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Foul by Alan Smith on Steve Sidwell, free kick awarded. Alan Smith receives a caution. Steve Sidwell restarts play with the free kick.
Short corner taken by Jonas Gutierrez.
Demba Ba takes a shot. Aaron Hughes gets a block in.
Andrew Johnson sends in a cross, clearance made by Cheik Tiote.
Jonas Gutierrez fouled by Moussa Dembele, the ref awards a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Tim Krul.
Clint Dempsey grabs a headed goal from inside the penalty box. Newcastle 2-1 Fulham.The assist for the goal came from Danny Murphy.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Andrew Johnson by Danny Simpson. Danny Simpson is cautioned. Danny Murphy restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Clint Dempsey by Ryan Taylor. Chris Baird takes the free kick.
Haris Vuckic goes off and Alan Smith comes on.
Fabricio Coloccini challenges Moussa Dembele unfairly and gives away a free kick. Strike comes in from Clint Dempsey from the free kick.
Cheik Tiote gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Clint Dempsey. Clint Dempsey takes the direct free kick.
Matthew Briggs has an effort at goal from 25 yards.
Haris Vuckic concedes a free kick for a foul on Clint Dempsey. Danny Murphy fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick, blocked by Fabricio Coloccini.
Gabriel Obertan is ruled offside. Brede Hangeland takes the indirect free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Haris Vuckic on Matthew Briggs. Matthew Briggs restarts play with the free kick.
Haris Vuckic on for Leon Best.
Corner taken left-footed by Damien Duff from the left by-line, Clint Dempsey takes a shot. Clearance by Yohan Cabaye.
Steve Sidwell delivers the ball, Danny Murphy takes a shot. Save by Tim Krul.
Shot by Jonas Gutierrez from 18 yards. Save by Mark Schwarzer.
A cross is delivered by Danny Simpson, clearance made by Chris Baird.
Effort from the edge of the area by Clint Dempsey goes wide of the right-hand upright.
The ball is swung over by Andrew Johnson, Steven Taylor manages to make a clearance.
Pajtim Kasami leaves the field to be replaced by Andrew Johnson.
Shot from 25 yards from Chris Baird. Save by Tim Krul.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Pajtim Kasami by Leon Best. Free kick taken by Danny Murphy.
Foul by Demba Ba on Moussa Dembele, free kick awarded. Moussa Dembele takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Matthew Briggs by Gabriel Obertan. Mark Schwarzer takes the direct free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Cheik Tiote on Clint Dempsey. Danny Murphy delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, save by Tim Krul.
Pajtim Kasami takes a outswinging corner.
Goal scored by Leon Best from inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Newcastle 2-0 Fulham.Assist by Demba Ba.
Effort from the edge of the area by Damien Duff goes wide of the right-hand post.
Steve Sidwell is booked.
Demba Ba on for Peter Lovenkrands.
The ball is sent over by Damien Duff, Header on goal by Clint Dempsey from just inside the area goes over the goal.
Foul by Danny Simpson on Matthew Briggs, free kick awarded. Brede Hangeland restarts play with the free kick.
Danny Simpson delivers the ball, Headed effort from inside the area by Peter Lovenkrands misses to the left of the target.
Yohan Cabaye takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Aaron Hughes.
Pajtim Kasami delivers the ball.
The ball is sent over by Damien Duff, Shot on goal by Clint Dempsey from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.
Damien Duff takes a inswinging corner to the near post, clearance made by Ryan Taylor.
The ball is swung over by Damien Duff, Steve Sidwell takes a shot. Save made by Tim Krul.
Damien Duff crosses the ball, Danny Simpson makes a clearance.
The referee blows for offside. Tim Krul takes the free kick.
The ball is sent over by Matthew Briggs, save by Tim Krul.
The ball is crossed by Damien Duff, Danny Simpson makes a clearance.
Unfair challenge on Leon Best by Brede Hangeland results in a free kick. Ryan Taylor takes the free kick.
Yohan Cabaye produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that goes wide left of the target.
Shot by Yohan Cabaye. Save made by Mark Schwarzer. Leon Best scores a goal from close range low into the middle of the goal. Newcastle 1-0 Fulham.Yohan Cabaye provided the assist for the goal.
Centre by Gabriel Obertan, Leon Best takes a shot. Blocked by Aaron Hughes. Yohan Cabaye takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, Moussa Dembele makes a clearance. Yohan Cabaye takes a shot. Save by Mark Schwarzer. Outswinging corner taken by Yohan Cabaye from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance by Steve Sidwell. Ryan Taylor has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Leon Best fouled by Brede Hangeland, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Ryan Taylor.
The ball is crossed by Cheik Tiote, Jonas Gutierrez takes a shot. Save by Mark Schwarzer.
Corner taken by Yohan Cabaye, Ryan Taylor delivers the ball, clearance by Moussa Dembele.
Ryan Taylor crosses the ball, Aaron Hughes makes a clearance.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steven Taylor by Danny Murphy. Fabricio Coloccini takes the indirect free kick.
Danny Murphy concedes a free kick for a foul on Cheik Tiote. Tim Krul takes the free kick.
The referee blows for offside. Danny Murphy restarts play with the free kick.
Cheik Tiote concedes a free kick for a foul on Steve Sidwell. Free kick taken by Chris Baird.
The referee blows for offside against Leon Best. Chris Baird takes the free kick.
The ball is delivered by Damien Duff, blocked by Jonas Gutierrez.
Corner taken by Damien Duff from the right by-line, clearance made by Leon Best.
The ball is swung over by Chris Baird, clearance by Danny Simpson.
Outswinging corner taken by Pajtim Kasami from the left by-line, clearance made by Leon Best.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Damien Duff by Cheik Tiote. Indirect free kick taken by Chris Baird.
Yohan Cabaye takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Steve Sidwell.
Cheik Tiote crosses the ball.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Peter Lovenkrands by Pajtim Kasami. Ryan Taylor has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.
The ball is crossed by Ryan Taylor.
Pajtim Kasami fouled by Peter Lovenkrands, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Matthew Briggs.
The ball is crossed by Ryan Taylor, Steve Sidwell makes a clearance.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Clint Dempsey. Ryan Taylor takes the free kick.
Pajtim Kasami fouled by Cheik Tiote, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Danny Murphy.
Jonas Gutierrez fouled by Chris Baird, the ref awards a free kick. Ryan Taylor restarts play with the free kick.
Shot from 25 yards by Pajtim Kasami. Save made by Tim Krul.
Damien Duff sends in a cross, Steven Taylor manages to make a clearance.
Cheik Tiote produces a cross, clearance by Steve Sidwell.
Jonas Gutierrez produces a cross, Brede Hangeland makes a clearance.
Effort from 25 yards by Pajtim Kasami. Blocked by Steven Taylor.
Corner taken by Damien Duff from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance by Ryan Taylor.
Leon Best challenges Pajtim Kasami unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Danny Murphy from left wing, clearance by Cheik Tiote.
Steve Sidwell produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty area that goes harmlessly over the target.
Centre by Yohan Cabaye, Header by Peter Lovenkrands from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.
Foul by Ryan Taylor on Clint Dempsey, free kick awarded. Danny Murphy takes the free kick.
Matthew Briggs sends in a cross, clearance made by Ryan Taylor.
Pajtim Kasami fouled by Cheik Tiote, the ref awards a free kick. Danny Murphy restarts play with the free kick.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Leon Best. Aaron Hughes restarts play with the free kick.
Leon`s simply the Best
Leon Best emerged from the Tyneside shadows to prove there is life after Joey Barton as Newcastle maintained their unbeaten start to the Barclays Premier League season courtesy of a 2-1 win over Fulham.
The Republic of Ireland international was asked to stand in for the injured Shola Ameobi and responded with a second-half double to reward manager Alan Pardew for his faith with the club's quest to land a another frontman ongoing.
However, the Magpies were indebted to keeper Tim Krul for three superb second-half saves from Steve Sidwell, Chris Baird and Danny Murphy before he was finally beaten for the first time in the new Barclays Premier League campaign by Clint Dempsey's 88th-minute header.
It was far from a vintage performance by the home side, but just as they did at Sunderland last weekend, they got the job done to bank another precious three points.
After yet another eventful week at St James' Park during which Barton's stand-off with the board came to a head and striker Nile Ranger was arrested, the club's fans voted with their feet, or at least a significant proportion of them did.
There were around 10,000 empty seats inside the stadium as the game kicked off, and while an attendance of 42,684 might be regarded as more than satisfactory at many clubs, the gaps on the terraces reflected the general level of dissatisfaction with the current state of play in the club's summer recruitment drive.
Matters were not helped by the injury to Ameobi which saw Pardew turn once again to Best and Peter Lovenkrands, and as Fulham dominated the early stages with the Magpies unable to compete in the middle of the field, the mounting frustration was almost tangible.
However, for all that the current squad may lack strength in depth, there is little shortage of courage and commitment and the fact that they were able to limit the visitors to a single shot on target, a 12th-minute Pajtim Kasami effort which was easily claimed by Krul, brought some comfort.
Newcastle were disjointed in the middle of the field and it was not until Cheick Tiote, who is gradually shaking off the after-effects of an interrupted pre-season, managed to make his presence felt that the Magpies began to push the Londoners back.
Pardew's side still struggled to create anything of note until the game exploded into life with the half-time whistle fast-approaching.
Winger Jonas Gutierrez forced Mark Schwarzer into his first save of the half with a 44th-minute header, and that was the cue for the home side to make a late push.
Former Magpie Aaron Hughes got in a vital block to deny Best after he had turned smartly inside the box, and Schwarzer had to tip a curling Yohan Cabaye effort over his crossbar.
From the resulting corner, the ball dropped to last weekend's derby hero Ryan Taylor, and his shot from 20 yards flew inches past the far post with the Fulham keeper stranded.
Newcastle returned with their momentum intact and forced their way in front within three minutes of the restart.
Schwarzer could only palm Cabaye's shot onto the crossbar after it had bounced nastily in front of him and Best when in the right place at the right time to tap home.
The lead might have been short-lived had Krul not been at his best with 56 minutes gone.
Damien Duff and Baird exchanged passes on the right before the winger sent in a cross which Steve Sidwell headed powerfully towards goal, only for the Dutchman to turn his effort onto the bar and enjoy better fortune than his opposite number as the ball went out for a corner.
Dempsey fired just wide from a tight angle and Duff blasted into the side netting with Fulham searching desperately for a way back into the game.
However, their hopes were dashed with 66 minutes gone when substitute Demba Ba controlled Gabriel Obertan's inviting pass and cross for Best to turn smartly inside the area and fire past Schwarzer.
Krul pulled off fine saves to deny first Baird and then Murphy as the Magpies fought stubbornly to protect their clean sheet.
But they found themselves under pressure once again as they conceded a series of late free-kicks, and their defences were finally pierced from one of them with two minutes remaining when Dempsey headed him from Murphy's cross.
Schwarzer tipped an injury-time piledriver from Ba onto the woodwork, but there was no way back for his side.
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