JOHN KRETLOW - Monday, January 7, 2013
It was FA Cup action in England this weekend as Clint Dempsey notched two goals in Tottenham's win over Coventry City and Eric Lichaj helped Aston Villa beat Ipswich Town.
Tottenham Hotspur 3 - 0 Coventry City
Clint Dempsey found the back of the net twice in Tottenham's win over Coventry City in FA Cup action.
Both he and Brad Freidel went the distance for Spurs.
The home team opened the scoring in the 14th minute when Gareth Bale flicked Gylfi Sigurdsson's cross to Dempsey, who then beat City keeper Joe Murphy.
In the 33rd minute, Spurs doubled their lead after Bale scored from close range when an initial shot from Dempsey was saved and the subsequent rebound was pounced on by the Welshman.
Just four minutes later Bale set up Dempsey with a cross to the back post and the Texan was able to head it in to make it 3-0 before halftime.
Spurs take the field next Monday against Queens Park Rangers in Premier League action.
Crystal Palace 0 - 0 Stoke City
Geoff Cameron went the distance in Stoke City's FA Cup draw at Crystal Palace while little-used midfielder Maurice Edu did not dress for the Potters.
The game was highlighted by the return to action by Michael Owen, who started alongside his old England partner Peter Crouch. Though, Owen was largely silent in his 53 minutes of work.
Palace's Wilfred Zaha was active throughout, as he came close to scoring in the second minute and third minute respectively.
Owen was able to get a header off a corner in the 12th minute, but his effort went wide.
Though neither team could muster a goal, Palace was the more dominant of the two. They won the possession battle and had a clear advantage in shots on goal.
The Potters get back to action next week in a league match at home against Chelsea.
Aston Villa 2 - 1 Ipswich Town
Eric Lichaj played ninety minutes in Aston Villa's come from behind victory over Ipswich Town while usual Villan starting keeper Brad Guzan was given a rest for the game.
Michael Chopra opened the scoring for Town in the 31st minute when his deflected shot got past keeper Shay Given.
Darren Bent, who returned to action after missing games with a hamstring injury, leveled the game in the 46th minute and then Andreas Weimann put the Villans ahead in the 83rd minute.
Villa has a short turnaround as they play Bradford City in the League Cup on Tuesday.
Leeds United 1 - 1 Birmingham City
Will Packwood started and played 65 minutes for Birmingham City in their draw with Leeds United, in a game marred by a horrific injury to the US youth international.
The American teenager's day and almost certainly season ended early, as he landed awkwardly after a collision with Leeds' Luciano Becchio. Packwood was diagnosed with a broken leg.
Wade Elliott had put the Blues ahead in the 32nd minute, but Beccio's goal in the 60th minute tied the game forcing a replay
Birmingham's other American Jonathan Spector missed the game as he is still recovering from a hamstring problem.
The Blues take the field once again in league play against Huddersfield Town next week.
Swindon Town 4 - 0 Carlisle United
Frank Simek went the distance in Swindon Town's easy victory over Carlisle United.
Swindon took a 2-0 halftime lead as Adnrew Williams scored in the 16th minute and then Jim Collins found the back of the net in the 36th minute.
Andrew Williams scored in the 55th minute to make it 3-0, and then Raffaele De Vita score another insurance goal in the 80th minute.
The Cumbrians go back home next week and play Coventry City in league play.
Jon Paul Pittman did not dress in Oxford United's big 3-0 loss to Sheffield United.
Seb Hines did not feature in Middlesbourgh's 4-1 win over Hastings United.
Zak Whitbread did not see the field in Leicester City's 2-0 win over Burton Albion.
Conor Doyle played the final 12 mintues in Derby County's 5-0 win over Tranmere Rovers.
Robbe Findley did not make the game day roster in Nottingham Forest's 3-2 cup loss to Oldham Athletic.
Tim Ream dressed but did not feature in Bolton's 2-2 draw with Sunderland.
Robbie Rogers did not dress in Stevenage's 2-1 win over Crewe Alexandra in League One play.
Mike Grella played the final 15 minutes in Scunthorpe United's scoreless draw with Shrewsbury Town.