Half-time: Fulham 0 Newcastle 0

Lewis Holtby had Fulham’s best chance to give them a deserved lead in the first half against Newcastle.

The on-loan Tottenham midfielder forced Tim Krul into an outstretched save when he attempted to curl the ball inside the keeper’s far post from distance.

The impressive Holtby almost set up Cauley Woodrow and John Heitinga earlier on with two dangerous-looking crosses into the penalty area, but the pair could not provide the finishinng touches.

And David Stockdale, who replaced Maartn Stekelenburg in goal, produced a superb save to stop Papiss Cisse from poking Newcastle into the lead just before half-time.

Whites manager Felix Magath named a youthful-looking side as they fight desperately to avoid relegation, with Sascha Riether and John Arne Riise both dropping to the bench.

Both £12m January signing Kostas Mitroglou and Aston Villa loanee Darren Bent missed out on the squad altogether.

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