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Pardew delighted with last-gasp win

Created on 08 Apr., 2013 1:22 AM GMT

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew was thrilled with the effort of his side after they secured a vital 1-0 win at home over Fulham on Sunday.

A stoppage-time strike from Papiss Cisse was enough to hand Newcastle all three points, and lift Pardew's side five points clear of the relegation zone.

Newcastle entered the clash on the back of three successive defeats, most recently a 3-1 loss to Benfica in Portugal in the Europa League on Thursday.

"It's been a tough week for us," Pardew told Sky Sports. "We played really well against Benfica but came back with a result we would rather not have had.

"Then, playing against real quality opposition today, we have had to pull on everything to try to get a win.

"I'm overjoyed for the players, they have worked really, really hard today. The emotions at the end from Papiss and myself were because of the relief from all that."

Fulham boss Martin Jol, meanwhile, felt his side were unfortunate to come away empty handed.

"I thought we controlled the game in the first half, it was almost perfect," Jol said. "We kept the ball and they could not dominate us, and the crowd were getting frustrated.

"At Spurs we limited them and then scored, and that was our intention today, and it almost came off. We didn't score, so 0-0 would have been OK as they kept on coming at us. Compliments to Newcastle, but we should have had a bit more today."

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