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Newcastle and Fulham settled for a point each after a Callum Wilson penalty canceled out an own goal by Matt Ritchie.
Wilson won and converted a penalty in the 64th minute to draw a 1-1 draw at St James’ Park, in the process equaling his Premier League tally with Bournemouth for all of last season.
Fulham, which had defender Joachim Andersen sent off for the challenge that led to the penalty, deservedly took the lead at half-time thanks to Matt Ritchie’s own goal and enjoyed the best of the first hour with Ademola Lookman a constant threat.
However, they returned to London reflecting on what might have been when the Magpies made their way to point 18 of the campaign in decidedly unconvincing fashion ahead of Tuesday night’s Carabao Cup quarter-final trip to Brentford. .
In an entrepreneurial start on both sides, Scott Parker’s men played soccer more fluidly, but Newcastle He seemed more likely to score, winning two corners before Wilson headed a direct cross from Ritchie in the 10th minute to goalkeeper Alphonse Areola.
Lookman was no more successful in his attempt to beat Karl Darlow in a similar fashion at the other end and as the half progressed the visitors enjoyed most of the possession, although the locals continued to create opportunities with Joelinton coming out of DeAndre Yedlin. Driven cross.
Federico Fernández had to stand tall on the defensive wall to repel Lookman’s free kick five minutes later after illegally stopping Andre-Frank Anguissa’s powerful run, and Bobby Decordova-Reid, a late replacement for Ivan Cavaleiro, failed to make a meaningful connection to Mario. Lemina’s delivery that breaks the defense at the far post 13 minutes before the break.
Areola went down well to claim Miguel Almirón’s goal in the 38th minute when the magpies responded, but it was Fulham who took the lead four minutes later.
Ritchie, who was defending the near post from a left corner kick, could only help get the ball into his own net after defender Tosin Adarabioyo headed in for Lookman’s free-kick and Decordova-Reid threw it into goal.
Magpies head coach Steve Bruce made a change at halftime with midfielder Isaac Hayden replacing Fernandez in central defense, and his team had an early opportunity to equalize after a free kick from Jonjo Shelvey, though his effort curling never had the fall to upset Areola.
Their efforts to fight their way back into the game were lukewarm as the London team sat deep without the ball and broke at their pace, but they were back in the match with 64 minutes to go.
A well-weighted pass from Almiron put Wilson behind the last man, Andersen, and the forward went to the ground in the box after feeling a tug on his jersey.
A nightmare couple of minutes for Fulham 😩 😩
Callum Wilson ties Newcastle’s level from the penalty spot after Joachim Andersen receives a red card for a foul! 🔴
– Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) December 19, 2020
Referee Graham Scott awarded a penalty after consulting the pitch monitor, dismissed the defender before Wilson made the most of the point by punching the ball straight down the middle.
Areola and Darlow saved Sean Longstaff and Lookman respectively in quick succession and the Fulham goalkeeper had to run from his line to reject Joelinton after Shelvey selected him with a raked pass, but there was no late turn.