CHAD WINGER - Monday, September 19, 2011
Clint Dempsey tallied an assist in an exciting comeback draw for Fulham while nothing went right for Robbie Findley or Jonathan Spector in the Championship.
Tottenham Hotspur 4 - 0 Liverpool
Brad Friedel earned a shutout as Tottenham took no mercy on Liverpool who had a player expelled in each half.
Friedel's club were already up one thanks to a seventh minute free kick from Luka Modric when summer signing Charlie Adam was sent off for a brutal foul on Scott Parker.
Despite the man advantage, the hosts were not able to put the match out of reach until three minutes after the Reds' Martin Skrtel joined Adam in the locker room for a hack on Gareth Bale.
With two more players, Spurs finally got their second goal when Jermaine Defoe schooled Jose Enrique and rifled past Pepe Reina, who three minutes later, gifted Emmanuel Adebayor Tottenham's third when he spilled Defoe's tame effort to the Togo international.
Adebayor scored deep into injury time to complete the rout.
Friedel, who went the distance for the hosts, was only called upon to make two routine saves.
Tottenham, with their second successive success jump up to 11th in the standings. They will travel to Wigan on Saturday.
Everton 3 - 1 Wigan Athletic
Everton came from behind to defeat Wigan in a match that was much closer than its scoreline suggests.
Tim Howard made his 150th straight start for the Blues and went the distance.
The American's first action of the match was to pick the ball out of his net in the 31st minute after Tony Hibbert deflected a shot from Franco Di Santo in.
However, Phil Jagielka restored parity moments after the restart when Tim Cahill headed a Leon Osman header off the bar and the Englishman cleaned up the mess.
The match remained tied until the 83rd when 19-year old Greek substitute Apostolos Vellios headed home an accurate Hibbert cross from around the penalty spot.
Wigan, though, nearly drew level again when Howard was caught napping off his line and Dave Jones luckily hit only the cross bar with a lob from just outside the area.
Real Madrid's Royston Drenthe, on loan at Goodison Park for the season, finally put the game to sleep in the eighth minute of injury time with a fine finish of a play that started with a Howard free kick being flick-headed on by Denis Stracqualursi.
After the win, Everton sit in seventh place with seven points just below city rival Liverpool by one goal in the differential column.
Next up is a visit to Manchester City on Saturday.
Fulham 2 - 2 Manchester City
Despite holding the joint-league leaders to a draw following a two-goal comeback, Clint Dempsey and Fulham remain in early relegation worries.
Manchester City, who came into the match tied with city rival United with 12 points, looked the part by jumping out to a quick 18th minute advantage through Sergio Aguero who converted a David Silva assist with ease.
Fulham were lucky to go into halftime down a single goal, but City came out from the break quickly and scored after just a dozen seconds. A Gael Clichy long-ball was headed on by Edin Dzeko for the Argentine Aguero who took a steadying touch before crossing up Australian keeper Mark Schwarzer into the bottom corner.
Down two, the American midfielder got his team headed in the right direction in the 55th when he turned and found Bobby Zamora near the top of the box which the England international blasted home with authority.
Twenty minutes later the match saw its final goal when Danny Murphy ran on to a Zamora pull back and saw his speculative effort carom off Man City captain Vincent Kompany's knee, wrong-footing helpless keeper Joe Hart.
Dempsey, as he as in each match this season, went the distance for the Cottagers.
Next up for Fulham is a Saturday trip to fellow relegation battlers West Bromwich Albion.
Nottingham Forest 1 - 2 Derby County
Despite being up a man for 86 minutes, Nottingham Forest could not earn their first home win of the season, falling to Derby County.
USMNT striker Robbie Findley was a 61st minute substitute for Steve McClaren while Conor Doyle remains in the infirmary ward and was not named to the Rams roster.
Forest Andy Reid put the hosts in front from the spot after goalkeeper Frank Fielding was sent to the showers in the fourth minute for an ugly hack on Ishmael Miller.
Nottingham were furious approaching the half-hour mark when Forest defender lay injured following a collision with Mark O'Brien. With the players and fans calling for play to stop, Jamie Ward evaded a challenge from Radoslaw Majewski and nutmegged Wes Morgan before drilling a wormburner past Lee Camp.
After Jeff Hendrick somehow missed from inches out from a Ben Davies far-post cross, the youngster made amends with a long-range rocket from 25 yards for the game winner.
After the loss Forest, sit in 22nd place, the first of the relegation spots.
The Tricky Trees travel to Watford while Derby return home to host Millwall on Saturday.
Southampton 4 - 1 Birmingham City
Jonathan Spector and Birmingham were shellacked by front-running Southampton to complete a forgettable week.
Two days after getting smoked at home by Portugal's Braga in the Europa League, Spector and company capitulated again. The carnage began in just the 11th minute after Rickie Lambert converted a penalty after having been fouled by Steven Caldwell.
Guly do Prado doubled the lead ten minutes later when he crashed home a Frazer Richardson cross before Adam Lallana added another in the 34th from Richardson's second assist.
New Zealand's Chris Wood put in Birmingham's only tally of the day minutes after the break from a healthy 20 yards before substitute Richard Chaplow ended Birmingham's misery by cashing in Lallana's dime with 12 minutes left.
Spector started, but only went 74 minutes before making way for Wade Elliott. The American picked up an early yellow card following a nice combo of a foul on Dean Hammond and complaining.
Birmingham host Barnsley next Saturday.
Walsall 2 - 2 Scunthorpe United
Anton Peterlin was handed a rare start for Walsall who coughed up two points in the game's last minute.
Richard Taundry put the Saddlers ahead in the 22nd when he put in a sweet free kick for Adam Chambers to head home, but Garry Thompson put Scunthorpe level again in the 78th minute with a close range finish.
Will Grigg, who replaced the American in the 64th minute, put the hosts back in front when he cracked a laser of a volley from Taundry's second assist, but the lead would not hold as Jimmy Ryan somehow steered a long-distance grass-scorcher home for the point-earning goal.
Peterlin will hope to play next Saturday at Colchester United.
Aston Villa remained unbeaten with Brad Guzan adding to his splinter collection as the Villans tied Newcastle 1-1 in Birmingham.
Stuart Holden may have missed his last match for Bolton who lost their third in a row by losing to newly promoted Norwich City 2-1 at home.
Mike Grella saw the last half hour of Brentford's 3-1 home defeat to Preston North End.
Frank Simek's Carlisle United were drubbed 4-1 by host Chesterfield with the injured American thankfully missing the contest.
Jemal Johnson did not get off the bench when Southend United downed Plymouth Argyle 2-0.
Crawley Town defeated Bradford City 3-1 with Jon-Paul Pittman earning some second half playing time, days after joining the squad on loan.