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JOHN KRETLOW - Friday, November 30, 2012
Brad Guzan, Eric Lichaj, and Aston Villa notched an important relegation battle victory over Reading, while Clint Dempsey helped Tottenham to victory over Liverpool.

Aston Villa 1-0 Reading

Brad Guzan went the distance and Eric Lichaj came off the bench to play 66 minutes in Aston Villa's crucial win over Reading.

With the win Villa jumps currently out of the relegation zone, while Reading continues there with another loss.

Villa had the first real chance of the game in the 17th minute when Brett Holman's low pass found Christian Benteke in front of goal, but the forward was unable to get the ball passed ‘keeper Adam Federici.

As the game looked to be a draw into its final stages, Ashley Westwood's corner found Benteke who powered a header into the back of the net to the delight of the home fans in the 80th minute.

Villa takes the field once again on Saturday against last place Queens Park Rangers.

Everton 1-1 Arsenal

Tim Howard played the full ninety minutes in Everton's draw with Arsenal at Goodison Park.

With the tie, the Toffees lose their Europa League spot momentarily, while Arsenal continues just a point from Everton.

The opener came in the first minute of the game as Aaron Ramsey found Theo Walcott in the corner of the box and he slotted it to the far post passed Howard.

Everton leveled the game in the 28th minute as Marouane Fellaini received a ball at the top of the box and rolled it passed Arsenal ‘keeper Wojciech Szczesny.

The Toffees nearly went up in the 57th minute when a header from close distance from Sylvain Distin was impressively saved by Szczesny.

Everton's draw is their sixth in their last eight games.

They take on Manchester City on the road this weekend.

Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 Liverpool

Clint Dempsey played 64 minutes in Tottenham's victory over Liverpool at White Hart Lane.

Friedel dressed but did not feature for Spurs.

It took Tottenham just seven minutes to get on the board as Gareth Bale sent in a low ball in front of goal that Aaron Lennon slotted in.

In the 16th minute, after Dempsey was fouled just outside the area, Bale struck the back of the net on a free kick that Liverpool's defense did not look ready for.

Liverpool got one back in the 71st minute as Bale headed the ball in his own goal after Lennon attempted to clear the ball out of Tottenham's area.

It was Spurs second win in a row and they look to make it three against Dempsey's old team Fulham this weekend.

Stoke City 2-1 Newcastle United

Geoff Cameron continues to prove his versatility as he went the distance and received a yellow car at left back in Stoke City's win over Newcastle United.

After a scoreless first half, Newcastle didn't waste time to score the opener in the second as Demba Ba's shot from outside the box was saved by Asmir Begovic, but the subsequent rebound was knocked into the back of the net by Papiss Cisse in the 47th minute.

In the 81st minute Stoke equalized as Cameron Jerome found himself some space on the flank and sent in a cross that was headed in by Jonathan Walters.

Just three minutes later the Potters took the lead as Kenwyne Jones impressively headed a pass to Jerome who slid the ball into the goal, to the delight of the home fans.

Stoke now jumps into the top half of the standings as they have gone four games unbeaten.

They take on West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.

Leeds United 1-0 Leicester City

Zak Whitbread started and played ninety minutes in Leicester City's loss to Leeds United.

Leeds went up early after Sam Byram was taken down in the box and giving the home side the penalty kick. Luciano Becchio buried the ensuing penalty in the 3rd minute.

Although the Foxes had a definitive advantage in possession, they were unable to be sharp in front of goal.

Leicester's loss is their first in their last five games. They are in fourth in the standings and take on Derby County this weekend.

Middlesbrough 3-0 Huddersfield Town

Seb Hines went the distance in Middlsebrough's easy win over Huddersfield Town.

The first goal came in the 28th minute when Scott McDonald notched a right footed goal from the right of the penalty area.

In the second half Boro notched two goals as Emanuele Ledesema scored in the 66th minute and McDonald found the back of the net in the 85th minute for his second of the game.

Boro sits in third place in the standings, just three points from Cardiff City who sits at the top.

They take on Birmingham City on Friday.

Notes

Tim Ream never left the bench in Bolton's win over Blackburn Rovers.

Conor Doyle did not feature in Derby County's draw with Cardiff City.
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