Five stand-out moments from the weekend’s football.
1 – Huddersfield climb out the relegation zone
Huddersfield were briefly in the relegation zone but climbed out after a conclusive 4-1 win over visitors Bournemouth on Sunday. The Terriers went into the fixture winless in their last eight Premier League matches, losing the last five on the bounce and with only West Brom below them in the table. They took an early lead when new signing Alex Pritchard got his first Huddersfield goal after a pacey Steve Mounie’s cut-back in front of goal. The lead didn’t last as Junior Stanislas made his equaliser for Bournemouth look effortless just before 15-minutes play. Aaron Mooy’s free-kick saw Mounie head his side back in front and in the second-half Mooy made another assist for Mounie to get his second. Mooy was later substituted off with a knee injury and when Pritchard was brought down in the box in added time, Rajiv van La Parra found the net with the spot kick to complete the 4-1 victory.
2 – Newcastle win at home
Newcastle fans’ long wait for a league win at home came to an end against the unlikely opponents of 2nd placed Manchester United on Sunday. The Magpies last league win at home was against Crystal Palace back in October, they lost five and drew three of their eight league games at St James’ Park since. The 0-0 deadlock was finally broken when Matt Ritchie scored the only goal of the game at 65-minutes. The win moves Newcastle to 13th in the table but they are only 2-points above the drop zone, while Man United are now 16-points behind leaders Man City.
3 – Sunderland come back from 3-0 down
Relegation threatened Sunderland came from 3-0 to down to draw with play-off hopefuls Bristol City in the Championship on Saturday. Bristol City have made a poor start to the year winning just one of their eight games in 2018, but their fortunes looked to be changing when an early goal from Aden Flint and a brace from Famara Diedhiou saw them enter the tunnel 3-0 up. Some Black Cat fans left at the break to make the long journey back up north, but Chris Coleman’s side staged a dramatic late comeback initiated by Josh Brownhill’s own goal when he accidental knocked in Lee Cattermole’s cross-bar rebound. Aiden McGeady scored from Cattermole’s free-kick to cut the deficit again and another unfortunate own goal, this time from Marlon Pack, tied the game 3-3 in stoppage time. Bristol City remain 6th and in the final play-off spot, while Sunderland are 23rd and 3-points from safety.
4 – Rangers smash Ayr 6-1
On Sunday Rangers came from 1-0 down to beat Ayr United 6-1 and make it to the quarter-finals of the Scottish Cup. The Scottish League One side took an early lead when Alan Forrest was able to scramble the ball in after a clumsy touch from Rangers keeper Wes Foderingham. An unfortunate bounce may have contributed to Alfredo Morelos missing an absolute sitter at point blank range, but the Colombian forward made up for it moments later to ensure Rangers went into the dressing room all square. After the break a deft touch from Jason Cummings saw Rangers take the lead, just minutes before Josh Windass had acres of space to ensure the cup tie was truly turned around. A simple tap-in got Morelos his second and Windass completed a brace of his own with less than 10-minutes remaining. Jamie Murphy then completed the 6-1 rout with his first Rangers goal. Rangers will face Championship side Falkirk at the Ibrox in the quarter-finals while rivals Celtic take on Morton.
5 – Southend shock Wigan
The “new manager bounce” is still working its magic at Southend as Chris Powell became the first manager in the club’s history to win his first three games in charge. Since taking over in January Powell has overseen his League One side beat Scunthorpe and Peterborough, then on Saturday the Shrimpers pulled off a surprise 3-1 win over league leaders Wigan. The Latics went into the fixture unbeaten in their last 16 games across all competitions and had only lost three league games all season. They remain at the top of the table 2-points above Shrewsbury but with a game in hand, while Southend are 14th and 7-points above the drop-zone.