RJ DEMELLO - Friday, September 26, 2014
Jozy Altidore finally got back on the score sheet for Sunderland, while Emerson Hyndman was back into the starting lineup for Fulham against Doncaster in Capital One Cup action.
Sunderland 1 - 2 Stoke
Jozy Altidore and Sunderland let an early lead slip away, losing to Stoke 2-1 at the Stadium of Light.
Altidore started, played 90 minutes, scored a goal, and received a yellow card for the Black Cats. Geoff Cameron didn't play for Stoke as the defender is still recovering from hernia surgery.
In his first start since the last round of the Capital One Cup, Altidore gave Sunderland the lead in the 16th minute.
Receiving the ball at the top of the box, the forward took a touch to his left and in one motion turned to face goal and fired a shot low, hard, and just inside the left post.
The lead only lasted 15 minutes as Costel Pantilimon let an easy one through from Marc Muniesa in the 31st minute to tie it 1-1.
Muniesa got his second in the 71st minute, blasting a shot from the left past Pantilimon and into the top of the net.
With Sunderland now out of the tournament the team will focus solely on the league for a while, with its next match at home against Swansea on Saturday.
Stoke move on to round four of the cup and will take on Southampton in late October.
Fulham 2 - 1 Doncaster Rovers
Emerson Hyndman and Fulham put their league woes behind them, taking down League 1 side Doncaster at home Tuesday.
Hyndman started and played 90 minutes in the victory.
The Cottagers got off to a good start, with Costa Rican Bryan Ruiz putting the side ahead with a blast from 15 yards out in the 16th minute.
Captain for the day Dan Burn doubled the lead with a header in the 32nd minute.
Fulham of course didn't make it easy, conceding a goal to James Coppinger and Rovers in the 60th minute to make for a tense final half-hour.
Moving on to round four, Fulham faces a match-up against fellow championship side Derby County.
Tim Howard somewhat surprisingly started and played 90 minutes in Everton's 3-0 loss to Swansea City.
Eric Lichaj didn't make the team for Nottingham Forest's 2-1 loss to Tottenham, likely in an effort to give the defender some rest after a string of games in the league.
Tim Ream watched the entire match from the bench as Bolton lost to Chelsea 2-1.
Zak Whitbread made the 18 but didn't play in Derby County's 2-0 win over Reading.
Brad Friedel was in the team but didn't get off the bench in Tottenham's 2-1 win over Nottingham Forest.
Danny Williams is still recovering from knee surgery and therefore missed out on Reading's 2-0 loss to Derby.