RJ DEMELLO - Monday, December 29, 2014
Tim Howard went down with an injury in a loss against Geoff Cameron and Stoke while Oguchi Onyewu made a rare appearance for Charlton in Boxing Day action.
Stoke City 1 - 0 Everton
Geoff Cameron came out on top of Tim Howard in the all-Yank battle on Friday, as Everton continued to slip after a Bojan penalty was enough for Stoke to leave Goodison Park with all three points.
Cameron started in defense, played 90 minutes, and received a yellow card in the victory while Howard got the start but was forced off at halftime with a pulled calf.
Big questions were first leveled on the referee of this match in the 35th minute as Jonathan Walters was only shown a yellow card when he seemingly was the last man back for Stoke when he fouled Leighton Baines.
Three minutes later Bojan went down easily under pressure in the area and slipped his penalty just by the diving Howard who had guessed correctly, but couldn't reach the shot.
Everton had most of the chances in the game but couldn't find any way through the Stoke defense.
The result moves Stoke up to 11th with 22 points while Everton drops below the Potters to 12th with 21 points.
Aston Villa 0 - 1 Swansea
Brad Guzan's 100th Premiere League appearance for Villa was not an ideal one, as a bit of magic from Gylfi Sigurdsson was all Swansea needed to take three points from this clash.
It took just 13 minutes for the Swans to make the breakthrough with Sigurdsson producing another bit of free kick brilliance.
From the left, the Icelandic international bent a screamer to the top right corner over Guzan, who was already stationed on that side, and into the net.
Villa wanted a penalty in the 72nd as Ashley Williams shoved Gabriel Agbonlahor in the box, however the referee wasn't having any of it much to the chagrin of the hosts.
Two late Villa chances for the equalizer were saved by Swansea keeper Lukas Fabianski and the Welsh club held on for victory.
Aston Villa now sits 13th in the table with 20 points.
Tim Ream started and played 90 minutes for Bolton Wanderers in the club's 2-1 victory over Blackburn Rovers.
Danny Williams started and went the full 90 in Reading's 2-2 tie with Brighton & Hove Albion.
Eric Lichaj got the start and went the distance in Nottingham Forest's 3-0 loss to Middlesbrough.
Jozy Altidore came off the bench and played 28 minutes in Sunderland's 3-1 loss to Hull City.
Oguchi Onyewu played the last 31 minutes of Charlton Athletic's 1-1 draw with Cardiff City.
Emerson Hyndman was an unused substitute for Fulham in the team's 2-0 loss to Bournemouth.