Fulham 1-0 Newcastle United

Fulham's Ashkan Dejagah (right) scores the winner against Newcastle

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.

Felix Magath

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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.

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.

Newcastle assistant manager John Carver

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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.

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As It Stood

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1Chelsea3020643366
2Man City2719354460
3Liverpool2818553859
4Arsenal2818552459
5Tottenham291658053
6Everton2814951251
7Man Utd2814681548
8Southampton301299645
9Newcastle2913412-343
10Aston Villa299713-634
11Stoke3081012-1234
12West Ham298714-631
13Hull298615-730
14Swansea297814-529
15Norwich307815-2429
16West Brom2951311-1028
17Crystal Palace298417-1928
18Sunderland276714-1625
19Cardiff306717-2925
20Fulham307320-3524
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