A disastrous night for Fulham and potential boost for Newcastle United in the relegation dog fight tonight, with Leeds coming away 2-1 winners at Craven Cottage.
The result means we remain TWO points clear of Fulham, however we crucially have two games in hand on Scott Parker’s side.
This now sends us into tomorrow night’s clash with Brighton knowing a win would move us FIVE clear of the drop zone – something which should give us extra motivation now we know exactly what is at stake in our relegation six pointer against the Seagulls.
Here’s an updated Premier League table after tonight’s result, followed by Fulham, Newcastle and Brighton’s remaining fixtures:
Newcastle (10 games) – Brighton (A), Tottenham (H), Burnley (A), West Ham (H), Liverpool (A), Arsenal (H), Leicester (A), Man City (H), Sheffield United (H), Fulham (A).
Fulham (8 games) – Aston Villa (A), Wolves (H), Arsenal (A), Chelsea (A), Burnley (H), Southampton (A), Man Utd (A), Newcastle (H).
Brighton (10 games) – Newcastle (H), Man Utd (A), Everton (H), Chelsea (A), Sheffield United (A), Leeds (H), Wolves (A), West Ham (H), Man City (H), Arsenal (A).
The game started with a Luke Ayling goal…only for it to be ruled out for offside. Leeds did take the lead soon after, however, with Patrick Bamford’s near post finish handing the away side exactly what they deserved after a dominant opening half an hour.
That said, the final third of the first 45 belonged to Fulham, with a set piece goal from Danish centre-back Joachim Andersen seeing them head into the break at 1-1.
Thankfully for Newcastle fans watching nervously from our sofas, a mistake in midfield allowed Leeds to run at an exposed Fulham defence and Raphinha made no mistake as he burst in behind and slotted past Areola.
Leeds had their chances to make it 1-3, but it didn’t matter in the end as they hung on to secure a win that was celebrated on Tyneside.
That in itself sums up the tragic situation we currently find ourselves in, however there can be no doubting that this result could be significant.
Let’s hope we make the most of it and pull off a big win few are expecting at Brighton tomorrow!