JOHN KRETLOW - Monday, April 8, 2013
Clint Dempsey went the distance in Tottenham's draw against Tim Howard's Everton, while Brad Guzan and Aston Villa notched a big victory over Geoff Cameron's Stoke City.
Tottenham Hotspur 2-2 Everton
Clint Dempsey and Tottenham salvaged a draw in the late moments against Tim Howard's Everton.
The Texan went the distance and was booked, while Tottenham's Brad Freidel dressed but did not feature. Everton's Howard played the full ninety minutes and recorded five saves.
Spurs jumped out to an early lead, as Emmanuel Adebayor found the back of the net off of a Jan Vertonghen ball into the box in the first minute.
Despite the quick goal by Spurs, the Toffees equalized in the 15th minute when Phil Jagielka headed in Leighton Baines corner.
In the 30th minute Dempsey's ball hit the arm of Darron Gibson, however the referee did not call the penalty kick.
Everton eventually took the lead in the 53rd minute as Kevin Mirallas made a run from the right flank and slotted the ball passed Hugo Lloris.
Spurs though fought back to level the game in the 87th minute when Adebayor's shot hit the post and Gylfi Sigurdsson notched home the rebound.
Tottenham is now level with Chelsea in points for the last automatic Champions League spot, but they trail their London rivals by just goal differential.
The Toffees are now four points behind Arsenal for the Europa League position.
Spurs take on Basel in Europa League action this week, while Everton host Queens Park Rangers next week at Goodison Park.
Stoke City 1-3 Aston Villa
Brad Guzan and Aston Villa notched a massive three points at Geoff Cameron's Stoke City.
Guzan went the distance for Villa and recorded two saves, while Eric Lichaj dressed but did not feature.
Cameron played the full ninety minutes for the Potters, however teammate Brek Shea did not make the game day roster.
Villa opened the scoring in the 9th minute when Matthew Lowton made a run down the endline, passed the ball into the six yard box that Cameron was unable to clear, and unfortunately for Stoke, Gabriel Agbonlahor knocked into the back of the net.
The home team however leveled the game late as Michael Kightly met a Charlie Adam pass and left footed the ball passed Guzan in the 80th minute.
In the 87th minute Villa were up again as Lowton chested an attempted clearance and rocketed an incredible shot passed a diving a diving Asmir Begovic.
Then in the 90th minute Villa sealed the victory as Christian Benteke stoke the ball in the midfield and raced untouched into the final third and slid the ball passed Begovic.
The win for Villa puts them two points above the bottom three, while the loss for Stoke has them just three points above the drop zone.
Villa takes on takes on Fulham next week at home, while the Potters host Manchester United at the Britannia.
Birmingham City 1-1 Millwall
Jonathan Spector played 45 minutes before being subbed out with an ankle injury in Birmingham City's draw with Millwall.
Will Packwood is out for the season with a knee injury and did not feature for the Blues.
After a scoreless first half, Birmingham got on the board first with a goal from Wesley Thomas, however in the 70th minute Millwall leveled the game with a goal from Chris Taylor.
The Blues are in 13th place and six points above the relegation zone. They take on Leicester City on Friday.
Sheffield Wednesday 3-2 Blackburn Rovers
Stuart Holden played 59 minutes in Sheffield Wednesday's big win over Blackburn Rovers.
The victory bolts the Owls three points above the drop zone, while Blackburn falls into the bottom three.
Wednesday got a massive two goals from Jermaine Johnson, in the 20th and 78th minute, while Leroy Lita notched a penalty kick in the 35th.
Jordan Rhodes scored in the 12th minute for Blackburn, while Scott Dann notched in the 71st minute.
The Owls have lost just once in their last five games and look to extend that streak on Tuesday against Millwall.
Oxford United 0-1 Wycombe Wanderers
Jon Paul Pittman went the distance in Oxford United's loss to Wycombe Wanderers in League Two action this weekend.
Wycombe got the lead in the 19th minute with a superb individual goal from Joel Grant.
Pittman was involved throughout the game and almost helped United equalize.
The American sent in a cross just seconds after the opener, but Tom Craddock's header went over the goal.
Then just moments later Pittman smashed a ball that went off the cross bar, nearly giving Oxford the goal in the first half.
United is in 13th place and seven points from a playoff spot with three games left. They take on Dagenham & Redbridge next week.
Conor Doyle dressed but did not feature in Derby County's loss to Ipswich Town.
Tim Ream made the game day roster but did not play in Bolton's win over Wolverhampton.
Zak Whitbread did not make the 18 in Leicester City's draw against Brighton & Hove Albion.
Frank Simek did not play in Carlisle United's win over Oldham Athletic.
Mike Grella did not dress in Scunthorpe United's loss to Preston North End.