EPL: Newcastle boost survival bid, beat Leeds 1-0

Newcastle boosted their survival bid with a vital victory at Leeds on Saturday in the Premier League.

Jonjo Shelvey’s second-half free-kick clinched third bottom Newcastle’s much-needed 1-0 win over Leeds.

Shelvey curled home from 20 yards in the 75th minute, giving Eddie Howe’s side only their second victory of the season.

Newcastle were under the pressure for long spells but they held on to climb to within a point of safety with a game in hand on fourth-bottom Norwich.

Leeds are now only seven points above the relegation zone after their damaging defeat.

Everton’s change of management did not result in a change of fortunes as Aston Villa manager Steven Gerrard enjoyed a winning return to Merseyside with a 1-0 victory at Goodison Park.

Emiliano Buendia’s header in first half stoppage time separated the sides to leave the Toffees just four points above the relegation zone in 16th place.

Duncan Ferguson took temporary charge of Everton following the sacking of Rafael Benitez last weekend after a run of just one w in in 13 league games.


Ferguson was unbeaten in three matches as caretaker boss against Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal before Carlo Ancelotti took charge just over two years ago.

But he could not replicate that success as former Liverpool captain Gerrard got one over on his old rivals.

“It’s a big win,” said Gerrard. “It was a different style of game. Especially second half we had to roll our sleeves up and put our bodies on the line.”

Wolves won 2-1 at Brentford in a bizarre game delayed after a drone flew over the Community Stadium in west London.

Both teams had to leave the pitch after what was announced as an “unofficial drone” hovered above the stadium, with confused Wolves captain Conor Coady asking referee Peter Bankes “what’s happening”.

The players eventually re-emerged and the match resumed after a delay of almost 20 minutes.

Joao Moutinho’s curler put Wolves ahead four minutes into the second half before Ivan Toney equalised with a 71st minute volley.

Ruben Neves clinched the points for Wolves in the 75th minute.


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