Report and highlights with Salomon Rondon who scored late for Newcastle, as the future remains uncertain
Last update: 12/05/19 6:22 PM
Fulham leaned out of the Premier League with a 4-0 defeat to Newcastle at Craven Cottage on the last day of the season.
The hosts took a double blow in 11 minutes when Jonjo Shelvey made a sublime attempt (9) before Ayoze Perez continued his excellent score form only two minutes later.
Fulham saw plenty of ball possession when Fabian Schar had a free header after 61 minutes for Newcastle & # 39; s and although Scott Parker had the ball shortly afterwards in the net, it was wrongly excluded for offside.
Salomon Rondon, whose future remains uncertain in Newcastle, completed the victory in the 89th minute when the Magpies finished the season in 13th place. Fulham finished in 19th place, but has known for a long time that they will play in the Sky Bet Championship next season.
Fulham: Rico (5), R Sessegnon (7), Christie (6), Le Marchand (6), Mawson (3), Bryan (7), Cairney (7), Chambers (6), Anguissa (6), Ayite (6) ), Mitrovic (6).
Subs used: Babel (5), Elliott (6), Kebano (n / a).
Newcastle: Dubravka (7), Dummett (7), Schar (7), Lascelles (7), Ritchie (8), Hayden (6), Perez (7), Shelvey (7), Diame (6), Atsu (7), Rondon (6).
Subs used: Muto (5), Fernandez (5), Kenedy (n / a).
Man of the competition: Matt Ritchie.
How Fulham ended with a whimper
It was a quick start for the visitors when they took the lead in the ninth minute. Matt Ritchie & # 39; s corner delivery picked Shelvey at the edge of the area, with the midfielder taking one touch before coming home to the top, the far corner with a sensational finish.
Two minutes later, and the visitors added their second. Christian Atsu burst into the field and led Cyrus Christie, but his shot was put under pressure by Sergio Rico. But Perez – who had scored five goals in his last four Premier League games prior to Sunday's final – was lurking to get the ball home.
Fulham saw the attacking game for most of the half, but could not make too much of it. Their best effort came in the 23rd minute when Aleksandar Mitrovic came just before Paul Dummett to get a corner wide.
- Scott Parker made two changes with Alfie Mawson and Floyd Ayite for Tim Ream and Ryan Babel.
- Rafa Benitez also made two switches. Mo Diame and Jonjo Shelvey replace Sung-Yeung Ki (injured) and Javier Manquillo.
Fulham continued to dominate possession at the start of the second half, but it was Newcastle, who was clinical again just after the hour. Ritchie placed another excellent corner in the area and Schar got a free header from the Fulham defense and pushed home past Rico.
Three minutes later the hosts finally got the ball in the back of the net – but it was excluded for offside. Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa had the first shot, which Floyd Ayite turned in the back of the net with an outstretched foot. However, the linesman had raised his flag and the goal was signed. With replays it turned out that this was an incorrect decision.
Newcastle finished a great away game with a fourth goal later. Rondon was played on and his initial bet smashed into the body of Rico, but he managed to get up again to drive Alfie Mawson and poke home to seal an impressive final day victory.
- Newcastle United has won their first league game at Craven Cottage since December 2007 – after a series of six defeats at Fulham.
- There were only 124 seconds between Jonjo Shelvey & # 39; s opener and Ayoze Perez & # 39; s second for Newcastle in their match against Fulham.
- Fulham admitted two goals in the first 11 minutes of the game against Newcastle United – the earliest they had admitted twice in a Premier League match since May 2011 vs. Liverpool.
- Matt Ritchie has delivered 20 league assists since his debut in Newcastle in August 2016; seven more than all other players.
Scott Parker: "It's really disappointing, I don't think the score reflects the game, but by saying that, in both boxes, we sometimes didn't do well enough.
"We had our chances or at least we ended up in those last third areas, but we missed that lead over us. The game ran a bit away from us and instead of breathing deeply and gaining some sort of control, there were some signs of the old us. "
Rafa Benitez: "I think it was a great game. At the end, like last season, we played very well and we are happy and very proud of this group of players and the fans were great as always.
"This group of players, even in bad times, did not put their heads down, they always believed and worked hard.
"We have to enjoy now and we have had a difficult season, we have done well today and we have a few days to enjoy it and we will see what happens." I said before that I can see the potential, but for now I think it's time to enjoy it and that's it. "
Man of the competition – Matt Ritchie
There were a few Newcastle players who could be called the man of the game, but it is two Ritchie assists who see him make the final tribute of the season. His set-piece delivery was inch perfect and although Newcastle was helped by a few poor Fulham defenders, he had a big hand in the win.
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