RECAP: WEEKEND ENGLISH ACTION
DeAndre Yedlin ensured their Premier League status over the weekend with a big win over Arsenal while Tim Ream and Fulham remain in pursuit of automatic promotion.
Newcastle United 2-1 Arsenal
Goals from Ayoze Perez and Matt Ritchie in both halves helped Newcastle United to a win over Arsenal at St. James' Park to help reach the 40-point mark that should be enough to guarantee them Premier League status for next season.
Yedlin was again in the starting lineup with the same back line that only allowed two goals in their previous three wins coming into the game against the Gunners.
The Magpies would find themselves a goal down in the 14th minute of play when Shkordran Mustafi's long ball found Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on the left. The Gabon forward then crossed the ball over to Alexandre Lacazette, who stretched out enough to get his right foot onto the pass and put the ball in the back of the net.
However, the host would find the equalizer a minute before the half-hour mark when Jonjo Shelvey's long pass found Dwight Gayle. The forward then passed the ball out wide to Yedlin, who crossed it into the area, allowing Perez to hammer it past Petr Cech.
Arsenal had their chances in the second half, but Newcastle made their's count as they took the lead in the 68th minute through Ritchie. Nacho Monreal failed to clear the ball, allowing Islam Slimani to head the ball towards Perez, who then flicked it into the path of Ritchie, who guided his shot past Cech.
It was jubilation all around the stadium as Newcastle continued their fine form that could lead them to a top ten finish at the end of the season.
The win puts Newcastle in 10th place in the standings with 41 points.
Fulham 1-1 Brentford
Neal Maupay's goal in the 94th minute canceled out an earlier strike from Aleksandar Mitrovic to allow Brentford to steal a point at Craven Cottage.
Tim Ream started in the back line for the Cottagers as they are on the toes of Cardiff City for the second automatic promotion spot to the Premier League.
It was a scoreless contest after the first half and it appeared both teams would share the points when Fulham broke the deadlock in the 70th minute. Stefan Johansen's cross found Mitrovic on the edge of the area and his shot beat goalkeeper Daniel Bentley as his came off the post before going into the goal.
With the game deep in stoppage time, it looked like Fulham were headed for a win that would put them up to second place, but Brentford silenced the crowd when Maupay headed in a pass from teammate Florian Jozefzoon.
An unlucky end to the game, but Fulham will make the fight goes on until the final game.
Fulham remains in third place in the Championship standings with 82 points, one point behind Cardiff who has a game in hand.
In the Championship, Cameron Carter-Vickers started for Ipswich Town while Eric Lichaj watched from the bench for Nottingham Forest in their 2-1 win.
Antonee Robinson started for Bolton Wanderers as they shared the points with Barnsley following a 2-2 tie.
In League One, Duane Holmes started for Scunthorpe United in their 1-0 win over Charlton Athletic.
Brendan Moore watched from the bench in Rochdale's 1-0 win over Peterborough United.