JOHN KRETLOW - Monday, February 13, 2012
Landon Donovan notched another assist in Everton's win over Chelsea, while Clin Dempsey's rocket helped Fulham record a victory over Stoke City.
Everton 2-0 Chelsea
Tim Howard and Landon Donovan helped guide Everton to a big win over Chelsea at Goodison Park on Saturday.
The American duo started and went the distance for the Toffees.
Everton jumped to an early lead in the 5th minute when Steven Pienaar collected a deflected Tim Cahill ball in the box and fired home for the Toffees.
In the 71st minute Everton doubled their lead when Donovan made a streaking run into the Chelsea defense and sent in a superb ball that Denis Stracqualursi received and shot passed Petr Cech.
Raul Meireles, José Bosingwa, and Fernando Torres were booked for Chelsea.
The Toffees are now unbeaten in their last six games and are in 10th place in the Premier League.
Chelsea is winless in their last four Premier League games and holds a Europa League spot. They trail third place Tottenham by 10 points for the last automatic Champions League spot.
Everton hosts Blackpool next week in FA Cup action, while Chelsea plays Birmingham City at Stamford Bridge in cup play as well.
Tottenham Hotspur 5-0 Newcastle United
Brad Friedel and Tottenham Hotspur recorded a big victory over Newcastle United in Premier League action this weekend.
American ‘keeper Freidel started and went the distance once again for Spurs.
Tottenham was on fire throughout the game, highlighted by two first half goals by Louis Saha. Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Niko Kranjcar also scored in the first half, while Emmanuel Adebayor notched another goal in the second half.
Scott Parker and Kyle Walker were booked for Spurs, while Dan Gosling receved a yellow card for Newcastle.
Spurs have only lost one game in their last 14 games in all competitions. They are in third place in the Premier League, trailing Manchester City by seven points for the league lead.
Fulham 2-1 Stoke City
Clint Dempsey and Fulham were victorious this weekend as they beat Stoke City at Craven Cottage.
The Texan started and went the distance for Fulham.
Just 16 minutes into the game, Pavel Pogrebnyak scored his first goal for Fulham as he controlled a John Arne Riise shot and fired home.
Dempsey in the 28th minute shot a rocket drive from 30 yards that rebounded off the back of Stoke ‘keeper Thomas Sorensen for the goal. The scorekeeper officially called it an own goal by Sorensen.
Ryan Shawcross got one back for Stoke in the 78th minute, but it was not enough as the Cottagers held on for the win.
Brede Hangeland was booked for Fulham, while Marc Wilson and Wilson Palacios received yellows for Stoke.
The two teams are now level with 30 points in the standings. They are both nine points above the relegation zone.
Brad Guzan and Eric Lichaj did not feature in Aston Villa's loss to Manchester City this Sunday.
Zak Whitbread is injured and did not feature in Norwich City's win over Swansea City.
Tim Ream did not make Bolton's game day roster, as they lost to Wigan Athletic. Stuart Holden missed as well as he is recovering from a knee injury.
Jonathan Spector and Birmingham City's game against Barnsely was suspended due to a dangerous field because of the weather.
Goerge John, Daniel Potts, and West Ham United's game against Peterborough United was called off due to the weather.
Robbie Findley played 15 minutes in Nottingham Forest's draw with Watford.
Conor Doyle came on to play the final minutes of Derby County's tie against Millwall.
Robbie Rogers did not make the game day roster in Leeds United's loss to Brighton & Hove Albion.
Frank Simek and Carlisle United's game against Stevenage was suspended due to bad weather.