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Ryan Sessegnon
Ryan Sessegnon smashes home his second goal at St James' Park

Teenage full-back Ryan Sessegnon scored twice as play-off chasing Fulham stunned Championship leaders Newcastle with victory at St James' Park.

The 16-year-old slotted in Sone Aluko's backheel after the break and then fired home just before the hour mark.

Tom Cairney had put Fulham ahead with a 25-yard strike into the top corner.

After Daryl Murphy curled in a consolation for the hosts, Tim Ream missed a chance to make it 4-1 when he sent a stoppage-time penalty wide.

Sessegnon appeared to want to take the spot-kick to complete his hat-trick after Paul Dummett brought him down, but USA international Ream took the ball and smashed it past the right post.

Fulham have now won five of their last seven league games and are just two points behind sixth-placed Sheffield Wednesday with a game in hand.

They thoroughly outclassed an out-of-sorts Newcastle side, with skipper Cairney's second fantastic long-range goal in the space of a few days, after his stoppage-time equaliser against Leeds on Tuesday, setting the tone.

However, it was left-back Sessegnon, reportedly being scouted by several Premier League clubs, who provided two moments of composure to seal three points for his side with his fifth and sixth goals of the campaign.

It was a nightmare afternoon for Rafael Benitez's Magpies, a year to the day since the Spaniard took charge, with their advantage over third-placed Huddersfield now down to six points.

But over the past 10 seasons in the Championship, an average of 86 points has been enough to gain automatic promotion, so three more wins could be enough to earn an immediate return to the Premier League.

Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez: "We knew it could be a difficult game, and we knew we had to do well at the beginning and not make mistakes. But we started making mistakes, and we paid for that.

"Fulham are a good team - they passed the ball well and they have pace. We were giving the ball away, and that was giving them the chance to play in the way that they like to play.

"When you have tried and have made mistakes, you have to analyse why. It is not as though the players were not trying in terms of effort. Sometimes, it is just the wrong decision, and that is something we have to improve."

Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic: "I believe at the end my team deserved the result. It is a great step for us, everything is open, although some teams have more points than what we have right now.

"I believe Newcastle will be a Premier League team. They play a different style of football - they are physical and a very strong team.

"We are not in a position to think about being a promoted team, but we are going to push hard for the top six. If you have enough strength for this then we have a 25% chance to be a Premier League team next season."

Line-ups

Newcastle

  • 26Darlow
  • 8Anita
  • 6Lascelles
  • 2ClarkBooked at 60minsSubstituted forGámezat 64'minutes
  • 3DummettBooked at 89mins
  • 30AtsuBooked at 50mins
  • 4Colback
  • 12ShelveyBooked at 79mins
  • 11Ritchie
  • 15DiaméSubstituted forMurphyat 61'minutes
  • 9GayleSubstituted forGouffranat 74'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Hanley
  • 17Pérez
  • 20Gouffran
  • 21Elliot
  • 27Gámez
  • 33Murphy
  • 45Mitrovic

Fulham

  • 27Button
  • 4Odoi
  • 26Kalas
  • 13Ream
  • 3MaloneBooked at 90mins
  • 6McDonaldBooked at 73mins
  • 14JohansenSubstituted forParkerat 90+3'minutes
  • 7KebanoSubstituted forFredericksat 84'minutes
  • 10Cairney
  • 30R Sessegnon
  • 24AlukoSubstituted forCyriacat 88'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Bettinelli
  • 2Fredericks
  • 8Parker
  • 9Cyriac
  • 15Madl
  • 17R Sigurdsson
  • 25Martin
Referee:
James Linington
Attendance:
51,903

Match Stats

Home TeamNewcastleAway TeamFulham
Possession
Home38%
Away62%
Shots
Home11
Away11
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home8
Away4
Fouls
Home18
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Newcastle United 1, Fulham 3.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Newcastle United 1, Fulham 3.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Ryan Sessegnon (Fulham).

  4. Post update

    Matt Ritchie (Newcastle United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  5. Booking

    Scott Malone (Fulham) is shown the yellow card.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Scott Malone (Fulham).

  7. Post update

    Matt Ritchie (Newcastle United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Fulham. Scott Parker replaces Stefan Johansen.

  9. Post update

    Penalty missed! Bad penalty by Tim Ream (Fulham) left footed shot is close, but misses to the right. Tim Ream should be disappointed.

  10. Post update

    Penalty Fulham. Ryan Sessegnon draws a foul in the penalty area.

  11. Post update

    Penalty conceded by Paul Dummett (Newcastle United) after a foul in the penalty area.

  12. Booking

    Paul Dummett (Newcastle United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  13. Post update

    Tom Cairney (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  14. Post update

    Foul by Paul Dummett (Newcastle United).

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Fulham. Cyriac replaces Sone Aluko.

  16. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jamaal Lascelles (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jonjo Shelvey.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Fulham. Ryan Fredericks replaces Neeskens Kebano.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Denis Odoi (Fulham).

  19. Post update

    Christian Atsu (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Post update

    Sone Aluko (Fulham) wins a free kick on the right wing.

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