JOHN KRETLOW - Monday, August 26, 2013
Jozy Altidore and Sunderland drew with Southampton, while Geoff Cameron and Stoke City beat Crystal Palace in dramatic fashion.
Everton 0-0 West Bromwich Albion.
Tim Howard and Everton will have to wait another week for their first win of the season as they drew with West Bromwich Albion at Goodison Park.
Howard started and went the distance for the Toffees. The American ‘keeper recorded two saves in the match.
The Toffees had the better of the play throughout the game, carrying a strong 62% of possession.
Unfortunately for the home team however, they were unable to find the back of the net despite close calls.
Seamus Coleman and Marouane Fellaini both hit the post in the final minutes of the game, but the defense stood tall and notched a point.
Everton takes the field again this midweek against Stevenage in League Cup play. They play Cardiff City next weekend in league action.
Southampton 1-1 Sunderland
Jozy Altidore and Sunderland drew their game at Southampton this weekend.
Altidore started and went the distance in his second straight game for the Black Cats.
Things started great for Sunderland as Emanuele Giaccherini scored in the 3rd minute as he headed home a Sebastian Larsson pass.
Southampton responded well on many occasions, however Sunderland ‘keeper Kieren Westwood was up to the task and recorded five big saves on the day.
The home team's continued possession and pressure was rewarded late as Jose Fonte knocked in a James Ward-Prowse free kick loft in the 88th minute to the delight of the crowd.
The Black Cats take on Milton Keynes Dons in midweek League Cup play and then play Crystal Palace at the weekend in Premier League action.
Stoke City 2-1 Crystal Palace
Geoff Cameron and Stoke City notched a come from behind victory over Crystal Palace at home.
Cameron played the full ninety minutes and was booked in the 84th minute. Maurice Edu did not make the game day roster for the Potters, while Brek Shea is injured.
Crystal Palace took the lead in the 31st minute when they took advantage of sloppy defending when Marouane Chamakh found the net.
However the second half saw Stoke come roaring back as Jonathan Walters fed Charlie Adam for a goal in the 58th minute, and then just four minutes later Ryan Shawcross smashed a loose ball in the box passed Palace ‘keeper Julian Speroni.
The two goals held up for the Potters and therefore gave new manager Mark Hughes his first win at the Britannia.
Stoke take on Walsall in League Cup action on Wednesday and then take the road to play West Ham United next weekend.
Aston Villa 0-1 Liverpool
Brad Guzan and Aston Villa went down to Liverpool at home.
Guzan went the distance for the Villains.
Daniel Sturridge put the road team ahead in the 21st minute with a superb individual effort that saw him round Guzan and scoop the ball into the roof of the net.
Despite the loss, Villa played a strong game as Christian Benteke was close on various occasions to leveling, including a 41st minute shot that was impressively saved by Liverpool ‘keeper Simon Mignolet.
Three games in a week proved to be a tough task for Villa as they were only able to win one of those matches.
Things do not get easier for the Villains however, as they take the field just four days later against Rotherham United in League Cup play.
Bolton Wanderers 0-1 Queens Park Rangers
Tim Ream played 72 minutes in Bolton's loss to Queens Park Rangers in Championship action.
Ream started his first league game of the season for the Wanderers, while Stuart Holden did not play because of a long term injury problem.
The only goal of the game came in the 54th minute when Clint Hill passed the ball to Andrew Johnson who poked the ball into the net for the eventual game-winner.
Bolton play Tranmere Rovers in League Cup action on Tuesday and then take on Blackburn in league play next weekend.
Leicester City 3-2 Birmingham City
Zak Whitbread and Leicester City won a thriller over Jonathan Spector's Birmingham City.
Both Americans went the distance for their respective teams on Saturday. Spector played his first game of the season for the Blues.
Birmingham was up early when Matthew Green found the back of the net in the 12th minute, but the Foxes second half surge saw Jamie Vardy score in the 77th minute and Andy King knock home in the 82nd minute to put the home team ahead.
David Nugent then scored in the 93rd minute from the penalty spot.
Chris Burke was able to get one back in the 94th minute, but it was too little and too late for the Blues.
The Foxes take the field to play Carlisle United in League Cup action in the midweek, while the Blues face Yeovil Town in the same competition.
Watford 1-1 Nottingham Forest
Eric Lichaj played the full ninety minutes and was booked in Nottingham Forest's draw against Watford.
Forest were up early when Andy Reid notched passed ‘keeper Manuel Almunia, but Watford were up to the task in the second half and equalized with a goal from Lewis McGugan in the 54th minute.
Nottingham's win streak was snapped but they still top the Championship standings with ten points from four games.
They take on Millwall in League Cup midweek play next.
Brad Friedel did not feature in Tottenham's win over Swansea City.
Seb Hines did not feature in Middlesbrough's draw with Wigan Athletic.
Jon Paul Pittman played the final 20 minutes in Wycombe's tie against Oxford United.