KENYA BROWN - Tuesday, November 1, 2016
DeAndre Yedlin went down with a head injury in Newcastle's win over Preston North End, while Danny Williams and Reading got the upper hand on Eric Lichaj and Nottingham Forest.
Preston North End 1-2 Newcastle United
Aleksandar Mitrović scored a brace as the Magpies maintained their winning form with their victory on the road at the
The win extends Newcastle's winning streak to six games.
After a scoreless first half, the visitors broke the deadlock in the 59th minute. Preston's defense failed to cut off a pass from Matt Ritchie and the ball fell to the Serbian international who blasted his shot past goalkeeper Chris Maxwell.
Mitrović doubled Newcastle's lead in the 71st minute. Yedlin's cross found the striker in the area. His headed effort was well saved by Maxwell, but Mitrović would pounce on the rebound and made sure the ball ended up in the back of the net.
The host would score a consolation goal in the 90th minute when Gregory Cunningham's cross from the left found Jermaine Beckford in the six-year box to put away.
Newcastle were on their way to another win, but Yedlin would not finish the game as he was brought off due to a head injury. According to reports, a Preston fan tossed a coin from the stands and it hit the right back
The win keeps Newcastle atop the Championship standings with 34 points.
Reading 2-0 Nottingham Forest
The Royals moved their way up into the playoff places with their shutout win at the Madejski Stadium.
Both Danny Williams and Eric Lichaj started for their respective teams and played the entire game.
The host opened the scoring in the 10th minute through Garath McCleary. John Swift's long-range effort was stopped by Forest goalkeeper Vladimir Stojkovic, but the ball fell into the path of McCleary who put in the goal on the second attempt.
The visitors pushed hard to find the equalizer before the end of the first half, but Reading goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi would come up big for Reading as he made several saves.
Entering the second half and Lichaj had an excellent chance to level the score, but his shot went wide of the goal.
Reading scored their second goal on the day in the 62nd minute. A cross from McCleary on the right found Chris Gunter and even though there was a minor fumble, he slotted his shot past Stojkovic and into the back of the net.
The win moves Reading up to fifth place in the standings with 25 points.
Geoff Cameron sat out due to an injury as Stoke City beat Bob Bradley's Swansea City 3-1.
Lynden Gooch entered the game in the 84th minute for Sunderland as the fell 4-1 to Arsenal.
Brad Guzan watched from the bench as Middlesbrough beat Bournemouth 2-0.
Cameron Carter-Vickers watched from the bench as Tottenham's game with Leicester City ended 1-1.
Tim Ream entered the game in the 81st minute as Fulham whipped Huddersfield Town 5-0.
Jonathan Spector started in Birmingham City's 1-1 tie with Aston Villa.
Gboly Ariyibi started in Chesterfield's 1-0 loss to Charlton Athletic.
Duane Holmes started and scored a goal in Scunthorpe United's 4-1 win over Swindon Town.