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Dempsey runs riot as Newcastle blow chance

Newcastle missed a chance to rein in fourth-placed Chelsea as they succumbed to a 5-2 Premier League defeat to Fulham at Craven Cottage yesterday.

The Magpies led 1-0 through Danny Guthrie's 43rd-minute effort and looked set to cut the Blues' lead over them to two points, but Fulham fought back superbly in the second half to secure only their second win in six league games.

Danny Murphy equalised from the spot in the 52nd minute after Davide Santon fouled Damien Duff and Clint Dempsey steered in a rebound after Newcastle goalkeeper Tim Krul parried a Bobby Zamora shot to make it 2-1 seven minutes later.

The American scored his second in the 65th minute before Zamora converted Fulham's second penalty, conceded by Krul for a foul on Andrew Johnson. Hatem Ben Arfa cut the gap to two but Dempsey to completed his hat-trick in the 89th minute from a Zamora pass.

QPR climbed out of the bottom three with a 3-1 win over bottom club Wigan at Loftus Road in Mark Hughes' first home league game in charge. Heidar Helguson opened the scoring with a 33rd-minute penalty after James McCarthy handled the ball in the box before Akos Buzsaky added a second with a stunning free-kick which flew in off the post.

Hugo Rodallega's curling effort halved the deficit on 66 minutes and Helguson's penalty was then saved by Ali Al Habsi to keep the Latics in contention, but Tommy Smith's stunning right-foot strike from long range sealed the victory for QPR, who had taken just one point from their previous seven league games.

QPR's win dropped Wolves into the bottom three. The London club are also now above Blackburn, who drew with Everton 1-1.

Tim Cahill's first goal since December 2010 gave Everton a 1-0 lead. He finished from close range after a delicate chip into the box by Landon Donovan, although the ball fell to the Australian after what looked like a handball by Belgium international Marouane Fellaini.

Rovers levelled when Tim Howard failed to deal with a high ball into the box and David Goodwillie -- in the side in place of the suspended Ayegbeni Yakubu -- charged down Cahill's attempted clearance to force the ball home in the 72nd minute.

Sunderland's revival under Martin O'Neill continued as they won 2-0 at home to Swansea. The Black Cats claimed their fifth win in eight league games under the Northern Irishman as Stephane Sessegnon scored the first with a wonderful angled shot following a one-two with James McClean in the 14th minute and then set up Craig Gardner to fire in a spectacular strike five minutes from full-time .

West Brom ended a run of three straight league defeats with a last-gasp 2-1 win at Stoke. After losing 13 games and drawing five of their previous 18 visits to the Potteries, it required two mistakes from Stoke goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen to gift Roy Hodgson's side the points.

Sorensen first allowed a low 30-yard shot from James Morrison to get past him and, after substitute Cameron Jerome seemingly salvaged a point with a fine effort in the 86th minute, Graham Dorrans then beat the Norwegian in injury-time with a 25-yard free-kick.

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