JOHN KRETLOW - Monday, October 1, 2012
Clint Dempsey opened his account for Tottenham in their big win over Manchester United, while Tim Howard and Everton continue their strong season with a victory over Southampton.
Aston Villa 1-1 West Bromwich Albion
After falling behind in the first half, Aston Villa rallied late to force a draw against a strong West Bromwich Albion team.
Brad Guzan went the distance in Aston Villa's draw whil Eric Lichaj dressed but did not feature for Villa.
After a scoreless first half, West Brom finally struck in the 51st minute. James Morrison sent in a low cross into the box that the Villa defense could not clear, leaving Shane Long to finish.
In the 80th minute though Villa equalized the game when Darren Bent found the back of the net on a rebound after an initial volley from Ciaran Clark.
Guzan was credited with two saves in the game.
Villa is happy with the result, as they played a strong second half and continued their strong season despite a young team.
West Brom also stays satisfied as they got their eleventh point from six games and sit in sixth place in the standings.
Villa takes on Tottenham next Sunday.
Manchester United 2-3 Tottenham Hotspur
Clint Dempsey notched his first goal of the season in Tottenham Hotpsur's big win over Manchester United at Old Trafford.
The Texan started and went 60 minutes, while Brad Friedel went the full ninety for Spurs.
Tottenham opened the scoring early when Jan Vertonghen cut between Nani and Michael Carrick and beat Anders Lindegaard for a goal in the 2nd minute.
Spurs doubled their lead in the 32nd minute as Gareth Bale made an impressive run into United's half, outran Rio Ferdinand, and rolled the ball passed Lindegaard to set the visiting fans to frenzy.
In the 51st minute though United would get one back as Nani clinically finished a low cross from Wayne Rooney, giving the home side life in the second half.
Just a minute later Bale received a through ball and sent in a shot that was saved by Lindegaard, but Dempsey pounced on the ensuing rebound and found the back of the net to give Spurs the two-goal lead once again.
It did not take long for United to strike back, as Robin van Persie slid a ball through Tottenham's defense and found Shinji Kagawa whose left footed shot beat Freidel.
Spurs were able to hold on to the lead after a crazy early second half, giving them their first win at Manchester United since 1989.
Friedel was credited with five saves for Spurs.
Tottenham looks to continue their five game unbeaten streak next week against Aston Villa.
Everton 3-1 Southampton
Everton has opened the Premier League in remarkable fashion and are the surpise team in England after they won second in a row on Saturday against Southampton at Goodison Park.
Tim Howard started and went the distance in Everton's win over Southampton at Goodison Park.
Cody Cropper did not dress for Southampton.
Southampton opened the scoring early as Gaston Ramirez headed in a corner supplied by Adam Lallana and beat Howard in the 6th minute.
The Toffees though would strike back in the 25th minute when Leon Osman found the back of the net after a Kevin Mirallas cross.
Nikica Jelavic then put Everton up as he received a through ball from Osman and sliped it passed Paulo Gazzabuga in the 32nd minute.
Jelavic doubled the lead just four minute later when he knocked in Seamus Coleman's cross in the 36th minute.
Howard was credited with four saves in the game.
The Toffees look to continue their strong season next week when they take on Wigan Athletic on the road.
Stoke City 2-0 Swansea City
Geoff Cameron put in another strong performance in the unfamiliar position of right back on Saturday and helped anchor Stoke City's backline again in a win over Swansea.
Cameron went a full 90 in the game while fellow US international Maurice Edu dressed but did not feature for the Potters.
Peter Crouch opened the scoring in the 12th minute when he escaped the Swansea defense and headed in a goal from six yards out.
Stoke struck again in the 36th minute when Crouch found the back of the net after sloppy defending from the Swans.
Swansea had a better second half, having a decisive lead in possession, but they were unable to come back against a physical Potters' team.
Stoke looks to get their first win streak of the season as they take on Liverpool at Anfield next week.
Middlesbrough 1-2 Leicester City
Seb Hines was forced into action for Middlesbrough on Saturday when he entered the game in the first half for injured Jonathan Woodgate. The American, however, was unable to help Boro achieve a result against Leicester.
Zak Whitbread dressed but did not feature for Leicester.
After a scoreless first half, Boro finally opened the scoring in the 50th minute when Nicky Bailey rocketed a shot from 30 yards out to put the home fans on their feet.
Jamie Vardy cancelled Boro's goal as he found the back of the net to equalize the game for Liecester in the 62nd minute.
In the 89th minute Leicester pulled off the dramatic win when Lloyd Dyer's shot was heavily deflected and slipped into the goal.
The loss is Boro's first of the season at home, but they will look to bounce back with a win on Wednesday against Derby County.
Leicester City hopes to get their fourth win in a row as they take on Huddersfield Town on Tuesday.
Brighton & Hove Albion 0-1 Birmingham City
After an embarassing loss last weekend at home to Burnley, Birmingham City rebounded to beat Championship leaders Brighton & Hove Albion on the road.
US U-20 defender Will Packwood started at right back and was subbed out in the 81st minute due to a cramp. Jonathan Spector also started for the Blues but went the distance.
Chris Burke scored the lone goal of the game in the 27th minute when he impressively volleyed home a shot from 27 yards out.
Brighton pressured throughout the second half, but the Blues defense held strong for the win.
Birmingham City gets back on the field on Tuesday when they take on Cardiff City.
Carlisle United 0-2 Crawley Town
Frank Simek started and went the full ninety minutes in Carlisle United's loss to Crawley Town in League One play.
The Cumbrians' four game unbeaten streak came to an end after Crawley Town managed two second half goals to win the game.
Nathan Byrne split Carlisle's defense and slid the ball into the back of the net in the 62nd minute, while Nicky Adams launched a deflected shot passed wrong footed goalkeeper Mark Gillespie.
The Cumbrians take to the field once again on Tuesday against Bury.
Conor Doyle did not dress in Derby County's win over Nottingham Forest.
Tim Ream dressed but did not feature in Bolton's loss to Crystal Palace.
Robbie Rogers did not feature in Stevenage's draw with Bury.
Mike Grella made a cameo appearance in Scunthorpe's loss to Portsmouth.
Jon Paul Pittman did not dress in Oxford United's loss to Rotherham United.
Robbie Findley was subbed out in the first half of Gillingham's loss to Rochdale.