RJ DEMELLO - Monday, August 18, 2014
Brad Guzan and Aston Villa got off to winning ways in the opening day of the Premier League, while Jonathan Spector played a big role in Birmingham City's win in week two of the Championship.
Everton 2 - 2 Leicester
Tim Howard and Everton looked to pick up where last season let off, but were pegged back a bit by Premier League new boys Leicester.
Howard per usual got the start between the pipes for the blue half of Liverpool and went the full 90 minutes.
Everton opened the scoring through Aiden McGeady in the 20th minute, only for the Foxes and new signing Jose Ulloa to equalize just two minutes later.
Steven Naismith once again put the Toffees in front with a strike in the 45th minute.
Leicester just would not give up on the team's first match back in the top flight in 10 years and leveled the game through Chris Wood in the 86th minute.
With the tie Everton sits in eighth place after the opening weekend. Up next for Howard and company, a return home to Goodison Park to face Arsenal.
Aston Villa 1 - 0 Stoke
Brad Guzan and Aston Villa managed to go to Stoke and get all three points, while Brek Shea and surprisingly Geoff Cameron were left out of the Potters' squad.
Guzan spent the full 90 in net for Villa and helped to preserve the clean sheet. Phil Bardsley took the place of Cameron at right back with the exact reason behind why the American wasn't in the team still not known.
Stoke actually held the majority of the possession in the match and started well but the team's play came to nothing.
Andreas Weimann broke the deadlock in the 50th minute with a strike that went in off of Asmir Begovic.
The win sees Aston Villa up to third after week one, while Stoke sit in 18th with plenty of season left to go.
Birmingham 1 - 0 Brighton
Jonathan Spector and Birmingham City got their first win of the 2014-2015 Championship season at home Saturday against Brighton.
Spector went the distance while Will Packwood didn't make the 18 on game-day.
It took awhile for either side to threaten but once they did even Spector got in the action, sending a shot on target for David Stockdale to save.
Four minutes into the second half Birmingham got its opener through a header from close range by Wesley Thomas. Brighton possessed much of the ball but couldn't find a goal so City left with the points.
The win leaves Birmingham in 16th out of 24 teams with three points from two matches so far this year.
Bolton Wanderers 2 - 2 Nottingham Forest
Tim Ream and Bolton got their first point of the season while Eric Lichaj and Nottingham now sit near the top of the table after this entertaining draw.
Ream started and went 90 minutes in defense while Lichaj got on the field for about five minutes towards the end of the game.
Joe Mason opened the scoring for Bolton in only the fourth minute.
Forest answered back in the 27th through Britt Assombalonga, only to see the Wanderers retake the lead two minutes later through David Wheater.
Assombalonga had his brace in the 35th minute after converting a penalty kick.
Neither side could push through in the second half and it ended level.
The tie brings Bolton to 20th place with one point from two matches. Nottingham sits fourth with four points from the team's first two games of the season.
Jozy Altidore came off the bench and played roughly 10 minutes in Sunderland's 2-2 draw with West Brom.
Emerson Hyndman started and played 90 minutes in Fulham's 1-0 loss to Millwall.
Brad Friedel was an unused substitute in Tottenham's late 1-0 victory over West Ham.
Duane Holmes didn't even make the bench in Huddersfield Town's 3-1 loss to Cardiff.
Danny Williams remains sidelined with a knee injury while Reading is getting off to a good start, winning the team's second match of the year 1-0 against Ipswich.
Zak Whitbread made the 18 but did not appear in Derby's 0-0 draw with Sheffield Wednesday.