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Mitrovic puts Newcastle back on top
February 11, 2017 / 7:57 PM / 10 months ago

Mitrovic puts Newcastle back on top

LONDON (Reuters) - Newcastle United’s Aleksandar Mitrovic escaped a red card and then scored the winner as they returned to the top of England’s second-tier Championship with a 1-0 win at Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Britain Soccer Football - Wolverhampton Wanderers v Newcastle United - Sky Bet Championship - Molineux - 11/2/17 Aleksandar Mitrovic scores the first goal for Newcastle United Mandatory Credit: Action Images / Ed Sykes

The home fans felt Serbia international Mitrovic should not have been on the pitch when he found the net having earlier avoided a second booking for a clumsy challenge on the keeper.

Mitrovic made the most of his luck and slotted home on 44 minutes to put Rafa Benitez’s side one point ahead of second-placed Brighton & Hove Albion.

Chris Hughton’s side had briefly replaced them at the top earlier in the day after Tomer Hemed scored twice in their 4-1 destruction of Burton Albion.

Below them, Huddersfield Town posted a fifth straight victory in all competitions with a 2-1 win at Queens Park Rangers to leapfrog Reading, who drew 0-0 with Barnsley.

Derby County, trailing 3-0 at the break to Bristol City, recorded the day’s best comeback after a Darren Bent double and a goal from Tom Ince evened things up, while Cardiff City dented Leeds United’s promotion hopes with a surprise 2-0 win at Elland Road.

Former European Cup winners Nottingham Forest and Aston Villa both lost, 5-1 to Norwich City and 1-0 to Ipswich Town respectively.

Reporting by Neil Robinson; Editing by Toby Davis

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