A sensational strike from Hatem Ben Arfa was the only difference on the day at St. James with Newcastle picking up their first win (and goal) of the year by a 1-0 score line over a Fulham side that were outplayed throughout the game. The match was dominated from start to finish by the Magpies, who were able to use midfielder Yohan Cabaye for the first time this season with the Frenchman used as a substitute in the 65th amidst the numerous transfer rumors concerning him. Newcastle were unable to secure a lead before his introduction though, as their numerous runs on David Stockdale’s (filling in for the injured Maarten Stekelenburg) goal went without inflicting any damage on Fulham. For their part though, the London side had virtually nothing going towards the goal of Tim Krul, amassing only 2 shots on goal the entire game with none of them troubling the Dutch keeper too much. The introduction of Cabaye (who was booed by the Newcastle supporters) seemed to change the match though and from that point onwards, Newcastle began to get more and more shots on the frame of Stockdale’s goal, culminating in Ben Arfa’s wonderful strike on 86 minutes to seal the win and a much needed 3 points for Alan Pardew and his men while Martin Jol and Fulham will have been happy to just keep it a 1 goal game based on the stats.
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