JOHN KRETLOW - Monday, September 30, 2013
Brad Guzan notched an assist in Aston Villa's shocking victory over Manchester City, while Jozy Altidore's Sunderland continue to struggle as they went down to Liverpool.
Aston Villa 3-2 Manchester City.
Brad Guzan starred in Aston Villa's big victory over Manchester City.
The American goalkeeper recorded five saves and added an assist to help his team notch a huge upset.
Manchester City started the game as the better team, possessing the ball more and creating more chances. Eventually, their better play was rewarded in the 45th minute when Yaya Touré volleyed passed Guzan from a corner kick.
Villa however responded early in the second half when Karim El Ahmadi received a through ball and right-footed a bullet passed City ‘keeper Joe Hart in the 51st minute.
Just five minutes later City took the lead again on a corner kick, though this time it was Edin Dzeko that scored the goal as he headed the ball into the back of the net.
In the 73rd minute Aston Villa leveled again as Leandro Bacuna curled a beautiful free-kick from 25-yards out to beat a helpless Hart.
Then, just two minutes later, Villa struck again. Guzan made an easy save and quickly knocked the ball to the other end of the field and found a streaking Andreas Weimann who was able to sneak the ball passed Hart and into the net.
City was unable to equalize in the final quarter of the game and Villa ended up with a shocking victory at home.
Paul Lambert's men now move up to ninth place with nine points. They next take on Hull City on the road next weekend.
Stoke City 0-1 Norwich City
Geoff Cameron and Stoke City disappointingly lost their battle against Norwich City at home.
Cameron went the distance in Stoke's backline, while Maurice Edu and Brek Shea did not make the game day roster.
The only goal of the game came in the 34th minute when the Potters lost possession leading to Anthony Pilkington finding Jonathan Howson who slotted passed ‘keeper Asmir Begovic.
With the loss, Stoke jumps down to 15th place in the standings with seven points. They look to bounce back next weekend at Fulham.
Sunderland 1-3 Liverpool
Jozy Altidore and Sunderland again failed to notch their first victory of the Premier League season as they went down to Liverpool at home.
Altidore started and played the full ninety minutes for the Black Cats.
The first goal of the game came in controversial style, as Daniel Sturridge appeared to knock the ball off his arm from a corner kick in the 28th minute. The referee did not make the call and the Reds were up.
In the 36th minute Liverpool struck again as Steven Gerrard sent a long ball to Sturridge who then sent a low cross into the box where Luis Suárez easily poked the ball into the back of the net.
The Black Cats were able to cut the lead in the 52nd minute when Ki Sung-Yeung's shot was spilled by Reds' ‘keeper Simon Mignolet and was slotted in by Emanuele Giaccherini from the rebound.
Liverpool however was able to respond again as Sturridge found Suárez again in front of goal and the Uruguayan was able to easily slot the ball passed Sunderland ‘keeper Kieren Westwood in the 89th minute.
Sunderland continue at the bottom of the Premier League table with just one point in six games. They look to scrap their way back up the standings when they take on Manchester United next weekend.
Huddersfield Town 1-1 Blackpool
Duane Holmes made his Championship debut in Huddersfield Town's draw with Blackpool.
The 18-year old came on in the 57th minute for Jonathan Stead and was influential throughout the second half.
Blackpool took the first half lead in the 27th minute from a tap in goal from Ricardo Fuller.
However, just five minutes after coming on, Holmes charged into the final third and found James Vaughan who slotted passed Blackpool ‘keeper Matthew Gilks in the 52nd minute.
The young American continued to make an impact as he helped orchestrate a number of opportunities in the latter stages of the game.
Despite coming close though, Town were unable to find the go ahead goal and came away with a draw.
Huddersfield are in 8th place in the standings. They look to climb up into the upper tier of the Championship when they take on Middlesbrough on the road on Tuesday.
Nottingham Forest 1-0 Derby County
Eric Lichaj and Nottingham Forest were victorious this weekend in their match against Derby County at home.
The American defender started and went the distance again for Forest.
The Reds only goal of the game came in the 41st minute. Lichaj made a shot that was deflected over the crossbar resulting in a corner kick. The result of the set piece was a near post header from Jack Hobbs.
Forest continued to press throughout the game and should have gone up more on a couple of occasions, including a penalty kick that Darius Henderson was unable to capitalize on in the 79th minute.
Nevertheless, Forest were victorious and are in a strong 5th place standing in the Championship. They take on Charlton Athletic on Tuesday.
Bolton Wanderers 1-1 Yeovil Town
Tim Ream and the Bolton Wanderers drew with Yeovil Town at home.
Ream was again in Bolton's starting lineup and went the full ninety minutes. Stuart Holden continues his knee rehab and is still sidelined long-term.
After 79 minutes of scoreless soccer, Yeovil finally broke the deadlock as Edward Upson's shot howled passed Bolton ‘keeper Adam Bogdan.
However in stoppage time Bolton struck back when Matthew Mills' shot went off the crossbar and Alex Baptiste was able to knock the rebound into the goal.
Bolton continues at nearly the bottom of the standings in 23rd place with just four points from nine games. They take on Blackpool on Tuesday and hope to end their early season funk.
Reading 2-0 Birmingham City
Jonathan Spector and Birmingham City went down to Reading in a Championship clash at the Madejski Stadium.
Spector went the distance for the Blues, while Will Packwood did not make the game day roster. Danny Williams did not dress for Reading.
Danny Guthrie was the author of both Reading's goal and both were on free kicks.
The first goal came in the 32nd minute when Guthrie's shot sailed passed a myriad of players and into the back of the net, while his second goal in the 75th minute was a well taken shot that rattled off the post and in.
The Royals are in sixth place and take on Barnsely in the midweek, while the Blues are in 19th place and host Millwall on Tuesday.
Brad Friedel dressed but did not feature in Tottenham's draw with Chelsea.
Zak Whitbread did not make the game day roster in Leicester City's win over Barnsley.
Seb Hines did not feature in Middlesbrough's loss to Queens Park Rangers.
Jon Paul Pittman's Wycombe Wanderers went down to Rochdale in League Two action.
Tim Howard's Everton host Newcastle United on Monday.