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Chris Coleman was happy with how Fulham bounced back from their midweek defeat against Sheffield United.

The Welsh tactician was deeply unhappy with the manner of the defeat in midweek, but felt Fulham were fully deserving of their 2-1 win over Newcastle on Saturday.

Second-half strikes from Heidar Helguson and Brian McBride ensured Obafemi Martins’ late effort was nothing more than a consolation as Newcastle failed to take anything from the game.

The two sides were evenly matched in the opening 45 minutes, but Fulham dominated the contest after the interval and Coleman was happy with the effort.

“I thought the first half was a bit sticky, I don’t think the pitch helped us, it was difficult for both teams,” Coleman told Sky Sports News. “Second half we came out of the blocks much quicker, scored early and in the end we could have had more goals.

“We played poorly against Sheffield United, but we did not make a great deal of it, the players were disappointed, and they have responded in the best way. I thought the second-half performance was outstanding and we deserved the three points.”