KENYA BROWN - Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Lynden Gooch had a cameo appearance for Sunderland, but most of the action happened in the Championship as DeAndre Yedlin and Danny Williams' teams won.
Newcastle United 2-1 Cardiff City
Newcastle won their seventh consecutive league game as they clipped the Blue Birds as St. James' Park.
The Magpies opened the scoring in the third minute of play through Christian Atsu. Aleksandar Mitrovic collected the ball on a throw-in, had a one-two pass play with another teammate and passed the ball off to the Ghanaian, whose shot got past Cardiff goalkeeper Ben Amos.
The host doubled their lead at the halftime mark when Yedlin got the ball out wide on the ride. He cut inside and sent a pass into the area to Yoan Gouffran, who had no problems putting his shot into the goal on the first attempt.
Newcastle had several opportunities to put the game out of reach, but they allowed Cardiff's Peter Whittingham to score in the 77th minute to make things interesting.
However, the home side were able to hold on and strengthen their lead at the top of the Championship standings.
Newcastle remain in the first place with 37 points.
Wigan Athletic 0-3 Reading
Two early goals and a third in the second half helped Reading to all three points on the road at the DW Stadium to continue their push up in the Championship playoff standings.
Danny Williams took up his spot in the midfield and played the entire game.
The game had barely started when the visitors scored their first goal within 57 seconds. Garath McCleary met a pass from George Evans and the forward flicked his shot past Adam Bogdan to give his team the early lead.
McCleary did not wait long to punish Wigan's defense again as he scored his second in the fifth minute. He took a pass from Liam Moore, ran towards the Latics' defense without a single player challenging him and fired a shot from just outside the area that Bogdan has no chance to stop.
Things began to settle down and Wigan started to make some effort to get back into the game, but Reading head coach Jaap Stam made sure his players remained relentless throughout.
They would go on to score a third goal in the 63rd minute as Yann Kermorgant stepped up to put away a penalty.
The win sees Reading move up to fourth place in the standings with 28 points.
Lynden Gooch was a late game substitute for Sunderland as they finally got their first win of the season with a 2-1 victory over Bournemouth. However, the Black Cats remain at the bottom of the Premier League standings with five points.
Tim Ream entered the game the latter stages as Fulham earned 2-0 win over Brentford.
Jonathan Spector started and played the entire game as Birmingham City shared the points with David Wagner's Huddersfield Town after 1-1 tie.
Eric Lichaj started for Nottingham Forest, while Niko Hamalainen watched from the bench for Queens Park Rangers as their game ended in 1-1 tie.