KENYA BROWN - Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Struggles continued for DeAndre Yedlin and Tim Ream's respective teams, but in the lower leagues, Charlie Kelman made a huge impression on his debut for Southend United.
Chelsea 2-1 Newcastle United
The woes continued for Newcastle as Willian's second-half strike helped Chelsea to the win over the Magpies at Stamford Bridge.
Yedlin got the start at right back for Newcastle, playing 82 minutes.
After a slow start to the season, it seemed that the north England team had turned a corner. However, they have found themselves in a funk as they entered the game winless in their previous four outings.
And things did not start well for the visitors as they found themselves behind just nine minutes into the game when David Luiz's long ball from Chelsea's own end found Pedro, and Spanish international chipped his shot over goalkeeper Martin Dubravka to give them the lead.
The Blues would have the advantage for much of the first half, but Newcastle found the equalizer in the 40th minute through Ciaran Clark rose up to head in a Matt Ritchie corner kick.
However, the host retook the lead in the 57th minute as Willian would run onto a pass from Eden Hazard and send a curling shot around two Newcastle defenders and Dubravka before the ball ended up in the back of the net.
Newcastle had no answer to find a second equalizer as Chelsea rolled on to claim all the points.
The Magpies now sit in 18th place in the standings with 18 points.
Burnley 2-1 Fulham
Fulham had only themselves to blame for their loss to Burnley as they were responsible for both goals for their opponents at Turf Moor.
Tim Ream started the game for the Cottagers as their struggles continue despite the coaching change back in November.
After last season's success in earning promotion back to the Premier League, Fulham appears to be on the fast track back to the Championship. Even with Claudio Ranieri at the helm, they have not been able to string together enough wins, with their last coming in December over Huddersfield Town.
And it was not going to be an easy time for them against Burnley as they have been on a great run, having won their past three games in all competitions.
The visitors did start off brightly as Andre Schurrle scored the opening goal just two minutes into the contest. Dennis Odoi's long ball down field found the German forward, and he brought the ball down with the softest of touches before unleashing a volley that goalkeeper Tom Heaton was not going to stop.
But all hopes of possibly coming away with the points were dashed shortly afterwards as Fulham gifted the win to their host.
The equalizer would come in the 20th minute when Burnley midfielder Jeff Hendrick's powerful shot at goal came crashing off Joe Bryant's leg and into the Fulham's goal.
Then to add insult to injury, Hendrick set up Fulham to score their second own goal three minutes later when his cross in the area saw Odoi head the ball past Sergio Rico to give Burnley the lead.
This will certainly be a game that Fulham want to get behind them quickly as their fight for survival gets tighter.
The Cottagers sit in 19th place in the standings with 14 points.
Southend United 2-3 Plymouth Argyle
Charlie Kelman scored a memorable goal on his debut for Southend United as the pushed for a valiant comeback, but it was not enough as Plymouth would hold on to the win at Roots Hall Stadium.
The visitors would open the scoring in the 21st minute when Steven Hendrie headed the ball in the wrong direction and into the path of Antoni Sarcevic who finished well to give his team the lead.
Freddie Ladapo doubled Plymouth's lead just minutes into the second half when he ran onto a long ball from David Fox and calmly put his shot past goalkeeper Nathan Bishop.
Plymouth then added a third in the 73rd minute when Ruben Lameiras' close-rang shot found the back of the net.
The Shrimpers would then mount a comeback as they were rewarded a penalty after the referee judged the ball was handled in the area. Simon Cox then stepped up and converted the penalty to give his team a lifeline.
The host then made things very interesting when Kelman, who entered the game in the 71st minute, made it a debut that he and the supporters will soon not forget when he forced Plymouth's Yann Songo'o to turnover the ball and the English-American then took a crack at goal from his own end with a shot that got past goalkeeper Kyle Letheren who was off his line.
Despite the exciting goal, which should be a goal of the year candidate for League One, it was too little, too late for Southend.
Southend sits in 12th place in the League One standings with 35 points.
In the Championship, Duane Holmes started for Derby County as they went down to Leeds United in a 2-0 loss.
Cameron-Carter Vickers watched from the bench for Swansea City as they shared the points with Preston North End after a 1-1 tie.
Eric Lichaj was on the bench for Hull City as the Tigers came away with a 3-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday.
Lynden Gooch started as 10-man Sunderland was able to hold on for the 1-1 tie with Luton Town.