KENYA BROWN - Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Tim Ream and Fulham earned a shutout win over Barnsley, while DeAndre Yedlin and Newcastle United maintained they slim lead atop the Championship standings with a win over Brentford.
Fulham 2-0 Barnsley
Goals from Chris Martin and Scott Malone were enough to help Fulham to a win over Barnsley at Craven Cottage to keep them in contention for the playoff spots in the Championship standings.
Tim Ream started in central defense for the Cottagers and played the entire game.
Fulham was the stronger of the two sides as Martin and Chelsea loanee Lucas Paizon had chances to open the scoring in the first half.
Martin would get the host on the scoreboard just before halftime when he converted his penalty. Barnsley defender Angus MacDonald was judged to have brought Fulham midfielder Kevin McDonald down in the area.
Malone would double Fulham's lead 10 minutes into the second half when he volleyed home a cross from Martin to ensure that they came away with the three points.
Fulham is now eighth place in the standings with 39 points, six points behind Sheffield Wednesday for the fourth playoff spot.
Brentford 1-2 Newcastle United
Daryl Murphy's game-winning goal helped Newcastle to a hard-earned win over Brentford at Griffin Park.
DeAndre Yedlin started at right back for the Magpies and played the entire game.
The visitors started off strong opened the scoring in the 20th minute through Dwight Gayle. Ayoze Pérez supplied the pass and the winger made his run down the left before cutting into the area and blasting his shot past Brentford goalkeeper Daniel Bentley.
Lasse Vibe would level the score seven minutes into the second half when Newcastle goalkeeper Karl Darlow failed to handle the ball in the area allowing the Danish international to put away the loose ball.
However, the Magpies would get the last laugh as Murphy scored in the 79th minute to help his team retake the lead and claim all three points. Pérez's inswinger from the left found the substitute, who was running into the area, and headed his effort past Bentley.
The win allowed Newcastle to move back up to first place in the standings with 55 points, one point ahead of Brighton.
Danny Williams started in midfield for Reading in their 1-0 loss to Queens Park Rangers.
Jonathan Spector and Eric Lichaj started for their respective teams as the game between Birmingham City and Nottingham Forest ended in 0-0 tie.
Gboly Ariyibi came off the bench as Chesterfield went to secure a 1-0 win over Coventry City.
Duane Holmes started in Scunthorpe United's 2-1 win over Northampton Town.