KENYA BROWN - Monday, November 12, 2018
DeAndre Yedlin and Newcastle United won their second game of the season as they held off Bournemouth while Eric Lichaj and Hull City played out a thriller against Birmingham City.
Newcastle United 2-1 Bournemouth
Salomon Rondon scored both goals for Newcastle in the first half but had to hold on for all of the second half as they came away with all three points over Bournemouth at St. James' Park.
Yedlin took up his spot at right back for the Magpies as they continued their move up the standings following a very slow start to the Premier League season.
Following a much-needed win over Watford the previous weekend, Newcastle was brimming with confidence as they looked to build on their success.
And it did not take them long to get on the scoreboard as Rondon found the back of the net seven minutes into the contest. Yedlin made a blistering run down the right side to meet a pass from Mohamed Diame and sent his cross into the area for the Venezuelan. His initial shot was blocked by goalkeeper Asmir Begovic, but Rondon would not be denied the second time as he buried the rebound.
The host doubled their lead in the 39th minute as Rondon scored a goal a typical number nine would put away as he rose up to head in a cross from teammate Kenedy.
Newcastle was in complete control, but with the fourth official indicating eight minutes of stoppage time in the first half, Bournemouth cut the deficit when Jefferson Lerma headed Ryan Fraser's corner kick past goalkeeper Martin Dubravka.
It was tight in the second half, but the Magpies would hold on to continue their move away from the relegation zone.
Newcastle now sits in 14th place in the standings with nine points.
Birmingham City 3-3 Hull City
Che Adams' 84th minute goal not only ensured him of a hat trick but also a share of the points for Birmingham City as they settled for the tie with Hull City at St. Andrew's Stadium.
Lichaj started at left back for the Tigers in the thrilling contest as they continue to struggle down at the bottom of the Championship standings.
Birmingham would open the scoring in the 21st minute when Adams ran onto a poor backpass from Hull's Tommy Elphick , sidestepped goalkeeper David Marshall, and tapped the ball into the open net.
Adams doubled Birmingham's lead before the halftime whistle when once again the passing by Hull's back-line let them down again as the forward was gifted the ball and he cooly put his shot past Marshall.
However, Hull would claw their way back into the game in the second half as Frazier Campbell cut the deficit in the 50th minute with a one-timer following a cross from Kamil Grosicki.
The visitors leveled the score 10 minutes later when Campbell pounced on a loose ball in the area and knocked it into the back of the net.
The comeback was certainly on and Hull took the lead in the 73rd minute as Grosicki burried a scintilating free-kick into the goal.
But Birmingham would have the last word in the game as Adams sealed his hat-trick six minutes before time when he put away the loose ball in the area to save a point for his team.
Hull sits in 22nd place in the standings with 16 points.
Tim Ream watched all of the action from the bench as Fulham's struggles continue after a 2-0 loss to Liverpool.
In the Championship, Duane Holmes started for Derby County, but the Rams were no match for Aston Villa as they went down in a 3-0 loss.
Antonee Robinson started for Wigan Athletic in their 2-0 loss to Middlesbrough.
Geoff Cameron was in the starting lineup for Queens Park Rangers as they bagged a 3-2 win over Brentford.
Cameron Carter-Vickers had a place on the bench for Swansea City as the Welsh team went on to claim a 1-0 win over Bolton Wanderers.
There were no league games for League One teams this weekend as they started their campaigns in the first round of the FA Cup.
Lynden Gooch started for Sunderland and scored a goal as the Black Cats advanced to the second round following a 2-1 win over Port Vale.
Brendan Moore started between the sticks for Rochdale as they booked their place in the next round with a 2-1 win Gateshead.