Papiss Cisse scored a dramatic late winner for Newcastle United against a resilient Fulham team to secure an important win for the Magpies.
The home team were the better side over the 90 minutes but it wasn't until the 92nd minute that they could grab the win. Fulham defended brilliantly throughout the match and even created a number of chances: Stanislav Manolev first forcing Tim Krul to make a good reaction save from a corner and Dimitar Berbatov forcing arguably an even better save with a floating header that looked destined for the top corner.
But as time ticked on it was clear that the home side were dominating. With a number of penalty calls denied and some good saves by Schwarzer, it seemed that Fulham might just be able to hold on to the point. It was not to be, however. After about five minutes, where the ball did not go anywhere near the Newcastle half, Cisse pounced and coolly finished to secure Newcastle the three points that they desperately needed.
Newcastle now look a lot more secure in their position in the Premier League, while Fulham stay in tenth, this loss ending a run of good form that has seen the Cottagers go five games unbeaten before Sunday afternoon's match. Newcastle currently sit 13th in the Premier League and are just four points away from the magic 40, and with the fixtures coming up I believe they will be able to easily reach that total.
The result was far from the convincing display that manager Alan Pardrew would have wanted to see from his team, but at this stage in the season it is all about the points.
Newcastle seem safe enough now although they do have a number of must-win games coming up while Fulham, who have been safe for a while, will be upset that they couldn't hold on just that little bit longer to reach 40 points.
On another day the result could have gone Fulham's way, but Newcastle will be glad of the deserved victory.
Overall it has been a big day for Newcastle and great preparation for the Sunderland game next week.
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