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Christian Pulisic was on the scoresheet again in Chelsea's win over Crystal Palace while DeAndre Yedlin scored a rare goal for Newcastle United as they beat Bournemouth.
Chelsea 2-0 Crystal Palace
The tandem of Tammy Abraham and Christian Pulisic once again supplied the goals as Chelsea came away with the win over Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge to extend their league winning streak to six games.
The form of Pulisic and his Blues temmates has been incredible in recent weeks, showing right now that the transfer ban has had little impact on the young team. Head coach Frank Lampard has taken the gamble with playing a youthful and it has paid off so far as the team sits in the top four.
The host were on the attack from the start, with Pulisic setting up Mason Mount for a chance at goal just seconds into the game, but it would be blocked in the end.
Much of the talk in the past weeks has been about the form of the 21-year-old American as he made an immediate impact when Lampard reinserted him back into the line-up. And his confidence was definitely showing on the day as he was making runs on the left and into the center that disrupted Palace's back line.
He came close to breaking the scoreless deadlock himself after 10 minutes when Willian played a brilliant ball to him from the right side. The No. 22 showed off his brilliant contol of the ball as he stopped on a dime, which led to Palace defender Joel Ward sliding past with a failed tackle, before his attempted shot was blocked by goalkeeper Vicente Guaita.
It was a frustrating first half as Chelsea could not find a way to get on the scoresheet.
However, the second would be different as the Blues came out determined to break the deadlock. They peppered the visitor's goal with chances until they could not hold on for long.
And that breakthrough came in the 52nd minute when Willian played Abraham into the area with a quick flick of the ball at the top of the area, and the England forward would not miss as he slotted his shot past Guaita to give his team the lead.
That goal seemed to push the host for more, and Pulisic found himself with another chance in the 58th minute when Mateo Kovacic sent ball to the winger. He would cut inside and fire a right-footed shot at the goal, but Guaita was on the spot to parry it over the bar. He had another chance eight minutes later, but he wasn't able to keep it down.
However, the Hershey-native would find the back of the net in the 79th minute when Kovacic, once again pulling the strings in midfield, sent diagonal ball to him. He then passed it to Michy Batshuayi in the center of the area. The Belgian's shot was deflected, but the American, who continued his run into the area, would be in the right place to head the ball in to double Chelsea's lead.
In the end the two goals would be enough as Chelsea continued their winning run to keep them in the top four.
Chelsea sits in third place in the standings with 26 points.
Newcastle United 2-1 Bournemouth
DeAndre Yedlin and Ciaran Clark would provide the goals to help Newcastle United to the win over Bournemouth at St. James' Park to give them back-to-back victories for the first time this season.
The win was also the Magpies second multi-goal game since last weekend when they put three past West Ham United.
However, it would be the visitors that would open the scoring 14 minutes in when Harry Wilson put away a low cross from teammate Ryan Fraser following a corner kick.
Bournemouth may have taken the lead, but it only inspired Newcastle to push hard for the equalizer before the halftime whistle. And they were rewarded inthe 42nd minute when Allan Saint-Maximin's cross to the left side of the goal found Yedlin who came diving in to head the ball home.
The American right back was so stunned about the goal that he did not even celebrate as he looked around the field to see what happened. It appeared he was unaware whether the goal would count as their was question as to if he was offside. However, the referee confirmed the goal was good, giving Yedlin his first of the season.
The host would take the lead in the 52nd minute as Clark was able to pounce on the loose ball in the area to poke it past goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale.
Newcastle are not the most attractive team in the league this season, but the win was much-needed as they continue to put distance away from the relegation zone.
The win moves the team up to 13th place in the standings with 15 points.
In the Championship, Duane Holmes played 72 minutes for Derby County as they fell to Nottingham Forest in a 1-0 loss.
Tim Ream started while Luca de la aTorre watched from the bench as Fulham came away with a 1-0 win over Birmingham City to move them within striking distance of the top six.
Hull City captain Eric Lichaj started, but the Tigers were beaten by league leader West Brom in a 1-0 defeat.
Geoff Cameron started for Queens Park Rangers as they shared the points with Middlesbrough following a 2-2 tie.
Matt Miazga and Reading continued to move up the standings with a comfortable 3-0 win over Luton Town.
Antonee Robinson and Wigan Athletic were soundly beaten by Brentford in a 3-0 loss.
Cameron Carter-Vickers watched all of the action from the bench as Stoke City walked away with a 4-2 win over Barnsley.