Newcastle began life without Alan Pardew with a defeat, as Ashkan Dejagah scored the only goal of the game to give Fulham a 1-0 win at Craven Cottage. The Magpies boss watched on from a nearby hotel as John Carver led the team from the touchline, only to see Dejagah’s second half strike fly under Tim Krul to give Felix Magath his first win as Fulham boss. For the first time this season, the Goal Decision System was used in a Newcastle game, as Johnny Heitinga’s shot came off the bar and onto the line. Referee Howard Webb signalled for no goal, before teenage forward Cauley Woodrow scored from an offside position. Replays showed there was a matter of millimetres in the decision but it was the right call. Despite the stadium ban, Pardew made his team selection and gave his pre-match team talk from the team hotel. The injured pair of Mathieu Debuchy and Loic Remy were replaced by Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and Papiss Cisse. Of the two absences, Remy’s was vital to Newcastle’s poor performance. The visitors lacked pace and movement up front and were easy to play against. However, during the first half Fulham were not much better. The best chance anyone created was Fulham new signing Lewis Holtby, who fired a fierce shot towards Krul’s top corner, only for the Newcastle keeper to pull off a fine save. The best Newcastle could do during the first 45 was fashion a chance for Cisse. However, the Senegal international remains badly out of form and could only prod his effort at David Stockdale. Cisse – without a goal from open play in over 25 games – had an even better chance in the second half. The former Freiburg striker found himself one against one with Stockdale, only for the keeper to pull off a great stop to prevent his team going behind. Seconds after Stockdale had made the save, Fulham took the lead. Dejagah attacked down the left wing before cutting inside onto his stronger right foot and firing a shot on goal that Krul would normally expect to deal with comfortably. However, the Dutch goalkeeper allowed the shot to go under his body and give the home side the lead. Newcastle’s response was tame. Without Remy there was no one to stretch the Fulham back four and they never looked like equalising. Perhaps the Geordies’ lack of cutting edge was highlighted in the final minutes, when they were denied a chance to equalise. Krul made his way forward for a last-gasp corner and connected with Paul Dummett’s centre. The bounce struck Heitinga but Webb waved away the handball protests and awarded Fulham their first win since Magath’s arrival.