Fulham dig deep to deny Newcastle and earn first clean sheet

NEWCASTLE UNITED 0 FULHAM 0

Premier League - Newcastle United v Fulham
Soccer Football – Premier League – Newcastle United v Fulham – St James’ Park, Newcastle, Britain – December 22, 2018 Fulham’s Tim Ream in action with Newcastle United’s DeAndre Yedlin Action Images via Reuters/Lee Smith

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Fulham secured their first clean sheet of the season with some dogged defending in a 0-0 draw with Newcastle United in the Premier League on Saturday.

The hosts, looking for a second successive win, were unable to find a way past a Fulham side who remain bottom of the standings but have stopped shipping goals at the rate they did before coach Claudio Ranieri succeeded Slavisa Jokanovic.

That was almost undone after 20 minutes at St James’ Park as a header from Jamaal Lascelles took a deflection off Fulham striker and ex-Newcastle man Aleksandar Mitrovic and was going in before being hooked off the line.

Newcastle had a penalty appeal turned down before halftime with a Matt Ritchie shot appearing to hit the hand of defender Calum Chambers, although referee Martin Atkinson was not convinced.

Rafa Benitez’s side continued to pump balls into the area in the second half ,looking to find the head of striker Salomon Rondon, but the Venezuelan could not carve out a clear-cut chance.

Newcastle had another appeal for a penalty late on when Kenedy felt he was pulled by Fulham’s Joe Bryan in the box. However, again, the hosts were denied a spot kick as the match finished in a stalemate leaving them 14th in the standings.

(Reporting by Christian Radnedge; Editing by Clare Fallon)

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