KENYA BROWN - Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Tim Ream and Fulham secured a win to keep up the fight for automatic promotion in the Championship while Duane Holmes and Scunthorpe near the promotion playoffs in League One.
Fulham 2-1 Sunderland
Fulham guaranteed that the fight for the second automatic promotion spot will come down to the last weekend of the season after posting a win over relegation-bound Sunderland at Craven Cottage.
The Cottagers have been winning when it counts to make sure that second place Cardiff City work to earn their way up to the Premier League and avoid going to the playoffs. Meanwhile, Sunderland has had a woeful season as they have failed to address many problems on the field and in the front office.
Ream took up his regular spot in central defense for Fulham while Luca de la Torre had a spot on the bench for the contest.
The visitors gave themselves a promising start to the game as they opened the scoring in the 28th minute. Joel Asoro took a pass from teammate Ashley Fletcher, spun around his marker and unleashed a shot that beat goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli.
However, Fulham would level the score just before halftime when Lucas Piazon finished off a counter-attack with a strike in the open net.
The host may have started off slowly, but they finally found their footing as they took control of the game in the second half.
They were rewarded with the game-winner in the 76th minute when Aleksandar Mitrovic headed in a free kick from Stefan Johansen.
Fulham remains in third place in the standings with 88 points, one point behind Cardiff City.
Ream and the Cottagers will have to get a result when they head to Birmingham City while they hope Reading can bring misery to Cardiff on the final day of the season.
Milton Keynes Dons 0-2 Scunthorpe United
Scunthorpe United will go into the final week of the League One season with an advantage over their rivals as they claimed a big win over the Milton Keynes Dons at Stadium mk.
Duane Holmes started the game for the Iron and played the full 90 for the team.
The visitors scored both of their goals in the first half and made it stick as they sealed the Dons' fate, sending them down to League Two for next season.
Rory McArdle scored Scunthorpe's first in the 20th minute when he ran onto a corner kick from Hakeem Adelakun and headed the ball well out of reach of goalkeeper Wieger Sietsma as it entered the goal.
Scunthorpe doubled their lead 35th minute as Ivan Toney's header from a Josh Morris cross hit off the post and bounced across the goal line.
The win puts the Iron in sixth place in the standings with 70 points, two ahead of Plymouth Argyle.
The team will look to guarantee their promotion playoff spot when they face Bradford City at home.
In the Premier League, DeAndre Yedlin started for Newcastle United in their 1-0 loss to West Bromwich Albion.
Geoff Cameron watched from the bench as Stoke City held Liverpool to a 0-0 tie.
In the Championship, Antonee Robinson watched from the bench as relegation-threatened Bolton Wanderers fell to a 2-0 loss to Burton Albion.
Eric Lichaj watched from the bench as Nottingham Forest settled for a 0-0 tie with Bristol City.
In League One, Brendan Moore watched from the bench as Rochdale fell to a 2-1 loss to Oxford United.