Rafa Benitez's Newcastle defeated in their Championship opener

Fulham came out on top against the promotion favourites

Newcastle, Rafa Benitez

Newcastle United Manager Rafael Benitez gives instructions from the touchline during the Sky Bet Championship match at Craven Cottage, London. Picture by: Adam Davy / PA Wire/Press Association Images

Newcastle's first game in this season's Championship has ended in defeat.

Having been relegated from the Premier League last season, Rafael Benitez's side were beaten 1-0 at Fulham.

Matt Smith got the goal just before the break for the home team.

Benitez has been reshaping the Newcastle squad this summer as they look for automatic promotion.

New signings Matt Ritchie, Grant Hanley and Marcus Gayle started the match.