RECAP: WEEKEND ENGLISH ACTION
DeAndre Yedlin made his long-awaited return to the Newcastle United lineup in their heavy defeat to Leicester City while Duane Holmes and Derby County won a thriller over Birmingham City.
Leicester City 5-0 Newcastle United
It looks like it's going to be another battle to avoid relegation for Newcastle United as they manhandled by Leicester City at the King Power Stadium.
Yedlin, who had been out of the first team towards the end of last season as he underwent an operation for a groin injury, played his first minutes for the team as he came off the bench to play the final 16 minutes.
The host started their scoring tear in the 16th minute when Ricardo Pereira dribbled the ball to the edge of the area and fired his shot past Magpies goalkeeper Martin Dubravka.
Newcastle tried to stay in the game but that all changed two minutes before the halftime whistle when the referee showed Isaac Hayden a straight red card for his dangerous tackle on Dennis Praet. His teammates tried to plead with the referee for lighter punishment, but he wasn't having any of it as the team were reduced to 10 men.
That gave Leicester some added momentum entering the second half and they made Newcastle pay dearly as Jamie Vardy doubled their lead in the 54th minute. Harvey Barnes lobbed the ball into the area for the former England forward and he was able to squeeze his shot past Dubravka.
Paul Dummett gave the Foxes a welcome gift three minutes with an own goal as he deflected Praet's cross into the back of the net.
Vardy scored his second on the day in the 64th minute when he headed in a perfect cross from Marc Albrighton.
The damage was already done as Steve Bruce elected to give Yedlin a run out late in the game. While his performance was nothing to write home about, it was still good to see the right back out on the field once again.
Leicester wrapped up the game in the 90th minute through Wilfred Ndidi whose volleyed effort ended up in the goal with the assist coming from Jonny Evans.
There seems to be no end to the turmoil for Newcastle and there is no doubt that it's going to be long season for them if this game is any proof.
Newcastle sits in 19th place in the Premier League standings with five points.
Derby County 3-2 Birmingham City
Jamie Paterson scored the game-winner for Derby County as they were able to hold on to take all three points over Birmingham City at Pride Park in what was a rollercoaster of a game.
Duane Holmes started for Derby and played 90 minutes before coming off in a strong performance that should earn him a call-up to the US national team for the start of this month's CONCACAF Nations League.
Holmes would be the provider for the Rams' first goal just two minutes into the game when his cross from the right side found teammate Chris Martin and he would get enough power on his shot to get the ball past Birmingham goalkeeper Lee Camp and into the goal.
The US midfielder nearly had his second assist of the half as he once again sent a cross towards Martin, but his shot sailed over the bar.
However, Derby would go on to double their lead in the 50th minute when Martin played a through-ball into the path of Martin Waghorn and the forward slotted his shot past Camp.
It looked like things were clearly going in the way of the host, but then a moment of madness occured that allowed Birmingham to level the score in a span of nine minutes.
Gary Gardner pulled one back for the visitors in the 56th minute when he headed in a corner kick from Dan Crowley.
That was followed by a goal from Ivan Sunjic as Derby failed to clear the ball from the area, allowing the Croatian international to fire from long range and hit the back of the net.
Derby then gave Birmingham a chance to take the lead when the referee pointed to the spot for a penalty when Krystian Bielik brought down Alvaro Gimenez in the area. It was then left for Lukas Jutkiewicz to put away the spot kick, but Kelle Roos made the save to keep the score level.
The host retook the lead in the 74th minute when Jack Marriott sent a pass to an unmarked Paterson who put his shot past Camp to the relief of the Derby supporters on hand.
Derby County moves up to 15th place in the standings with 11 points.
In other top flight action, Christian Pulisic was rooted to the bench for the fourth consecutive league game as Chelsea came away with a 2-0 win over Brighton.
In the Championship, Tim Ream and Fulham came out on top over Antonee Robinson and Wigan Athletic in a 2-0 win.
Cameron Carter-Vickers started for Stoke City as their struggles this season continued with a 3-2 loss to Nottingham Forest.
Geoff Cameron started for Queens Park Rangers as they were shutout by West Bromwich Albion in a 2-0 loss.
Hull City captain Eric Lichaj was in the starting lineup for the Tigers as they shared the points with Cardiff City following a 2-2 tie.
Down in League One, Lynden Gooch started for Sunderland as the Black Cats prevailed in a 2-1 win over Milton Keynes Dons.
Charlie Kelman started for Southend United, but his day ended early as he went with an ankle injury in their 1-0 loss to Accrington Stanley.
Matthew Olosunde came off the bench for Rotherham United in their 1-0 loss to Bristol Rovers.