Clint Dempsey scores hat trick in second half as Fulham hangs five on Newcastle

Clint Dempsey continued his stellar season with a hat trick against Newcastle on Saturday.
Clint Dempsy and Fulham were a goal down heading into halftime of Saturday's match against Newcastle, but in the second half the American and his teammates turned it around in a big way. Fulham scored five, with Dempsey grabbing three of them, and came away with massive 5-2 win.

Danny Murphy pulled the team level in the 52nd minute from the penalty spot, but it was the combination of Dempsey, Bobby Zamora and Andrew Johnson that would turn the match on its head.

Johnson set the table for Dempsey's first, making a nice run out of midfield before laying off Zamora. Zamora's shot forced a rebound that Dempsey pushed home with his thigh. Six minutes later the three were at it again as Johnson touched a ball down for Zamora, who slotted Dempsey in on goal where the midfielder put it calmly into the net.

Zamora made it 4-1 in the 68th with an assist from Johnson, who was pulled down in the penalty area and set the forward up with a chance from the spot.

Newcastle pulled one back in the 85th, but Dempsey rounded out his hat trick in the 89th from another assist from Zamora with another calm finish.

The hat trick is Dempsey's second in three matches and hist first in league play. It is also the first hat trick scored by an American in the English Premier League.

The three goals take Dempsey to 15 in all competition for the season, with nine of those coming in the league. The total for the season puts Dempsey over his previous all-competition best of 13 in a season.

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