Toon 0 Fulham 0

NEWCASTLE 0 FULHAM 0
Dubravka, Manquillo (Yedlin 84), Schär, Lascelles, Dummett, Ritchie, Atsu (Kenedy 72), Ki Sung-yueng, Diamé, Pérez, Rondón
Subs: Muto, Hayden, Fernandez, Joselu, Woodman

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Newcastle boss Rafael Benitez said he was "not happy with some situations and decisions" from his side during their draw with bottom side Fulham at St James' Park.

But ... come on ... every St James' Park disaster this season has been blamed on the referee. Take a look back at EVERY post-match report.

"Blame the referee", when every man and his dog knows the match on Saturday was not worth 5p entrance fee.

The hosts built momentum in the second half and were denied a penalty despite appeals for a shirt tug on Kenedy by Fulham's Joe Bryan. But they were playing Fulham ... who are the worst team in the league.

Fulham forward Aleksandar Mitrovic then had a shot blocked by Jamaal Lascelles with minutes to go - prompting another penalty appeal for handball - before Aboubakar Kamara's darting run threatened to win it for the visitors.

Newcastle's best chance arrived in the first half when Lascelles' header bounced dangerously across the face of goal after taking a deflection off Mitrovic.

Fabian Schar also went close with a header in the second half which flew inches over the crossbar.

Fulham remain four points from safety but kept their first clean sheet in 22 Premier League games - since winning 1-0 against Norwich in April 2014.

Of the 92 teams in professional English football, Fulham were the only team not to have kept a clean sheet prior to this draw.

Newcastle will sit in 15th place on Christmas Day before embarking on a tough run of fixtures that will see them take on Liverpool and Chelsea away, as well as welcoming Manchester City and Manchester United to St James' Park.

They would have seen this game as an opportunity to pick up all three points and record back-to-back victories for the first time in the league since the end of November.

But it was a contest of very few clear-cut chances - Newcastle failed to record a single shot on target despite earning six corners.

There were a few soft appeals for a penalty in the first half when Tim Ream brought down Salomon Rondon, and again when Matt Ritchie's shot hit the hand of Calum Chambers, who was unable to move it out of the way.

And when Kenedy appeared to be dragged back by Bryan, frustrations grew around the ground.

It took 22 Premier League matches, but Fulham eventually recorded a clean sheet - and it was one they had to fight for.

But despite the hosts' increased pressure, Fulham were rarely troubled and had two great chances at the end to win the game.

Mitrovic's shot which hit Lascelles was worth appealing for and moments later Kamara's driving run threatened to split open a defence which had been caught on the counter-attack.

Lascelles recovered in time for Newcastle to deny Kamara a last-ditch effort on goal but Fulham's confidence will have been bolstered by their defensive display against an organised team.