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Fulham away at Newcastle: Match Info

last updated Friday 21st March 2008, 10:10 AM
Newcastle_logo Newcastle_logoNEWCASTLE



14th
in Premiership
with 29 points

Played 30 games


Highest achievable after
Weekend matches: 12th
Lowest could fall: 15th
Fulham_logo Fulham_logoFULHAM



19th
in Premiership
with 23 points

Played 30 games


Highest achievable after
Weekend matches: 18th
Lowest could fall: 19th
  • Newcastle stopped the rot of four successive defeats with a morale-boosting point from a 1-1 draw with Birmingham at St Andrews on Monday. The Magpies came from behind for the first time under Kevin Keegan, but are still looking for a first victory in nine games since his return.
  • The Toon have not celebrated a league victory in 13 since they last played Fulham on the banks of the Thames in December. It's left them just four points above the danger line.
  • Registered just one victory in 16 in all competitions; the win being 4-1, home to Stoke in the FA Cup third round replay on 16 January.
  • Picked up three points from the 39 available since their last victory; 0-1 against Fulham at Craven Cottage on 15 December.
  • On their longest winless run since ending the 1998-99 campaign and beginning 1999-2000 with 14 without victory at the demise of Ruud Gullit's reign in charge, and the outset of Sir Bobby Robson's.
  • Scored just four goals in eight games under Keegan, during which three points have been accrued.
  • Already conceded 10 more goals than in the whole of last season (57); only Derby (64) have a leakier defence. Let in 10 goals in the last five minutes, that is more than any other club.
  • Last but one in the "Last Six Current Form" table with two points from the possible 18, leading only Derby on goal difference.
  • The current tally of 29 points after 30 matches is four points fewer than their previous lowest to this juncture of the campaign. Only 35 points were accrued by this corresponding stage in 1997-98, when they finished 13th (last season they also finished 13th).
  • Picked up three points from a last possible 18 at home since beating Birmingham 2-1 on 8 December; their only maximum in 10 at St James' Park. But not lost at home to a London club in nine, winning four and drawing five since Fulham eclipsed them, 18 months ago.
  • Away to Tottenham next, before a home clash with Reading, and a long trip to Portsmouth. Then it's the North-East derby with Sunderland at St James.
  • Obafemi MARTINS and Michael OWEN are Newcastle's joint top scorers with seven goals each.
  • MARTINS is the club's top marksmen in the Premier League with six.
  • If selected:-
  • Damien DUFF will be making his 300th career league appearance (Blackburn, Chelsea and Newcastle).
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Craven Cottage on 04-Nov-2006
Newcastle (0) 1-2 (0) Fulham
Match Report
Parker 54 McBride 82
Bocanegra 89
Given,
Carr, Bramble,
Moore, Ramage, Duff, Parker (Butt 80), Emre, N'Zogbia, Ameobi, Martins (Rossi 72).
Subs Not Used: Harper, Solano, Sibierski.
Niemi,
Rosenior, Knight
(Bocanegra 78), Pearce,Queudrue,
Diop (Radzinski 83), Brown, Bullard (Routledge 34), Boa Morte, John, McBride.
Subs Not Used: Lastuvka, Helguson.
Yellow card:
Emre

Yellow card:
Brown (45,f)
Red Card: Red card:
Attendance:
50365
Referee:
C Foy (Merseyside)
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  • Fulham, who are four points from safety, are on a Premier League record of 31 away matches without victory. The last time they gained maximum points on the road was against Newcastle at St James' Park in September 2006. Failure to return with all three points will set a new league club record for the Cottagers.
  • The Cottagers travel on the back of last Sunday's 1-0 home win over high-riding Everton, but have not picked up successive victories in 64 Premier League outings since the victory on Tyneside one and half years ago.
  • Picked up one point out of the last 12; the 1-1 stalemate at Blackburn was their 11th draw of the season, a total equalled only by Liverpool.
  • Won two of 20 (all competitions).
  • The 1-0 home win over Everton last Sunday ended a four-match winless run. Only two goals have been scored in the five games.
  • Managed one clean sheet in six, and only two in 20.
  • Accumulated 23 points; but always had at least 32 by this stage in this league previously.
  • Only ahead of rock bottom Derby in the table and in three categories; won four (Derby one), dropped 67 points (Derby 80), and used 33 players (only the Rams have used more, 34).
  • Lost the lead in 11 matches, and flittered away an unequalled 25 points from winning positions. They were in front against Arsenal (a), Middlesbrough (h), Aston Villa (a), Chelsea (h) and West Ham (a), and went on to lose all five games.
  • Gained nine points fewer than their previous lowest to this stage of the season in 2004-05, when they rallied to finish 13th. Had 11 more points going into their 31st fixture last season, from where they only gained five more points.
  • One of three clubs still without an away win. Picked up 14 points from a possible 93 since the 1-2 defeat of Newcastle at St James' Park on 9 September 2006. They have won two of the last 52 league games away from Craven Cottage.
  • Away to Derby next, before a home clash with Sunderland and a visit to Reading. Then the Cottagers will play host to Liverpool.
  • Clint DEMPSEY is Fulham's top scorer with six Premier League goals.
  • Chris BAIRD, Paul KONCHESKY, Elliot OMOZUSI, Moritz VOLZ, Hameur BOUAZZA and Leon ANDREASEN have all been sent off. No club has had more than six players dismissed in Premier League competition this season.
  • If selected:-
  • Brian McBRIDE will be making his 150th English league appearance (Preston, Everton and Fulham).
  • Jimmy BULLARD will be making his 50th career Premier League appearance (Wigan and Fulham).
  • Aaron HUGHES will be facing the club where he started his professional career. The 28 year old Northern Ireland international made 278 appearances (205 in the league) and scored six goals (four league) for Newcastle before his £1.5m move to Aston Villa in May 2005.
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HEAD TO HEAD RESULTS
NEWCASTLE Draw FULHAM
League 18 12 21
Premier 5 2 6
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HEAD TO HEAD at St James' Park
NEWCASTLE Draw FULHAM
League 11 7 7
Premier 2 2 2
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MATCH REFEREE
Alan Wiley (Burntwood, Staffordshire)
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