JOHN KRETLOW - Monday, November 7, 2011
Clint Dempsey and Fulham went down to Brad Friedel and Tottenham in a battle of Americans while Tim Howard and Everton were unable to cool down red hot Newcastle United.
Fulham 1 - 3 Tottenham Hotspur
Clint Dempsey and Fulham went down to Brad Friedel and Tottenham Hotspurs in weekend Premier League action.
Dempsey and Friedel both started and went the distance for their respective teams.
Despite a furious display of attacking soccer on the part of Fulham, the Cottagers still fell short against Tottenham.
Just minutes into the game, Fulham nearly scored when Steve Sidwell's header was superbly blocked by Friedel.
The opening goal came in the tenth minute when Gareth Bale notched home a low cross from Aaron Lennon, giving the visiting team the early lead.
Just before halftime, Lennon doubled the Spurs score, after he danced his way towards goal and shot home to the bottom right corner of Mark Schwarzer's goal.
The second half saw Fulham take control of the game, culminating in the home team's first goal, albeit on an unfortunate own goal by Younes Kaboul.
In the final minutes, Dempsey was able to find his way around Friedel, only to be denied by defender Ledley King.
The Cottagers were taken down for good after Jermaine Defoe scored in stoppage time for Spurs, sealing them the win.
Fulham next travels to play Sunderland while Spurs host Aston Villa.
Newcastle United 2 - 1 Everton
Tim Howard and Everton were beaten by red-hot Newcastle United at St. James Park this weekend.
Howard started and went the distance at goal for Everton.
The game started off tough for Everton, as John Heitinga scored an own goal, gifting United the early lead in the 12th minute.
In the 29th minute, Ryan Taylor doubled United's lead off of an incredible volley.
Just moments before halftime though, Everton got on the board when Royston Drenthe's corner found Jack Rodwell who headed home.
Danny Guthrie and Ryan Taylor were booked for United while Heitinga, Leighton Baines, and Drenthe received yellow cards for Everton.
Newcastle is now in third place in the standings, while Everton is barely hovering over the relegation zone.
Next week United take on Manchester City while Everton host Wolverhampton.
Peterborough United 3 - 2 Derby County
Conor Doyle featured for Derby County, starting and playing 64 minutes as they went down to Peterborough United in Championship action.
In the span of four minutes, Theo Robinson bagged two goals for Derby, scoring in the 28th and 32nd minute.
Just five minutes later Paul Taylor responded for Peterborough, then Tommy Rowe equalized the game for them in the 51st minute.
In dramatic fashion, Grant McCann scored for United in the dying minutes of the game, giving the home team the come from behind victory.
Ryan Bennett received a yellow card for Peterborough while Frank Fielding, Jason Shackell, and Gareth Roberts were booked for Derby.
United next take on Birmingham City while the Rams host Hull City.
Reading 1 - 0 Birmingham City
Jonathan Spector went the distance for Birmingham City as they fell to Reading at the Madejski stadium.
Noel Hunt scored the lone goal in the contest in the 75th minute, putting Reading even in points with City in the standings.
Both teams are at 21 points and trail Crystal Palace by a mere four points for the final spot in the playoffs.
Spector and Curtis Davies were cautioned for City.
Reading next take on Cardiff City while City play Peterborough.
Portsmouth 3 - 0 Nottingham Forest
Robbie Findley and Nottiingham Forest were pummeled by Portsmouth in Championship action this weekend.
Findley started and was subbed out in the 90th minute.
Erik Huseklepp opened the scoring for Potsmouth in the 45th minute while David Kitson doubled their lead in the 76th minute.
Huseklepp then bagged his brace and scored Portsmouth's third goal of the game in the 84th minute, icing the game for the home team.
Joel Lynch and Marcus Tudgay were booked for Forest.
Portsmouth next takes on Watford while Forest host Ipswich Town.
Huddersfield Town 1 - 1 Walsall
Anton Peterlin and Walsall tied Huddersfield Town in a League One matchup, earning th start and playing the first 55 minutes.
The opening half was quiet and saw no goals but the second half saw Town's Lee Novak open the scoring in the 67th minute.
Jamie Paterson then equalized Walsall in the 78th minute.
Jack Hunt was booked for Town while Alex Nicholls received a yellow card for Walsall.
Huddersfield next takes on Swindon town while Walsall visits Exeter City next week.
Eric Lichaj and Brad Guzan did not feature in Aston Villa's win over Norwich City. Zak Whitbread did not feature for City.
Stuart Holden did not feature in Bolton's big win over Stoke City.
Frank Simek did not feature in Carlisle United's tie to Exeter city. He is recovering from injury.
John Paul Pittman did not make the bench in Crawley Town's draw against Hereford United.
Jemal Johnson did not feature in Southend's win over Oxford United.