JOHN KRETLOW - Monday, September 17, 2012
Brad Friedel, Clint Dempsey and Tottenham notched their first win of the season with a victory over Reading, while Eric Lichaj, Brad Guzan, and Aston Villa defeated highflying Swansea City.
Reading 1-3 Tottenham Hotspur
Brad Friedel started and went the distance in Tottenham Hotspur's victory over Reading, while Clint Dempsey made his debut for Spurs in the final minutes of the game.
The win is Tottenham's first of the season, as they had gone winless in their three games to open the 2012-2013 campaign.
Spurs dominated play throughout, out possessing Reading by 58% to 42% and out shooting their rivals 23 to 7.
Jermain Defoe opened the scoring in the 18th minute when he knocked home a pass from Aaron Lennon.
Gareth Bale doubled Tottenham's lead in the 71st minute when his lucky lob passed ‘keeper Alex McCarthy.
Moments later Defoe added his second goal of the game in impressive fasion as he stole the ball midway through the field and managed to pass four defenders and score passed McCarthy.
Hal Robson-Kanu scored a consolation goal for Reading in the 90th minute of the game.
Dempsey, who was acquired in the final day of the transfer window, came on in the 78th minute for Gareth Bale.
The victory bolts Spurs into the middle of the standings. They hope to keep the momentum going with a win next week against Queens Park Rangers.
Aston Villa 2-0 Swansea City
Eric Lichaj and Brad Guzan started and went the distance in Aston Villa's first win of the season over Swansea City this weekend.
After last week's encouraging draw against Newcastle United, Villa managed to keep the momentum going with their victory over previously unbeaten Swansea City.
Matthew Lowton opened the scoring in the 16th minute with a volley from 20 yards, while Christian Benteke's right footed shot from close range in the 88th minute sealed the game for Villa.
Guzan starred again for Villa, highlighted by a reflex save on Swansea's Ashley Williams' header from a corner in the 10th minute and a diving save of a Nathan Dyer 20 yard shot just moments later.
Defender Lichaj was booked in the 80th minute of the game.
The win catapults Villa into the middle of the standings and Paul Lambert hopes it gives them momentum going into next week's game against Southampton.
Nottingham Forest 2-2 Birmingham City
Jonathan Spector played the full 90 minutes in a thrilling draw between Birmingham City and Nottingham Forest.
All of the game's goals were scored in the final 21 minutes of the game, as Forest was able to save their unbeaten season with two come from behind goals.
The Blues opened the scoring in the 69th minute when Hayden Mullins found the back of the net on a rebound, while Marlon King notched home from the edge of the penalty area after an impressive run by Nathan Redmond in the 71st minute.
Simon Cox got one back for Forest in the 73rd minute when his lob over Birmingham ‘keeper Jack Butland set the home fans to their feet.
In the 86th minute Forest leveled the game when Greg Halford's cross was met by a Dan Harding shot that was deflected in by Birmingham's Pablo Ibañez.
American defender Will Packwood did not dress for the Blues while Robbie Findley also did not see the game day lineup for Forest.
Birmingham City continues near the bottom of the standings but they hope to garner three points on Tuesday in their game against Bolton Wanderers.
Huddersfield Town 1-0 Derby County
Conor Doyle started and played 64 minutes in Derby County's loss to Huddersfield Town in Championship action.
Huddersfield notched the only goal of the game in the opening moments as Daniel Ward found the back of the net with a left footed shot from the center of the penalty area.
The game marked Doyle's first start of the season for the Rams.
Derby continues to struggle in the young season, as they have only managed one win thus far. They take on Charlton Athletic in midweek action and hope to start their upward climb in the standings.
Carlisle United 2-2 Swindon Town
Frank Simek started and went the full 90 minutes in Carlisle United's draw with Swindon Town.
The game's first half saw all the goals for both teams, as the Cumbrians managed two leads only to see Swindon Town level the game on both occasions.
Jake Jervice opened the scoring in the 14th minute when he latched onto a poorly cleared ball by the Swindon defense and easily found the back of the net.
Swindon Town equalized in the 29th minute when Adam Rooney's shot from outside the box beat ‘keeper Mark Gillespie.
Jervis though gave the Cumbrians the lead once again in the 30th minute with a shot that hit the post and went in, but Swindon's Paul Benson leveled the match with a low blast two minutes later.
Carlisle finds themselves in the middle of the standings and will try and improve in their game against Crewe Alexandria on Tuesday.
Burton Albion 4-0 Oxford United
Jon Paul Pittman played the second half in Oxford United's big loss to Burton Albion.
Pittman came on for Sean Rigg to start the second half to try and give Oxford a spark after they went down by two goals, scored by Calvin Zola and Jacques Maghoma in the 24th and 44th minute respectively.
The American forward's inclusion though did not change the game as Maghoma again scored in the 65th minute, followed by Zola's second goal just a minute later.
Oxford has now lost three straight League Two games and will try and break their skid against Cheltenham Town on Tuesday.
Geoff Cameron made a cameo appearance in Stoke City's home draw against Manchester City.
Seb Hines dressed but did not feature in Middlesbrough's win over Ipswich Town.
Tim Ream was not in the game day lineup in Bolton's win over Watford.
Mike Grella did not feature in Scunthorpe United's win over Shrewsbury Town.
Robbie Rogers did not feature in Stevenage's draw with Crewe Alexandria.
Tim Howard and Everton take on Newcastle United on Monday.