JOHN KRETLOW - Friday, January 13, 2012
Brad Friedel and Tottenham Hotspurs were victorious over Landon Donovan, Time Howard and Everton on Wednesday, while Jonathan Spector and Brimingham City defeated Ipswich Town.
Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 Everton
Brad Friedel and Tottenham continued their strong season with a win over Landon Donovan, Time Howard, and Everton in Premier League action on Wednesday.
All three Americans started and went the distance.
It was an easy day for Friedel at goal, as he did not need to record one save throughout the match.
For Howard, it was another story. The US national team ‘keeper was asked to come up with big saves, including stopping a Gareth Bale deflected shot just after half time.
Spurs opened the scoring in the 35th minute when Aaron Lennon cleverly passed Everton's Leighton Baines and then shot low passed Howard.
Benoit Assou-Ekotto doubled the score in the 63rd minute with a deflected shot that found the back of the net.
Donovan was dangerous throughout the match, delivering corners and crosses to his Everton teammates. He received a yellow card in first half stoppage time.
Tim Cahill and Marouane Fallaini were also booked for the Toffees. Lennon received a yellow card for Spurs.
The London side now is level with Manchester United for second in the league, trailing Manchester City by three points. Spurs are on a six game unbeaten streak in the Premier League.
The Toffees are in 11th place, a comfortable eight points above the relegation zone.
Tottenham hosts Wolverhampton Wanderers this weekend, while Everton travels to play Aston Villa.
Birmingham City 2-1 Ipswich Town
Jonathan Spector and Birmingham City beat Ipswich Town at home in Championship action.
Spector started and went the distance.
Nikola Zigic opened the scoring for the Blues in the 9th minute, but Lee Martin equalized soon after in the 18th minute for Town.
Zigic though bagged his second in stoppage time, giving City the big win.
The Blues have now gone 11 games unbeaten at home in all competitions. They jumped five spots in the standings to 9th place, just two points from a playoff spot.
Town are just 3 points above the relegation zone.
Grant Leadbitter received a yellow card for Ipswich.
Birmingham travel to play Millwall this weekend, while Town hosts Blackpool.