KENYA BROWN - Monday, December 23, 2019
Tim Ream and Fulham bagged a big win over Leeds United to keep them in the hunt for automatic promotion while Eric Lichaj and Hull City are in the playoff hunt after securing victory.
Fulham 2-1 Leeds United
Joshua Onomah's goal would prove to be the game-winner as Fulham came away with a good win over Leeds United at Craven Cottage to cut the deficit on the second automatic promotion spot.
Tim Ream started the game for the Cottagers and played the entire 90 minutes as they snapped Leed's 11-game unbeaten run.
As it is the holiday season, the host received a gift from the referee early in the game as he pointed to the spot for a penalty when it was judged that Leeds defender Ben White pushed Bobby Reid in the area. Aleksandar Mitrovic, the league top goal-scorer, would step up and covert the spot kick in the seventh minute.
Going into the second half, it looked like Fulham had doubled their lead when Mitrovic got his foot on the ball to bury in the back of the net. However, the linesman raised his flag for an offside.
This came as relief to Leeds as they found the equalizer in the 54th minutes when Edward Nketiah's powerful shot at goal was followed up by Patrick Bamford to tap in.
But the Londoners were find the winning goal in the 69th minute when Onomah was in he right place at the right time to put away his shot following a corner kick.
Leeds tried desperately to find the equalizer, but Fulham's defense did well to deny them and ensure that kept all three points in the end.
The win puts Fulham in third place in the standings with 38 points, nine behind Leeds.
Hull City 3-0 Birmingham City
Hull City put themselves in contention for the playoff places as they came away with a comfortable win over Birmingham City at KCOM Stadium.
Captain Eric Lichaj started the game for the Tigers and played the full 90 minutes in a game they dominated from start to finish.
It took some time, but Tom Eaves would finally break the scoreless deadlock for the host in first-half stoppage time as he headed in a corner kick from teammate Kamil Grosicki.
That gave more than enough momentum going into the second half as Grosicki put away a goal of his own in the 58th minute. Jarrod Bowen played a through-ball to the Polish international and he chipped his shot over goalkeeper Connal Trueman.
Keane Lewis-Potter put the game to bed for the host in the 88th minute as he collected a pass from Lichaj and finished it off well to send the Hull City fans home in a festive mood.
Hull sits in 11th place with 33 points, well within striking distance of the playoff spots.
In Premier League action, DeAndre Yedlin came off the bench to play the final three minutes for Newcastle United in their 1-0 win over Crystal Palace. The Magpies are now four points away from fourth place.
Christian Pulisic had a spot on the bench as Chelsea broke out of their slump with a 2-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur.
In the Championship, Duane Holmes and Derby County were no match for Reading, minus Matt Miazga, as the Royals came away with a 3-0 win.
Geoff Cameron scored an early goal for Queens Park Rangers, but they allowed a goal deep in stoppage to share the points with Charlton Athletic in a 2-2 tie.
Down in League One, Matthew Olosunde and Rotherham United needed a late goal to salvage a point in their 2-2 tie with Fleetwood Town.
Giles Phillips had to settle for being a spectator on the bench once again for leaders Wycombe Wanderers as they fell to Oxford United in a 1-0 defeat.