JOHN KRETLOW - Sunday, January 15, 2012
Tim Howard, Landon Donovan, and Everton tied Aston Villa, while Brad Friedel and Tottenham Hotspur were held to a draw by Wolverhampton in weekend Premier League action.
Aston Villa 1-1 Everton
Tim Howard, Landon Donovan, and Everton tied Aston Villa in Premier League action.
Howard and Donovan started and went the distance, while Brad Guzan went back to his regular role of backup for Shay Given.
The Los Angeles Galaxy player was strong throughout the game and eventually was pivotal in bringing the Toffees back in the game.
After a scoreless first half, Villa opened the scoring in the 56th minute when Darren Bent shot passed Howard.
In the 69th minute though the Toffees struck back, when Donovan provided Victor Anichebe with a defense splitting pass. The Nigerian striker notched home passed Given.
Marc Albrighton was booked for Villa, while Marouane Fallaini received a yellow card for Everton.
Aston Villa travels to play Wolverhampton. Everton hosts Blackburn next weekend.
Tottenham Hotspurs 1-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers
Brad Friedel and Tottenham Hotspurs tied Wolverhampton Wanderers in weekend Premier League play.
Friedel started and went the distance for Spurs.
Wolverhampton stunned the home crowd in the 22nd minute when Steven Fletcher notched home after Friedel initially parried a Wolves corner. The ball eventually made it to Fletcher who made no mistake with the ball.
Spurs though leveled the score in the 51st minute when Rafael Van der Vaart made a run into the area, passed to Gareth Bale who laid the ball off to Luka Modric who shot passed Wolves ‘keeper Wayne Hennessey.
Benoit Assou-Ekotto received a yellow card for Spurs, while Emmanuel Frimpong, Karl Henry, and Roger Johnson were booked for Wolves.
Spurs missed a shot at first place with the draw, while Wolverhampton continues to hover just above the relegation zone.
Tottenham take on league leaders Manchester City next weekend. Wolves meet Birmingham City in the midweek in FA Cup action.
West Bromwich Albion 1-2 Norwich City
Zak Whitbread and Norwich City sent West Bromwich Albion to their third loss in a row this weekend.
Whitbread started and played the whole ninety minutes.
The opening goal came in the 43rd minute when City's Andrew Surman found the back of the net on an impressive volley.
Whitbread came up big early in the second half when he got in the way of a dangerous Jerome Thomas shot.
Albion would level the game in the 68th minute. City's Daniel Ayala took down Thomas in the box, resulting in a penalty kick. Shane Long notched in the ensuing kick for West Brom.
The Canaries though would pull through in the 79th minute when Grant Holt sent in a cross that Steve Morison knocked in passed West Brom ‘keeper Ben Foster.
Ayala revceived the only yellow card of the game for Norwich.
West Brom takes on Stoek City next, while the Canaries host Chelsea.
Blackburn Rovers 3-1 Fulham
Clint Dempsey and Fulham went down to Blackburn Rovers despite playing the majority of the game with an extra player.
The Texan started and went the distance for Fulham.
Blackburn's day seemed to be going down hill after Ayegbeni Yakubu received a red card, forcing Rovers to play with ten men for the greater part of the match.
Rovers did not look like a team with a man down, as Morten Gamst Pedersen scored in the final minutes of the first half, while David Dunn found the back of the net at the start of the second half.
Damien Duff was able to get one back for Fulham in the 56th minute, but Mauro Formica notched Blackburn's third goal of the game in the 79th.
Pedersen received a yellow for Rovers, while Philippe Senderos was booked for the Cottagers.
With the win, Rovers have clawed their way temporarily out of the relegation zone.
Fulham falls to 14th place in the standings, six points above the relegation zone.
Millwall 0-6 Birmingham City
Jonathan Spector and Birmingham City crushed Millwall in weekend Championship action.
Spector started and went the distance for City.
Millwall went down to nine men in the contest when Shane Lowry and Alan Dunne received red cards, one in each half.
Despite the disadvantage, Millwall dominated the first half of the game. But, it was Birmingham that struck first when Curtis Davies scored in the 18th minute.
The second half was a different story, as the Blues player advantages came to light as they exploded for five goals in the second half.
Marlon King scored a brace, while Chris Burke, Adam Rooney, and Nathan Redmond also found the back of the net for Birmingham.
The possession game was won by City, as they controlled the ball for over 60% of the time. Millwall did have more shots and corner kicks throughout.
Aside from the red cards, Millwall's Liam Trotter and Dany N'Guessan received yellows. Jordan Mutch, Nikola Zigic, and Rooney were booked for the Blues.
Birmingham is now just two points from a playoff spot, while still having one game in hand to the majority of the league.
Millwall next takes on Dagenham & Redbridge, while City takes on Wolverhampton in midweek FA Cup action.
Brentford 0-0 Walsall
Anton Peterlin and Walsall tied Brentford in a League One matchup.
Peterlin started and went the distance, while Bretford's Mike Grella did not feature.
Brentford missed a shot at inching closer to a playoff spot. They are four points from Stevenage who holds the final coveted spot.
Walsall is hovering just above the relegation zone. They are ahead of Yeovil Town by just goal differential.
Marcus Bean and Marcel Eger received yellow cards for Brentford.
Brentford plays Huddersfield Town next week, while Walsall takes on Carlisle United.
Daniel Potts did not feature in West Ham United's win over Portsmouth.
Conor Doyle did not feature in Derby County's win over Coventry City.
Cody Cropper is injured and did not play in Ipswich Town's draw against Blackpool.
Robbie Findley returned from injury to play the final 18 minutes of Nottingham Forest's loss to Southampton.
Frank Simek and Carlisle United's game against Milton Keynes Dons was postponed due to a frozen and unplayable field.
Southend's Jemal Johnson did not feature in their win over Northampton Town.