JOHN KRETLOW - Monday, December 10, 2012
Clint Dempsey scored in Tottenham's loss to Tim Howard's Everton, while Geoff Cameron and Stoke City drew with Eric Lichaj, Brad Guzan and Aston Villa.
Aston Villa 0 - 0 Stoke City
Aston Villa's difficult season continued on Saturday as they played to a dull, scoreless draw against Stoke City as they continue to hover just above the relegation zone.
Geoff Cameron went the distance for Stoke City while Eric Lichaj and Brad Guzan played the full ninety minutes for Villa. Maurice Edu did not dress for Stoke.
Aston Villa came close to finding the back of the net on a corner kick sequence in the 12th minute. After Stoke was unable to clear the ball in the area, Villa's Christian Benteke sent in a shot that was blocked by the Potters' defense.
Jonathan Walters almost notched goal for Stoke in the 67th minute, but his effort from close range went high and wide.
In stoppage time, Stoke's defender Ryan Shotton was controversially sent off for clipping Villa's Fabian Delph from behind. Although replays do not show contact, the referee deemed it to be Shotton's second offense and gave the Potter his second yellow.
With the draw Villa extends their unbeaten run to four games, although three of those matches have ended in draws. They now sit in 16th place and are two points clear of the drop zone.
Stoke also extends their unbeaten run to six games. They remain a respectable ninth place in the Premier League.
Villa takes on Norwich City in League Cup action on Tuesday, while Stoke plays Everton at home next weekend.
Everton 2 - 1 Tottenham Hotspur
After a recent rough patch in the Premier League, Tim Howard and Everton reversed course and dramatically notched three points over Clint Dempsey's Tottenham on Sunday.
The two Americans went the distance for their respective teams.
Although Everton had been dominating the game, Spurs struck first in the 76th minute when Clint Dempsey's shot was slightly deflected by Sylvain Distin and found the back of the net.
In the 90th minute, though the Toffees equalized when Seamus Coleman's cross was emphatically headed in by a charging Steven Pienaar.
Everton then got the winner in the 93rd when Darron Gibson's pass was impressively flicked on by Apostolos Vellios to Nikita Jelavic who headed home.
The loss for Spurs ends their four game winning streak, while the Toffees ended their three game run of draws and now find themselves in a Champions League position.
Everton takes the field again next week against Stoke, while Spurs look to bounce back on Sunday against Swansea City.
Wolverhampton Wanderers 1 - 0 Birmingham City
Birmingham City's disappointing season continued on Saturday with a loss to a mediocre Wolverhampton club on Saturday
Jonathan Spector played a half in Birmingham City's loss, while Will Packwood dressed but did not feature for the Blues.
The only goal of the game came in the 34th minute, as Wolverhampton sent in a free kick, but Marlon King's attempted clearance went into his own net.
Wolves get their second win in a row and jump ten points above the drop zone.
After having gone two games unbeaten, the Blues' loss puts them just six points above the relegation zone.
Wolverhampton takes on Middlesbrough next week, while the Blues play Crystal Palace.
Leicester City 2 - 2 Barnsley
Leicester City squandered a chance to move close to the top two in the Championship with draw at home against Barnsley.
Zak Whitbread went the full 90 minutes in central defense for Leicester City.
Antony Knockaert opened the scoring in the ninth minute for the Foxes, but goal's from Stephen Dawson in the 27th minute and Reuben Noble in the 39th set up Barnsley for an upset win.
The Foxes though dramatically leveled the score in the 90th minute when Whitbread knocked a ball to Jamie Vardy who found the back of the net.
Both teams leave the game wishing for more, as the Foxes lose pace with the Championship's elite and Barnsley misses a shot at leaving the drop zone.
Leicester takes on Milwall next week, while Barnsley plays Sheffield Wednesday.
Scunthorpe United 1 - 2 AFC Bournemouth
Mike Grella played 81 minutes in Scunthorpe United's home loss to AFC Bournemouth.
Lewis Grabban opened the scoring for AFC in the 27th minute when he scored off a difficult angle through Scunthorpe's 'keeper Steven Mildenhall's legs.
In the 29th minute Scunthorpe should have equalized, but Grella's penalty kick was struck poorly and easily saved by David James.
Just a minute later things went from bad to worse for Scunthorpe as Wes Fogden found the back of the net in the 30th minute.
Karl Hawley was able to get one back for Scunthorpe in the 64th minute, but it was not enough in the end.
Scunthorpe falls to 23rd in the standings and is three points deep in the relegation zone. They play Leyton Orient next week.
Conor Doyle dressed but did not feature in Derby County's win over Leeds United.
Tim Ream played the final five minutes in Bolton's draw with Huddersfield Town.
Seb Hines dressed but did not play in Middlesbrough's win over Peterborough United.
Robbie Findley did not dress in Nottingham Forest's win over Burnley.
Frank Simek did not feature in Carlisle United's loss to Sheffield United.
Robbie Rogers played the final nine minutes in Stevenage's win over Hartlepool.
Jon Paul Pittman did not make the game day lineup in Oxford United's draw with Aldershot Town.