RECAP: WEEKEND ENGLISH ACTION
Clint Dempsey and Tottenham keep their Champions League position with a win over Newcastle, while Brad Guzan and Aston Villa scratch their way out of the drop zone with a win over West Ham.
Tottenham Hotspur 2 - 1 Newcastle United
Tottenham Hotspur notched an important over Newcastle United in Premier League play and firmed up their grip on earning a spot in next year's Champions League.
Clint Dempsey started and went the distance for Spurs, while Brad Friedel dressed but did not feature.
Tottenham opened the scoring in the fifth minute as Gareth Bale sent in an impressive free kick over the Newcastle wall and found the back of the net.
Newcastle, though, leveled the game in the 24th minute when Moussa Sissoko found Yoan Gouffran, who beat Hugo Lloris from just inside the penalty area.
However, in the 78th minute Bale put Tottenham in the lead as he stole the ball in the midfield and sped through the final third to beat Tim Krul.
Newcastle were unable to equalize, and the Spurs victory keeps their fourth-place standing in the league. They take the field once again in Europa League action against Olympique Lyonnais on Thursday.
Aston Villa 2 - 1 West Ham United
If Aston Villa are to avoid relegation, their performance on Saturday will likely be a major reason why.
Brad Guzan and Aston Villa notched a win over West Ham United and clawed their way out of the drop zone for the time being.
Eric Lichaj did not make the game day roster for the Villans.
After a less than stellar first half, Villa opened the scoring in the 74th minute. Charles N'Zogbia was taken down in the box, and the referee deemed it a penalty. Christian Benteke stepped up and buried the kick to give the home side the lead.
N'Zogbia then doubled Villa's lead in the 78th minute as his left-footed free kick from outside the box curled in to put the home fans into a frenzy.
The Hammers were able to get one back with an Ashley Westwood own goal in the 87th minute, but it was too little and too late for the away side.
Villa is now a point above the relegation zone, and they look to build on the victory with another win against Arsenal next.
Manchester United 2 - 0 Everton
Manchester United likely now has an insurmountable lead atop the Premier League standings after defeating Everton on Sunday.
Tim Howard played the full ninety minutes for Everton after returning to the team from international duty.
With the loss, Everton gets leapfrogged by Arsenal, who take the fifth spot in the standings.
United opened the scoring in the 13th minute, when Robin Van Persie's nifty play in the box set up for a simple Ryan Giggs goal from about 12 yards out.
In the 45th minute, United doubled their lead, as Rafael sent a killer through ball to Van Persie, who dribbled passed Howard and slotted the ball into the back of the net.
The Toffees fall to sixth place in the league. They take the field once again next week against Oldham Athletic in FA Cup action.
Middlesbrough 2 - 3 Barnsley
American defender Seb Hines returned to the starting lineup but was unable to prevent a Middlesbrough loss to Barnsley in Championship play.
Barnsley's James O'Brien scored the only goal for either team in the first half as he notched in the 6th minute. However, Mustapha Carayol scored in the 50th minute and Curtis Main notched another in the 62nd minute to put Boro ahead.
Barnsley though equalized in the 70th minute as Scott Golbourne slotted home, and then they got the game winner in the 76th minute from Jason Scotland.
Boro keeps the final playoff spot but a win against Leeds United on Tuesday will help them solidify that position.
Carlisle United 2 - 1 Stevenage
Frank Simek went the distance in Carlisle United's big win over Stevenage in League One action.
The Cumbrians took the lead early and never relinquished it as Rory Loy scored in the 9th minute and Lee Miller doubled the lead in the 14th minute.
Stevenage cut the lead in half in the 22nd minute with a goal from Marcus Haber, but they were unable to find the back of the net for the remainder of the match.
Carlisle is not nine points above the relegation zone and will take on Scunthorpe United on Tuesday.
Scunthorpe United 2 - 1 Crawley Town
Mike Grella played 60 minutes in Scunthorpe United's win over Crawley Town.
After a scoreless first half, Town notched first when Matthew Sparrow scored in the 48th minute. However, James Ryan scored in the 67th minute to equalize then Niall Canavan got the game winner in the 79th minute.
Scunthorpe is out of the relegation zone by two points now and they look to extend their two game winning streak on Tuesday against Carlisle United.
Geoff Cameron came on in the 84th minute and was booked in Stoke City's win over Reading.
Zak Whitbread did not feature in Leicester City's loss to Peterborough United.
Jonathan Spector and Will Packwood did not feature in Birmingham City's draw with Charlton Athletic.
Conor Doyle did not make the game day roster in Derby County's draw against Sheffield Wednesday.
Jon Paul Pittman did not feature in Oxford United's loss to Bristol Rovers.