ANDREW VORCE - Monday, May 3, 2010
Brad Friedel and Tim Howard's quest for the Champions League and Europa League respectively ended while Clint Dempsey scored to give Fulham all three points over Jonathan Spector's West Ham.
Manchester City 3 - 1 Aston Villa
Manchester City overhauled Brad Friedel and Aston Villa for fifth spot with a convincing win over the American's squad.
Villa got off to the right start, netting only 16 minutes in through none other than John Carew. Stewart Downing sent a great pass that cut the City back line open and Carew slotted past Marton Fulop under pressure.
With half time only four minutes away, Villa shot themselves in the foot when Stephen Warnock took down Adam Johnson just inside the area.
Carlos Tevez stepped up and cooly converted to bring City level, tucking it under the diving Friedel.
Villa tried to hit back with Carew showing his attacking presence yet again, turning the City defense before smashing his shot off the upright. Still reeling from their miss, Villa conceded just two minutes later.
Atrocious defending allowed Johnson to continue his rampage of the Villa back line, showing composure to lose his marker on the byline before finding Emmanuel Adebayor completely unmarked six yards out for the game winning goal.
Villa conceded another goal due to a defensive misunderstanding, with Shaun Wright-Phillips causing problems after coming on.
The pacey winger beat one defender before drawing two more towards him, and the midfielder picked out Craig Bellamy who produced a stunning shot unmarked on the top of the 18 past Friedel in the 89th.
Vincent Kompany was booked for City, while James Colins and Stiliyan Petrov were booked for Villa. Up next for Villa is a a home test against Blackburn.
Stoke 0 - 0 Everton
Tim Howard did his job in securing the shutout for Everton, but the squad was unable to produce the winning result needed to qualify for Europe.
Stoke's Glenn Whelan had Howard and the Toffee's goal at his mercy as the Everton back line broke down and Whelan only had to put his shot on frame. Howard sized up the shot, but it was unnecessary as Whelan blazed it wide.
The match was unphysical as the score line with neither team picking up a single yellow card. Up next for Howard and company is is a home game against bottom of the barrel Portsmouth.
Portsmouth 3 - 1 Wolverhampton
Both teams knew their destiny for next season, with Portsmouth already relegated and Marcus Hahnemann's Wolverhampton already doing enough to ensure life in the Premier League next season.
Unfortunately for Wolves, they caught an inspired David James who looks to stake a claim for the England number one job.
Unable to break through, Portsmouth gathered steam and got the scoring started at the other end. Michael Brown sent in a quality free kick, and the Wolves back line went to sleep and allowed Aruna Dindane a free header inside the area after 20 minutes played.
Kevin Doyle showed persistance pays off, as he hit net on the third attempt. Ronald Zubar headed from close range after a free kick, and Doyle nodded the second attempt at James who blocked both.
The ball then fell to Doyle's feet who made no mistake from two yards out after 35 minutes played.
Pompey refused to lay down though, and hit back four minutes later for the game winner. Again the Wolves back line fell asleep, and John Utaka was able to smash a shot at Hahnemann that beat the American keeper to the near post after a Brown throw in.
After notching two assists Brown decided to have an attempt at goal himself and closed the game up with the third goal in the 67th minute.
Hahnemann had no one to blame but himself, a tame shot sliding under his outstretched gloves and into the back of the net.
Only Cristophe Berra was booked in the match and have the benefit of playing on home soil in their last match of the campaign against Sunderland.
Fulham 3 - 2 West Ham
Clint Dempsey took no mercy on fellow American Jonathan Spector as their two clubs pitted wits and Europa finalists Fulham came out on top.
Dempsey created his own goal chesting the ball back Simon Davies, and received the return pass that slotted him in on goal. The Texan kept his nerve and slotted cooly past Robert Green just before half time.
Carlton Cole went from zero to hero in the space of three minutes with two quick fire goals from the England international.
His first goal came in the 58th as Fulham's Chris Baird smashed a hopeful shot that was goal wide of the goal, only to ricochet of the striker's arm and into his own net.
Cole redeemed himself three minutes later however by nodding home a comeback goal just after the hour mark. Scott Parker's long free kick found the striker in the box and he nodded past Mark Schwarzer with ease.
Second half substitute Stefano Okaka recalled a goal Fulham's way with just over 10 minutes to play. The blame will be put squarely on the shoulders of Spector who was disposessed by Erik Nevland when the defender tried to dribble out of his own 18, and Nevland picked out Okaka who was absolutely unmarked at the back post for the simplest of tap ins.
West Ham got a consolation goal in the 90th minute from similarly terrible defending, with Guillermo Franco shooting through a cluster of white shirts for his goal. No one was carded, with Fulham traveling to stoke on Wednesday while West Ham play at home to Manchester City.
Leyton Orient 2 - 0 Wycombe
Eric Lichaj and Leyton Orient showed no mercy against Jon-Paul Pittman's Wycombe with the visitor's late season charge shut down at Matchroom stadium.
Wycombe had the most chances in the opening stages but 12 minutes to tim Ryan Jarvis got the go ahead goal for Orient. Scott McGleish's cutting pass found Jarvis in space and the front man slotted past Wycombe keeper Tom Heaton.
Orient got another in added time when Charlie Daniels advanced from the back to set up McGleish for his own headed goal. Harry Baker was the only player carded, with Orient facing Colchester on Saturday while face Gillingham.
Injured Stuart Holden's Bolton lost 1-0 at Tottenham.
Jay DeMerit was out injured as Watford smashed Coventry 4-0.
Devann Yao's Ipswich lost 3-0 at home to Sheffield United.
Mike Grella played out the final minutes as Leeds fell 1-0 against Charlton.
Zak Whitbread did not suit up for Norwich who beat Bristol Rovers 3-0 away from home.
Seb Harris did not make the bench as 10 man Northampton fell 2-0 at Bradford.
Kenny Cooper ended his Plymouth career in the stands as they lost 2-1 at home against Peterborough.
Jemal Johnson did not suit up for Stockport against Southend, as his club lost 2-1 away from home.
Frank Simek did not make the bench as Sheffield Wednesday were relegated after drawing 2-2 at home to Crystal Palace.
Jozy Altidore's Hull City were relegated after drawing 2-2 at Wigan as the American has already left the club after picking up a red card in their last outing.