JOHN KRETLOW - Monday, August 27, 2012
Geoff Cameron made his Premier League debut in Stoke City's draw with Arsenal, while Seb Hines scored a goal in Middlesbrough's win over Crystal Palace.

Stoke City 0 - 0 Arsenal

Geoff Cameron made his Stoke City at Britannia Stadium, starting and going the distance at center midfield for the Potters. The former Houston Dynamo played alongside fellow midfielder Glenn Whelan.

Stoke thought it had an early goal, but Jonathan Walters' strike was waved off for offside before later in the first half, Santi Cazorla's 25-yard shot was impressively saved by Stoke 'keeper Asmir Begovic.

In the 58th minute, Stoke's Jermaine Pennant was taken down in the box by Arsenal's Kieran Gibbs and despite pleas by the fans, no penalty was given.

The Londoner enjoyed the majority of possession throughout the game, but were never able to provide clear cut chances on goal.

Robert Huth and Andy Wilkinson were booked for Stoke.

The Potters take the field again on Tuesday as they play Swindon Town in League Cup play. Arsenal plays Liverpool in Premier League action next weekend.

Aston Villa 1 - 3 Everton

Tim Howard and Everton made it two wins in two games as the Toffees beat Eric Lichaj and Aston Villa.

Howard started and went the distance, while Eric Lichaj came off the bench in the 63rd minute for Villa. Brad Guzan dressed but was left on the bench for the Villains.

Everton scored all of its goals in the first half, as Villa only offered a consolation goal in the 75th minute.

It only took three minutes for the guests to get on the board, as Steven Pienaar found the back of the net on a 20 yard shot after Steven Naismith had set him up.

The lead was doubled in the 31st minute when Phil Jagielka's cross was headed by Marouane Fellaini and Villa 'keeper Shay Given was unable to make the simple save.

In the 44th minute the Toffees made it three goals as Leighton Baines found Nikica Jelavic who blasted past Given.

Matters got worse for Villa early in the second half, as Ciaran Clark was sent off for taking down Jelavic who had a clear path to goal.

Villa's Karim El Ahmadi clawed one back with a long range effort that deceived Howard, but it was too little and too late for the home team.

El Ahmadi was the only other player to be booked apart from Clark for Villa.

The Merseysiders take on Leyton Orient in the midweek in League Cup action, while Villa takes on Tranmere Rovers in the same tournament.

Tottenham Hotspur 1 - 1 West Bromwich Albion

Brad Friedel and Tottenham Hotspur were unable to get their first win of the season as they drew with West Bromwich Albion at White Hart Lane.

Friedel started and went the distance for Spurs and the American was credited with five saves in the game.

After a scoreless first half, the final 16 minutes of this game lit up for the fans.

Benoit Assou-Ekotto opened the scoring for Spurs in the 74th minute, giving the Spurs faithful hope for a home opening win.

James Morrison though scored in the final moments of the game for West Brom to spoil the party at White Hart Lane.

Jan Vertonghen was booked for Spurs, while Steven Reid and Youssuf Mulumbu saw yellow cards for West Brom.

Spurs take on Norwich City next week in Premier League play, while West Brom takes on Yeovil Town in League Cup play in the midweek.

Middlesbrough 2 - 1 Crystal Palace

Seb Hines and Middlesbrough were victorious over Crystal Palace in Championship action.

Hines made his season debut and scored in Boro's big win. The defender started and went the distance.

Just before half time, Hines headed in a Grant Leadbitter corner kick to give Boro the lead.

In the 52nd minute the home team would double their lead as Merouane Zemmama's free kick found the back of the net for Boro.

Jermaine Easter made it a game as he buried a penalty kick in the 56th minute for Crystal Palace, the road team was unable to muster another goal in the game.

Crystal Palace has lost their first three games of the season, while Boro now has a two game winning streak.

Wilfred Zaha and Aaron Martin were booked for Crystal Palace.

Boro takes on Gillingham in League Cup action this midweek, while Crystal Palace takes on Preston North End in the same competition.

Watford 2 - 0 Birmingham City

Jonathan Spector and Birmingham City went down to Watford in Championship play on Saturday.

Spector started and went the distance for Birmingham but Will Packwood did not make the game day roster.

Watford's first half dominance was enough to give them the victory, as the home team scored two goals in the first 20 minutes of the game.

In the early moments of the game, Watfrod's Matej Vydra was taken down in the box. The referee deemed it a penalty and Almen Abdi struck home to give Watford the lead.

Vydra then scored one on his own as he slipped a ball passed Jack Butland after getting behind a miscalculated offside trap by Birmingham City.

Martin Taylor was booked for Watford.

Watford next takes on Bradford City in League Cup action on Tuesday, while Birmingham City plays Coventry City in the midweek in the same competition.

Scunthorpe United 0 - 4 Yeovil Town

Mike Grella and Scunthorpe United went down to Yeovil Town emphatically in League One play.

Town's only goal of the first half came from Keanu Marsh-Brown, but two goals from Gozie Ugwu and one by Reuben Reid rounded out the scoring in the second half.

Yeovil Town tops the League One standings after three games, while Scunthorpe United is at the very bottom having managed zero points in three games.

Josh Walker, Robbie Gibbons, and Mark Duffy were booked for Scunthorpe, while Byron Webster, Edward Upson, and Dominic Blizzard saw yellow cards for Yeovil Town.

Grella started and went the distance for Scunthorpe.

Scunthorpe next takes on Norwich City in League Cup play, while Yeovil takes on West Brom in the same competition.

Carlisle United 4 - 2 Portsmouth

Frank Simek and Carlisle United beat Portsmouth at home in League One play.

Simek started and went the distance for the Cumbrians.

Jake Jervis opened the scoring in the 13th minute when he headed in a ball from the penalty area.

Danny Livesey scored a similar goal early in the second half to double Carlisle's lead.

In the 90th minute Portsmouth would make the Cumbrian fans nervous as Ashley Harrison would score on a header to slice the lead in half.

Moments later though James Berrett would score on a left footed shot from inside the box to regain their two goal cushion.

Portsmouth would not surrender easily though as Conor Clifford would find the back of the net a minute later, but Patrick Madden would make it 4-2 in favor of Carlisle in the 96th minute.

Marry Robson and Liam Noble were booked for Carlisle, while Paul Connolly and Jon Harley saw yellow cards for Portsmouth. Kevin Long was booked twice and sent off for the road team as well.

The Cumbrians take on Ipswich Town in League Cup play in the midweek, while Portsmouth takes on Oldham Athletic in league action next weekend.


Clint Dempsey did not feature in Fulham's road loss to Manchester United as his transfer saga continues.

Tim Ream dressed but did not see the field in Bolton's draw with Nottingham Forest, while Robbie Findley was left of the game day roster for Forest.

Conor Doyle was left on the bench in Derby County's draw with Wolverhampton.

Robbie Rogers played the final 11 minutes in Stevenage's win over Oldham Athletic in the former Columbus Crew midfielder's debut.
Tuesday August 28, 2012 3:03 am
Watched the second half of the Stoke v. Arsenal game. About the 85-87th minute I heard a stadium announcement in the background that I think named Cameron something like man of the match.

He played very well, especially on the defensive side of the ball where he stripped balls and looked great. Only downsides: failed to pursue a few attacks where he was positioned to be support and missed his cue and looked tired in the last 10 minutes. Most of that due to his high level of play but I also think a touch of "welcome to the pace of the EPL" fitness wakeup call.

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