KENYA BROWN - Monday, August 13, 2018
DeAndre Yedlin went down with an apparent knee injury as Newcastle United started the English Premier League season with a loss to Tottenham Hotspur.
Newcastle United 1-2 Tottenham
Goals from Jan Vertonghen and Dele Alli would be enough as Spurs got their first win of the new season over Newcastle United at St. James Park.
Yedlin would start the game at right back for the Magpies and played nearly the entire game before hobbling off injured while Cameron Carter-Vickers did not dress for the Londoners.
Both teams entered the season without much news as they barely made a ripple in the transfer market. Newcastle signed a few new players, but nothing to write home about as owner Mike Ashley has come under controversy for his lack of investment in the team. Meanwhile, Spurs shocked many as they did make a single signing as they look to improve on their fortunes from last season.
All of the goals would come in the first 20 minutes of play.
Vertonghen opened the scoring for the visitors in the eighth minute when headed the ball in from close-range following a corner kick. However, there was some dispute as to whether the ball crossed the goal line. It was comfirmed by the referee later and Spurs had the lead.
The host responded three minutes later with the equalizer through Joselu. Yedlin set up Matt Ritchie to put his cross into the area and the Spaniard connected with a header that beat Hugo Lloris.
However, the Newcastle faithful were silenced in the 18th minute when Dele scored to give Spurs the lead again. The England midfielder would get behind Ritchie and Yedlin to head in a cross from Serge Aurier.
Both sides pushed hard for goals in the second half, but they just would not come. Then the scary moment for the Magpies came before stoppage time as Yedlin went down hard with an apparent injury. The right back was challening for ball when it appeared that he hyperextended his knee.
Yedlin's day was done and Spurs left Newcastle with the three points.
Aston Villa 3-2 Wigan Athletic
After a winning start last weekend, Wigan would allow Aston Villa to comeback and steal all three points in their win at Villa Park.
Antonee Robinson started the game for the Latics in the losing effort.
The host got the ball rolling in the 13th minute when James Chester headed in a free-kick from teammate John McGinn on the left.
Wigan then found the equalizer in the 41st minute as a poor back base to Villa goalkeeper Orjan Nyland allowed Nick Powell to put the ball in the back of the net.
Callum Connolly would give Wigan the lead in the 55th minute when he headed home a cross from Powell.
Villa would then start their comeback thanks first to an own goal from Wigan defender Chey Dunkley in the 63rd minute. He could not be totally blamed for the error as the ball ricocheted off his face as his teammate, Cedric Kipre tried to clear it following a corner kick.
Birkir Bjarnason would then go ahead and complete his team's comeback with stoppage time goal. Conor Hourihane's cross from the left found the Icelander as he slotted the ball past Wigan goalkeeper Christian Walton.
A tough loss, but Wigan have not dropped significantly in the standings as they sit in ninth place.
Danny Williams continues his recovery from his broken leg and did not dress for Huddersfield Town as they were blanked by Chelsea in their 3-0 loss.
Neither Tim Ream nor Luca de la Torre dressed for Fulham as their first game back in the Premier League ended in a 2-0 loss to Crystal Palace.
In the Championship, Eric Lichaj started for Hull City as they got their first point of the season following a 1-1 tie with Sheffield Wednesday.
Duane Holmes did not dress for Derby County following his transfer from Scunthorpe United as they suffered a humiliating 4-1 loss to Leeds United.
Gboly Ariyibi did not dress for Nottingham Forest in their 1-0 win over Reading.
Geoff Cameron did not dress for Stoke City in their 1-1 tie with Brentford.
Down in League One, Lynden Gooch started and assited on Sunderland's goal in their 1-1 tie with Luton Town.
Brendan Moore watched from the bench for Rochdale as they fell hard in their 4-1 loss to Peterborough.