RECAP: MIDWEEK ENGLISH ACTION
JOHN KRETLOW - Friday, February 1, 2013
Brad Guzan and Aston Villa's woes continue as they went down to Newcastle United, while Geoff CAmeron's Stoke City gave up a two goal lead to Wigan Atheltic finished with a draw.

Aston Villa 1-2 Newcastle United

Brad Guzan and Aston Villa continue their woes as they went down to Newcastle United at home.

The American ‘keeper went the distance and recorded one save, while Eric Lichaj dressed but did not feature for the Villains.

Newcastle dominated the first half and were rewarded with two goals. Papiss Cisse received a brilliant through ball and beat Guzan for their first goal in the 19th minute, while Yohan Cabaye rocketed a shot from outside the area to double the lead in the 31st minute.

Just after halftime Villa cut United's lead in half, as Mathieu Debuchy took down Gabriel Agbonlahor in the box and was called for the penalty. Christian Benteke stepped up and buried the spot kick in the 49th minute.

Andreas Weimann came close to leveling the game for Villa, but his shot from close range was saved by Tim Krul in the 61st minute.

Despite the stronger second half from Villa, it was not enough as they went down to United. They now find themselves in the relegation zone, while Newcaslte separates themselves from the drop zone by four points.

Villa looks to bounce back with a win against Everton on Saturday.

Stoke City 2-2 Wigan Athletic

Geoff Cameron played the full ninety minutes in Stoke City's draw with Wigan Athletic in the midweek.

The Potters got on the board first as Wigan were unlucky to not clear the ball in the box after a Stoke free kick, and Ryan Shawcross pounced on the loose ball and found the back of the net in the 23rd minute.

Stoke doubled their lead in the 48th minute as Peter Crouch notched off a rebound after his teammate Charlie Adam made a half field run and shot that was blocked by Ali Al Habsi.

In the 50th minute Wigan struck back as James McArthur scored with the outside of his cleat to cut Stoke's lead in half.

Former Sporting Kansas City star Roger Espinoza then got into the action as his cross found McArthur in front of the goal. His header found Franco Di Santo who found the back of the net in the 61st minute to equalize for Wigan.

Stoke looks to forget the draw and grab victory this weekend against Arsenal.

Norwich City 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur

Clint Dempsey played 71 minutes in Tottenham's tie with Norwich City at Carrow Road.

Brad Freidel dressed but did not feature.

The Canaries opened the scoring in the 32nd minute when Wesley Hoolahan found the back of the net, but with just ten minutes left in the game Spurs leveled with a goal from Gareth Bale.

Tottenham has not won a game since the beginning of January and are in fourth place in the Premier League. They take on West Brom at home on Sunday.

Everton 2-1 West Bromwich Albion

Tim Howard went the distance in Everton's victory over West Bromwich Albion at Goodison Park in the midweek.

Leighton Baines opened the scoring after he made a run into the final third, received a through ball, and blasted home in the 29th minute for the Toffees.

Just before half time Everton doubled their lead as Victor Anichebe was taken down in the box and a penalty kick was called. Baines stepped up and buried the penalty in first half stoppage time.

West Brom got one back in the 64th minute as Shane Long pounced on a poor clearance from John Heitinga and found the back of the net.

Notes

Zak Whitbread did not feature in Leicester City's win over Wolverhampton.

Jon Paul Pittman did not feature in Oxford United's draw with Burton Albion.