RECAP: WEEKEND ENGLISH ACTION
Christian Pulisic came off the bench to assist on a goal in Chelsea's win over Southampton while DeAndre Yedlin started his first game for Newcastle United as they beat Manchester United.
Southampton 1-4 Chelsea
Chelsea took the lead and never looked back as they came away with a convincing win over Southampton at St. Mary's Stadium to move them up the standings and challenge for a top four place.
Christian Pulisic, who had not played in the Blues previous four league games, came off the bench to play the final 10 minutes of the contest.
The Londoners have every right to be confident coming into the weekend's game as they had a good win over Lille in the Champions League at mid-week and the Saints were ripe for the taking as they had lost their previous two league games.
Chelsea opened the scoring in the 17th minute when Callum Hudson-Odoi's lofted pass down field found teammate Tammy Abraham, and he somehow got his looping shot over Southampton goalkeeper Angus Gunn and headed towards the goal. It was uncertain at first whether the ball had crossed the goal line as Maya Yoshida cleared the ball from the goal, but thanks to technology it was confirmed that the ball did indeed cross the line to give Chelsea the lead.
Mason Mount doubled his team's lead seven minutes later as Willian fed the England midfielder the ball and he slotted it past Gunn.
The host reduced the deficit on the half-hour mark through Danny Ings Yann Valery's low cross from the right side found the forward and the forward was able to get a foot on the ball to steer it past Kepa.
However, Chelsea were too dominant in the game and restored their two-goal lead 10 minutes later when Ngolo Kante was left unchallenged to deliver a long-range strike that left Gunn totally flat-footed as he watched the ball hit the back of the net.
The visitors should have had more goals coming their way in the second half, but had to wait until the 89th minute when Michy Batshuayi teamed up with Pulisic to score their fourth. The Belgian international played a pass to the American midfielder at the top of the area and he would then play a through-ball in leading to the score.
An all-around good performance for the Blues as they look to keep the pressure on the teams above for a spot in the top four.
Chelsea sits in fifth place in the standings with 14 points.
Newcastle United 1-0 Manchester United
Matthew Longstaff's goal was all that Newcastle United needed as they came away with morale-boosting win over Manchester United at St. James' Park.
DeAndre Yedlin, who had recentely recovered from a groin injury, started his first game for the Magpies and came through with no problems as he played the entire 90 minutes.
Newcastle may have their own problems at the moment, especially when discussing ownership, but it pales nothing in comparison to the problems at Manchester United as they look nothing like the dominant force they were under former head coach Sir Alex Ferguson. And coming off an uninspiring tie at AZ Alkmaar in the Europa League a few days earlier, it looked like they would be in no mood to play.
Despite not possessing the ball that much for the game, the host appeared to be the more spirited of the two teams, with Longstaff coming very close to opening the scoring in the first half with a long-range effort that skipped off the bar.
The English midfielder came close on his first shot, but he made it count in the second half as he found the back of the net with another long-range strike in the 72nd minute. Allan Saint-Maximin played the ball to Jetro Willems on the left side and the Dutchman then teed up Longstaff for another crack at goal as his shot beat David de Gea.
A much-needed win for Newcastle and one they hope to build as they will want to move clear of the relegation zone.
Newcastle sits in 16th place in the standings with eight points.
In the Championship, Cameron Carter-Vickers started for Stoke City as they came away with a 2-1 win over his former team Swansea City.
Tim Ream started for Fulham as their game with Charlton Athletic finished in a 2-2 tie.
Matt Miazga started for struggling Reading as they fell to Bristol City in a 1-0 loss.
Geoff Cameron started for Queens Park Rangers as they came away with a 4-2 win over Blackburn Rovers.
Antonee Robinson started for Wigan Athletic in their 1-0 loss to Sheffield Wednesday.
Eric Lichaj started for Hull City as they were blanked by Huddersfield Town in a 3-0 loss.
Duane Holmes came off the bench for Derby County as marched on to a 2-0 win over Luton Town.
Down in League One, Lynden Gooch started for Sunderland as they were beaten by Lincoln City in a 2-0 loss.
Matthew Olosunde started for Rotherham United as they recorded a 4-0 shutout win over Coventry City.
Giles Phillips started for Wycombe Wanderers as they shared the points with Peterborough United following a thrilling 3-3 tie.