ANDREW VORCE - Thursday, January 6, 2011
Clint Dempsey scored for Fulham, Tim Howard and Everton shocked Tottenham and Brad Friedel and Aston Villa are now in the relegation zone after losing to Sunderland.
Fulham 3 - 0 West Brom
Clint Dempsey was back on the score sheet for Fulham as they outgunned West Brom at home.
Simon Davies opened the scoring on the stroke of half time after a strong tackle from Dickson Etuhu. Laying out a West Brom midfielder, Etuhu laid his pass off to Davies who surged forward with a purpose. The midfielder unleashed a rocket of a shot that Scott Carson's double fisted parry couldn't even come close to taming as it went through his hands and into the net.
Dempsey got the second goal in the 56th minute off of a Fulham corner kick. Loosely trailing the run of Brede Hangeland, Dempsey kept his eye on the prize as he nodded home.
Just nine minutes later Hangeland had his goal through an identical corner to secure the three points.
Only Peter Odemwingie was booked in the outing, as Fulham welcome Peterboro to Craven Cottage on Saturday.
Aston Villa 0 - 1 Sunderland
Brad Friedel's Aston Villa dropepd into the relegation zone after a home loss to sixth placed Sunderland.
Both squads ended with 10 men as Emile Heskey was dismissed in the 69th minute for blank, while Boudewijn Zenden picked up his second yellow card in the 86th minute.
Heskey's red card epitomized his evening as he was booked for a shove in the face of Jordan Henderson. The front man wasted a glorious opportunity when he hit the bar from Stewart Downing's cut-back.
Bardsley scored his first Premier League goal of the season with just 10 minutes to go. Using their man advantage in their favor, Villa collapsed after a Zenden free kick. The initial shot was blocked but the big defender drilled a 25 yard shot that left Friedel unable to make the save.
Ciaran Clark, James Collins, and Richard Dunne were all booked for Villa while Sunderland's Titus Bramble and Keiran Richardson joined Zenden in the book. Up next for Villa will be viewed as a must win game for Gerard Houllier as they travel to Sheffield United in the Carling Cup.
Everton 2 - 1 Tottenham
Tim Howard and Everton pulled off one of their best results of the season as they secured a home win over high flying Tottenham.
Louis Saha opened the scoring just three minutes in as his shot from distance caught Heurelho Gomes napping. Saha created space for himself outside of the Tottenham penalty area and slotted his shot past the diving keeper.
Tottenham answered back eight minutes later through a textbook Spurs goal. A big ball into the area was met by the leaping header of the 6'7" Peter Crouch who cushioned the ball back across the face of goal to the unmarked Rafael van der Vaart. Tim Howard was able to get a hand to the striker's header but was unable to keep it out.
Saha again proved to be the difference maker as Gomes was unable to hold onto a 75th minute shot from the Frenchman. His rocket shot was parried wide by the keeper and Seamus Coleman was on hand to head home the game winner.
Only Phil Neville was booked in the game as Everton travel to Scunthorpe in the FA Cup.
Jonathan Spector was on the bench as West Ham were smashed 5-0 away from home at Newcastle.
Marcus Hahnemann was on the bench as Wolves shocked Chelsea with a 1-0 home win.
Stuart Holden was out injured as Bolton were held to a 1-1 home draw against Wigan.