JOHN KRETLOW - Monday, October 29, 2012
Clint Dempsey scored in Tottenham's win over Southampton, while Brad Guzan starred in Aston Villa's draw with Norwich City.
Aston Villa 1-1 Norwich City
Brad Guzan, Eric Lichaj and Aston Villa held on for a draw against visiting Norwich City after playing the majority of the second half with 10 men.
Guzan started and went the distance for Villa, while Eric Lichaj came on in the 54th minute as Paul Lambert was forced to shuffle his lineup after Joe Bennet was sent off.
A confident Norwich City started off the game with the upper hand, but it was Villa that struck first, when Christian Benteke knocked in a Brett Holman pass in the 27th minute.
In the 52nd minute, Joe Bennet was sent off for his second offense on Norwich City's Elliot Bennet, putting Villa in a tough spot for the rest of the game.
Guzan, who was credited with three saves, bailed Villa out with impressive stops throughout the game. The American international could not do anything though about the Canaries' goal, though, as Michael Turner headed home a corner kick in the 79th minute.
Villa, now just two points above the relegation zone, takes on Swindon Town in midweek League Cup action, when they take the field next.
Stoke City 0-0 Sunderland
Stoke City's season full of draws continued on Saturday as the club played to its sixth stalemate of the season against Sunderland at the Britannia Stadium.
Geoff Cameron went the distance at right back for Stoke while Maurice Edu did not dress for the Potters.
The game was physical and feisty throughout, with neither team being able to take full control of the match.
Cameron was part of a scoring opportunity for the Potters just after the break, as his pass put Charlie Adam in position for a decent shot, though he was unable to finish.
Stoke take to the road next week as they play Norwich City in league play. They are currently in 13th place in the standings and five points from the drop zone.
Everton 2-2 Liverpool
Tim Howard started and went the distance in a thrilling Merseyside derby, where the Toffees came from behind to tie Liverpool at Goodison Park.
The American international was credited with two saves in the game.
Everton's Leighton Baines was unlucky in the 14th minute when he knocked Luis Suarez's cross into his own net. Suarez headed home a ball in the 20th minute, giving Liverpool the two-goal lead.
However, the Toffees struck back in the 22nd minute when Leon Osman volleyed home after Liverpool was unable to clear the ball from their box effectively.
In the 35th minute Everton leveled when Steven Naismith scored from close range after a cross should have been cleared by the Liverpool defense.
Everton is in fifth place in the Premier League standings, six points ahead of their Anfield neighbors. They take on Fulham next week.
Southampton 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur
After a poor outing a week ago, Clint Dempsey scored the game winner in Tottenham's win over Southampton on Sunday.
Dempsey started and was subbed out in injury time, while Brad Friedel went the distance at goal for Spurs.
Gareth Bale opened the scoring in the 15th minute with a header, while Dempsey found the back of the net in the 39th minute when a clearance attempt by Southampton's defense fell straight to the Texan and he directed the ball to goal.
Jay Rodriguez was able to notch one back for Southampton, but it was too little and too late for them.
Spurs take on Norwich City in League Cup play on Wednesday, and then Wigan Athletic in Premier League action next week. They are now in fourth place in the standings.
Leicester City 1-2 Crystal Palace
Expecting to contend for promotion this year, Zak Whitbread and Leicester City lost a crucial game to Crystal Palace in the Championship.
Whitbread started and went the full 90 minutes for Leicester.
Palace opened the scoring in the 23rd minute when Damien Delaney scored after the Leicester City defense was unable to clear the ball after a corner kick.
Peter Ramage then doubled Palace's lead in the 28th minute when he headed a Yannick Bolasie cross.
Andy King was able to notch a consolation goal in the 92nd minute, but for the home team it was not enough.
The Foxes fall to second place behind Cardiff City, but they take on Watford next week and try to bounce back after this defeat.
Middlesbrough 2-1 Bolton Wanderers
In an entertaining back and forth game, Seb Hines and Middlesbrough defeated Tim Ream's Bolton in Championship play.
Hines and Ream started and went the distance for their respective teams.
Chung-Yong Lee opened the scoring for Bolton in the 42nd minute when a loose ball found him and he lofted it over ‘keeper Jason Steele to put the road team in the lead.
However, in the 67th minute, Boro struck back as Scott McDonald headed home from close range after Bolton goalie Adam Bogdan was unable to clear a cross.
With just five minutes left to play, Boro notched the game winner as McDonald was left unmarked and headed home an Emanuele Ledesema cross.
Middlesbrough is now in third place in the Championship and trails first-place Cardiff City by just three points. They take on Sunderland in midweek League Cup play and Charlton Athletic on the road in next week's league match-up.
Bolton, just three points above the relegation zone, takes on Cardiff City in Championship action next week.
Carlisle United 2-4 AFC Bournemouth
Frank Simek went the full 90 minutes in Carlisle United's loss to AFC Bournemouth at home.
Marc Pugh opened the scoring in the 8th minute for the Cherries, but Carlisle Struck back in the 18th minute with a Liam Noble goal. Pugh knocked one more goal to round out the first half goals in the 31st minute for AFC.
Goals from Lewis Grabban in the 51st minute and Lee Barnard in the 61st minute put the game out of reach for the Cherries, though the Cumbrians got a consolation goal in the 76th minute from David Symington.
Carlisle takes the field in FA Cup play next week as they play Ebbsfleet United.
Conor Doyle did not dress in Derby County's loss to Peterborough United. He is recovering from appendix surgery.
Jonathan Spector made a cameo appearance in Birmingham City's win over Leeds United. Will Packwood dressed but did not feature for the Blues.
Mike Grella came on in the second half as Scunthorpe United was already losing 3-0 to Milton Keynes Dons.
Robbie Rogers was an unused sub in Stevenage's loss to Swindon Town.
Robbie Findley dressed but did not feature in Gillingham's win over AFC Wimbledon.
John Paul Pittman came on to play the final three minutes in Oxford United's win over Wycombe Wanderers in League Two action.