KENYA BROWN - Monday, February 13, 2017
Tim Ream and Fulham won a thriller over Wigan Athletic while DeAndre Yedlin and Newcastle beat Wolverhampton Wanderers to keep their narrow lead atop the Championship standings.
Fulham 3-2 Wigan Athletic
Neeskens Kebano's goal in stoppage time helped Fulham to secure all three points at Craven Cottage to keep them within reach of the playoff places.
Tim Ream started the game in central defense for the Cottagers in the victory.
Floyd Ayite would open the scoring for the host in the 25th minute when he put away a close-range effort after receiving a cross from teammate Sone Aluko.
However, Scott Malone would help Wigan level the score seven minutes later when he put Stephen Warnock's cross into his own net.
The Lactics then found themselves taking the lead before the halftime whistle when Michael Jacobs tapped in a cross from teammate Max Power.
Despite being a goal down, Fulham would find their way back into the game and claim the win as the two teams entered the second half.
Denis Odoi leveled the score in the 71st minute when he collected a pass from Stefan Johansen after the restart and unleashed a long-range shot that Wigan goalkeeper Matthew Gilks could not stop.
Just when it looked like both teams would have to settle for a point each, Kebano ended those thoughts in the 94th minute when his shot from inside the area found the back of the net and sent the fans at Craven Cottage into a frenzy.
The win leaves Fulham in ninth place in the standings with 46 points, six points behind Sheffield Wednesday who occupy the sixth and final playoff place.
Wolverhampton Wanderers 0-1 Newcastle United
Aleksandar Mitrovic scored the only goal to help the Magpies to a win at the Molineux Stadium and reclaim first place in the Championship standings.
DeAndre Yedlin started the game for Newcastle in the win.
Wolves threatened early in the game when they had two opportunities at goal, but both efforts went wide of the mark.
Mitrovic then avoided punishment from the referee at the other end of the field when he ridiculously challenged Wolves goalkeeper Carl Ikeme. Both players went down to the ground but would be back on their feet later.
The Serbian international would then find the back of the net for Newcastle in the 44th minute when he tapped the ball in from close range after Wolves failed to clear it from the area.
Wolves would push for the equalizer in the second half, but Newcastle's defense would hold strong and maintain their lead to the end.
The win moves Newcastle back up to first place in the standings with 65 points, one point ahead of second place Brighton.
Brad Guzan watched from the bench in Middlesbrough 0-0 tie with Everton.
Eric Lichaj started but was sent off after 70 minutes as Nottingham Forest suffered a 5-1 thrashing at the hands of Norwich City. Gboly Ariyibi was not on the bench for Forest.
Danny Williams started as Reading settled for a 0-0 tie with Barnsley.
Duane Holmes started in Scunthorpe United's 2-1 loss to Shrewsbury Town.