Despite a determined defensive performance from Fulham, Cisse's late strike handed the Magpies victory and eased their relegation fears as they pulled away from the drop zone
A dramatic injury-time winner from Papiss Cisse eased Newcastle United’s relegation fears as it overcame Fulham 1-0 on Sunday afternoon.
The hosts bossed possession throughout but it seemed they would have to settle for a point before the Senegalese striker popped up in added time to send Newcastle five points clear of the drop-zone.
Roared on by the passionate home fans, Newcastle began to control proceedings and put the Cottagers defense under increased pressure. Shortly after the half hour mark, the nippy Sylvain Marveaux played in Cisse on the left but the striker opted to shoot instead of returning the favor to the French man who was in a better goal scoring position.
Moments later, Cisse linked with Gouffran to create the opening but when it seemed the substitute would slot past Schwarzer from eight yards out, the linesman incorrectly raised his flag to deny the home side a glorious opportunity.
After failing to take advantage of guilt-edge chances at the other end, Newcastle was nearly made to pay just before the interval. After Berbatov led a Fulham breakaway, Krul pulled off a brilliant save to deny Manolev after a goalmouth scramble from a corner.
The halftime break didn’t alter the flow of the game as Newcastle stepped up its pursuit of the breakthrough goal but was twice denied by the woodwork. Vernon Anita’s shot hit Emmanuel Frimpong's lazily outstretched leg, and with Schwarzer completely wrong-footed, the ball cannoned off the cross bar.
It seemed as if it was going to be one of those days for the home side as Marveaux's corner was headed goalwards by Gouffran but Riether’s outstretched arm deflected it onto the upright before Cisse smashed the rebound onto the same post.
The introduction of Shola Ameobi with a quarter of the game remaining added an extra dimension to the Magpies’ attack but as Fulham dropped deeper, the chances continued to be spurned.
However, deep into injury-time, Cisse turned the defense with a superb touch from a Cabaye shot and finished past Schwarzer to send the home fans into raptures.