JOHN KRETLOW - Monday, September 2, 2013
Tim Howard's Everton continue to search for a victory this season as they drew with Cardiff City, while Geoff Cameron and Stoke City beat West Ham United on the road.
Cardiff City 0-0 Everton
Tim Howard and Everton recorded their third draw in a row to start the season as their match with Cardiff City ended in a stalemate.
Howard went the distance and notched a save for the Toffees.
The American ‘keeper did not have much to do in the opening half, however in the 16th minute he made an impressive save on an inswinning corner kick from Cardiff's Peter Whittingham.
Everton nearly got the lead right before halftime when Nikica Jelavic headed a ball from close range but Cardiff ‘keeper David Marshall made the quick save.
The Toffees continued to push and played strong throughout the game. However, it only resulted in half chances in the second half resulting in a scoreless draw.
Roberto Martinez and company will look for their first win of the season in two weeks when they take on Chelsea at Goodison Park.
West Ham 0-1 Stoke City
Geoff Cameron and Stoke City defeated West Ham on the road to notch their second league win of the young season.
Cameron played the full ninety minutes and received a yellow card late in the game, while Brek Shea and Maurice Edu did not dress.
The Potters were the better of the two teams throughout the game and had the majority of the possession.
Their pressure finally resulted in a goal late in match, as Jermaine Pennant curled in a free-kick form just outside the box much to the delight of the travelling fans in the 82nd minute.
Stoke returns to the Britannia in two weeks to host Manchester City.
Birmingham City 1-1 Ipswich Town
Jonathan Spector and Birmingham City came from behind to notch a point against Ipswich Town.
Spector went the distance for the Blues, while Will Packwood did not dress. Packwood however is inching closer to first team involvement after months of knee rehabilitation.
Town were the first to score as Christophe Berra found the back of the net in the 30th minute.
They should have been ahead more, however the Blues' Darren Randolph was on top of his game throughout and kept Birmingham City in the game.
Finally, in the 76th minute Chris Burke sent in a shot that was deflected passed ‘keeper Dean Gerken to level the game for City.
Next for the Blues is a road game against Queens Park Rangers.
Yeovil Town 0-1 Reading
Danny Williams came on as a first half sub in Reading's win over Yeovil Town.
The German-American entered the game in the 38th minute for Garath McCleary and finished out the match.
Given the chance to play heavy minutes, Williams quickly made an impression by almost scoring in the first half when he volleyed a Royston Drenthe pass. The ball however went just wide.
Town were the better of the two side in the second half, dominating play and possession. It almost resulted in a goal as Edward Upson smashed a right-footed shot that went just wide of Alex McCarthy's post.
Despite Yeovil playing a strong second half, Reading leveled the game in the 77th minute. Town's Luke Ayling brought down Adam Le Fondre in the box and a penalty kick was called. Le Fondre stepped up and buried the spot kick to give the Royals the important road win.
Reading heads home to play Brighton & Hove Albion in two weeks.
Wigan Athletic 2-1 Nottingham Forest
Eric Lichaj and Nottingham Forest lost their first game of the season on Saturday when they went down to Wigan Athletic.
Lichaj went played the full ninety minutes and was booked in the first half.
Forest looked to be on their way to another win early as Andy Reid curled a free-kick into the back of the net passed Wigan ‘keeper Scott Carson in the 8th minute.
Just six minutes later though Shaun Maloney leveled the game for the Latics on a penalty kick after Marc-Antoine Fortune was taken down in the box by Forest's Jack Hobbs.
In the 35th minute Wigan scored what would be the eventual game-winner when Fortune's shot came off the bar and Jordi Gomez knocked home to the delight of the home fans.
Forest look to bounce back in two weeks when they host Barnsley.
Jozy Altidore did not feature in Sunderland's loss to Crystal Palace because of a hamstring injury.
Brad Friedel dressed but did not play in Tottenham's loss to Arsenal.
Zak Whitbread did not feature in Leicester City's loss to Charlton Athletic.
Tim Ream and Stuart Holden did not feature in Bolton's loss to Blackburn.
Seb Hines did not dress in Middlesbrough's draw with Sheffield Wednesday.
Jon Paul Pittman did not feature in Wycombe's big win over Southend United in League Two action.