JOHN KRETLOW - Monday, September 23, 2013
Geoff Cameron opened his Premier League account in Stoke City's loss to Arsenal, while Brad Guzan starred in Aston Villa's win over Norwich City.
Arsenal 3-1 Stoke City
Geoff Cameron scored his first Premier League goal in Stoke City's losing effort against Arsenal.
The American defender started and went the distance for the Potters, while Brek Shea and Maurice Edu did not dress.
It did not take long for Arsenal to score their first goal, as Mesut Ozil's impressive free kick was saved by Stoke's ‘keeper Asmir Begovic only to have Aaron Ramsey knock home the rebound to give the home team the lead in the 5th minute.
In the 26th minute however the Potters struck back, as Marko Arnautovic's shot hit the post and Cameron swept in the rebound passed Arsenal's Wojciech Szczesny.
Just ten minutes later though the Gunners took the lead again as Ozil's corner kick found Per Mertesacker who headed passed Begovic.
Arsenal then sealed the game in the 72nd minute when Ozil sent in a free kick that Bacary Sagna headed into the back of the net.
Despite the loss, Stoke still stands in a strong 10th place in the league with seven points in five games. They take on the Tranmere Rovers on Wednesday in League Cup action.
West Bromwich Albion 3-0 Sunderland
Jozy Altidore and Sunderland continue their wretched start to their season as they went down to West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns.
The American forward did not start but he came on for Fabio Borini in the 59th minute.
West Brom opened the scoring in the 20th minute when Scott Sinclair's shot was saved by Sunderland ‘keeper Kieren Westwood, however the following rebound was knocked in by Stephane Sessegnon.
In the second half, shortly after coming on, Altidore nearly scored his first league goal of the season. He received the ball in the box and tried to direct it towards goal, but a slight deflection pushed the ball just wide.
With 14 minutes left to play, West Brom added their second goal when a cross into the box was punched out by Westwood, only to have Liam Ridgewell fly into the box and smash the ball into the net.
West Brom notched their third goal of the game in stoppage time as Morgan Amalfitano beat Westwood with a low shot from a difficult angle.
The Black Cats are alone at the bottom of the standings with just one point in five games. They take on Peterborough United on Tuesday in League Cup action.
West Ham United 2-3 Everton
Tim Howard and Everton notched a huge come from behind victory over West Ham this weekend.
Howard went the distance as usual for the Toffees.
West Ham took the lead in the 31st minute with a goal from Ravel Morrison, but Leighton Baines scored a brilliant free kick goal in the 62nd minute to beat Jussi Jaaskelainen to level the match.
14 minutes later the Hammers took the lead again with a penalty kick goal from Mark Noble, but it was Leighton Baines again to the rescue for Everton in the 83rd minute as he found the back of the net with another impressive free kick.
With the score tied, Everton kept pushing for the game winner and it came in the 85th minute when Kevin Mirallas' cross was headed home by Romelu Lukaku.
The win keeps Everton unbeaten in the season and in 6th place in the standings. Everton take the field again on Tuesday when they take on Fulham in the League Cup.
Norwich City 0-1 Aston Villa
Brad Guzan had a terrific performance in Aston Villa's big win over Norwich City at Carrow Road.
The American ‘keeper managed two saves in the game, including a big penalty kick save in the first half.
Villa were almost up just minutes into the game as Andreas Weimann received a pass from Gabriel Agbonlahor inside the box and then curled the ball pass Norwich ‘keeper John Ruddy but the ball hit the post instead of the back of the net.
The Canaries then had a tremendous opportunity to take the lead in the 6th minute, as Villa's Ciaran Clark was called for a hand ball in the box. The referee deemed it a penalty and Robert Snodgrass stepped up to the line and smashed the ball to Guzan's left only to have the American guess correctly and make the big save.
In the 30th minute Villa scored what ended up being the game-winner as Weimann found Agbonlahor who shot towards goal but Ruddy made the save. The resulting rebound fell to Agbonlahor who then found a charging Libor Kozak for the goal.
Villa moves up to 13th place and break their three game losing streak. They take on Tottenham in League Cup play on Tuesday.
Birmingham City 4-1 Sheffield Wednesday
Jonathan Spector and Birmingham City managed an easy victory over Sheffield Wednesday at St. Andrew's Stadium in Championship play.
Spector started and went the distance for the Blues, while Will Packwood did not dress.
The story of the game was Jesse Lingard who scored all four goals for Birmingham City on his debut for the team. Three of the goals came in the span of just four minutes in the first half, while his fourth came in the 51st minute.
Kamil Zayette was able to notch a consolation goal for Wednesday in the 66th minute.
The Blues break their three game winless skid and take on Swansea City in League Cup play in the midweek.
Doncaster Rovers 2-2 Nottingham Forest
Eric Lichaj played the full ninety minutes in Nottingham Forest's come from behind draw against the Doncaster Rovers.
Doncaster's star of the game was Manchester United loanee Federico Macheda who twice put his team in the lead, scoring in the 34th and 52nd minutes.
However, Forest twice equalized with goals from Chris Cohen in the 39th minute and Andy Reid in the 81st minute.
Forest now finds themselves in 6th place in the standings. They take on Burnley on Tuesday in League Cup play.
Brighton & Hove Albion 3-1 Bolton Wanderers
Tim Ream and the Bolton Wanderers continue their horrid start to the season as they went down to Brighton & Hove Albion.
Ream went the distance for Bolton, while Stuart Holden is out with a long-term knee injury.
Bolton looked to have the game under control for much of the match, as they went up in the 29th minute on an own goal from Brighton's David López.
However, the second half saw Bolton collapse as Brighton came back with a vengeance scoring three goals to take all three points.
Bolton's Jay Spearing notched an unfortunate own goal in the 53rd minute, while Inigo Calderon and William Buckley scored in the 55th and 57th minute respectively.
The Wanderers fifth loss of the season sees them at the bottom of the Championship standings. They look to break their skid next weekend at home against Yeovil Town.
Brad Friedel dressed but did not play in Tottenham's win over Cardiff City.
Zak Whitbread did not make the game day roster in Leicester City's draw with Blackpool.
Seb Hines did not dress in Middlesbrough's tie with AFC Bournemouth.
Danny Williams did not feature in Reading's win over Derby County.
Jon Paul Pittman did not dress in Wycombe's draw with York city in League Two play.