KENYA BROWN - Monday, October 17, 2016
Geoff Cameron and Stoke finally got their first win of the season as Sunderland continues to struggle, while Danny Williams and Eric Lichaj scored for their respective teams over the weekend.
Stoke City 2-0 Sunderland
A brace from Joe Allen helped Stoke to their first win of the season over Sunderland at the Bet365 Stadium.
Geoff Cameron started in a defensive midfield position for the Potters, while Lynden Gooch watched all of the action from the bench for the Black Cats.
The home side did not wait long to score the opening goal as Allen was called into action in the eighth minute. Xherdan Shaqiri's through ball found teammate Marko Arnautovic on the left side of the area. The Austrian international would then cross it towards the center where Allen headed his shot past goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.
Allen would score his second on the day just before the halftime whistle. Shaqiri's corner kick was poorly cleared by Sunderland and the ball would fall into the path of the Welshman, who blasted in his shot from just inside the area.
The win Stoke up to 18th place with six points, while Sunderland sit at the bottom with two points.
Nottingham Forest 3-1 Birmingham City
The news of a takeover by an American consortium must have put a spring in the step of Nottingham Forest as they earned their first win in seven games over Birmingham at the City Ground.
Eric Lichaj started in his normal position at right back, while Jonathan Spector did not dress for the Blues.
It would be Lichaj who opened the scoring in the 33rd minute. He would collect a long pass from teammate Niklas Bendtner, flick the ball past his marker blast his shot past goalkeeper Adam Legzdins into the corner. It was his first goal of the season.
Apostolos Vellios extended Forest's lead in the 63rd minute when he would make a run into the six-yard box to get his foot onto a cross from Henri Lansbury.
Birmingham pulled one back in the 71st minute through Lukas Jutkiewicz as he headed home a cross from Ryan Shotton.
However, the host shut the door an attempted comeback as Hildeberto Pereira put away his team's third goal seven minutes from time. Ben Osborn provided the assist.
The win moves Forest up to 15th place in the Championship standings with 15 points, while Birmingham remain in sixth place with 20 points.
Queen's Park Rangers 1-1 Reading
Danny Williams goal canceled out an early strike from QPR as Reading left Loftus Road with a point.
The Hoops came into the game looking to earn their first home win since the start of the season, while Reading looked to continue their push for one of the playoff spots in the Championship.
The home side got off to a bright start as Pawel Wszolek opened the scoring in the 14th minute. Reading would give the ball away in the midfield, allowing QPR's Olamide Shodipo to make a dash towards the area. His lofted ball would Wszolek, who chested it down and poked it past Reading goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi.
However, the visitors did not take long to respond as they found the equalizer seven minutes later. Gareth McCleary's cross from the left would find Williams in the area, who redirected the ball towards the goal to score his second this season.
Both sides had scoring chances in the second half, but they could not convert any of them as the game ended in a tie.
Reading remain in eighth place in the standings with 19 points.
Brad Guzan watched from the bench as Middlesbrough fell 1-0 to Watford.
Tim Ream started at center back in Fulham's 4-2 win over Barnsley.
DeAndre Yedlin came off the bench in the 72nd minute as Newcastle scored a 3-1 win over Brentford.
Duane Holmes started and played 61 minutes in Scunthorpe United's 2-1 win over Milton Keynes Dons.
Gboly Ariyibi started in Chesterfield's 1-0 loss to Southend United.