KENYA BROWN - Thursday, September 29, 2016
The Champions League was not the only action going on during the midweek as DeAndre Yedlin and Newcastle fought back to earn a big win over Norwich City.
Newcastle United 4-3 Norwich City
Two goals in stoppage helped the Magpies to a come from behind win over Norwich at St. James' Park to narrow the gap at the top of the Championship standings.
Norwich came into the game riding a five-game win streak, while Newcastle continued to look for consistency in their campaign after registering a win and a tie in their previous two games.
The home side dominated the first half and would strike first in the 24th minute when Dwight Gayle connected on a cross from teammate Matt Ritchie to give them the lead.
However, the Canaries would level the score just before halftime when Yoan Gouffran brought down Robbie Brady in the area. Graham Dorrans stepped up and put away the penalty.
The visitors would carry their momentum into the second half and took the lead nine minutes in through Cameron Jerome. Jacob Murphy's cross would roll through the area before the forward collected the ball on the left side. He then unleashed a right-footed curler past goalkeeper Karl Darlow that had the away supporters jumping for joy.
Norwich increased their lead in the 69th minute when Jacob Murphy's long-range effort deflected off Jamaal Lascelles and into the back of the net.
Newcastle pulled one back in the 71st minute when Jonjo Shelvey's long ball found Gayle, who did well to bring it down before firing his shot past goalkeeper Michael McGovern.
However, with six minutes of stoppage time, the Magpies saved the dramatics for the final minutes.
Gouffran would score the equalizer in the 95th minute when he headed in DeAndre Yedlin's cross.
Then it would be Gayle to score the game-winner as well as his hat-trick a minute later. Shelvey's long ball would be knocked down just outside the area for Gayle. After a brief scramble he would re-collect the ball and put it past McGovern to send the home supporters into rapturous cheers.
The win leaves Newcastle in third place in the standings with 19 points.
Birmingham City 2-2 Preston North End
Che Adams' goal in the 68th minute allowed Birmingham to grab a point against a stubborn PNE side at St. Andrews Stadium.
Jonathan Spector started at right back for the Blues and played the entire game.
Birmingham came into the game on a six-game unbeaten run and were looking to extend that streak with a win for the home fans.
However, it would be the visitors that would strike first in the 19th minute. Alex Baptiste would win out among the crowd in the six-yard box to get his foot on the ball and poke it past goalkeeper Alex Legzdins.
The home side would level the score on the half hour mark when Ryan Shotton rose above the PNE defenders to head home a David Cotterill corner kick.
The Lilywhites would re-take the lead five minutes later Daniel Johnson buried a superb free kick at the top of the box. Legzdins got a hand on it but it was not enough to eliminate the danger.
Preston frustrated Birmingham and several opportunities to extended their lead, but the defense was able to hold on.
Birmingham worked hard to find the equalizer and were finally rewarded in the 68th minute when Adams unleashed a volley past goalkeeper Chris Maxwell. Jonathan Grounds provided the assist.
The Blues extended their unbeaten run to seven games, but dropped to seventh place in the standings with 17 points.
Erich Lichaj and Tim Ream started for their respective teams as Nottingham Forest and Fulham shared the spoils in a 1-1 tie at the City Ground.
Danny Williams did not dress as Reading took a 4-1 drubbing at the hands of Brentford.
Gboly Ariyibi started as Chesterfield played Gillingham in a thrilling 3-3 tie.
Duane Holmes started and played 77 minutes in Scunthorpe United 4-1 win over Walsall.