KENYA BROWN - Tuesday, January 22, 2019
DeAndre Yedlin and Newcastle got a morale-boosting win over Cardiff City while Duane Holmes bagged his first goal for Derby County to put them in the promotion playoff places.
Newcastle United 3-0 Cardiff City
Newcastle brought some joy to their fans at St. James' Park as they came away with a comfortable win over Cardiff City as they look to put up a fight for survival with their other competitors at the bottom half of the standings.
Yedlin started the game at his usual right back position and played the entire 90 minutes.
It has been a rough few weeks for the Magpies as they have struggled to collect points. With their last win coming in December, they were in sure need of a boost in morale.
The host opened the scoring in the 24th through Fabian Schar as he collected a pass from teammate Isaac Hayden, made a run towards the Cardiff goal just inside their half of the field and put shot past goalkeeper Neil Etheridge.
Schar's day was not done as he doubled Newcastle's lead in the 63rd minute. Matt Ritchie's corner kick was met by Jamal Lascelles as he headed it goal bound, but the Swiss international would guide the ball home by tapping it in.
Newcastle had complete control of the game and went on to add a third goal in the stoppage time as Ayoze Perez Salomon Rondon showed off some fancy footwork before sending a low cross to the Spaniard, who steered the ball into the back of the net.
It was a good performance by the Magpies and one that showed they are ready to put up a fight to stave off relegation.
Newcastle sits in 17th place in the standings with 21 points.
Fulham 1-2 Tottenham
The struggles continued for Fulham as they surrendered a stoppage-time goal to allow Tottenham to take all three points at Craven Cottage.
Tim Ream started the game for the Cottagers in the loss and played the full 90 minutes.
Fulham started the game aggressively and nearly opened the scoring 11 minutes into the contest when new signing Ryan Babel had a great chance, but his shot was parried away by Hugo Lloris.
However, the host did find the back of the net six minutes later to break the deadlock, with some luck, as the ball came off the leg of Tottenham forward Fernando Llorente in the area for the own goal.
That goal gave Fulham more confidence to attack more and came close to doubling their lead before the half when Babel got his head on a cross from Cyrus Christie, but his effort went over the bar. They had another chance seconds later when Andre Schurrle volleyed effort was saved by Lloris, leaving Aleksandar Mitrovic to head in the rebound. However, it was ruled out by the referee for offside.
Tottenham, who have been hit by injuries of late, the most recent coming with their top forward Harry Kane, found their way back into the game in the second half as they leveled the score in the 51st minute through Dele Alli. Christen Eriksen sent a floating cross into the are and the England international would head the ball in.
The game looked like it was heading towards a tie, but the visitors would find a way to snatch the win in stoppage time as Harry Winks headed in a Georges N'Koudou cross to the delight of the traveling fans.
Fulham sits in 19th place in the standings with 14 points.
Derby County 2-1 Reading
Derby County kept their fight for a place in the promotion playoffs as they came away with a win over Reading at Pride Park Stadium.
Duane Holmes started the game for the Rams, playing 87 minutes in their win.
The midfielder, who was signed by Derby last summer, scored his first goal for the team just three minutes into the contest when he ran onto a through ball from teammate Harry Wilson and steered his shot past goalkeeper Anssi Jaakkola.
Wilson doubled the host's lead five minutes before the half when Martin Waghorn set up the forward with a strike just outside the area. The ball took a deflection of a Reading midfielder Andrew Rinomhota before it dipped over Jaakkola, who could only watch it hit the back of the net.
Derby had several chances to add more to their tally but failed to convert them.
Reading cut the deficit in the 66th minute when Sone Aluko ran onto a pass from Oviemuno Ejaria and slotted home past Kelle Roos.
However, the visitors could not find the equalizer as Derby took the win.
Derby sits in sixth place in the standings with 46 points.
In the Championship, Cameron Carter-Vickers came off the bench for Swansea City as they eeked by Sheffield United in a 1-0 win.
Eric Lichaj came off the bench for Hull City as they surrendered their lead to come away with a 2-2 tie with Aston Villa.
Down in League One, Lynden Gooch started for Sunderland as the Black Cats shared the points with Scunthorpe United following a 1-1 tie.
Chris Kelman, who has recently signed his first professional contract, came off the bench for Southend United as they blanked Bradford City in a 4-0 win.