JOHN KRETLOW - Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Clint Dempsey scored twice in Fulham's destruction of injured Stuart Holden's Bolton while Zak Whitbread and Norwich City inch closer to promotion.
Blackburn 0 - 1 Manchester City
Jermaine Jones and Manchester City were undone by a quality Edin Dzeko strike after an even game.
There were chances on either side of the half with both keepers being forced into action throughout the game. David Silva's third minute shot hit off of the post while Paul Robinson did well to deny Yaya Toure's 46th minute attempt. Silva got the eventual assist as his wayward shot took a deflection en route to goal with Dzeko applying the finishing touch from inside the 18 yard box.
Dzeko's 75th minute goal was his first in the Premier League, ending his goal scoring drought since moving from the Bundesliga. Mario Balotelli was booked during his time on the field, while Gareth Barry and Nigel de Jong were also booked.
Blackburn saw Jones get book for his sixth time in 11 games, while Brett Emerton picked up a yellow card as well. Blackburn will need to find points quickly as they sit just one point above the relegation zone, and will look to do so on Saturday at home against Bolton.
Fulham 3 - 0 Bolton
Clint Dempsey lifted Fulham over Stuart Holden's Bolton with a goal on either side of half time to ensure Fulham got a vital victory.
The win lifted Fulham all of the way to ninth place with 42 points, while Bolton remain four points ahead in eighth. Dempsey lead the way with two goals in the game, bringing his Premier League tally to 12. Dempsey's first came after Bolton failed to clear their lines, and the American acrobatically scissor kicked his shot straight past Jussi Jaaskelainen in the 15th minute.
The Yank doubled the Cottagers' advantage in the 48th as Fulham continued just as they ended in the first half. The ball was worked around the Bolton back line with clever work from Simon Davies resulting in Dempsey's open shot in the middle of the box. Making a run across the six-yard box Dempsey was able to direct Davies' cruyff into the back of the net for his second goal on the night.
The game was put to bed in the 65th minute as Brede Hangeland headed home from a Danny Murphy free kick. Murphy put the ball into a dangerous area but Hangeland had it all still to do, rising above his man and directing his header back across the goal to Jaaskelainen's far post.
Bobby Zamora came on as a sub and picked up a yellow card while Ivan Klasnic did the same for Bolton. The Cottagers next face Sunderland at home while Bolton travel to Blackburn on Saturday.
With the two goals, Dempsey surpassed Brian McBride's record to become Fulham's all-time leading goal scorer in the Premier League.
Norwich City 3 - 2 Derby County
Zak Whitbread and Norwich City took down Derby County in a Championship battle on Monday.
Whitbread started and played 57 minutes before being substituted for an injury while Conor Doyle was left on the bench for Derby.
Simeon Jackson started off his impressive game with a header from close range just before halftime, but just after the break Alberto Bueno sent in a cross for Steve Davies to finished for the Derby equalizer.
Just minutes later though, Jackson chipped over Derby goalie Brad Jones, putting the Canaries back up, however Derby replied again, Bueno this time taking care of matters himself when he nailed a low, bottom corner shot past Norwich goalie John Ruddy.
Jackson though put Norwich fan's into a frenzy in the 90th minute when he knocked home the winner, keeping the Canaries in an automatic promotion spot.
Henri Lansbury and Jackson received yellow cards for Norwich, while Daniel Ayala and Robbie Savage were booked for the Rams.
The Canaries take on Portsmouth this weekend while Derby play Bristol City.
Nottingham Forest 3 - 2 Bristol City
Robbie Findley and Nottingham Forest beat Bristol City in Monday action.
Findley came on in the 65th minute for Kris Boyd.
Boyd opened the scoring early, finishing a Lewis McGugan cross in the 4th minute, giving Forest the quick lead.
In the 43rd minute, McHugan was taken down in the box, and Boyd knocked home the ensuing penalty kick.
Marvin Elliot gave Bristol their first goal of the game when he headed home a Jamal Campbell-Ryce cross, just minutes into the second half.
Jonathan Stead then scored the equalizer on a header in the 60th minute for Bristol City.
Forest though got the game winner in the 73rd minute when Luke Chambers knocked home a McGugan cross.
Louis Carey and Marion Jackson were booked for City while McGugan, Chris Cohen and Paul McKenna received cautions for Forest.
Nottingham faces Scunthorpe next week while Bristol take on Derby County.
Leeds United 0 - 1 Crystal Palace
Eric Lichaj and Leeds United suffered a tough loss to Crystal Palace in the Championship.
Lichaj started and went the distance for United.
Neil Danns scored the only goal of the game just two minutes into the game, when his shot from the edge of the penalty area cleared many players to find the back of the net.
The win Crystal Palace six points above the relegation zone, while Leeds is now three points from a playoff spot.
Patrick McCarthy was booked for Palace, while Danns received two yellow cards and was sent off in the 90th minute. Paul Connolly, Andrew O'Brien, and Neil Kilkenny were booked for Leeds.
Leeds faces Burnley next week while Palaca take on Hull City.
Carlisle United 0 - 1 Leyton Orient
Frank Simek and Carlisle United went down to Leyton Orient in League One play.
Simek started and went the distance for the Cumbrians.
Jonathan Tehoue scored the only goal on a quick counter attack in the 37th minute.
Orient are now three points from a playoff spot.
United's Liam Noble was booked while Adam Chambers and Charlie Daniels received yellow cards for Orient.
Carlisle take on Dagenham & Redbridge next week while Orient play Tranmere.
Eddie Johnson did not feature in Preston North End's loss to Cardiff.
Anton Peterlin came on in the second half in Plymouth's loss to MK Dons.
Jon-Paul Pittman did not play in Wycombe's loss to Crewe Alexandria.