KENYA BROWN - Monday, December 5, 2016
No EPL action for the Americans, but Eric Lichaj and Nottingham Forest got a huge upset win over DeAndre Yedlin and Newcastle, while Danny Williams saw red in Reading's loss to Fulham.
Nottingham Forest 2-1 Newcastle United
An own goal from Jamal Lascelles did the Magpies in as they went on to lose their second consecutive game - this time at the City Ground.
Both Yedlin and Lichaj started for their respective teams.
There was not much beauty in the game and that was proven by the number of cards the referee gave out during the course of proceedings. Jonjo Shelvey would be the first to receive his marching orders when he was shown a red card in the 33rd minute for kicking Henri Lansbury in the face.
Nicklas Bendtner stepped up to take the penalty for Forest, but it Newcastle goalkeeper Karl Darlow guess correctly and made the save.
Despite being down to 10 men, the visitors would find the opening goal just before halftime the loose ball in the area found the foot of Matt Ritchie, who blasted it past Forest goalkeeper Vladimir Stojković.
Newcastle should have headed to locker room with confidence, but that changed just before the whistle when the referee gave a red card to Paul Dummett for bringing down Lansbury in the area. This time it would be Lansbury's chance to level the score from the penalty spot, but Darlow once again came up with the save.
Bendtner would finally find the equalizer for Forest in the 52nd minute of the game as he got his foot on a loose ball in the area.
Newcastle were defending for their lives to save a point, but Lascelles would accidentally put the ball into his team's goal four minutes from time after a corner had bounced all the way through to him.
The Magpies remain in first place in the Championship standings with 40 points, while Forest move up to 13th place with 25 points.
Fulham 5-0 Reading
The Royal's five-game winning streak was given a crushing halt at Craven Cottage as Fulham clearly dominated the game from start to finish.
Williams started for Reading, while Tim Ream started in defense for Fulham.
Things did not start well for the visitors as Chris Gunter headed the ball into his own goal 15 minutes into the contest.
Fulham turned things on in the second half and Chris Martin would score the team's second goal just four minutes into the restart of play when he collected a headed pass from Floyd Ayité and blasted a shot from the edge of the area that beat Reading goalkeeper Ali Al Habsi.
Things went from bad to worse for Reading when Williams was shown a red card for kicking out at Stefan Johansen after he did not like the challenge the Norwegian made on him.
Sone Aluko extended the host's lead in the 68th minute with a curling shot from the right side of the area.
Johansen added a fourth for Fulham three minutes later when he got through Reading defense to put his shot in the back of the net.
Martin rounded out the scoring when he scored his second on the night just before the full time whistle.
Depsite the loss, Reading remain in the third place in the standings with 34 points, while Fulham sit in 10th place with 28 points.
Cameron Carter-Vickers watched from the bench as Tottenham had big 5-0 win over Bob Bradley and Swansea City.