KENYA BROWN - Monday, April 17, 2017
Geoff Cameron and Stoke inched closer to the 40-point survival mark with their win over Hull while Tim Ream and Fulham maintained their pursuit of the playoffs with a win over Norwich.
Stoke City 3-1 Hull City
Goals from Marko Arnautovic, Peter Crouch and Xherdan Shaqiri helped Stoke City endless their winless run as they easily disposed of Hull City at the Britannia Stadium
Cameron started for the Potters and played the entire game.
The host opened the scoring early in the first half when Shaqiri sent a pass to Arnautovic, who skipped pass his defender and hit a rocket past Hull goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic.
Hull would find the equalizer minutes into the second half as Harry Maguire was able to get to the ball after a scramble in the area.
However, Stoke retook the lead in the 66th minute when Crouch finished off a cross provided by teammate Jon Walters.
Shaqiri, who played very well throughout the game, capped it off with a long-range strike to send the Stoke fans home happy with the result.
The win moves Stoke up to 11th place in the standings with 39 points.
Norwich City 1-3 Fulham
Fulham's playoff hopes remain very much alive at the left Carrow Road with three much-needed points to put pressure on the teams above them.
Ream was in the starting lineup for the Cottagers and played the entire game.
Stefan Johansen gave the visitors the early lead as his left-footed strike found the back of the net. However, the team would find themselves at a disadvantage just before halftime as Chris Martin was shown a red card for elbowing Mitchell Dijks.
That did not seem to deter now 10-man Fulham as they doubled their lead in the 48th minute when Tom Cairney converted from the penalty spot.
Cameron Jerome cut the deficit in the 76th minute before Floyd Ayite ensured that Fulham took all the points in the 89th minute with a goal.
The win leaves Fulham in seventh place with 70 points - two points behind Sheffield Wednesday and three from Reading and Leeds United.
Brad Guzan was in goal for Middlesbrough, but that did nothing to stop the relegation-threatened team from losing 2-1 to Arsenal.
Eric Lichaj started for Nottingham Forest in their 1-0 loss to Blackburn Rovers. The loss puts Forest two points away from the relegation zone.
Danny Williams started for Reading in their 3-1 win over Aston Villa. The Roayals remain in fourth place in the Championship standings.
DeAndre Yedlin made his return to the Newcastle United lineup as he came off the bench in the 84th in their 1-1 tie with Leeds United.
Duane Holmes watched from the bench as Scunthorpe United earned a 1-0 win over Milton Keynes Dons. The Iron sit in fifth place in the League One standings and have a good chance to qualify for the promotion playoffs.
As it was the Easter weekend, there were more games on Monday in the lower divisions.
Tim Ream once again started as Fulham sealed a 3-1 win over Aston Villa. The win now moves them up to sixth place in the standings.
DeAndre Yedlin started for Newcastle United in their 3-1 loss to Ipswich Town. They still look comfortable for automatic promotion as Brighton confirmed their spot in the Premier League with their win.
Eric Lichaj started in Nottingham Forest's 1-0 loss to Cardiff City. Forest are now hovering over the relegation as they sit one point ahead of Blackburn Rovers.
Danny Williams started for Reading in their 2-1 win over Rotherham United. The Royals have jumped up to third place in the standings and appear in a comfortable position to lock down a playoff spot.
Duane Holmes watched from the bench in Scunthorpe United's 3-1 win over Chesterfield. The Iron now sit in fourth place in the League One standings.