KENYA BROWN - Wednesday, March 1, 2017
DeAndre Yedlin and Newcastle United needed two late goals to secure a comeback win over promotion rivals Brighton to push them back up to the top of the Championship standings.
Brighton 1-2 Newcastle United
Goals from Mohamed Diame and Ayoze Perez in the last 10 minutes of the game gave the Magpies a tight win over Brighton at the American Express Community Stadium.
Yedlin started and played the entire game in the team's win.
It has been a back and forth battle between these two teams at the top of the Championship. Both will certainly achieve automatic promotion to the Premier League, but only one can head up to England's top division as champion.
The visitors would go down a goal in the 14th minute as Brighton's Glenn Murray converted his goal from the penalty spot. However, Newcastle fans will say it was controversial call as Murray and Ciaran Clark had a tussle in the area during the Seagulls' corner kick.
The action was fast and furious throughout the second half, but Newcastle would be the team to find the goals that would give them all three points.
Diame scored the team's first in the 81st minute to level the score in what could only be described as bizarre. The ensuing corner kick was poorly cleared and Christian Atsu attempted a shot from the edge of the area. However, the ball would ricochet off of one teammate and into the path of Diame as it came off his foot, looped over Brighton goalkeeper David Stockdale and into the goal.
Perez would then enter the game to score Newcastle's game winner in the 89th minute. Atsu crossed the ball into the area from the left and the unmarked Spaniard easily tapped it in for close range.
The win moves Newcastle back up to first place in the standings with 73 points, two ahead of Brighton.
In League One action, Duane Holmes started in Scunthorpe United's 2-1 loss to AFC Wimbledon to keep them seven points behind Sheffield United for the top spot in the division and in a battle with the likes of Fleetwood Town, Brighton, Bradford City and Millwall for the second automatic promotion spot.