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Football: Fulham 5-2 Newcastle United, Barclays Premier League 2011/12

Fulham 5-2 Newcastle
Murphy (pen) 52 Guthrie 42
Dempsey 59, 65, 89 Ben Arfa 85
Zamora (pen) 68

Fulham came back from a goal behind to stun Newcastle with a 5-2 victory at Craven Cottage in their Barclays Premier League 2011/12 encounter on the afternoon of Saturday January 21st 2012.

Newcastle, who were 6th in the league going into this match, had looked to be continuing their season’s story when they went in front after 42 minutes through a fine strike from Danny Guthrie, which gave the travelling Magpies the half time 1-0 lead.

In the second half, however, Fulham came back strongly, first with a Danny Murphy penalty on 52 minutes. Then attacking midfielder, Clint Dempsey bagged two goals in quick succession to complete the turnaround. Dempsey’s first goal, on 59 minutes, was a typical goalscorers shove over the line, but his second, six minutes later, followed some delightful, flowing football from a Fulham side who began to come out of their shells.

Three minutes later, another penalty for the home side, this time dispatched by Bobby Zamora on 68 minutes, made Fulham fans sure of the three points.

When Ben Arfa grabbed a later goal for Newcastle in the 85th minute to make the score 4-2, hopes of a comeback were soon extinguished when Dempsey grabbed his 10th goal in 11 games, and his hat-trick to boot, in the 89th minute by calmly sliding the ball past Tim Krul, in the Newcastle net, who had endured one of his worst afternoons this season.

Despite the scoreline, however, Fulham and Newcastle were not a million miles apart in this match, and only the more ruthless finishing, coupled with some needless fouls on Newcastle’s part, were to thank for this emphatic result. In truth, a one goal victory or even a draw might have resulted here on another day. But take nothing away from Fulham: Martin Jol set up an attacking – almost gung ho – lineup, and his men went out and did what they had to do, which was get plenty of goals.

Fulham climbed to 12th in the table, while Newcastle remain 6th, though, with Liverpool away at Bolton this evening only one point behind them, they may well be seventh come the end of Saturday.

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