KENYA BROWN - Monday, December 10, 2018
DeAndre Yedlin saw red as Newcastle United would go down to stoppage time goal in their loss to Wolves while Tim Ream and Fulham were hammered by Manchester United.
Newcastle United 1-2 Wolverhampton Wanderers
Matt Doherty's goal deep into stoppage time helped Wolves to all three points against Newcastle United at St. James' Park as the Magpies appear to have hit another slump.
Yedlin started the game for Newcastle, seeing 57 minutes of action until his sending off.
The host started off the game positively and nearly came to opening the scoring when Salomon Rondon sent his volleyed effort goalbound after a pass from teammate Mohamed Diame, but Wolves goalkeeper Rui Patricio did well to make the save.
But it would be Wolves who broke the scoreless deadlock in the 17th minute when Diogo Jota volleyed in his own shot after collecting a pass from Helder Costa. The Portuguese's shot was fired directly at Newcastle goalkeeper Martin Dubravka, but it was too much to handle as the ball hit the back of the net.
Newcastle was not deterred and Rondon came very close to leveling the score when he sent a powerful free-kick towards the goal. His shot beat Rui Patricio, but not the post as the ball came crashing off it, with the sound reverberating throughout the stadium.
However, seconds later, Ayoze Perez found the back of the net for the Magpies when he headed in Rondon's cross.
With the game deadlocked entering the second half, things would change for the host when Yedlin got himself into trouble when he lost control of the ball, allowing Diogo Jota to pounce. This forced the American right back to bring down the Jota, but referee Mike Dean thought the foul was severe enough to warrant a red card.
Newcastle coach Rafa Benitez and a few of Yedlin's teammates disputed the decision, but the damage was done as they were forced to play with 10 men.
The sending off gave Wolves an opening and they pushed to find a second goal to claim the win. Raul Jiminez nearly gave his team the lead when a counter-attack allowed him a chance at goal, but his shot crashed off the crossbar.
Doherty had a chance at goal later, but his shot brought an excellent reaction save from Dubravka.
Newcastle did well to hold off the wave of attacks from Wolves, but the visitors finally broke through in the 94th minute. Jota ran into the are with the ball and fired a shot at goal that was brought out another great save from Dubravka. But he could only parry the ball away and unfortunately it was in the path of Doherty who headed it into the goal.
A tough and frustrating loss for Newcastle as they hope to get back on track next weekend.
Newcastle sits in 15th place in the standings with 13 points.
Manchester United 4-1 Fulham
Claudio Ranieri knows he will have his work cut out for him as Fulham were soundly beaten by Manchester United at Old Trafford to Cottagers rooted at the bottom of the standings.
Tim Ream made his return to the starting lineup for Fulham in the loss.
Despite all of their troubles throughout the season, the Red Devils looked like a much different team on the field this time compared with their past performances.
Ashley Young would open the scoring 13 minutes into the contest when he took a pass from Marcus Rashford on the left side of the field and dribbled past Dennis Odoi before unleashing a powerful shot that Fulham goalkeeper Sergio Rico could not stop.
The host doubled their lead in the 28th minute when Juan Mata guided the ball into the back of the net to finish off a cross from Rashford.
Manchester United was playing with purpose on the night and were rewarded with another goal in the 42nd minute when Romelu Lukaku got his foot on a low cross from Mata to steer the ball into the goal.
It was a nightmare display from the Cottagers, but they were able to cut the deficit in the 67th minute when Aboubakar Kamara converted a penalty after being brought down in the area by Ander Herrera.
However, seconds later the visitors were brought down to 10 men when Zambo Anguissa was sent off for his second bookable offense for his challenge on Rashford.
Manchester United had already won the game, but Rashford would get his name on the scoresheet in the 82nd minute when his long-range shot went through the hands Sergio Rico and into the goal.
The loss leaves Fulham in last place with nine points.
In other Premier League action, Danny Williams started for Huddersfield Town as they were hanging with a streaking Arsenal team but would eventually concede a late goal to go down in a 1-0 loss.
In the Championship, Geoff Cameron saw action in the first half for Queens Park Rangers before being subbed out in their narrow 2-1 loss to Leeds United.
Cameron Carter-Vickers came off the bench for Swansea City as they snapped their three-game losing streak to hold on for a 3-2 win over Brentford.
Duane Holmes came off the bench for Derby County while Antonee Robinson did not play for Wigan Athletic as he recovers from ankle surgery as the Rams came away with a 1-0 win over the Latics.
Down in League One, Lynden Gooch started for Sunderland as they faced Accrington Stanley, but the game was suspended in the 75th minute with the score at 1-1 due to bad weather.