ANDREW VORCE - Monday, November 23, 2009
Jozy Altidore was part of a six goal thriller at KC Stadium on a weekend that was riddled with upsets and saw Tim Howard and Clint Dempsey both on losing teams.
Birmingham 1 - 0 Fulham
Clint Dempsey went 90 minutes for Fulham, but the Cottagers were unable to get past a determined Birmingham City.
The game was put to rest in the 16th minute, with James McFadden being the architect.
The Scottish midfielder lobbed a ball over the Fulham defense, and Lee Bowyer timed his run perfectly. Mark Schwarzer rushed out to try to cut down the angle, but Bowyer lobbed over the big Australian for the death blow.
Dempsey had the best chance for Fulham in the second half, nearly directing his header goalwards but on-loan Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart kept Birmingham alive.
Eddie Johnson, fresh off an international call up, did not get off the bench.
Bowyer was the only yellow card in the match, and up next for Fulham is a home test against Blackburn on Wednesday.
Burnley 1 - 1 Aston Villa
Brad Friedel went 90 minutes for Aston Villa as Burnley were minutes away from an upset in Premier League action.
Steve Caldwell put Burnley ahead just nine minutes in, as Friedel was beaten to the punch by Steven Caldwell. Robbie Blake sent in an in-swinging free kick that tempted the American shot stopper off his line, but Caldwell got to the ball first heading home.
Emile Heskey was only on the field for six minutes when he salvaged a late game draw in the 86th minute. James Milner was the provider, and the English international rose above the Burnley defense to nod home the equalizer.
Up next for Villa is Super Spurs as Tottenham come to Villa Park after their 9-1 demolition of Wigan over the weekend.
Hull 3 - 3 West Ham
Jozy Altidore went 73 minutes as Hull came from two goals down to put themselves in prime position to take three points against West Ham, but a second half red card saw them undone.
The Hammers got off to a dream start with Guillermo Franco and Jack Collison combining for a quick fire double. Franco headed in Junior Stanislas' cross just five minutes in, then six minutes later Franco turned provider for Collison. The Mexican international sent in a cross for Collinson to head over keeper Matt Duke with a looping effort.
Altidore won a free kick that Jimmy Bullard stepped up to take on the edge of the area after 27 minutes. Bullard's free kick deflected off of Scott Parker and skimmed off of Carlton Cole's head before diverting into the Hammers net for an own goal.
Hull then equalized in the 44th minute through Kamil Zayatte, who scored off of a rocket volley, hammering home a Stephen Hunt free kick.
The Tigers completed the miraculous turnaround on the stroke of half time when Julien Faubert took Craig Fagan down inside the area to win a penalty, which Bullard converted easily, sending Hull into the team rooms with the upper hand.
The game was turned on its head, however, in the 54th minute when Bernard Mendy brought down Parker in a professional foul and was shown red. The Hammers picked up the pressure and were duly rewarded, as Hull failed to clear their lines and Manuel Da Costa blasted in from close range in the 69th minute to set matters even.
Jonathan Spector remained fixed on the bench for The Hammers, who next face Burnley on Saturday while Hull host Everton on Wednesday.
Manchester United 3 - 0 Everton
Tim Howard overcame an ankle injury to play against his former club, but Everton were undone by Manchester United.
Howard was rarely tested before Darren Fletcher's 35th minute opener. Ryan Giggs picked picked out Antonio Valencia at the back post, who directed his header to Fletcher on the edge of the 18 yard box.
The Ireland midfielder latched onto the half volley with his first touch, and the resulting upper 90 shot left Howard unable to save.
Giggs was the creative force yet again in the second half, as the Toffees failed to gain possession inside the attacking third. The Welshman picked out Michael Carrick and the midfielder side-footed his shot to the back post with Howard blinded in the 67th.
Valencia then got his second goal of the season as second half substitute Paul Scholes lead an attack on the Toffees' defense with 15 minutes left. Valencia received the ball out wide right, and the winger's shot took a deflection off of Leighton Baines and bounced over the onrushing Howard.
Rafael and Carrick were booked for United while Everton's Tim Cahill and Marouane Fellaini were booked for the visitors.
Up next for the Toffees is a trip to Hull City to take on Jozy Altidore on Wednesday.
Ipswich 0 - 0 Sheffield Wednesday
Frank Simek went 90 minutes as both teams did their defensive duties, while the American picked up a yellow card early on for his efforts.
Chances were few and far between, with both teams not wanting to give up any points. Ipswich had a goal disallowed for offside when Tamas Priskin fired in from close range, but was behind the last defender when Alan Quinn squared him the ball.
Wednesday were unlucky not to get a penalty, with Damien Delaney seeming to handle the ball inside the box. Luke Varney flicked his effort into the area, but Delaney's outstretched hand deflected it down. Referee Andy D'Urso was able to wave away the call, much to Wednesday's dismay.
Lewis Buxton and Richard Hinds were also booked in the game in addition to Simek. Wednesday will face league leaders West Brom in their next league contest.
Marcus Hahnemann was on the bench as Chelsea picked Wolverhampton apart 4-0.
Injured Jay DeMerit's Watford downed Scunthorpe 3-0 at home.
Ian Joyce watched from the stands and Jemal Johnson played the final eight minutes in a 2-1 defeat for Milton Keynes Dons at Southend United.
Mike Grella stayed on the bench as Leeds beat Brighton 3-0 at Withdean Stadium.
Seb Harris played the final five minutes in Northampton's 2-2 draw against Crewe.
Eric Lichaj is suspended and did not participate in Lincoln City's 0-0 draw with Grimsby.
Jon-Paul Pittman was carted off early and Zak Whitbread remained out as Millwall were upset by Wycombe 2-0.