached full-time.
Hughton hoping to find some home comfort
Chris Hughton admits Newcastle's home form is keeping him awake at night.
The promoted Magpies currently sit in fifth place in the Barclays Premier League table having made a hugely encouraging start to life back in the top flight.
However, they have already lost three times at St James' Park in six outings, and to Blackpool, Stoke and Blackburn, all sides they would have targeted before the campaign got under way.
Indeed, their lofty position is due in large part to a remarkable record on the road, where they have already beaten Everton, West Ham and, to the surprise of many last Sunday, Arsenal.
Their difficulties at St James' Park are all the more confusing as they trounced Aston Villa 6-0 first time out and after slipping up against Blackpool and Stoke and only avoiding a repeat against Wigan at the death, routed arch-rivals Sunderland 5-1.
Hughton knows that is a situation which has to be remedied quickly if the early momentum is to be maintained, and he will hope to head for his bed on Saturday night with three more points safely banked.
He said: "All managers lose sleep, it's part and parcel of the job and part and parcel of the contract, I think.
"But the important thing is you try not to ponder too much on what is the past and rather how you can affect the future.
"We have an issue we have to address at home and that's what you need to concentrate on.
"Amongst all of that, there have probably been more positives than negatives and what we have to do is keep as many positives as possible and learn from the negatives."
Newcastle midfielder Joey Barton will start his three-match ban.
The 28-year-old accepted his suspension after admitting a Football Association charge of violent conduct.
Manager Chris Hughton has been dealt a further blow by the absence of Ryan Taylor, who would have been one of the candidates to replace Barton, with an ankle injury.
Shola Ameobi will undergo a late fitness test of the hamstring he damaged during the midweek defeat by Blackburn, while James Perch will hope to shake off an ankle problem and Leon Best (also ankle) is back in training.
Steve Harper (shoulder), Hatem Ben Arfa (double leg fracture) and Dan Gosling (knee) remain on the casualty list.
Fulham have no fresh injury concerns for the clash
Mexican defender Carlos Salcido remains sidelined for more than a fortnight with ankle ligament damage.
The Cottagers will also be missing defender Chris Baird (thigh) but he could return for next weekend's match against Manchester City.
Manager Mark Hughes has backed the ultra-competitive Brede Hangeland to put the brakes on Andy Carroll at St James` Park.
Carroll has taken the top flight by storm since the Magpies' promotion and his seven goals in 12 games look set to earn him a maiden call-up to the England squad for Wednesday's friendly with France.
The 21-year-old has netted in his last two outings and his final chance to impress Fabio Capello and his staff comes on Saturday.
But Hangeland will be no pushover, having just managed to keep Didier Drogba quiet in Fulham's 1-0 west London derby defeat at Chelsea on Wednesday night.
And manager Hughes has revealed just how much the 29-year-old hates to lose.
"He is very disappointed when he loses games, as we all are, even if he loses challenges or five-a-sides on training fields," Hughes said.
"There is the same intensity to his work.
"He wants to work hard for the team and that inner drive is what you want to see in players."
However, Hughes knows Hangeland cannot keep Carroll quiet for 90 minutes unaided.
"Obviously, we are aware of the areas that Andy Carroll likes to attack, so hopefully we can actually stop the source to him," he said.
"But that is not easy to do on every occasion so, when the ball is played into our box, we want the likes of Brede to challenge and show his strength in the air as well."
Despite his on-field exploits, it is Carroll's off-field activities that have seen the striker hit the headlines for the wrong reasons this season.
Hughes is therefore ambivalent about the prospect of an England call-up for the Newcastle number nine.
He said: "You have to say issues around his life may cloud the clearness of that decision but, in football terms, he deserves a call-up."
In stark contrast, Hughes was unequivocal about the job done by opposite number Hughton, who has still to be offered a new contract to replace the one that expires in the summer.
"I think everyone in football is surprised he has not been offered a new contract," he said.
Newcastle denied by resilient Cottagers
Newcastle striker Andy Carroll was denied an eighth goal of the season by a stunning save from Mark Schwarzer as Fulham fought their way to a 0-0 draw at St James' Park.
A crowd of 44,686 thought the 21-year-old, who could win a first senior England call-up, had opened the scoring with a stinging 52nd-minute volley, only for the Australian goalkeeper to claw it out of the bottom corner.
Schwarzer also made two good saves from Peter Lovenkrands to preserve his clean sheet on another frustrating afternoon for Chris Hughton's men on their own park.
It could have been worse for the Magpies, who saw Moussa Dembele's 70th-minute volley come back off the crossbar after Tim Krul had kept out three efforts from Clint Dempsey and another from Zoltan Gera.
But they at least claimed another point to add to their survival fund with the total now standing at 18.
St James' Park was something of a fortress for the Magpies last season when they went through the entire campaign without a single defeat on home turf.
This time around, however, their fortunes have been mixed to say the least with thumping victories over Aston Villa and Sunderland having gone hand in hand with depressing defeats at the hands of Blackpool, Stoke and Blackburn.
What the home fans were hoping for was the kind of rousing start their side got off to against Villa and the Black Cats; what they got instead was a nervy opening 45 minutes during which they saw plenty of effort but too little craft.
Man of the moment Carroll was handled well by Brede Hangeland, while the Fulham defence as a unit proved equally resilient.
After a slow start the visitors worked their way into the game as their passing and movement stretched their hosts and it was they who mustered the first serious attempts on goal in a flurry of activity.
First Krul had to come from his line to block Dempsey's close-range effort after Hangeland had flicked on a 28th-minute Simon Davies corner, and he then had to dive full length to turn away Gera's left-foot drive from 20 yards.
He was at full stretch once again on the half-hour to turn away Dempsey's curling shot with Fulham starting to dominate.
However, Newcastle finished the half strongly and might have taken the lead themselves eight minutes before the break.
Danny Guthrie, deputising for the suspended Joey Barton, delivered a corner perfectly into Carroll's run and the striker's volley was unwittingly blocked by team-mate Kevin Nolan on the line.
The rebound dropped to Lovenkrands and he smashed it towards goal only for Schwarzer to save instinctively.
But as the half-time whistle sounded, the anxiety in the stands had decreased little.
The home side needed only two minutes of the second half to call Schwarzer into action once again when Guthrie slid the ball into Lovenkrands' path and his shot was parried by the Australian with Hangeland clearing the loose ball.
Schwarzer was extended even further five minutes later when Carroll ran on to a clearance 22 yards out and blasted in a stinging volley which was heading into the bottom corner before the goalkeeper got down to turn it away.
But Krul had to match his opposite number's feat four minutes later when Dempsey ran on to Dembele's lay-off and fired firmly towards the bottom corner.
However, Newcastle went close once again with 66 minutes gone when Jonas Gutierrez and Guthrie broke at pace for the latter to cross for Lovenkrands, whose firm header was saved by Schwarzer.
Mike Williamson had to make a timely intervention to deny Cottagers striker Andrew Johnson, making his first league start since January, with 69 minutes gone, and from the resulting corner substitute Dickson Etuhu's header was blocked and Dembele rattled the crossbar with a volley.
Hughton threw on the youthful legs of Nile Ranger and Wayne Routledge with time fast running out, but it was Carroll who went closest as time ran down with Hangeland making a priceless block to keep out his 85th-minute strike.
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