KENYA BROWN - Sunday, January 22, 2017
DeAndre Yedlin and Newcastle United had an easy time dispatching Rotherham United while a late goal saw Tim Ream and Fulham steal a point at Queens Park Rangers.
Newcastle United 4-0 Rotherham United
The Magpies maintained their slim lead atop of the Championship standings with a resounding win over Rotherham at St. James' Park.
DeAndre Yedlin started the game and notched two assists in the win.
The host opened the scoring just before the halftime break when Jonjo Shelvey's free kick found Yedlin, who crossed it into the area for Daryl Murphy to steer home.
It would a long night for the Millers as Newcastle dominated the second half of the game.
Matt Ritchie doubled the Magpies' lead in the 49th minute when he tapped in a rebound from Yoan Gouffran's shot at goal.
Ayoze Perez would extend the host's lead 10 minutes later when he headed in a cross from Yedlin at the near post.
Ritchie rounded out the scoring in the 77th minute when he collected a pass from Shelvey and easily slotted his effort home.
The win moves Newcastle back up to the top of the standings with 58 points, one ahead of second place Brighton.
Queens Park Rangers 1-1 Fulham
Chris Martin's second half equalizer helped Fulham share the spoils with Queens Park Rangers in the west London derby at Loftus Road.
Tim Ream started in central defense for the Cottages in the game.
The visitors should have been a goal up in the contest when the referee had judged that QPR defender Jake Bidwell had brought down Sone Aluko in the area. Martin stepped up to take the penalty, but it was saved by goalkeeper Alex Smithies - the sixth save out of the last 10 penalties he has faced this season.
That missed penalty would comeback to haunt Fulham as QPR scored in the 25th minute. Ryan Manning made Kevin McDonald pay for his horrible mistake as put away his first senior goal for the team.
However, the host could not find another goal and Fulham capitalized on this as Martin would go on to redeem himself in the 75th minute when he re-directed teammate Tom Cairney's shot at goal.
The tie moves Fulham up to ninth place in the standings with 40 points, five points behind Sheffield Wednesday for the final playoff spot.
Derby County 3-2 Reading
Reading slipped down in the playoff places as Derby County went on defeat the promotion hopefuls at the Pride Park.
Danny Williams started in midfield for the Royals in the loss.
The visitors would open the scoring in the 16th minute through John Swift, with Liam Kelly providing the assist.
However, Darren Bent would find the equalizer for the Rams in the 36th minute as Reading failed to clear the ball from a corner kick. Richard Keogh would regain possession and send a pass into the area that the former England international put into the back of the net.
Tom Ince would score Derby's second in the 63rd minute thanks to a pass from Craig Bryson.
Will Hughes put away the host's third goal on the day as he pounced on a loose ball in the box.
However, Reading made things interesting towards the end of the game as Yakou Meite pulled one back for the visitors.
Any chance for a Reading leveller were vanquished in stoppage time when Jordan Obita was sent off from getting his second yellow card in the game.
The loss drops Reading down to fifth place in the standings with 46 points.
Eric Lichaj started as Nottingham Forest earned a 1-0 win over Bristol City.
Gboly Ariyibi started as Chesterfield played out 0-0 tie with AFC Wimbledon.
Duane Holmes and Scunthorpe United's game with Charlton Athletic was postponed due to the field's surface being deemed frozen by the referee after a pre-game inspection.