After three successive away games against promotion chasing sides, a run of fixtures which yielded seven points, Newcastle were back in action at home against another side looking to get themselves into the Premier League.

Fulham were the visitors to St James’ Park and in truth, they deserved their victory.

The away side ran out 3-1 winners thanks to a wonder strike from Tom Cairney and a brace from 16-year-old Ryan Sessegnon.

Daryl Murphy got the home side on the scoreboard in the 76th minute but no miraculous comeback followed and the closest any team came to scoring after that was when Fulham missed a late spot-kick.

The result means that Brighton are now level on points with Newcastle with  nine games to play whilst Huddersfield are just six points off the pace with a game in hand.

Here are my player ratings for the Magpies on a disappointing day at St James’ Park:

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