RECAP: REAM, FULHAM BEAT NEWCASTLE
There were few EPL games played because of the FA Cup, but there was a slew of action in the lower leagues with Tim Ream and Fulham continuing their push for a Championship playoff spot.
Newcastle United 1-3 Fulham
The Cottagers pursuit of a promotion playoff place took a big step as they claimed all three points at St. James' Park over first place Newcastle United.
Tim Ream started for Fulham and the played the entire game while DeAndre Yedlin did not play as he recovers from an injury.
Tom Cairney opened the scoring for the visitors in the 15th minute when his effort from long range effort that clearly beat Newcastle goalkeeper Karl Darlow.
Ryan Sessegnon would then take over proceedings in the second half for Fulham as he added more gloom on the day for the Magpies. The teenager would score his first in the 51st minute when teammate Sone Aluko fed him a backheel pass in the area and he put his left-footed shot past Darlow to double Fulham's lead.
Sessegnon score his second eight minutes later when sprinted up the left side to catch to a pass from Aluko and he blasted his shot past a helpless Darlow.
Newcastle would get one back in the 76th minute through Daryl Murphy as he fired in a shot from just outside the area to give the home fans something to cheer about.
However, the day belonged to Fulham as they close in on a playoff spot.
Fulham remain in seventh place in standings with 60 points, two points behind sixth place Sheffield Wednesday. The Cottagers have the advantage as they still have a game in hand.
Brad Guzan was in goal for Middlesbrough as they were knocked out of the FA Cup following a 2-0 loss to Manchester City.
Eric Lichaj started for Nottingham Forest in their 1-0 loss to Burton Albion.
Danny Wiliams came off the bench for Reading, but it was no help as the Royals fell to a 3-0 loss to Preston North End.
Duane Holmes watched from the bench in Scunthorpe United 3-2 loss to Gillingham.