Thu, Oct 23, 2003 - Page 19 News List

Newcastle comes back to overcome Fulham in London


Alan Shearer scored two goals in five minutes to rally Newcastle to a 3-2 win over Fulham in the Premier League Tuesday.

Newcastle was trailing 2-0 before Shearer struck in the 51st and 56th minutes at Loftus Road Stadium. The former England striker first leveled the scores with a penalty earned when Newcastle forward Shola Ameobi was brought down by Alain Goma.

He then scored the winner into the roof of the net from 8m.

Fulham had taken the lead through two former Newcastle players.

Lee Clark scored from a tight angle in the fifth minute, with Louis Saha adding the other with a shot inside the post two minutes later.

Newcastle pulled a goal back after 15 minutes, with a powerful Laurent Robert strike.

The match was delayed by 15 minutes because fans were delayed when police destroyed a "suspicious" car near the stadium's closest Underground train station.

They did not elaborate, but police generally use controlled explosions when they suspect explosives may be present in the car. The incident forced the closure of the Underground station and crowds did not arrive in time for kickoff due to police cordons.

Fulham, still in sixth place, has surprised in the Premier League this season, with former player Chris Coleman in charge.

At 33, Coleman is the youngest manager of a club since the Premier League began in 1992.

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