KENYA BROWN - Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Tim Howard and Everton got big shutout win on the road at Southampton, while Geoff Cameron and Stoke City came from behind to deny a win for Tottenham.
Southampton 0 - 3 Everton
Coming off a disappointing 2-2 tie with Watford last week and heavy criticism from their fans, the Toffees were looking to make up for their performance in a big way.
Everton keeper Tim Howard had a pretty quiet day as he recorded his first shutout of the young season.
The visitors scored their first in the 22nd minute when Romelu Lukaku headed in a cross from Arouna Kone.
The Belgian international added a second on the day when Ross Barkley sent in a pass for Lukaku to calmly fire past Southampton goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg.
Barkley would score Everton's third in the latter stages of the second half with Seamus Coleman providing the assist.
Tottenham 2 - 2 Stoke City
The second weekend of the English Premier League season saw both teams coming in after suffering identical 1-0 losses and hoping to get their campaigns on track.
Geoff Cameron was in the starting lineup for Stoke, taking his place in the center of defense.
Spurs looked the better of the two sides in the first half and were rewarded with a goal in the 19th minute. A corner kick sent in by Christian Eriksen found Eric Dier who headed it past Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland.
The home side would extend their lead before halftime when Ben Davies crossed the ball from the left for Nacer Chadli to volley home.
Tottenham should have continued their momentum into the second half, but the Potters would take advantage of their questionable substitutions to make the comeback.
Marko Arnautovic scored Stoke's first goal in the 78th minute from the penalty spot after teammate Joselu was taken down by Tottenham's Toby Alderweireld.
The visitors found the equalizer in the 83rd minute as Mame Diouf headed in a cross from Stephen Ireland.
A goal by Adnan Januzaj saw Brad Guzan and Aston Villa fall 1-0 to Manchester United at Villa Park. Guzan made several key stops to prevent an even larger score.
Danny Williams was in the starting lineup and played the entire game in Reading's 0-0 tie with Leeds United.
Eric Lichaj was in on the action as Nottingham Forest had a 2-1 comeback win over Rotherham United.
Cody Cropper was on the bench in Milton Keynes Dons' 1-0 loss to Preston North End.
Jonathan Spector was in the starting lineup and received a yellow card in the 78th minuted in Birmingham City's 2-2 tie with Burnley.
Gboly Ariyibi was a 70th minute substitute in Chesterfield's 2-0 loss to Sheffield United.