KENYA BROWN - Monday, April 24, 2017
Geoff Cameron and Stoke City fell to relegation-threatened Swansea City while Tim Ream and Fulham continued to hold on to their promotion playoff spot with a win at Huddersfield Town.
Swansea City 2-0 Stoke City
Stoke's chance of moving into the top ten took a hit as Swansea scored twice to earn all three points and keep their chances of survival from relegation alive.
Cameron started for the Potters in the loss.
The Swans opened the scoring in the 10th minute when Fernando Llorente rose up to head in a corner kick from teammate Gylfi Sigurdsson.
However, the real action would come within a span of 60 seconds in the second half. Stoke had a chance to level the score when Marko Arnautovic stepped up to take a chance from the penalty spot, but hist shot sailed over the bar. Then Swansea came back at the other end, with Tom Carroll's long-range strike taking a deflection before the ball ended up in the goal to double their lead.
Stoke sit in 11th place in the standings with 39 points.
Huddersfield Town 1-4 Fulham
Fulham scored four unanswered goals to earn a resounding win over fellow playoff chasers Huddersfield Town at the John Smith's Stadium to put other teams on notice that they could be tough to beat should they make it to the next stage.
Ream started for the Cottagers in the win.
The host got an early goal in the fourth minute as Chris Lowe converted from the penalty spot after he was brought down by Floyd Ayite.
However, the visitors would then go on a goal-scoring rampage after the early strike to take all three points.
Scott Malone levelled the score in the 16th minute when he ran onto the ball from the left side of the area and fire a low shot past Huddersfield goalkeeper Daniel Ward.
Tom Cairney gave Fulham the lead four minutes later when he put away a penalty.
Stefan Johansen ensured the game was out of reach for the host when he scored two goals in the 36th and 4th minutes respectively.
The win leaves Fulham in sixth place with 76 points, three ahead of Leeds United. Meanwhile, David Wagner's and Huddersfield have dropped to fifth place. However, they have a chance to bounce back from the loss as they have a mid-week game against Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Nottingham Forest 3-2 Reading
Nottingham Forest scored three goals before fending off a valiant comeback by Reading in their win at the City Ground.
Eric Lichaj and Danny Williams both started for their respective teams in the game.
With both teams at opposite ends of the standings and much on the line - Reading looking to book their place in the playoffs while Forest trying to stave off relegation - the game turned out be a thriller.
Britt Assombalonga opened the scoring in the 31st minute when a through ball from teammate Ben Brereton released him into the area before he flicked the ball past Reading goalkeeper Ali Al-Habsi and into the goal.
Assombalonga doubled Forest's lead two minutes into the second half when he headed in a cross from Ben Osborn.
Mustapha Carayol added the third in the 54th minute with a low shot after taking a pass from Daniel Fox.
However, Yann Kermorgant cut the deficit in the 58th minute as he headed in a cross from teammate Jordan Obita.
Things got even more interesting as Kermorgant bagged his second goal in the 74th minute when knocked down the ball following a cross into the area and then unleashed a strike that Forest goalkeeper Jordan Smith could only watch go into the goal.
But Forest were able to hold on in the end and give boost to their survival hopes.
Forest have moved up to 20th place in the standings with 48 points while Reading remain in third place with 79 points.
Brad Guzan started in goal for Middlesbrough as they received a 4-0 hammering at the hand of Bournemouth.
DeAndre Yedlin watched from the bench as Newcastle United booked their promotion back to the Premier League following a 4-1 win over Preston North End.
Duane Holmes watched from the bench as Scunthorpe United solidified their playoff place in League One following a 2-1 win over Swindon Town.