JOHN KRETLOW - Monday, April 22, 2013
Tim Howard's Everton lost a crucial game to Sunderland, while Clint Dempsey found the back of the net in Tottenham's huge victory over Manchester City.
Sunderland 1-0 Everton
Tim Howard and Everton's quest for a top four finish took a serious dent as they went down to Sunderland this weekend.
The American ‘keeper went the distance and recorded three saves for the Toffees.
Howard was asked to make a big save early in the game as sloppy Everton defending lead to Danny Graham shot that was kick saved by the former Manchester United ‘keeper in the 5th minute.
However, Stephane Sessegnon took advantage of bad passing in the midfield by Everton and blasted a low shot passed the diving Howard in first half stoppage time.
The Toffees are now six points from a Champions League spot with just four games left in the season. They take on Fulham next weekend at Goodison Park.
Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 Manchester City
Clint Dempsey found the back of the net in Tottenham's massive come from behind victory over Manchester City at White Hart Lane.
Dempsey played the full ninety minutes in Tottenham's big win.
With the three points, Spurs solidify the fifth spot in the standings. They trail Chelsea by just a point for fourth and trail Arsenal by two points with a game in hand for third.
In just the fifth minute of the game City were on top as James Milner found Samir Nasri for a one time shot that beat Spurs ‘keeper Hugo Lloris.
However, Spurs made their comeback in the second half as Gareth Bale sent in a low cross behind the City defense and found a sliding Dempsey who notched for the home team in the 75th minute.
Moments later Jermain Defoe streaked down the left flank, cut to his right, and blasted a shot from the corner of the area to beat a diving Joe Hart to give Spurs the lead in the 79th minute.
Then in the 82nd minute Spurs solidified their lead as a through ball found Bale who flicked the ball over Hart for the goal.
Tottenham looks to continue their ascent up the standings with a win against Wigan Athletic next Saturday.
Geoff Cameron made a cameo appearance in Stoke City's crucial victory over Queens Park Rangers. Brek Shea did not dress for the Potters.
Tim Ream dressed but did not feature in Bolton's win over Middlesbrough. Seb Hines did not make the game day roster for Boro.
Zak Whitbread never left the bench in Leicester City's draw with Crystal Palace.
Jonathan Spector and Will Packwood did not feature in Birmingham City's victory over Leeds United.
Stuart Holden did not dress in Sheffield Wednesday's draw with Ipswich Town.
Mike Grella was an unused sub in Scunthorpe United's win over Milton Keynes Dons.
Frank Simek did not play in Carlisle United's loss to AFC Bounremouth.
Jon Paul Pittman played the final 20 minutes in Oxford United's win over Rochdale.