Hatem Ben Arfa's late strike against Fulham ended Newcastle's run of four home games without a goal and secured their first league win of the season.

Both teams struggled early on but the hosts improved after the hour mark when Yohan Cabaye and Loic Remy came on and Papiss Cisse headed against the bar.

Adel Taarabt's effort was saved by Tim Krul in an isolated Fulham attack.

But Ben Arfa won it with four minutes left, cutting in from the right and curling superbly into the top corner.

Newcastle 1-0 Fulham: Pardew says Cabaye appearance doesn't guarantee he is staying

Yoan Gouffran, another second-half replacement, and Cabaye almost added goals toward the end but were both denied by Fulham goalkeeper David Stockdale.

It was a welcome late flurry from the hosts, who for the majority of the game lacked the required urgency to break down a Fulham side which looked intent on gaining a point.

And it will be a huge relief for Newcastle boss Alan Pardew, whose side struggled last season and finished fifth from bottom in the Premier League.

Pardew has admitted it has been a hard time for the club after recruiting only Remy on loan and being unsettled by Arsenal's £10m bid for Cabaye on the eve of their first game of the season - a 4-0 thumping by Manchester City.

Following that defeat, this was Newcastle's third consecutive clean sheet.

  • Hatem Ben Arfa has scored in all three of his Premier League appearances against Fulham.
  • Source: Opta

Cabaye came on to a mixed reception after refusing to play against West Ham last weekend, but he played his part in injecting his side with some much-needed energy and the Newcastle fans will hope that the club can hang onto him beyond the transfer window which shuts on Monday.

Coming into the game, the Magpies' goal drought stretched back to 7 April when they beat Fulham 1-0 at St James' Park thanks to an injury-time Cisse strike.

Yet the Senegalese striker looked short of confidence in front of goal and much of Newcastle's fortunes in the first half were summed up when Fabricio Coloccini's fifth-minute header from a corner was blocked by team-mate Cisse.

The hosts had lots of possession and plenty of good build-up play but they were missing the required dynamism in the final third, and Cisse spurned a trio of half-decent chances.

Newcastle 1-0 Fulham: Jol - Fulham not energetic enough

Fulham, who handed Darren Bent his first start, rarely troubled the Newcastle goal, though the on-loan Aston Villa man did come close to getting on the end of Sascha Riether's near-post cross.

The striker also gave Tim Krul a worry with a second-half header, while Bryan Ruiz's free-kick was also well-stopped by the Dutch goalkeeper.

Once Newcastle introduced their firepower from the bench though, they took control of the game and Ben Arfa's wonderful goal was worthy of winning any contest.

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (6)

Newcastle United

  • 01 Krul
  • 02 Coloccini
  • 03 Santon
  • 13 Yanga-M'Biwa
  • 26 Debuchy
  • 07 Sissoko
  • 08 Anita (Cabaye - 65' Booked )
  • 10 Ben Arfa Booked
  • 22 Marveaux (Remy - 74' )
  • 09 Cisse
  • 23 Sh Ameobi (Gouffran - 65' )

Substitutes

  • 21 Elliot
  • 36 Dummett
  • 04 Cabaye
  • 15 Gosling
  • 11 Gouffran
  • 14 Remy
  • 28 Sa Ameobi

Fulham

  • 13 Stockdale
  • 03 Riise Booked
  • 05 Hangeland
  • 18 Hughes
  • 27 Riether (Briggs - 73' )
  • 07 Sidwell (Rodallega - 89' )
  • 10 Ruiz
  • 11 Kacaniklic
  • 28 Parker Booked
  • 09 Berbatov
  • 39 Bent (Taarabt - 82' )

Substitutes

  • 38 Etheridge
  • 17 Briggs
  • 14 Karagounis
  • 16 Duff
  • 19 Taarabt
  • 23 Boateng
  • 20 Rodallega
Ref: Foy
Att: 46,402

Match Stats

Shots

24 3

On target

9 2

Corners

13 2

Fouls

13 9

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:11 Full time

Full Time The referee brings the game to a close.

90:00 +3:50

Papiss Cisse takes a shot. David Stockdale parries the ball away.

90:00 +3:48

Shot by Mathieu Debuchy. David Stockdale fumbles the ball.

90:00 +3:46

Brede Hangeland manages to make a clearance.

90:00 +3:44

Yoan Gouffran produces a cross.

90:00 +3:41

Short corner taken by Yoan Gouffran.

90:00 +3:17

Yoan Gouffran takes a shot. A parry by David Stockdale prevents the goal.

90:00 +3:11

Clearance by Alex Kacaniklic.

90:00 +3:06

Yohan Cabaye takes a weak shot and went wide of the left-hand upright.

90:00 +2:55

Yohan Cabaye makes a clearance.

90:00 +2:15

Papiss Cisse takes a shot and missed to the right of the goal.

90:00 +1:09

Yoan Gouffran decides to take the corner short.

90:00 +0:37

Hatem Ben Arfa delivers the ball.

90:00 +0:33

Alex Kacaniklic manages to make a clearance.

90:00 +0:30

Clearance made by Brede Hangeland.

89:46

Mathieu Debuchy makes a clearance.

88:04 Substitution

Substitution (Fulham) makes a substitution, with Hugo Rodallega coming on for Steve Sidwell.

87:13

Clearance by Mathieu Debuchy.

87:12

A cross is delivered by Alex Kacaniklic.

86:35

Hatem Ben Arfa is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

86:35 Booking

Booking

85:48

Assist on the goal came from Loic Remy.

85:48 Goal scored

Goal! - Hatem Ben Arfa - Newcastle 1 - 0 Fulham Hatem Ben Arfa scores with their left foot. Newcastle 1-0 Fulham.

85:39

Loic Remy sends in a cross.

84:47

Adel Taarabt takes a shot. Tim Krul parries the effort to safety.

84:46

Fabricio Coloccini manages to make a clearance.

84:27

Clearance by John Arne Riise.

84:25

Davide Santon produces a cross.

84:15

Clearance by Aaron Hughes.

84:14

Yoan Gouffran produces a cross.

84:11

Clearance by Matthew Briggs.

83:11

Header by Mathieu Debuchy misses left.

83:09

Corner from the left by-line taken by Hatem Ben Arfa.

82:42

Clearance by Matthew Briggs.

82:40

A cross is delivered by Davide Santon.

82:16

Free kick taken by John Arne Riise.

81:59 Substitution

Substitution (Fulham) makes a substitution, with Adel Taarabt coming on for Darren Bent.

81:15

Yohan Cabaye is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour.

81:15 Booking

Booking

81:03

Yohan Cabaye gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Alex Kacaniklic.

80:57

Brede Hangeland restarts play with the free kick.

80:53

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Scott Parker by Mathieu Debuchy.

80:45

Aaron Hughes makes a clearance.

79:25

Header at goal by Yoan Gouffran misses left of the target.

79:23

Hatem Ben Arfa produces a cross.

79:21

Clearance by John Arne Riise.

79:18

Davide Santon delivers the ball.

79:00

Clearance by Brede Hangeland.

78:48

Clearance by Scott Parker.

78:44

Hatem Ben Arfa takes the chance to get an effort at goal. David Stockdale parries the ball but the danger is not over.

78:40

A cross is delivered by Yoan Gouffran.

77:50

Davide Santon makes a clearance.

77:17

Header at goal by Papiss Cisse hits the bar.

77:15

Hatem Ben Arfa delivers the ball.

77:08

Clearance made by Bryan Ruiz.

77:07

Clearance made by Aaron Hughes.

77:03

The ball is swung over by Moussa Sissoko.

76:26

Bryan Ruiz manages to make a clearance.

76:21

Tim Krul restarts play with the free kick.

75:53

John Arne Riise is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

75:53 Booking

Booking

75:37

John Arne Riise concedes a free kick for a foul on Moussa Sissoko.

75:32

Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa makes a clearance.

75:29

The ball is swung over by Dimitar Berbatov.

74:46

Yoan Gouffran has a headed effort at goal. David Stockdale safely holds on.

74:43

Corner taken by Yohan Cabaye.

74:05

Aaron Hughes makes a clearance.

73:33 Substitution

Substitution Loic Remy joins the action as a substitute, replacing Sylvain Marveaux.

72:29 Substitution

Substitution Sascha Riether goes off and Matthew Briggs comes on.

71:15

Hatem Ben Arfa restarts play with the free kick.

71:11

The referee gives a free kick against Scott Parker for handball.

70:57

Free kick taken by Steve Sidwell.

69:09

Alex Kacaniklic fouled by Moussa Sissoko, the ref awards a free kick.

68:55

Yoan Gouffran takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Blocked by Sascha Riether.

68:00

Free kick taken by Fabricio Coloccini.

67:44

The offside flag is raised against Darren Bent.

67:25

Aaron Hughes manages to make a clearance.

66:51

Shot comes in from Bryan Ruiz from the free kick. Tim Krul fumbles the ball.

65:45

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Alex Kacaniklic by Yohan Cabaye.

65:00 Substitution

Substitution Yohan Cabaye comes on in place of Vurnon Anita.

64:50 Substitution

Substitution Yoan Gouffran replaces Shola Ameobi.

64:23

Sascha Riether makes a clearance.

63:27

Brede Hangeland makes a clearance.

63:23

Corner taken by Sylvain Marveaux from the right by-line.

63:02

Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Blocked by John Arne Riise.

62:55

Brede Hangeland manages to make a clearance.

62:54

Scott Parker manages to make a clearance.

62:51

The ball is crossed by Hatem Ben Arfa.

62:42

Short corner worked by Sylvain Marveaux.

62:15

The ball is delivered by Davide Santon.

62:13

Aaron Hughes manages to make a clearance.

61:55

Free kick taken by Moussa Sissoko.

61:45

Unfair challenge on Hatem Ben Arfa by Dimitar Berbatov results in a free kick.

61:10

Hatem Ben Arfa has an effort at goal. David Stockdale parries the ball away.

60:13

Clearance by Fabricio Coloccini.

60:12

Alex Kacaniklic crosses the ball.

60:05

Papiss Cisse manages to make a clearance.

60:02

Corner taken by Bryan Ruiz from the left by-line.

59:43

Clearance made by Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa.

59:39

The ball is delivered by Bryan Ruiz.

59:31

Free kick taken by Bryan Ruiz.

58:55

Unfair challenge on Alex Kacaniklic by Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa results in a free kick.

58:13

Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa makes a clearance.

58:09

Clearance by Fabricio Coloccini.

57:29

Shot by Vurnon Anita missed to the left of goal.

57:26

Aaron Hughes manages to make a clearance.

57:23

Corner taken by Sylvain Marveaux from the right by-line.

56:50

Hatem Ben Arfa takes a shot. Blocked by Steve Sidwell.

56:34

Steve Sidwell produces a cross.

56:26

Steve Sidwell manages to make a clearance.

55:48

Clearance by Mathieu Debuchy.

55:10

Corner taken by Sylvain Marveaux from the right by-line.

54:40

Brede Hangeland makes a clearance.

54:39

Hatem Ben Arfa crosses the ball.

53:59

Clearance made by Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa.

53:39

Davide Santon takes the free kick.

53:32

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Vurnon Anita by Scott Parker.

52:09

The ball is sent over by Hatem Ben Arfa.

51:37

Dimitar Berbatov makes a clearance.

51:33

Hatem Ben Arfa produces a cross.

51:25

The ball is sent over by Sylvain Marveaux.

51:22

Short corner taken by Sylvain Marveaux from the right by-line.

51:03

Clearance made by Scott Parker.

51:01

A cross is delivered by Mathieu Debuchy.

50:09

Free kick taken by Brede Hangeland.

49:38

Foul by Shola Ameobi on Brede Hangeland, free kick awarded.

49:23

The ball is crossed by Davide Santon.

47:30

Free kick taken by Sascha Riether.

47:20

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Scott Parker by Shola Ameobi.

46:40

Free kick taken by Moussa Sissoko.

46:35

Dimitar Berbatov concedes a free kick for a foul on Mathieu Debuchy.

46:13

Clearance by Aaron Hughes.

46:09

Moussa Sissoko produces a cross.

45:41

Clearance by Aaron Hughes.

45:01

The referee gets the second half started.

45:00 +1:03 Half time

Half Time The first half comes to an end.

45:00 +0:52

John Arne Riise restarts play with the free kick.

45:00 +0:27

Moussa Sissoko gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Scott Parker.

45:00 +0:01

Alex Kacaniklic manages to make a clearance.

44:57

Clearance made by Steve Sidwell.

44:54

Sylvain Marveaux crosses the ball in from the free kick.

44:27 Booking

Booking

44:27

Scott Parker shown a yellow card.

44:24

Foul by Scott Parker on Sylvain Marveaux, free kick awarded.

43:33

Hatem Ben Arfa has an effort at goal and missed to the right of the net.

43:28

Papiss Cisse restarts play with the free kick.

43:24

Brede Hangeland gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Papiss Cisse.

42:29

Shot by Mathieu Debuchy went wide right of the net.

41:28

Header at goal by Papiss Cisse misses to the right.

41:25

The ball is swung over by Mathieu Debuchy.

41:00

Clearance by Steve Sidwell.

40:57

Mathieu Debuchy produces a cross.

40:50

Hatem Ben Arfa crosses the ball.

40:21

John Arne Riise manages to make a clearance.

40:17

The ball is sent over by Papiss Cisse.

39:53

The ball is delivered by Fabricio Coloccini.

39:20

Alex Kacaniklic makes a clearance.

39:17

Clearance by John Arne Riise.

39:14

Brede Hangeland manages to make a clearance.

39:11

The ball is delivered by Sylvain Marveaux.

38:59

Brede Hangeland manages to make a clearance.

38:56

Corner from the right by-line taken by Sylvain Marveaux.

37:43

Clearance made by Steve Sidwell.

36:48

Free kick taken by Steve Sidwell.

36:29

Free kick awarded for a foul by Shola Ameobi on Bryan Ruiz.

35:28

Tim Krul restarts play with the free kick.

34:46

Foul by Scott Parker on Moussa Sissoko, free kick awarded.

34:42

Fabricio Coloccini manages to make a clearance.

34:34

Clearance by Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa.

34:31

Clearance made by Fabricio Coloccini.

34:13

Mathieu Debuchy makes a clearance.

34:12

Clearance by Fabricio Coloccini.

33:52

Clearance by Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa.

33:49

Moussa Sissoko manages to make a clearance.

33:45

Free kick taken by John Arne Riise.

32:48

Mathieu Debuchy gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Alex Kacaniklic.

32:13

Corner taken by Sylvain Marveaux from the right by-line.

31:45

Scott Parker manages to make a clearance.

31:44

Clearance made by John Arne Riise.

31:40

Papiss Cisse has an effort at goal. Parried by David Stockdale back into danger.

31:38

Clearance by Brede Hangeland.

30:14

Shot by Bryan Ruiz went over.

30:11

Clearance by Dimitar Berbatov.

29:45

Fabricio Coloccini makes a clearance.

27:45

Clearance made by Mathieu Debuchy.

27:32

John Arne Riise restarts play with the free kick.

27:15

Foul by Papiss Cisse on Scott Parker, free kick awarded.

26:06

Clearance by Aaron Hughes.

26:03

The ball is crossed by Hatem Ben Arfa.

25:16

Sascha Riether restarts play with the free kick.

24:49

Foul by Moussa Sissoko on Bryan Ruiz, free kick awarded.

24:40

Clearance made by Scott Parker.

24:13

Clearance by Alex Kacaniklic.

23:22

Vurnon Anita makes a clearance.

23:08

Sascha Riether manages to make a clearance.

23:06

The ball is sent over by Davide Santon.

21:34

Mathieu Debuchy takes a shot. David Stockdale makes a block.

21:26

Bryan Ruiz makes a clearance.

20:51

Aaron Hughes makes a clearance.

20:46

Davide Santon takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Aaron Hughes gets a block in.

19:45

The ball is crossed by Sylvain Marveaux.

19:26

Clearance made by Alex Kacaniklic.

19:23

Mathieu Debuchy crosses the ball.

18:51

Fabricio Coloccini restarts play with the free kick.

18:38

The referee blows for offside against Darren Bent.

16:09

Clearance by Mathieu Debuchy.

16:09

Alex Kacaniklic produces a cross.

16:01

Fabricio Coloccini makes a clearance.

13:45

Free kick taken by Moussa Sissoko.

13:38

Davide Santon fouled by Bryan Ruiz, the ref awards a free kick.

13:23

Fabricio Coloccini restarts play with the free kick.

13:13

Foul by Steve Sidwell on Moussa Sissoko, free kick awarded.

11:55

Brede Hangeland makes a clearance.

11:53

The ball is crossed by Shola Ameobi.

11:48

Dimitar Berbatov makes a clearance.

11:45

Corner taken by Sylvain Marveaux.

11:03

John Arne Riise makes a clearance.

11:00

Hatem Ben Arfa delivers the ball.

9:55

Moussa Sissoko takes a shot and went wide left of the net.

9:40

Clearance made by Hatem Ben Arfa.

9:40

A cross is delivered by Sascha Riether.

9:37

Bryan Ruiz decides to take a short corner.

9:15

Fabricio Coloccini makes a clearance.

9:12

Sascha Riether sends in a cross.

7:44

A cross is delivered by John Arne Riise.

7:34

Clearance made by Sascha Riether.

6:32

Clearance by Aaron Hughes.

6:30

The ball is swung over by Davide Santon.

6:03

Alex Kacaniklic manages to make a clearance.

5:26

Free kick taken by Sascha Riether.

5:05

Moussa Sissoko challenges Bryan Ruiz unfairly and gives away a free kick.

4:47

Chance falls to Fabricio Coloccini who heads at goal.

4:45

Corner from the right by-line taken by Sylvain Marveaux.

2:26

Vurnon Anita restarts play with the free kick.

2:08

Darren Bent is flagged offside by the assistant referee.

1:19

Davide Santon manages to make a clearance.

1:16

John Arne Riise sends in a cross.

0:00

The game gets underway.

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