Stu Forster/Getty Images
Papiss Cisse had another difficult night as he struggles to get his game in order.
Anita is yet to get to grips with the Premier League, with his development being much slower that Alan Pardew would like. He was overrun in the early stages, as Fulham surged forward and looked tentative on the ball, often resulting in a loss of possession.
He looked much better when he had a chance to go forward and got goal side of the Fulham defence on a couple of occasions. He also linked well with Papiss Cisse early in the second half but was unable to capitalise, instead blazing his shot over the bar.
An improved performance, but he needs to take bigger strides in the New Year. 6/10
With Anita struggling, Tiote was asked to do a lot, including keeping both Berbatov and Sidwell quiet as Fulham enjoyed a dominant first half. This was to be a difficult day for him and was only exacerbated by his sloppiness in possession.
It was Tiote who was at fault when Berbatov went clean through, as the Ivory Coast midfielder played a poor ball across the defence to Coloccini, leaving him no chance as Berbatov pounced and bore down on goal. It's also worth noting that Santon was out of position again on this occasion, too, unable to provide cover after his captain committed himself to a challenge. 6/10
Pardew continues to hope that Cisse just needs one more goal in order to return to the form he displayed last season, but tonight's game showed him no closer to doing so. It's not enjoyable to continually point out flaws in his game, but his lack of confidence affects everything he does.
The problem for Cisse on this occasion was his touch, as he sometimes got himself out of an attacking situation by virtue of poor control, as well as failing to provide Demba Ba with the service he needed.
He was unlucky to hit the post after Ba played him through, but was flagged for offside. The decision was marginal, but replays show it was the correct one.
Staying onside has been a problem for Cisse all season, but he had actually been better in this regard before that chance went astray. When he didn't have to rely on himself to carve out an opportunity, he looked better, but he is still some distance away from the player we saw last year. 5/10
Hatem Ben Arfa
Ben Arfa's return to the Newcastle line up provided Pardew with the creative element that Newcastle have been lacking in recent weeks. Whether running at the Fulham defence, keeping the attack alive with excellent ball control or creating mismatches with good link-up play, he looked threatening whenever he was on the ball.
Ben Arfa's goal was no less than he deserved, regardless of whether his shot deflected off Riise before dipping under the crossbar. It was a chance he created out of nothing as he twisted and turned on the edge of the penalty area, and his skill gave him the split-second he needed to get a shot away.
His substitution in the 69th minute had to be about returning him safely from injury, as his performance was a bright spot for the travelling Toon Army. 9/10
Gutierrez suffered as a result of Santon's adventurousness and was often called upon to provide cover for his teammate, as the midfield was stretched and Fulham countered. It was a difficult time that saw him look unsure of how he was supposed to be operating.
When he was allowed to return to an attacking role in the second half, Gutierrez was much better and looked dangerous on the left as he attacked the wing and got some decent balls in. However, his contribution was ultimately in vain and a case of too little, too late. 6/10
Unable to claw Newcastle back as he did so often early in the season, Ba nevertheless looked threatening and was denied by the goalkeeper on at least two occasions in the second half.
Pardew's decision to play a 4-2-3-1 formation was to his benefit, as he found more space and made defenders always aware of his presence. The improvement in Newcastle's football in that second half gave him the opportunity to make life difficult for Fulham, and the openness of the game played to his strengths.
Nevertheless, he was unable to get on the scoresheet and will go back to Tyneside disappointed. 7/10