ANDREW VORCE - Monday, September 27, 2010
Clint Dempsey and Eddie Johnson's Fulham played to a deadlock with Tim Howard and last-place Everton while Stuart Holden and Bolton frustrated Manchester United with an action-filled draw.
Fulham 0 - 0 Everton
Clint Dempsey and Eddie Johnson were unable to find a way past Tim Howard as a point sends Everton to the bottom of the Premier League.
Dempsey was a busy man, second best to only Mark Shwarzer in a Fulham shirt as both players tried to keep their teams in the game. Dempsey's greatest foe in his outing was American teammate Howard, who was forced to keep Dempsey out multiple times.
Johnson's introduction just 55 minutes into the game was a good sign, but ultimately nothing would come of the situation. Damien Duff and Carlos Salcido were both booked for Fulham, while Steven Pienaar was booked for Everton.
The Cottagers next face West Ham while Everton will look for their first win against Birmingham next week.
Bolton 2 - 2 Manchester United
Stuart Holden's Bolton Wanderers were able to take the game to Manchester United to thrill their home fans with a draw at Reebok Stadium.
Zat Knight opened the scoring in the sixth minute after the towering defender converted from an early corner kick. Getting above the rest, his downward header slipped in between the post and Patrice Evra to get Bolton on the front foot.
United countered back in the 23rd minute after an individualistic run from Luis Nani. Picking up the ball from Wayne Rooney around mid line, before sprinting to the edge of the penalty area and firing strong past recalled Jussi Jaaskelainen for the equalizer.
Martin Petrov got Bolton back on the front foot in the 67th minute after picking up the ball at United's back post. Cutting back across the face of the goal past Ji-Sung Park, with his shot deflecting off of John O'Shea and into the goal.
Michael Owen was subbed on to get a result for his coach Sir Alex Ferguson, and the move paid dividends. The classic goal scorer popped up with the game tying goal in the 74th minute by flicking on Nani's free kick up and over the crowd and into Jaaskelainen's back post.
Mark Davies was booked for Bolton, Nemanja Vidic and Paul Scholes were both booked for United. Up next for Bolton is a trip to West Brom on Saturday.
Wolverhampton 1 - 2 Aston Villa
Despite trying his hardest Marcus Hahnemann was unable to keep Brad Friedel's Aston Villa at bay, with Brad Guzan and Eric Lichaj both on the bench.
Freidel was the busier of the two keepers in the first half, even though Villa took the first half lead. Emile Heskey did well to ride the challenges of the Wolves defense to dish the ball out wide to Marc Albrighton.
Stewart Downing was left entirely unmarked, and Albrighton picked out his perfect run with a quality pass. Downing did not disappoint with a quality volley that left Hahnemann helpless.
After 61 minutes Matthew Jarvis had all things equal with a bit of a blooper goal. After receiving the ball out wide before coming taking an attacking touch while being closed down by three Villa players. His dangerous cross in eluded everyone, including Friedel who was anticipating the shot. When everyone missed the cross, it was already too late as the ball bounced helplessly into the back of the net.
Hahnemann had absolutely no chance when Heskey jumped back into action in the 88th minute to win Villa the game. Slick play from the visitors found Warnock out wide with the ball who picked out Heskey in the middle of three defenders, but the front man sent in an absolutely perfect header that went off of Hahnemann's post an in.
Jody Craddock was booked for Wolves who next face Wigan, while Warnock and Steve Sidwell were both booked for Villa who next face Tottenham.
Carlisle United 0 - 2 AFC Bournemouth
Frank Simek and Carlisle United ended their unbeaten streak this weekend with a loss to high-flying AFC Bournemouth.
Simek started and went the full 90 minutes as he has done throughout the season.
After a scoreless first half, Marc Pugh found Ryan Garry with a cross, giving the Cherries the lead.
In the 64th minute, Adam Smith was fouled in the box with Michael Symes slotting home from the penalty spot, doubling the Cherries lead.
Throughout the duration of the game, a dominant Bournemouth had the majority of possession, giving Carlisle virtually no chance.
Smith was booked in the 60th minute for the Cherries, while Oliver Norwood, Ben Marshall, and Jason Price received yellow cards for the Cumbrians.
Port Vale 2 - 0 Accrington Stanley
Jemal Johnson and Port Vale beat Accrington Stanley in League Two action this weekend, with Johnson entering the game as a 72nd minute substitute.
It did not take the American long to have an effect on the game. In the 81st minute, Johnson assisted on a Louis Dodds goal, sealing the game for Port Vale.
Earlier, Marc Richards had opened the scoring for the visitors. Richards scored on a 20-yard volley after the ball had fallen in front of him after some confusion in the box.
The Valiants now extend their lead in the standings to two points. Port Vale's Gareth Owen received the only yellow card of the game for either team.
Jonathan Spector did not make the bench as West Ham earned their first win at home against Tottenham.
Mike Grella did not make the bench as Leeds United beat Sheffield United.
Conor Doyle did not feature as Derby County pounded Crystal Palace 5-0.
Anton Peterlin did not suit up for Plymouth as they tied Rochdale at a goal apiece.
Seb Harris never left the bench as Northampton Town beat Bradford City by a 2-0 score.
Jon-Paul Pittman was injured and not available as Wycombe tied Shrewsbury Town at two goals each.