Newcastle United FC's hopes of a UEFA Champions League place next season were dented tonight as they drew 1-1 with struggling Fulham FC at St James' Park.
The point moves the hosts back into the fourth and final Champions League place in the FA Premiership, but three points would have been much better than one, with Chelsea FC and Leeds United AFC closing in fifth and sixth places respectively.
The hosts took the lead in the 21st minute when England midfield player Kieron Dyer beat two defenders before slotting the ball past Edwin van der Sar in the Fulham goal. Newcastle appeared to be capable of keeping an impressive Fulham attack at bay but, with 13 minutes remaining, French striker Louis Saha deflected in a Sean Davis shot from a metre out to earn a share of the spoils.
While the draw will be a disappointment for Newcastle, the point helps Fulham's push for Premiership survival. The London club move on to 37 points but remain 16th in the league table.
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