JOHN KRETLOW - Monday, September 16, 2013
Tim Howard helped Everton notch an important victory over Chelsea, while Jozy Altidore's Sunderland continue their struggles with a loss against Arsenal.
Aston Villa 1-2 Newcastle United
Brad Guzan and Aston Villa fell to Newcastle United at home in Premier League play.
Guzan went the distance and recorded six saves in the match.
Newcastle notched the first goal of the game in the 18th minute when Papiss Cisse found Hatem Ben Arfa who knocked the ball passed the American ‘keeper.
In the 67th minute however Villa stormed back when a Ashley Westwood corner kick was headed home by Belgian star Christian Benteke.
Just six minutes later the Magpies took the lead for good when Ben Arfa's shot was blocked by Guzan, but the resulting rebound was knocked in by Yoan Gouffran.
After starting off the year with an impressive win over Arsenal in August, Villa has now lost three straight league games. They look to bounce back next week at Norwich City.
Stoke City 0-0 Manchester City
Geoff Cameron and Stoke City extend their unbeaten run as they drew with Manchester City at the Britannia.
Cameron started and played the full ninety minutes for the Potters, while his American counterparts' Maurice Edu and Brek Shea did not dress.
City stars' Sergio Aguero and Jesus Navas were limited to only second half minutes as they prepare their team for Champions League midweek action. The move however hampered their creativity as they struggled in the offensive end.
The Potters were a strong side, as they came close to finding the back of the net on chances from Matija Nastasic and Jonathan Walters.
Stoke has now won two games and drawn this match in their last three outings in league play. They now have seven points in four games and trail the top three teams in the standings by just two points.
The Potters look to continue their strong start to the season with a win at Arsenal next weekend.
Sunderland 1-3 Arsenal
Jozy Altidore and Sunderland were outclassed by an inspired Arsenal side.
Altidore went the distance at forward in the Black Cats' latest loss.
The storyline going into the match was Mesut Ozil's Gunners' debut, and the German playmaker did not disappoint.
Ozil quickly put a stamp on the game as he found Olivier Giroud in the box. Giroud then knocked the ball passed Kieren Westwood in the 11th minute.
Sunderland though struck back in the 48th minute after a clumsy foul in the box led to a Craig Gardner penalty kick goal to level the terms.
In the 67th minute Arsenal got the lead once again as Carl Jenkinson sent a low cross towards the top of the box that Aaron Ramsey one-timed into the back of the net.
Nine mintues later Arsenal notched an insurance goal as Giroud sent a through ball in the box to Ramsey who beat Westwood for the second time on the day.
In the 81st minute Altidore found the ball and muscled his way passed Bacary Sagna and beat Arsenal ‘keeper Wojciech Szczesny. However, the goal was called off because of an earlier foul on the home team.
The Black Cats stay at the bottom of the table with just one point this season. They hope for a big win next week when they take on West Bromwich Albion.
Everton 1-0 Chelsea
Tim Howard and Everton notched their first win of the season as they beat Chelsea at Goodison Park.
Howard played the full ninety minutes and recorded six important saves throughout the match.
The only goal of the game came in first half stoppage time as good possession play by the Toffees led to a header pass by Nikica Jelavic to Steven Naismith who knocked the ball passed Chelsea ‘keeper Petr Cech.
After starting the season with three straight draws, manager Roberto Martinez earned his first win of his Everton career.
The Toffees now have six points and find themselves just a point away from the top four teams in the standings. They take on West Ham United on the road next weekend.
Bolton 0-1 Leeds United
Tim Ream and Bolton's woes continue as they went down at home to Leeds United in Championship action.
Ream went the full ninety minutes for Bolton, while Stuart Holden did not play because of a long-term knee injury.
The only goal of the game came in the 6th minute as United's Luke Varney headed home for the visiting team.
The Trotters continue at the bottom of the standings and have still not won a game this season. They look for a bounce back performance against Derby County next on Tuesday.
Nottingham Forest 3-2 Barnsley
Eric Lichaj and Nottingham Forest got back to winning ways as they defeated Barnsley at home.
Lichaj started and went the distance for Forest.
Nottingham got on the board first as Simon Cox scored in the 18th minute, however just two minutes later Chris O'Grady found the back of the net for the visiting team.
The game looked to go into halftime level, but Bransley's Kevin Etuhu knocked the ball into his own net to gift Forest the first half lead.
Barnsely though came back and equalized in the 69th minute as Tomasz Cywka found the net, but Darius Henderson scored in the 84th minute for Forest to give them the win.
Forest stays home to play Middlesbrough on Tuesday. They trail the top two teams by just three points in the standings.
Reading 0-0 Brighton & Hove Albion
Danny Williams and Reading managed a scoreless draw in their match against Brighton & Hove Albion.
The German American made his first start for his new team and played the full ninety minutes.
Both teams ended up playing the second half with just ten men as the Royals' Pavel Pogrebnyak and Brighton's Jose Ulloa were sent off late in the first half.
Williams played a strong game throughout and notched two strong shots on goal in the second half but he was unable to break the deadlock.
Reading now has nine points and is ninth place in the standings. They take on Leeds United on Wednesday.
Brad Friedel dressed but did not feature in Tottenham's win over Norwich City.
Seb Hines did not dress in Middlesbrough's loss to Ipswich Town.
Zak Whitbread dressed but did not play in Leicester City's win over Wigan Athletic.
Jon Paul Pittman did not feature in Wycombe's win over Plymouth Argyle.