KENYA BROWN - Tuesday, April 10, 2018
DeAndre Yedlin and Newcastle United took another step to ensuring their Premier League status with a win over Leicester City while Tim Ream and Fulham are in the hunt for automatic promotion.
Leicester City 1-2 Newcastle United
Goals from Jonjo Shelvey and Ayoze Perez helped Newcastle United to a much-needed win over Leicester City at the King Power Stadium to pull them farther away from the relegation fight.
It has been a tough season for the Magpies on and off the field during the season as they have not been able to bring in fresh recruits due to owner Mike Ashley's reluctance to spend money while he looks to sell the team. However, they appear to be making due as they have turned a corner to see them move back up the standings.
The visitors had the early advantage as Leicester appeared shaky. They were eventually rewarded with a goal in the 18th minute as Shelvey took a pass from Perez and unleashed a shot from the edge of the area that beat Kasper Schmeichel to give the Newcastle the lead.
Perez doubled Newcastle's lead in the 75th minute when he ran onto a long ball from Florian Lejeune and lobbed it over Schmeichel who was off his line as it hit the back of the net.
Jamie Vardy got one back for the host in the 83rd minute when he tapped from close range following a headed pass from Shinji Okazaki.
The win moves Newcastle up to 10th place in the standings with 38 points. They will have a chance to guarantee their Premier League status next weekend when they face Arsenal at St. James' Park.
Sheffield Wednesday 0-1 Fulham
The Cottagers now find themselves two points out of the automatic promotion spots following their narrow win over Sheffield Wednesday at the Hillsborough Stadium.
Fulham dominated the majority of the game but found themselves frustrated as they could not find the back of the net.
Ryan Sessegnon came close but his effort hit the bar while Aleksandar Mitrovic and Stefan Johansen also missed on opening the scoring.
The visitors would eventually find the goal they were seeking in the second half as Mitrovic ran onto a cross from Sessegnon in the area and blasted it into the top corner in the 78th minute for the only score in the game.
The Owls came close to leveling the score with only minutes left in the contest but Fernando Forestieri's shot was way off the mark.
The win leaves Fulham in third place in the standings with 78 points, just two points behind second place Cardiff City who have a game in hand.
Elsewhere in the Premier League, Geoff Cameron watched from the bench as Stoke City chances at survival took another dent following a 2-1 loss to Tottenham.
In the Championship, Cameron Carter-Vickers started for Ipswich Town in their 1-0 loss to Brentford.
Antonee Robinson started for Bolton Wanderers in their 3-0 loss to Derby County.
Lynden Gooch started for Sunderland as they shared the points with Leeds United following a 1-1 tie.
Eric Lichaj watched from the bench for Nottingham Forest in their 2-0 loss to Middlesbrough.
In League One, Duane Holmes started for Scunthorpe United in their 1-1 tie with AFC Wimbledon.
Brendan Moore watched from the bench in Rochdale's 3-3 tie with Portsmouth.