KENYA BROWN - Monday, September 25, 2017
DeAndre Yedlin and Newcastle lost a close one to Brighton while Cameron Carter-Vickers and Sheffield United claimed bragging rights in their derby win over Sheffield Wednesday.
Brighton 1-0 Newcastle United
Tomer Hemed's second-half goal would be enough as Brighton earned their second win of the season over Newcastle United at the American Express Community Stadium.
The Magpies entered the game having won their previous three and were looking to keep pace with the leaders at the top. With a team that did little in the summer transfer window, they have been able to hold their own since returning to the Premier League.
It was a tight game from the start and Brighton came close to opening the scoring 10 minutes into the contest when Pascal Gross struck from close range, but his effort was blocked by a teammate.
Newcastle had their own chance in the 20th minute when Brighton failed to clear the ball from the area, allowing Joselu to take a shot at goal. However, his effort just trickled past the post.
After a scoreless first half, the host would end the deadlock in the 51st minute. Gross sent a free-kick into the area, which headed across the goal by Dale Stephens. Hemed then got his foot on the ball among the crowd of players to hook it into the goal from close range.
The Seagulls nearly doubled their lead in the 55th minute when Bruno Saltor's cross from the right found teammate Solomon March, but his sliding effort at the goal was well saved by Newcastle goalkeeper Robert Elliot.
Despite being down a goal, the visitors were not deterred, but they could not find the back of the net no matter how well they played.
There was a bit of controversy as the game came near its end as Hemed was accused of stomping on Yedlin, but the referee did not see it.
The loss moves Newcastle down to ninth place in the standings with nine points.
Sheffield Wednesday 2-4 Sheffield United
The Blades came out on top in the Sheffield derby as they scored two unanswered goals to give them the win over their city rivals at Hillsborough Stadium.
Carter-Vickers started in a three-man back line for United in the win.
Derby games always bring a lot of emotion and intensity and United raised the stakes early in the game when they scored the first goal in the third minute. John Fleck's powerful free-kick was too much to handle for Wednesday goalkeeper Keiran Westwood.
The visitors doubled their lead in the 15th minute when Leon Clarke ran onto a long ball from the back and slotted it past Westwood.
Wednesday stayed in the fight and cut the deficit before the halftime whistle as Gary Hooper connected on a cross from teammate Ross Wallace and hooked his shot past United goalkeeper Jamal Blackman at the near post.
The Owls would then level the score in the 65th minute as Adam Reach's cross from the left got to Lucas Joao and the Portuguese forward blasted his shot past Blackman.
However, United would respond two minutes later to retake the lead. Mark Duffy took a lobbed pass from Clarke and somehow he was able to score from an unsual angle.
The Blades put the game out of reach in the 77th minute as Clarke powered his way between two defenders to get his foot on the ball and poke it past Westwood.
The win puts United in fourth place in the standings with 18 points.
In the Championship, Lynden Gooch started and scored a penalty for Sunderland, but the Black Cats' struggles continued as they suffered a 2-1 loss to Cardiff City.
Tim Ream started for Fulham in their 1-1 tie with Middlesbrough.
Antonee Robinson started for Bolton Wanderers as the struggling team suffered a 3-0 loss to Brentford.
Eric Lichaj watched from the bench as Nottingham Forest went on to a 2-1 loss to Aston Villa.
Down in League One, Gboly Ariyibi started and scored a goal in Milton Keynes Dons' 2-0 win over AFC Wimbledon.
Duane Holmes started and scored a goal as Scunthorpe United secured a 2-0 win over Portsmouth.
Brendan Moore watched from the bench as Rochdale cruised to a comfortable 3-0 win over Gillingham.