Newcastle beat Fulham 3-1

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src=' ' class='caption'> Newcastle United climbed up into fifth place in the English Premier League standings after they beat Fulham 3-1 on Monday.

Updated: February 25, 2007 10:05 IST
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The Premier League's oldest manager faced its youngest on Monday night as Bobby Robson and Newcastle United hosted Chris Coleman's Fulham at St James' Park. Alan Shearer was making the 700th professional appearance of his career and the Newcastle captain was involved as the home side took a 1-0 lead, but it would be Andy O'Brien who pounced for his first goal of the season in the fourth minute. Laurent Robert forced goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar into a good reaction save nine minutes later - if only Sven Goran Eriksson could employ the Frenchman on the left wing of his England team. Fulham were without striker Louis Saha, who is close to completing his move to Manchester United. The cottagers may have found themselves on a level footing had it been Saha, rather than Luis Boa Morte, who met Lee Clark's teasing 19th minute cross. But Newcastle survived the danger and took a 2-0 lead four minutes before half-time when Gary Speed added a trademark headed goal from Nolberto Solano's corner kick. The Magpies effectively sealed all three points eight minutes into the second after Solano burst into the visitors' penalty area. The Peruvian chipped the ball into Fulham's six yard box and Robert acrobatically guiding the ball into the back of the net with an overhead kick. Sean Davis would pull a goal back for Fulham in the 74th minute, picking up a loose ball and hitting a well placed shot that bounced against Shay Given's right hand post before crossing the goal line. But, despite a spirited finish to the match and an injury time shot just wide of the target from substitute Moritz Volz, Fulham would fail to peg back their hosts. Newcastle's 3-1 win takes them up into fifth place in the Premiership standings and above Fulham, who have only earned one point from their last six away games. (AP)

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