JOHN KRETLOW - Monday, December 23, 2013
Geoff Cameron notched an assist in Stoke City's win over Brad Guzan's Aston Villa, while Tim Howard helped Everton beat Swansea City on the road.
Stoke City 2-1 Aston Villa
Geoff Cameron starred in Stoke City's victory over Brad Guzan's Aston Villa.
Cameron went the distance and provided an assist en route to the Potters win, while Guzan played the full ninety minutes for Villa.
The first goal came in the 50th minute when Cameron sent a long ball that was headed down by Peter Crouch and finished by Charlie Adam.
Libor Kozak was able to level the game for Villa, however Cameron found Crouch in the 70th minute for the game winner.
Stoke is now in the top half of the standings in 10th place. They take on Newcastle United on Boxing Day.
Villa is in 13th place and they take on Crystal Palace on Thursday.
Sunderland 0-0 Norwich City
Jozy Altidore and Sunderland managed a scoreless draw against Norwich City at the Stadium of Light.
Altidore played 68 minutes before being subbed out for Steven Fletcher.
The Black Cats came close to finding the back of the net, but were unlucky in the end.
Ricky van Wolfswinkel came close when he hit the post in the 57th minute, while Altidore's best opportunity came right before halftime when his deflected shot went just wide of the goal.
Sunderland's Wes Brown received a red card in stoppage time.
The Black Cats are still at the bottom of the standings and are four points from safety. They take on Everton on Thursday.
Swansea City 1-2 Everton
Tim Howard helped Everton notch a crucial away victory against Swansea City.
Howard went the distance and recorded three saves in the match.
Seamus Coleman put the Toffees in the lead in the 66th minute, but Everton's Bryan Oviedo deflected into his own goal a Dwight Tiendalli shot to equalize the game for
Swansea in the 70th minute.
Ross Barkley however managed an incredible free kick goal in the 84th minute to notch the game winner for Everton.
The final minutes saw the Swans pressure, however Howard stopped Pablo Hernández and Roland Lamah's shots to help the Toffees gain the three points.
Everton is now in 4th place and they hope to improve on that standing when they take on Sunderland on Thursday.
Brighton & Hove Albion 0-0 Huddersfield Town
Duane Holmes and Huddersfield Town finished their match against Brighton & Hove Albion in a stalemate.
Holmes came on in the 60th minute and finished the match.
Brighton was the more aggressive of the two teams, however Town's defensive effort was impressive.
The home team notched almost twice the amount of shots and had 65% possession of the ball.
Town is in 13th place. They take on Derby County on Thursday.
Birmingham City 0-0 Nottingham Forest
Eric Lichaj came on after halftime in Nottingham Forest's draw with Birmingham City.
Jonathan Spector and Will Packwood did not dress for the Blues.
Birmingham's best chance of the game came from Nikola Zigic, but he was unable to finish his first half effort.
The final minutes of the match saw five bookings, including a red card given to Forest's Darius Henderson in the 82nd minute.
Despite the extra player, the Blues were unable to take advantage.
The Blues are in 16th place and take on Wigan Athletic next, while Forest is in 7th place and play Queens Park Rangers on Thursday.
Bolton Wanderers 1-1 Charlton Athletic
Tim Ream and Bolton managed a come from behind draw against Charlton Athletic at the Reebok Stadium.
Ream went the distance at center back for Bolton, while Stuart Holden continues to rehab and thus did not feature.
Yann Kermorgant opened the scoring in the 11th minute for Charlton, however Kevin McNaughton leveled just before half time for Bolton.
Bolton is in 18th place and six points above the relegation zone. They take on Barnsley next.
Reading 1-2 Wigan Athletic
Danny Williams and Reading fell to Wigan Athletic at home.
The German-American went the distance and was booked in the second half.
Wigan took control of the game in the opening moments of the game with goals from Chris McCann and Nick Powell.
Reading should have gotten a goal back in the 53rd minute but Billy Sharp missed his penalty kick opportunity.
Pavel Pogrebnyak was able to cut the Wigan lead in half in the 68th minute, but it was not enough in the end.
Reading is in 6th place and they hope to hold on to the last playoff spot with a good result on Thursday against Leicester City.
Cody Cropper made the game day roster but did not feature in Southampton's loss to Tottenham. Brad Friedel dressed but did not play for Spurs.
Oguchi Onyewu did not feature in Queens Park Rangers' loss to Leicester City. Zak Whitbread did not see the field for Leicester.
Seb Hines did not feature in MIddlesbrough's win over Millwall.
Jon Paul Pittman did not feature in Wycombe's win over Northampton Town.