KENYA BROWN - Monday, April 10, 2017
It was rough going for Geoff Cameron and Stoke City as they suffered a narrow loss to Liverpool while Tim Ream and Fulham kept their promotion playoff hopes alive with a win.
Stoke City 1-2 Liverpool
The Reds scored two unanswered goals to cancel out a first half strike from Jonathan Walters as they went to steal all three points at the Britannia Stadium.
Cameron was in the starting lineup for the Potters in the loss.
Stoke are out of contention for a European place, but a strong mid-table finish would certainly be a positive for the team as they prepare for next season. With the record that Liverpool has had against weaker opponents this season, this looked like a good chance for Stoke to take all three points and also make things a bit more unstable in the top four.
Walters opened the scoring for Stoke just before halftime as he headed in his effort from a cross from teammate Xherdan Shaqiri past Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet.
It looked as though the host were on their way to a win as they thwarted several attacks, but Liverpool head coach Jurgen Klopp made some personnel changes - Philippe Coutinho and Firmino both coming on - that changed the game to their favor.
Countinho scored the equalizer in the 70th minute as he pounced on the loose ball in the area and struck his shot past Stoke goalkeeper Lee Grant.
Liverpool were on the prowl for a second goal and they did not have to wait long to find it as Firmino hit the back of the net two minutes later. Georginio Wijnaldum sent a long ball from the visitor's end and the Brazilian was able to secure and fire his shot past Grant to secure all three points.
The loss moves Stoke down to 13th place in the standings with 36 points.
Fulham 3-1 Ipswich Town
Goals from Floyd Ayite, Scott Malone and Stefan Johansen helped Fulham to a comfortable win over Ipswich Town at Craven Cottage and keep them within distance of Sheffield Wednesday for the last promotion playoff place.
Ream entered the game in the 57th minute for the Cottagers in the win.
Ayite scored Fulham's first goal in the 17th minute as he pounced on a parried save from Ipswich goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski.
Ayite would then turn provider in the 30th minute as he pass found Malone running into the area, which allowed the defender to fire a low shot past Bialkowski to double Fulham's lead.
Johansen sealed the game for the host in the 61st minute with strike in the area.
Christophe Berra scored a consolation goal for Ipswich a minute into stoppage time, but it would be Fulham that walked away with all three points in the end.
The win keeps Fulham in seventh place in the Championship standings with 67 points - two points behind Sheffield Wednesday.
Nottingham Forest 2-0 Huddersfield Town
Eric Lichaj scored and Jamie Ward added a second as Nottingham Forest improved their chances of survival with a win over promotion chasers Huddersfield Town at the City Ground.
Lichaj started the game for Forest in the win.
A new coach in Mark Warburton could possibly help Forest avoid the drop with only a few games left in the season and the American right back steered his team in the right direction as he score their first in the 32nd minute. Teammate Ben Brereton squared a pass and Lichaj easily tapped it in from close range.
Ward added the host's second goal in the 57th minute as he pounced on a dreadful header by Huddersfield's Dean Whitehead and blasted a shot past goalkeeper Daniel Ward to secure the win.
Forest now sit in 19th place in the standings with 45 points.
Brad Guzan watched from the bench as relegation-threatened Middlesbrough shared the points with Burnley following a 0-0 tie.
Danny Williams watched Reading's horror show from the bench as they suffered a demoralizing 7-1 loss to Norwich City.
Duane Holmes watched from the bench as Scunthorpe United earned a 1-0 win over Bolton Wanderers to maintain their promotion playoff position.