Fulham kept their hopes of top-flight survival alive after Ashkan Dejagah scored the winner against Newcastle.

Johnny Heitinga almost put the home side in front when his shot hit the underside of the crossbar and bounced clear, with replays showing it was only millimetres from crossing the line.

But, after Magpies striker Papiss Cisse had a shot saved by David Stockdale when clean through, Dejagah struck.

Magath sure of Fulham's survival

He cut in from the left and sent in a shot which went under keeper Tim Krul.

The three points might have been dramatically snatched from Fulham's grasp in the final moments of the game when Krul, up for a Newcastle corner, had an effort that hit the arm of Heitinga in the box.

However, referee Howard Webb decided against awarding a penalty, much to the relief of the home side as they registered their first win in 10 league games.

The victory was also Felix Magath's first in his four games since taking charge but keeps Fulham, who are bottom of the Premier League, four points from safety.

Newcastle were without manager Alan Pardew as he served the first of a three-game stadium ban for headbutting Hull's David Meyler in their last game, and his side have now lost five times in succession at Craven Cottage.

Analysis

"Felix Magath celebrates his first victory in charge for Fulham but Newcastle felt they should have had a late penalty. A big win for Fulham but will it be enough in the long run, I don't know?"

Pardew was watching the game from his hotel room and keeping in touch with assistant John Carver by mobile phone.

Despite Magath saying his players had not quite grasped the seriousness of their position since his recent arrival, their was a sense of urgency about the home team's play from the start.

Fulham created the first chance when a left-foot curler from Lewis Holtby was palmed away by Krul, before Cottagers goalkeeper David Stockdale dived low to his right to keep out a stabbed Cisse effort at the other end.

After the break, Fulham exerted the greater pressure and were only denied a goal by the smallest of margins.

Impressive young Fulham forward Cauley Woodrow pulled the ball back for Pajtim Kasami, who controlled and shot on the turn only for his effort to be blocked by defender Paul Dummett.

Late penalty call cost Magpies - Carver

The ball was only half-cleared to Heitinga and his shot hit underside of the bar and appeared to cross the goal-line, although the goal decision review system showed otherwise by a matter of millimetres.

Fulham almost gifted Newcastle a goal when a stray pass let in Cisse but he could not capitalise, with Stockdale producing a smart save to keep out the striker's shot.

Nevertheless, Fulham kept pushing and Dejagah picked up the ball on the left, cut inside and unleashed a shot which Krul would have hoped to have saved rather than letting the ball go under his body.

Fulham, despite the late Newcastle penalty appeal, held on to secure their first league win since New Year's Day.

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (6)

Fulham

  • 13 Stockdale
  • 04 Heitinga
  • 15 Richardson
  • 07 Sidwell
  • 05 Hangeland
  • 35 Amorebieta
  • 10 Holtby (Riether - 82' )
  • 06 Kvist
  • 25 Woodrow
  • 08 Kasami (Dejagah - 61' Booked )
  • 11 Kacaniklic

Substitutes

  • 01 Stekelenburg
  • 03 Riise
  • 20 Rodallega
  • 24 Dejagah (Burn - 87' )
  • 26 Roberts
  • 27 Riether
  • 33 Burn

Newcastle United

  • 01 Krul
  • 13 Yanga-Mbiwa
  • 36 Dummett
  • 24 Tioté
  • 06 Williamson
  • 02 Coloccini
  • 07 Sissoko
  • 08 Anita (Marveaux - 81' )
  • 09 Cissé (Ameobi - 71' )
  • 18 de Jong (Armstrong - 86' )
  • 11 Gouffran

Substitutes

  • 15 Gosling
  • 19 Haidara
  • 22 Marveaux
  • 23 Ameobi
  • 27 Taylor
  • 42 Alnwick
  • 43 Armstrong
Ref: Howard Webb
Att: 25,664

Match Stats

Shots

12 12

On target

3 3

Corners

9 7

Fouls

11 6

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Fulham 1, Newcastle United 0.

90:00 +3:33 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Fulham 1, Newcastle United 0.

90:00 +3:29

Attempt blocked. Tim Krul (Newcastle United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Adam Armstrong with a headed pass.

90:00 +3:07

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by William Kvist.

90:00 +1:30

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Fabricio Coloccini.

90:00 +1:27

Attempt blocked. Cauley Woodrow (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Sascha Riether with a headed pass.

90:00 +0:39

Foul by Shola Ameobi (Newcastle United).

90:00 +0:39

Fernando Amorebieta (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +0:24

Cheick Tioté (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

90:00 +0:24

Foul by Cauley Woodrow (Fulham).

88:31

Attempt missed. Adam Armstrong (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa.

87:14

Attempt missed. William Kvist (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

86:31 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Fulham. Dan Burn replaces Ashkan Dejagah because of an injury.

86:02

Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

86:02

Foul by Sascha Riether (Fulham).

85:35 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Newcastle United. Adam Armstrong replaces Luuk de Jong.

85:12

Attempt missed. Luuk de Jong (Newcastle United) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Paul Dummett with a cross.

81:12 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Fulham. Sascha Riether replaces Lewis Holtby.

80:40 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Newcastle United. Sylvain Marveaux replaces Vurnon Anita.

78:03

Foul by Michael Williamson (Newcastle United).

78:03

Johnny Heitinga (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

77:23

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Kieran Richardson.

74:10

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Paul Dummett.

72:31

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa.

71:55

Offside, Fulham. Ashkan Dejagah tries a through ball, but Cauley Woodrow is caught offside.

70:15 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Newcastle United. Shola Ameobi replaces Papiss Demba Cissé.

68:10 Booking

Booking Ashkan Dejagah (Fulham) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

67:21 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Fulham 1, Newcastle United 0. Ashkan Dejagah (Fulham) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Lewis Holtby.

66:53

Attempt saved. Papiss Demba Cissé (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Luuk de Jong.

64:32

Luuk de Jong (Newcastle United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

64:32

Foul by Fernando Amorebieta (Fulham).

62:25

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Fernando Amorebieta.

60:12 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Fulham. Ashkan Dejagah replaces Pajtim Kasami.

59:41

Offside, Newcastle United. Paul Dummett tries a through ball, but Papiss Demba Cissé is caught offside.

56:53

Papiss Demba Cissé (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

56:53

Foul by William Kvist (Fulham).

56:44

Attempt missed. Alexander Kacaniklic (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

56:40

Attempt saved. Cauley Woodrow (Fulham) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Alexander Kacaniklic.

55:22

Offside, Fulham. Kieran Richardson tries a through ball, but Pajtim Kasami is caught offside.

54:10

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Michael Williamson.

53:27

Offside, Fulham. Johnny Heitinga tries a through ball, but Cauley Woodrow is caught offside.

53:10

Attempt blocked. Johnny Heitinga (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

53:01

Attempt blocked. Pajtim Kasami (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Alexander Kacaniklic.

50:23

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Michael Williamson.

49:07

Attempt missed. Luuk de Jong (Newcastle United) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Yoan Gouffran.

47:16

Fabricio Coloccini (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

47:16

Foul by Cauley Woodrow (Fulham).

45:58

Offside, Fulham. Lewis Holtby tries a through ball, but Steve Sidwell is caught offside.

45:31

Foul by Fabricio Coloccini (Newcastle United).

45:31

Pajtim Kasami (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:00

Second Half begins Fulham 0, Newcastle United 0.

45:00 +1:02 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Fulham 0, Newcastle United 0.

45:00 +0:15

Attempt missed. Pajtim Kasami (Fulham) header from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Alexander Kacaniklic.

45:00 +0:14

Attempt missed. Alexander Kacaniklic (Fulham) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

44:40

Foul by Cheick Tioté (Newcastle United).

44:40

Cauley Woodrow (Fulham) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

43:38

Attempt blocked. Vurnon Anita (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

40:43

Attempt blocked. Luuk de Jong (Newcastle United) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Yoan Gouffran with a cross.

39:07

Attempt missed. Kieran Richardson (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Alexander Kacaniklic.

37:59

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Cheick Tioté.

34:52

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by David Stockdale.

34:50

Attempt saved. Papiss Demba Cissé (Newcastle United) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Luuk de Jong.

34:49

Attempt missed. Luuk de Jong (Newcastle United) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Moussa Sissoko with a cross.

33:06

Attempt saved. Luuk de Jong (Newcastle United) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Vurnon Anita.

31:22

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Tim Krul.

31:17

Attempt saved. Lewis Holtby (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Steve Sidwell with a headed pass.

27:19

Luuk de Jong (Newcastle United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

27:19

Foul by Brede Hangeland (Fulham).

26:36

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Johnny Heitinga.

26:33

Attempt blocked. Yoan Gouffran (Newcastle United) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Moussa Sissoko with a cross.

25:58

Attempt missed. Alexander Kacaniklic (Fulham) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Steve Sidwell with a headed pass.

24:52

Foul by Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle United).

24:52

Pajtim Kasami (Fulham) wins a free kick on the left wing.

21:44

Attempt missed. Paul Dummett (Newcastle United) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

20:49

Luuk de Jong (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

20:49

Foul by William Kvist (Fulham).

19:38

Papiss Demba Cissé (Newcastle United) wins a free kick on the right wing.

19:38

Foul by Fernando Amorebieta (Fulham).

15:23

Luuk de Jong (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

15:23

Foul by William Kvist (Fulham).

10:40

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Fernando Amorebieta.

8:47

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Fabricio Coloccini.

7:55

Corner, Newcastle United. Conceded by Fernando Amorebieta.

7:26

Cheick Tioté (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

7:26

Foul by Alexander Kacaniklic (Fulham).

5:05

Foul by Cheick Tioté (Newcastle United).

5:05

Pajtim Kasami (Fulham) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

4:14

Vurnon Anita (Newcastle United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

4:14

Foul by William Kvist (Fulham).

3:16

Offside, Fulham. Pajtim Kasami tries a through ball, but Alexander Kacaniklic is caught offside.

1:46

Corner, Fulham. Conceded by Paul Dummett.

0:11

Offside, Fulham. Steve Sidwell tries a through ball, but Cauley Woodrow is caught offside.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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