In an end to end game that hardly looked like a relegation scrap, Newcastle went into the break 1-0 up, but should have had the game wrapped up as goalkeeper Keller saved the London side with great saves on at least two occasions.
But Newcastle got off to the start they wanted when Mark Viduka scored a wonderful individual goal after just 8 minutes.
Mark got the ball on his right foot on the edge of the penalty area and then turned and hit it home into the corner, with his left foot, past the despairing dive of Kasey Keller.
A wonderful goal from the Australian International.
Then Martins almost scored a great goal with his right foot when he was free down the left with a couple of Fulham players with him. He got towards the goal edge of the box and then hit a terrific low drive with his right foot that Keller just got his left hand to, and brilliantly turned around the post.
Then Faye almost put the ball home, and there were cries for an own goal, but Newcastle were creating chances galore, but couldnâ€™t put the ball in the net.
Owen had a couple of chances and should have scored when he had a free header from just eight yards out but he somehow headed the ball straight at Keller. That should have been 2-0.
The worrying aspect was that in the last 10 minutes of the half Fulham were coming back into the game, and had some chances but there finishing was very poor. Jimmy Bullard was easily their best player in the first half.
But Newcastle got to the half still 1-0 up and just must get more goals, because one will not be enough with the lack of confidence we still have,
Fulham have gone 31 games since their last away win â€“ and yes – that was at Newcastle many moons ago.
But Newcastle cannot keep missing these chances and must put a couple of goals home to give them some confidence and keep the game safe..
Butt is playing well in midfield and the team looks alive but we need a couple of goals in the second half to seal this game, which is certainly not over.
We cannot have any let-downs int he second half because a goal by Fulham will give them all the confidence in the world.
Newcastle are playing the game at a high pace and if Fulham aren’t fit they may pay for that as the second half progresses. Hope so.
We must not let Fulham off the hook!