RJ DEMELLO - Monday, October 6, 2014
Brad Guzan and Aston Villa fell once again to top notch opposition, while Eric Lichaj and Nottingham Forest misses out on the Championships top spot on only goal difference.
Nottingham Forest 2 - 2 Ipswich Town
A very late equalizer from Michail Antonio maintained Forest's unbeaten record on the year with rescuing a draw from Sunday's matchup against now sixth place Ipswich.
Lichaj started and played 81 minutes in the draw before being subbed off, likely due to the American being beaten on both Ipswich goals.
The Tractor Boys got on the board first thanks to Daryl Murphy in the 19th minute. He took a long ball down on the right, played the ball around Lichaj and cut to the inside before finishing with his left foot to the far post.
It wasn't until the second half that Forest could find a goal, with Robert Tesche heading home in the 63rd minute.
Just eight minutes after that Lichaj was again victimized by Murphy, this time on a corner. The American defender was easily beaten to the ball, with Murphy comfortably heading the ball home to make it 2-1.
Nottingham wouldn't be denied a result however, and Antonio popped up on a 94th minute corner kick to earn a point that felt like three.
The draw keeps Forest level on points with first place Norwich City, behind by only one in goal difference.
Up next for Nottingham is a trip to 15th place Cardiff City after the international break.
Aston Villa 0 - 2 Manchester City
Aston Villa bunkered well for most of the match, but in the end let the draw slip away thanks to two long distance efforts by Yaya Toure and Sergio Aguero.
Brad Guzan started, played 90 minutes, and made five saves in the loss.
Villa was peppered in both halves but City was wasteful of its chances throughout the first and much of the second.
Toure broke the deadlock from outside the 18 in the 82nd minute. The midfielder dribbled forward and while surrounded by four players bent a left footed shot into the bottom left corner.
Aguero put the match beyond a doubt in the 88th minute when the forward dribbled right to find an inch of space at the top of the box and fired low and hard into the right side of the net.
The loss, the fourth game in a brutal stretch that saw the Birmingham side play Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea, and now City, moves Villa down to 10th place with 10 points.
After the international break the team returns to action with a trip to Goodison park to take on Tim Howard and Everton.
Tim Howard started, played 90 minutes, and received a yellow card in Everton's 2-1 loss to Manchester United.
Jozy Altidore made the bench but didn't see the field in Sunderland's 3-1 win over Stoke City.
Geoff Cameron should be nearing full fitness but wasn't ready in time for Saturday, not making the team for Stoke's 3-1 loss to Sunderland.
Tim Ream started, played 90 minutes, and received a yellow card in Bolton's 2-1 loss to Bournemouth.
Zak Whitbread started and played 90 minutes in Derby County's 0-0 draw with Millwall.
Emerson Hyndman dressed but didn't play in Fulham's 2-0 loss to Middlesbrough.
Will Packwood made the bench but didn't play in Birmingham City's 1-1 tie with Charlton Athletic.
Brek Shea didn't make the team in Birmingham City's 1-1 draw with Charlton.
Jonathan Spector is out for three months due to injury and also missed Birmingham's tie with Charlton.
Brad Friedel once again wasn't in the match-day squad for Tottenham in the team's 1-0 win over Southampton.
Danny Williams continues to rehab his knee, causing him to miss Reading's 3-1 loss to Brentford