KENYA BROWN - Tuesday, April 24, 2018
DeAndre Yedlin and Newcastle United had their four-game winning streak snapped by Everton while Tim Ream and Fulham kept up their pursuit of automatic promotion.
Everton 1-0 Newcastle United
A goal from Theo Walcott was all Everton needed to overcome Newcastle United as they labored to a win at Goodison Park.
The Magpies entered Monday night's game with a four-game winning streak and the guarantee of their Premier League status after last weekend's win. With the season winding down, it's all about trying to finish strong.
After a drab first half that only a few good chances on goal, the Toffees finally broke the deadlock in the 51st minute. Yannick Bolasie's cross from the right pinged off Yedlin's leg before landing at the feet of Walcott, who put his shot over goalkeeper Martin Dubravka and into the roof of the net.
Newcastle had a chance to equalize in the 63rd minute, but Dwight Gayle shot from a corner kick sailed over the bar. Matt Ritchie followed that up in the 76th minute with his own effort from a free kick that just missed the top corner of the goal.
Newcastle remains in 10th place in the standings with 41 points.
Millwall 0-3 Fulham
Three second-half goals saw Fulham maintain their pursuit of the second automatic promotion place in the Championship as they came away with a comfortable win over Millwall at the Den.
Tim Ream started for Cottagers in the game that saw him earn team of the week honors.
And the 30-year-old center back showed why he deserved to receive the honor when he saved a sure Millwall goal from off the line. Jed Wallace's shot was heading towards the open net, but the American would get back just in time to extend his leg out and clear the danger.
Fulham would go on to break the scoreless deadlock in the 46th minute when Ryan Sessegnon pounced on a rebound after a long-range shot by Aleksandar Mitrovic and slotted the ball past Jordan Archer.
Kevin McDonald doubled Fulham's lead 10 minutes later when his long-range strike flew into the top corner of the goal.
Mitrovic rounded out the scoring in the 89th minute when Toma Kalas made a run with the ball from midfield and passed it over to the Serbian on the right, who then fired it past Archer.
The win keeps Fulham in third place in the standings with 85 points, one point behind Cardiff City.
Jeff Cameron watched from the bench as Stoke City could only muster up a 1-1 tie with Burnley.
In the Championship, Cameron Carter-Vickers started for Ipswich Town as they were hammered 4-0 by Aston Villa.
Eric Lichaj started for Nottingham Forest in their 2-1 loss to Cardiff City.
Antonee Robinson started for Bolton Wanderers in their 4-0 loss to Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Down in League One, Duane Holmes started for Scunthorpe United in their 1-0 win over Walsall. The Iron are in the hunt to claim one of the promotion playoff spots.
Brendan Moore watched from the bench as Rochdale played out a 1-1 tie with Bradford City.