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Schwarzer denies Magpies


Mark Schwarzer

Mark Schwarzer

Mark Schwarzer

Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer kept Andy Carroll and Newcastle at bay as the Magpies had to make do with a point from a goalless draw at St James' Park.

The Australia international pulled off a string of fine saves, none of them better than the one which prevented Carroll's 52nd-minute volley from flying into the bottom corner, volley preserve his clean sheet.

Opposite number Tim Krul was also kept busy, mainly by Clint Dempsey, although he has his crossbar to thank for keeping out Moussa Dembele's 70th-minute volley.

After a slow start the visitors worked their way into the game as first Newcastle goalkeeper Krul had to come from his line to block Clint Dempsey's close-range effort after Brede Hangeland had flicked on a 28th-minute Simon Davies corner, and he then had to dive full length to turn away Zoltan Gera's left-foot drive from 20 yards.

He was at full stretch once again on the half-hour to turn away Dempsey's curling shot with Fulham starting to dominate.

The home side needed only two minutes of the second half to call Schwarzer into action once again when Danny Guthrie slid the ball into Peter Lovenkrands' path and his shot was parried by the Australian with Hangeland clearing the loose ball.

Schwarzer then produced his super stop from Carroll, but Krul had to match his opposite number's feat four minutes later when Dempsey ran on to Moussa Dembele's lay-off and fired firmly towards the bottom corner.

Mike Williamson had to make a timely intervention to deny Cottagers striker Andrew Johnson with 69 minutes gone and from the resulting corner substitute Dickson Etuhu's header was blocked and Dembele rattled the crossbar with a volley.

Chris Hughton threw on the youthful legs of Nile Ranger and Wayne Routledge with time fast running out, but it was Carroll who went closest as time ran down with Hangeland making a priceless block to keep out his 85th-minute strike.