RJ DEMELLO - Tuesday, September 30, 2014
A poor weekend on the English Isles for American's as Brad Guzan and Aston Villa got brought back down to earth, while many players such as Jozy Altidore and Eric Lichaj didn't even see the field.
Aston Villa 0 - 3 Chelsea
Brad Guzan and Aston Villa started the campaign hot but the demolition by Chelsea on Saturday means two losses in a row for the Villans.
Guzan started, played 90 minutes, and made four saves in the losing effort.
Chelsea set the tone in the match by getting on the board early thanks to a seventh minute goal from Oscar.
Villa pegged back the Blues for long periods but the firepower in the Chelsea squad proved to be too much, with Diego Costa nodding home the second goal in the 59th minute.
Willian scrambled home the third Chelsea goal after an initial Guzan save and the points stayed in London with the Blues.
The loss drops Aston Villa down to sixth place with still 10 points but now through six games.
Up next for Guzan and the boys is the last game in a brutal three game stretch as Manchester City visits Villa Park on Saturday.
Fulham 2 - 1 Birmingham City
Emerson Hyndman and Fulham got the team's first win of the season at the expense of Brek Shea, Jonathan Spector and struggling Birmingham City.
Hyndman started and played 45 minutes for the Cottagers in the win. Spector started, played 90 minutes, and was responsible for Fulham's winning goal. Shea came on at halftime and managed a shot on goal in his 45 minutes of work.
It was Birmingham that took the initial lead thanks to a superb curling effort into the top corner from David Cotterill.
Shea perhaps should have made it 2-0 Birmingham with his one chance of the game. The American received the ball just about clean through on goal and took a decent first touch into space onto his left foot and just inside the 18. The winger then powered a left footer but it was high and too close to the goalkeepers left, letting him parry it away for a corner kick.
Shortly thereafter in the 63rd minute Tim Hoogland tied it up for Fulham.
Just eight minutes later Hugo Rodallega gave The Cottagers the lead for good. Spector seemingly either tried to control the ball or direct back to his keeper, either way it ended up horribly wrong. Rodallega pounced and gave Fulham its first win of the season.
The loss for Birmingham sees the team stay on seven points so far this season, two points out of the relegation zone. The Blues travel to Millwall on Tuesday.
Fulham's win sees the club climb out of last place in the Championship, now with four points on the year. The club returns home to host Tim Ream and Bolton Wanderers on Wednesday.
Tim Howard started and played 90 minutes in Everton's dramatic 1-1 tie with Liverpool.
Zak Whitbread started and played 90 minutes for Derby County in the club's 2-0 win over Bolton.
Jozy Altidore made the team but wasn't brought off the bench in Sunderland's 0-0 draw with Swansea City.
Eric Lichaj spent the entirety of Nottingham Forest's 0-0 draw with Brighton & Hove Albion on the bench.
Tim Ream, Bolton's player of the year last season, didn't get off of the bench in Wanderers' 2-0 loss to Derby County.
Danny Williams, eyeing a November return, again missed out through injury on Reading's 3-3 draw with Wolves.
Brad Friedel didn't make the bench as Tottenham tied rivals Arsenal 1-1.
Geoff Cameron once again missed out for Stoke as the Potters took on Newcastle. The defender is reportedly close to a return to action after having hernia surgery just a few weeks ago.