KENYA BROWN - Tuesday, October 2, 2018
Tim Ream made his return to the Fulham starting eleven in their loss to Everton, while DeAndre Yedlin and Newcastle United slumped to another loss in Premier League action.
Everton 3-0 Fulham
Three second half goals sent Everton on their way as they came away with a comfortable win over Fulham at Goodison Park.
Ream made starting lineup for the Cottagers, marking his first game in the Premier League since returning from a long injury layoff.
Fulham had a good opportunity to open the scoring in the first half when Ryan Sessegnon setup Andre Schurrle for an attempt at the edge of the area, but the German skied his shot over the goal. They followed effort up minutes later with an even better chance, but Sessegnon's shot would crash off the bar.
After a first half where it looked like Fulham were the dominant of the two teams, roles were reversed in the second as the Toffees found another gear to the game rolling.
It all started with the referee pointing to the spot for a penalty as his assistant judged that Fulham's Dennis Odoi has pushed Dominic Calvert-Lewin from the back. Gylfi Sigurdsson stepped to take the penalty. He beat goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli, but his shot did not beat the post as it came crashing off the frame.
However, the Icelandic international would make up for his miss in the 56th minute as he put away a beautiful curling shot that Berttinelli could only watch go in.
The host doubled their lead in the 66th minute when Cenk Tosun, who came off the bench, was left wide open to head in a cross from Theo Walcott.
Sigurdsson rounded out the scoring in the 89th minute when Bernard teed him up to send a powerful low shot into the back of the net.
Fulham once again showed they want to play attractive, attacking soccer, but the goals are not just coming as they suffered a heavy defeat this time around.
The Cottagers sit in 17th place in the standings with five points.
Newcastle United 0-2 Leicester City
The woes continued for Newcastle United as it does not appear it will stop anytime soon as they fell to Leicester City at St. James's Park.
Yedlin started the game for the Magpies as they have gone winless in the seven games already played this season.
Newcastle fans are becoming increasingly restless with how the team is being managed as owner Mike Ashley has failed to put any investment in improving them despite having the funds to buy department store House of Fraser. To show his lack of commitment to the team, he made his first appearance at the game over the weekend, with the Newcastle faithful demanding that he sell.
In a game that had very few chances, the Foxes got the first opportunity when the referee pointed to the spot for a penalty when Yedlin handled the ball in the area following an attempted shot from Harry Maguire. Jamie Vardy stepped up and converted the penalty at the half-hour mark.
Newcastle could not buy a goal, but the visitors doubled their lead in the 73rd minute when Maguire darted in to head in a corner kick from James Maddison.
If Newcastle needed any help to get on the right track to maintaining their Premier League status, then it has to come soon or else they should start preparing for life in the Championship.
The Magpies sit in 18th place in the standings with two points.
In the Championship, Antonee Robinson started for Wigan Athletic as they were let down by conceding a penalty late in the game to see them fall to Norwich City in a 1-0 defeat.
Geoff Cameron started for Queens Park Rangers while Cameron Carter-Vickers watched from the bench for Swansea City as the Swans came away with an impressive 3-0 win.
Eric Lichaj started for Hull City as they shared the points with Middlesbough after a 1-1 tie.
Down in League One, Lynden Gooch started for Sunderland as they could only muster a 1-1 tie with Coventry City.