JOHN KRETLOW - Monday, October 22, 2012
Brad Friedel, Clint Dempsey and Tottenham lost to an inspired Chelsea, while Tim Howard helped conserve a draw for a ten man Everton team against Queens Park Rangers.

Tottenham Hotspur 2-4 Chelsea

Brad Friedel and Clint Dempsey couldn't put Tottenham Hotspur in the win column as they went down to Chelsea in a London derby.

Friedel was back in the starting lineup, while Clint Dempsey went 74 minutes in Saturday's matchup.

Chelsea notched the opener in the 17th minute when Gary Cahill volley found the back of the net, and the Blues looked to be on their way to another strong win.

Spurs though started out the second half strong as William Gallas leveled the game in the 47th minute and Jermain Defoe gave them the lead in the 54th minute.

The Blues would get rescued by a strong performance from Juan Mata who notched goals in the 66th and 69th minutes. Daniel Sturridge scored an insurance goal in injury time as he tapped home a ball after impressive team play.

Dempsey, who started the game on the left wing, was an offensive non factor throughout the game, while Freidel was credited with three saves.

The loss snaps Tottenham's four game win streak, but they look to bounce back in their game against Southampton next week.

Manchester United 4-2 Stoke City

Stoke City played well at times against the powerful Manchester United but were overmatched in the end in a loss at Old Trafford.

Geoff Cameron went the distance at right back for Stoke City.

United came from behind once again to notch victory with the help of two goals from Wayne Rooney.

Rooney helped out the visitors as he was credited with an own goal when he knocked in a Charlie Adam free kick in the 11th minute.

In the 27th minute though the hosts leveled the game when a Robin van Persie pass found Rooney for a goal.

United took the lead in the 45th minute when Antonio Valencia's cross was met by a charging van Persie who found the corner of the net.

Just moments after the restart United added a third goal when Rooney provided Danny Welbeck, who beat Cameron to the ball, with a cross that he headed in impressively.

Michael Kightly got one back for Stoke in the 59th minute giving them hope, but Rooney added his second in the game in the 65th minute to insure United the victory.

The Potters, now 13th in the league, take the field again next week at home against Sunderland.

Fulham 1-0 Aston Villa

Aston Villa's strugges in the English Premeir League continued as they dropped a narrow decision to Fulham at Craven Cottage on Saturday.

Brad Guzan started and went the distance, while Eric Lichaj came on in the 62nd in Aston Villa's loss to Fulham.

Chris Baird notched the only goal of the game in the 84th minute when he finished a John Arne Riise corner.

Despite the loss, Guzan was active throughout in keeping Villa in the game, highlighted by a couple of saves on the returning Dimitir Berbatov. The American ‘keeper made four saves in the game.

Lichaj was booked in the 77th minute.

Hovering just above the relegation zone, Villa takes the field once again next week against Norwich City.

Queens Park Rangers 1-1 Everton

Everton have began the season playing great soccer but they will surely be disappointed with their effort on Sunday with mistakes costing them the chance to pick up three points.

Tim Howard played the full ninety minutes for the visitors

The American goalie was forced to bring his A game in a match where Everton was forced to play with ten men after Steven Pienaar was sent off early in the second half. Howard was credited with five saves.

David Hoilett opened the scoring in the 2nd minute for QPR with a deflected shot, while unlucky Julio Cesar got an own goal to level the game in the 33rd minute for the Toffees.

Everton is in fourth place in the standings and plays Liverpool next week.

Bolton Wanderers 3-2 Bristol City

Tim Ream started and went the distance in Bolton's win over Bristol City in the Championship.

After being relegated to the bench the last few weeks, Ream was back in the lineup in Bolton's big victory.

Steven Davies put Bristol City up early with two goals, in the 3rd and 21st minute respectively. His second goal was from the penalty spot after Ream was controversially whistled for bringing down Martyn Woolford in the box.

Chris Eagles though got one back in the 31st minute, while Jay Spearing equalized in the 62nd minute.

Martin Petrov notched the winner in the 82nd minute after impressive play from Eagles and Lee Chung-yong.

This marked the first game for Bolton after Owen Coyle's firing.

Bolton takes the field again on Tuesday against Wolverhampton.

Birmingham City 1-1 Leicester City

Birmingham City's difficult season continued as the once promising club squandered two points and now is near the relegations zone in the Championshio.

Jonathan Spector started and was sent off in the dying minutes of Birmingham City's draw against Zak Whitbread's Liecester City.

Will Packwood dressed but did not feature for the Blues, while Whitbread went the full ninety and was booked.

Peter Lovenkrands opened the scoring in first half injury time when he finished a Marlon King cross for Birmingham City.

Ben Marshall leveled the game in the 86th minute with a strike from distance which put the numerous road supporters to their feet.

The Blues continue near the relegation zone and will go for the win on Tuesday against Millwall.

Colchester United 2-0 Carlisle United

Frank Simek went the distance for Carlisle United but he was unable to turn the tide in a convincing loss to Cochester United on the road.

Craig Eastmond opened the scoring in the 25th minute when he scored from close range after clever play with Sanchez Watt.

Jabo Ibehre doubled the lead just six minutes later when he knocked in another set up from Watt.

The Cumbrians are in 17th place and play Oldham Athletic on Tuesday.

Gillingham 4-1 Burton Albion

Robbie Findley played the final half hour in Gillingham's win over Burton Albion.

Gillingham scored two goals in the first half from Tom Flanagan in the 22nd minute and Matt Fish in the 40th minute.

Burton got on back in the 54th minute from Alexander Diamond, but goals from Myles Weston in the 59th minute and Joesph Martin in the 63rd minute put the game out of reach for Gillingham.

Gills extend their first place lead to three points in League Two. They take on Torquay United on Tuesday.


Seb Hines was an unused sub in Middlesbrough's win over Brighton & Hove Albion.

Conor Doyle did not make the game day roster in Derby County's draw with Blackburn Rovers.

Mike Grella did not feature in Scunthorpe United's draw with Swindon Town.

Robbie Rogers came on to play the final seven minutes in Stevenage's win over Milton Keynes Dons.

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