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April 7, 2013 10:00 AM EDT
St. James' Park — Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Referee:‬ K. Friend‎
Attendance:‬ 51847‎
 
90+3′ Papiss Cissé
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Newcastle 1-0 Fulham

Alan Pardew's men looked to be set for another frustrating afternoon until Papiss Cisse again found the back of the net late in the day to earn an invaluable three points.

By Andrew Kennedy

  • Tim Krul
    6
    2
    3.50

    Tim Krul

    Made a superb stop from point-blank range to keep his side in the game, before an even more impressive leap prevented Dimitar Berbatov's goalbound header from giving Fulham a second-half lead.

  • Davide Santon
    4
    0
    2.50

    Davide Santon

    Left the field after just 15 minutes with a hamstring injury. However, looked confident in his short spell on the pitch despite his horror show in Lisbon on Thursday night.

  • Danny Simpson
    2
    0
    2.50

    Danny Simpson

    Allowed Duff too much time to cross the ball, but going forward, the right-back looked sharp. Was always on hand to provide support to Marveaux, with his own crossing showing improvement.

  • Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa
    3
    4
    2.50

    Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa

    Looked competent for the majority of the game, getting down well to block a Ruiz effort when the Colombian was odds on to score. However, can be prone to errors and was fortunate to see his sliced clearance bounce out for a corner instead of into the back of his own net.

  • Steven Taylor
    6
    0
    3.00

    Steven Taylor

    A strong display from the 27-year-old centre-back, with a tendency to give the Fulham strikers too much time and space on the ball the only criticism that could be levelled in his direction. Was keen to get forward as well, proving a strong presence in the opposition penalty area.

  • Yohan Cabaye
    5
    0
    3.00

    Yohan Cabaye

    Distributed the ball well from the middle of the park, although failed to influence the game as much alongside Anita in a 4-2-3-1 formation as he had in the opening stages partnering Sissoko in 4-4-2.

  • Moussa Sissoko
    5
    0
    3.00

    Moussa Sissoko

    Its hard to tell if Sissoko is a step above his team-mates in terms of quality, or whether the early reputation he established has exceeded him. Is fantastic at charging forward and gaining yards, yet rarely does he produce the final ball.

  • Jonas Gutierrez
    3
    0
    2.50

    Jonas Gutierrez

    Moved to left-back after Santon's injury, and filled in well for the Italian.

  • Sylvain Marveaux
    5
    1
    3.50

    Sylvain Marveaux

    Can create space so well with just the flick of a boot and looks dangerous when charging forward and skipping past players. Really began to turn the screw in the second half.

  • Papiss Cissé
    10
    1
    3.50

    Papiss Cissé Top of the Match

    Retained possession better than he has recently, and while a flurry of chances seemed to have passed his way, he finally produced the goods at the death with a coolly taken finish.

  • Yoan Gouffran
    4
    2
    3.00

    Yoan Gouffran

    The Frenchman runs a lot but too often with little success. His pace and work rate can cause problems, however, and gradually produced some results in the second period, with a great chance for Cisse before his own headed effort hit the post.

Substitutions

  • Vurnon Anita
    4
    0
    2.50

    Vurnon Anita

    An early replacement for the injured Davide Santon, the Dutchman partnered Cabaye in the centre of the park. Newcastle proved less influential in midfield after his introduction, although he did hit the bar to kickstart a flurry of chances for the hosts.

  • Shola Ameobi
    4
    1
    3.00

    Shola Ameobi

    Came on late and continued Newcastle's late pressure in attack, with the hosts eventually battering Fulham down.

  • Adam Campbell
    3
    0
    2.00

    Adam Campbell

    A late cameo for the youngster, and his looseness in possession nearly allowed Fulham a chance on the counterattack.

  • Mark Schwarzer
    1
    1
    2.50

    Mark Schwarzer

    The Australian was saved by the woodwork three times, and often looked suspect when collecting the ball under pressure.

  • John Arne Riise
    1
    3
    2.50

    John Arne Riise

    Often allowed Marveaux and Simpson time to cut in and cross the ball, and failed to provide much of an attacking threat himself apart from in the closing stages, when he rashly fired wide across goal when in acres of space.

  • Philippe Senderos
    0
    2
    2.50

    Philippe Senderos

    Was beaten in the air a couple of times by both Taylor and Cisse, and couldn't hold out in the end during sustained Newcastle pressure in the second half.

  • Brede Hangeland
    1
    1
    3.00

    Brede Hangeland

    His superb block prevented Cisse from opening the scoring after half an hour. He looked the most competent of Fulham's backline.

  • Stanislav Manolev
    3
    1
    2.00

    Stanislav Manolev

    Filling in on the right flank, Manolev did little to put pressure on stand-in full-back Jonas Gutierrez.

  • Sascha Riether
    0
    3
    2.00

    Sascha Riether Flop of the Match

    Did well to ensure Newcastle's attack down the left-hand side was limited in the first-half, yet did not prove as successful in the second. His poor headed clearance teed up Anita on the edge of the box, while Gouffran's pace also often got the better of him. Fortunate to get away with a suspected handball.

  • Giorgos Karagounis
    3
    2
    2.50

    Giorgos Karagounis

    Kept the game ticking over, but never inspired, and too often found himself chasing the heels of Sissoko and Marveaux.

  • Eyong Enoh
    1
    1
    2.50

    Eyong Enoh

    A quiet display in central midfield. Was often beaten by Cabaye and Sissoko, and was removed just after the break in place of Emmanuel Frimpong.

  • Damien Duff
    1
    2
    2.50

    Damien Duff

    There were plenty of boos for the former Magpie from the Newcastle crowd, and while the Irishman made himself busy, he did little to respond to the crowd's disdain.

  • Dimitar Berbatov
    5
    4
    3.00

    Dimitar Berbatov

    A quieter afternoon for the Bulgarian, although he twice could have found his name on the scoresheet. The best of those efforts, a header from close range, was only kept out by some stunning goalkeeping from Tim Krul.

  • Bryan Ruiz
    0
    3
    2.50

    Bryan Ruiz

    After a promising start to the game, Ruiz's energy dropped and he did little other than drop deep to retain possession instead of linking up with Berbatov.

Substitutions

  • Emmanuel Frimpong
    2
    1
    2.50

    Emmanuel Frimpong

    Replaced Enoh in the second half, and was fortunate not to concede an own goal with his first touch after a lazily oustretched leg deflected Anita's shot onto the bar.

  • Hugo Rodallega
    0
    2
    2.50

    Hugo Rodallega

    Came on late in the day and could have earned a shock win for the hosts if his control had not evaded him at a key moment in the box.

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