ANDREW VORCE - Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Clint Dempsey managed to score against Tim Howard and Everton but was unable to pull down victory while Stuart Holden's gruesome injury overshadowed Bolton's 1-0 loss at Manchester United.
Aston Villa 0 - 1 Wolverhampton
Brad Friedel was unable to keep out Matthew Jarvis' low volley out after making countless saves.
Gerard Houillier was under intense pressure from the fans as Wolves looked the better team for a majority of the game. Jarvis ended up notching in the 38th minute as Carlos Cuellar's weak clearance fell straight to the winger who lashed home his volley.
Ashley Young had the best chance to get Villa back in the game but his shot hit the crossbar and rebounded away harmlessly. Young was the only Villa player to be booked while Michael Bradley remained on the bench. George Elokobi, Kevin Foley, and Richard Stearma were booked for Wolves.
Marcus Hahnemann remained on the bench for Wolves who face Newcastle next Saturday while Aston Villa face Everton at Goodison Park.
Blackburn 2 - 2 Blackpool
Jermaine Jones gave up a free kick to allow Blackpool's Charlie Adams to score a goal-of-the-season contender as both squads duked it out at Ewood Park.
Luke Varney thought he had opened the scoring with a quality free kick but the assistant referee raised his flag for offsides. Blackpool did take the lead after 25 minutes as Howard Webb decided to call a peculiar penalty. Charlie Adam didn't mind as he stepped up to stroke home the opener.
Jones was penalized after taking down Adam with a mistimed jump for a header just four mintues later. Adam stepped up and sent in one of the goals of the season with a sublime curling free kick that nestled in the upper right corner leaving Paul Robinson no chance.
Blackpool scored another in the first half but Jason Puncheon was adjudged to have been offsides. Steven N'zonzi should have done better from Junior Hoillett's layback but the shot went narrowly wide of the target. Cristopher Samba got Blackburn back into the game when the big defender slotted home in the 49th.
Blackburn scored their equalizer after Richard Kingston failed to collect another deep ball into the area. The goalkeeper missed his punch and Hoillett was on hand to power his header home in the 90th minute.
Brett Emerton was booked for Blackburn while Gary Taylor-Fletcher was booked for Blackpool. Up next for Rovers is a trip to Emeriates Stadium to take on Arsenal.
Manchester United 1 - 0 Bolton
Stuart Holden was stretchered off of the field in the 76th minute after Jonny Evans' tackle severely injured the United States international.
Holden did well to pressure the center defender and as they both slid in for the ball. Evans went in studs up and caught the midfielder straight across the knee leaving a serious gash. Holden was rushed straight to the hospital and received 26 stitches.
As the home team was reduced to 10 men they began to heap the pressure on Bolton and eventually got their break through with just two minutes to go. Luis Nani's direct effort at Jussi Jaaskelainen bounced off of the keeper's chest and straight into the path of Dimitar Berbatov who smacked home the game winner.
Bolton next face Birmingham on Saturday.
Everton 2 - 1 Fulham
Clint Dempsey and Tim Howard locked horns on Saturday with the Fulham man scoring but Howard had the last laugh as Everton saw out the victory.
Everton were cruising when they hit their opener, Leon Osman's juking run past the flat-footed defense allowed him the time and space to tee up Seamus Coleman. Completely unmarked at the back post, Coleman took his time to arrow his header past Mark Schwarzer and into the far corner with nine minutes left until halftime.
Louis Saha added another just four minutes after the restart from a well struck free kick. Leighton Baines laid the ball off to the striker who smashed his shot straight through the wall for his 10th of the season.
But Dempsey then pushed Fulham back in the right direction. Bobby Zamora was subbed on half way through the second half and it turned out to be an inspired substitution. Damien Duff's cross fell straight to the forward who laid it off to his American teammate. Without taking another touch Dempsey struck well to Howard's right hand post and the keeper could do nothing about it.
Everton saw out Fulham's late push to secure the victory. Howard and company face aston Villa on Saturday while Fulham take on Blackpool.
Norwich City 1-1 Hull City
Zak Whitbread and Norwich City tied Brad Guzan and Hull City in Championship action.
Whitbread started and went the distance for the Canaries and contributed with the only goal of the game for his team. Guzan also played all ninety minutes for the Tigers.
The Houston native headed in a David Fox free kick to give Norwich City the lead in the 27th minute.
Nick Barmby though gave Hull the tie in the 73rd minute after he scored off of a Matt Fryatt cross.
James Chester received a yellow card for Hull while Elliot Ward was booked for the Canaries.
Leeds United 0-2 Sheffield United
Eric Lichaj and Leeds United went down to Sheffield United in Championship play.
Lichaj started and went the distance for his on loan team.
In the 55th minute, the American's day would take a turn for the worse after he scored an own goal from a Stephen Quinn cross, giving Sheffield the lead.
In the 74th minute, Bjorn Riise gave Sheffield another goal after he received a pass from Quinn and scored from within the six yard box.
Ched Evans and Shane Lowry were booked for Sheffield while Andrew O'Brien received a yellow card for Leeds.
Leeds now finds themselves with much work to do if they want an automatic promotion spot. Sheffield are still in the relegation zone but are left in a better spot with the three points.
Preston North End 2-1 Coventry City
Eddie Johnson and Preston North End took down Coventry City this weekend.
Johnson started and was subbed out in the 74th minute for North End.
The 24th minute saw Preston open the scoring when Iain Hume scored off of a Keith Treacy rebound, giving the relegation zone team the lead.
In the 71st minute Coventry struck back when David Bell scored off of a Chriss Hussey pass.
Preston's Nathan Ellington scored off of a volley in the fourth minute of stoppage time to give North End the precious three points.
Hume and Chris Brown were booked for Preston while Carl Baker, Richard Keogh, and Nathan Cameron received yellow cards for Coventry.
Carlisle United 1-0 AFC Bournemouth
Frank Simek and Carlisle United beat AFC Bournemouth in League One play.
Simek started and went the distance for the Cumbrians.
Carlisle struck in the 26th minute of the game when James Berrett's corner founf Peter Murphy who finished clinically.
Berrett, Matty Robson, Bernard Zoko, and Lubomir Michailik received yellow cards for Carlilse while Anton Robinson and Shaun Cooper were booked for Bournemouth.
Swindon Town 0-0 Huddersfield Town
Mike Grella and Swindon Town tied Huddersfield Town in League One action.
Grella started and played the ninety minutes for Swindon Town.
Swindon missed a chance at gaining in the relegation battle while Huddersfield feel unfortunate to have not won after dominating throughout.
Huddersfield recorded over sixteen shots compared to Swindon's six.
Allan Lee and Jordan Rhodes both hit the cross bar for Huddersfsfield.
Huddersfield now is unbeaten in 17 games.
Scott Arfield and Gary Roberts were booked for Huddersfield while Michael Timlin and Alan Sheehan received yellows for Swindon.
Plymouth Argyle 0-1 Rochdale
Anton Peterlin and Plymouth Argyle went down to Rochdale in League One play.
Peterlin started and went the distance for Plymouth.
A missed kick in the box eventually found Gary Jones who knocked in the only goal of the game for Rochdale.
Rory Fallon came close with a shot form 18 yards but it sailed over the goal, sealing the victory for Rochdale.
Jonathan Spector was not selected for West Ham as they drew goalless at Tottenham.
Jon-Paul Pittman and Wycombe tied Shrewsbury in League Two play.