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Newcastle United grabbed their first goal of the season, and the three points came with it as they claimed a 1-0 win over Fulham.
Hatem Ben Arfa is a key focal point of Newcastle’s attack, and he was rewarded for a fine display with a brilliant goal on 86 minutes.
The Magpies went close to breaking the deadlock early on, as Fabricio Coloccini rose to power a header on goal, but the ball hit one of his teammates on the line, and the danger was cleared.
There was plenty of focus on the Newcastle bench, as Yohan Cabaye and Loic Remy were named among the substitutes. The Magpies were far livelier following their arrival.
Ben Arfa has been Newcastle’s most lively player in the opening weeks of the season, and he went close to breaking the deadlock, but his shot was saved by David Stockdale.
Newcastle piled on the pressure in the closing stages. Yoan Gouffran, who was guilty of an incredible miss for the Magpies last weekend, was at it again, as he headed wide from four yards from Ben Arfa’s cross.
Ben Arfa also fashioned a chance for Papiss Cisse, but his shot crashed against the crossbar.
Fulham almost pinched the points, as Adel Taarabt hit a sweet shot that forced a save out of Tim Krul.
However, the visitors’ goal was finally breached four minutes from time when Ben Arfa lashed a fabulous left-footed strike beyond Stockdale.
Match Stats (Four Four Two)
Shots: Newcastle 25-3 Fulham
Corners: Newcastle 13-2 Fulham
Possession: Newcastle 53.7 percent-46.3 percent Fulham
Passes Completed: Newcastle 388-335 Fulham
Fouls Committed: Newcastle 13-10 Fulham