JOHN KRETLOW - Monday, December 16, 2013
Tim Howard's Everton continue their strong season with a win over Fulham, while Geoff Cameron's Stoke City were held to a draw by Hull City.
Everton 4-1 Fulham
Tim Howard and Everton notched a dominating victory over Fulham at Goodison Park.
Howard went the distance and recorded two saves in the match for the Toffees.
Leon Osman opened the scoring in the 30th minute for Everton as he curled a shot passed Fulham keeper Maarten Stekelenburg.
The Cottagers leveled the score in the 67th minute when Dimitar Berbatov slotted a penalty kick after Gareth Barry had been called for a foul in the box.
Everton, however, took over the match after Berbatov's goal.
In the 73rd minute Steven Pienaar found Seamus Coleman for Everton's second goal, while Barry found the back of the net on a close range header in the 84th minute.
Kevin Mirallas added an insurance goal in stoppage time for the Toffees.
Everton is in 5th place with 31 points. They trail league leader Arsenal by just four points.
The Toffees take on Swansea City next weekend on the road.
West Ham United 0-0 Sunderland
Jozy Altidore and Sunderland drew with fellow strugglers West Ham United.
The American forward started and played 73 minutes.
The match was devoid of many quality chances; however, the Black Cats came closest to finding the back of the net at the end of the first half when Phil Bardsley smashed a shot off the cross bar.
Altidore came close twice during the match, but West Ham's keeper Jussi Jaaskelainen was up to the task on both occasions.
Sunderland continue at the bottom of the standings and are four points from safety.
The Black Cats take on Chelsea in League Cup play on Tuesday and face Norwich City next weekend in League action.
Hull City 0-0 Stoke City
Geoff Cameron and Stoke City were held to a scoreless draw by Hull City.
Cameron went the full 90 minutes for the Potters, while Brek Shea and Maurice Edu did not make the game day roster.
Both keepers were the stars of the night Hull City's Allan McGregor and Stoke's Asmir Begovic kept their teams level.
The American defender had a moment of quality in the second half and it almost resulted in a goal for Stoke. Cameron notched an impressive cross that was met by Peter Crouch, but his effort was saved by McGregor.
Stoke is in 13th place and five points above the drop zone. They take on Manchester United on Wednesday in League Cup play, and then face Aston Villa next weekend.
Aston Villa 0-3 Manchester United
Brad Guzan and Aston Villa went down to Manchester United at home.
Guzan went the distance and managed two saves in the match.
United were up at the half due to a Danny Welbeck brace, and then added an insurance goal early in the second half thanks to a Tom Cleverley strike in the 52nd minute.
Villa is in 11th place with 19 points in 16 games. They take on Stoke City next week.
Huddersfield Town 0-1 Reading
Danny Williams and Reading managed a close victory over Duane Holmes' Huddersfield Town.
Williams went the full 90 minutes and received a yellow card, while Holmes came on in the 73rd minute to finish the match.
The only goal of the game came in the 32nd minute when Billy Sharp's header beat Town's keeper Alex Smithies to give Reading the eventual winner.
Huddersfield played a strong game but could not find the back of the net. They finished the game with more shots and possession.
Town next takes on Brighton & Hove Albion, while Reading face Wigan Athletic.
Wigan Athletic 3-2 Bolton Wanderers
Tim Ream and Bolton were defeated by Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium this weekend.
Ream went the distance at center back while Stuart Holden did not feature for the Wanderers.
The Latics were up two at the end of the first half as Ben Watson notched a penalty kick and Nick Powell found the back of the net with an impressive overhead kick.
Bolton came storming back in the second half as Neil Danns scored in the 49th minute and Andre Moritz converted a penalty kick in the 64th minute.
Just four minutes later Wigan regained the lead when Callum McManaman found the back of the net on a corner kick.
Bolton is in 16th place and five points above the relegation zone. They take on Charlton Athletic next weekend.
Brad Friedel dressed but did not feature in Tottenham's big loss to Liverpool.
Zak Whitbread did not make the game day roster in Leicester City's draw with Burnley.
Jonathan Spector and Will Packwood did not feature in Birmingham City's win over AFC Bournemouth.
Seb Hines did not dress in Middlesbrough's loss to Brighton & Hove Albion.
Eric Lichaj did not feature in Nottingham Forest's draw with Ipswich Town.
Oguchi Onyewu did not dress in Queens Park Rangers' win over Blackpool.
Jon Paul Pittman did not dress in Wycombe's draw with Scunthorpe United.