KENYA BROWN - Monday, March 6, 2017
Geoff Cameron returned to the starting lineup for Stoke in their shutout win over Middlesbrough while DeAndre Yedlin and Newcastle solidified their hold on first place in the Championship.
Stoke City 2-0 Middlesbrough
Two first half goals from Marko Arnautovic were enough to help the Potters take all three points in their game against Middlesbrough at the Britannia Stadium.
The highlight of this game was without a doubt Geoff Cameron's return to the starting lineup after a long injury layoff. US national team head coach Bruce Arena will certainly be happy to see him back on the field. Meanwhile, Brad Guzan watched all the action from the bench.
The Potters opened the scoring in the 29th minute as Arnautovic as he took a long ball from Glenn Whelan, sidestepped Boro goalkeeper Victor Valdes and blasted his shot into the back of the net.
The Austrian international doubled Stoke's lead three minutes before halftime when he got his foot onto a header from teammate Peter Crouch in the area.
Stoke sit in ninth place in the standings with 35 points.
Huddersfield Town 1-3 Newcastle United
Newcastle extended their lead atop the Championship standings to five points with a much-earned win over fellow promotion chasers Huddersfield at the John Smith's Stadium.
Yedlin came off the bench for the Magpies late in the game.
Matt Ritchie opened the scoring in the 10th minute as he converted a penalty. He was initially brought down in the area by Nakhi Wells and he would step up to send keeper Danny Ward the wrong way from the spot.
Daryl Murphy doubled the Magpies' lead in the 32nd minute as he slotted the ball home from a tight angle and between the goalkeeper's legs.
Huddersfield would get one back in the 72nd minute as Aaron Mooy scored from the spot after Jonjo Shelvey was judged to have brought down Elias Kachunga in the area.
However, Newcastle would restore their two-goal lead in stoppage time when Dwight Gayle when he tapped into an open goal.
Newcastle maintain their grip on first place in the standings with 76 points.
Fulham 3-1 Preston North End
Fulham maintained their pursuit of a playoff spot in the Championship with a comfortable win over Preston North End at Craven Cottage.
Tim Ream started and played the entire game for the Cottagers.
Sone Aluko opened the scoring for the Cottagers in the 22nd minute as he connected on a pass from teammate Neeskens Kebano.
Chris Martin doubled the host's lead in the 60th minute with Ryan Fredericks doing most of the work to supply the striker with the pass that ended up in the back of the net.
Tom Barkhuizen made it 2-1 in the 68th minute as he collected a through ball from Aiden McGeady and got his shot past Fulham goalkeeper David Button.
But the Cottagers would ice the game in the 77th minute Kebano scored his second on the day.
Fulham in seventh place in the standings with 56 points, five points behind Sheffield Wednesday for the sixth and final playoff spot.
Danny Williams started for Reading and notched an assist in their 2-1 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Eric Lichaj started for Nottingham Forest and came away with a comfortable 3-0 win over Brighton.
Duane Holmes came off the bench for Scunthorpe United in their 2-0 loss to Fleetwood Town in League One action.