JOHN KRETLOW - Monday, November 5, 2012
Brad Guzan and Eric Lichaj helped Aston Villa notch their second win of the season, while Brad Friedel, Clint Dempsey, and Tottenham Hotspur went down to Wigan Athletic.

Fulham 2-2 Everton

Tim Howard's Everton suffered a late goal and settled for a draw against Fulham.

The American keeper went the distance for Everton, but was also credited with an own-goal in the 7th minute of the game.

On the opener, Bryan Ruiz sent in a free-kick that Howard pushed on to the post, but the subsequent bounce went off the goalie's back and into the goal.

The Toffees though leveled the game in the 55th minute as Marouane Fellaini found the back of the net on an eight-yard shot.

In the 72nd minute Fellaini struck again after he received a pass, muscled off two defenders, and notched home for Everton and the 2-1 lead

However, despite the road team's dominance throughout, the Cottagers forced a draw in the 90th minute when Sascha Riether's cross was knocked in by Steve Sidwell.

Their fourth draw in a row in league play, Everton will look for three points in next Saturday's game against Sunderland at Goodison Park.

Norwich City 1-0 Stoke City

Geoff Cameron went the full ninety minutes at right-back in Stoke City's loss to Norwich City at Carrow Road; compatriot and teammate Maurice Edu did not dress for the Potters.

The Canaries got the only goal of the game in the 44th minute when Robert Snoddgrass sent in a free-kick that was flicked in by Bradley Johnson.

Stoke gave a valiant effort in the second half but were unable to capitalize with a goal. Now in 15th place, the Potters look to bounce back with a victory against Queens Park Rangers at home next Saturday.

Sunderland 0-1 Aston Villa

Brad Guzan, Eric Lichaj, and Aston Villa notched their first league win since mid September against Sunderland on the road this weekend.

Guzan went the distance, while Lichaj came off the bench in the 11th minute, only to be subbed back out in the 72nd minute with an injury.

Villa's Gabriel Agbonlahor found the back of the net in the 57th minute after he knocked in a Christian Benteke pass after an initial cross.

In the 85th minute Sunderland got their best opportunity when Lee Cattermole's shot form long distance was impressively saved by Guzan.

Villa, now five points above the relegation zone, takes on Manchester United at home next Saturday.

Tottenham Hotspur 0-1 Wigan Athletic

Brad Friedel and Clint Dempsey went the distance in Tottenham Hotspur's embarrassing loss to Wigan Athletic at White Hart Lane.

In the sole goal of the game, Wigan's Ben Watson knocked home a corner after Friedel could only get a hand on Shaun Maloney's initial kick.

Dempsey nearly scored in the first half when he caught the Wigan defense with a mistake, but his subsequent shot hit the side netting.

The Texan was charged with a yellow card in the 46th minute.

Spurs take on Maribor on Thursday in Europa League play and then take on Manchester City on the road in league play on Sunday.

Watford 2-1 Leicester City

Zak Whitbread started and was sent off in the 83rd minute of Leicester City's loss to Watford.

Almen Abdi gave Watford the lead in the 11th minute, while Fernando Forestieri found the back of the net when he pounced on a rebound in the 68th minute.

David Nugent got one back for Foxes in the 71st minute, but after Whitbread was sent off in the 83rd minute, they were unable to mount a comeback.

After their second loss in a row, Leicester falls to fourth place in the Championship. They take on Bolton on Tuesday.

Carlisle United 4-2 Ebbsfleet United

Frank Simek went the full ninety minutes in Carlisle United's FA Cup victory over Ebbsfleet United.

David Symington scored in the final moments of the first half to give the Cumbrians the pivotal lead.

Nathan Elder though leveled the game in the 58th minute for Ebbsfleet, but goals from Liam Boble in the 61st minute, James Berrett in the 81st minute, and Joe Garner in the 87th minute put the game away for Carlisle.

Joe Howe was able to notch a consolation goal in injury time, but it was too little and too late.

The Cumbrians take on Preston North End on Tuesday in League One play.

Gillingham 4-0 Scunthorpe United

Mike Grella played 77 minutes in Scunthorpe United's FA Cup loss to Gillingham; Robbie Findley did not dress for the Gills.

After a scoreless first half, Gillingham opened the scoring in the 59th minute, and six minutes later Deon Burton headed home a Myles Weston cross.

Scunthorpe's Josh Walker took down Danny Jackman in the box, and Danny Kedwell scored on the subsequent penalty kick in the 76th minute.

Adam Birchall was able to add another insurance goal in the 93rd minute, capping off an impressive performance from the League Two outfit.

Barnet 0-2 Oxford United

Jon Paul Pittman played 62 minutes in Oxford United's first round FA Cup win over Barnet.

James Constable opened the scoring in the 56th minute and Sean Rigg added another in the 80th minute.

Barnet is at the bottom at the bottom of the League Two standings and although Oxford is in the middle of the table, their forms showed in the cup game.

Oxford gets back to league play on Tuesday when they take on Dagenham & Redbridge.


Will Packwood and Jonathan Spector did not feature in Birmingham City's loss to Ipswich Town.

Tim Ream played the final eleven minutes in Bolton's big win over Cardiff City.

Seb Hines did not dress in Middlesbrough's win over Charlton Athletic.

Conor Doyle did not dress in Derby County's win over Blackpool.

Robbie Rogers played the final minutes in Stevenage's FA Cup loss to Rotherham United.

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