KENYA BROWN - Sunday, August 30, 2015
Tim Howard put on a man of the match performance in Everton's scoreless tie with Spurs, while Brad Guzan and Aston Villa also settled for a tie against Sunderland over the weekend in England.
Tottenham 0 - 0 Everton
In his last game before heading back Stateside for a pair of friendlies with the U.S. national team, Howard put on a performance that earned man of the match honors and his second clean sheet of the season at White Hart Lane.
Spurs, who were still looking for their first win of the season after three games, hoped their fourth game of the Premier League season would be the breakthrough, but they would find a goal hard to come by due to the performance by the 36-year-old netminder and teammate John Stones.
Despite Spurs dominating most of the game, the Toffees would have a couple of chances - the first coming in the 16th minute when midfielder Tom Cleverley took a chance at goal only for Spurs goalkeeper and captain Hugo Lloris to parry the ball away from danger.
Howard would be called into action around six minutes later when he encountered a one on one situation with Spurs forward Harry Kane. Kane should have given the home side the lead, but the 22-year-old poor finishing allowed Howard to get a foot on the ball to deflect it away from danger.
Tottenham would have another chance to break the deadlock in the 27th minute. Ryan Mason had a good chance from close range, but Howard once again stood his ground for another crucial save.
It would be same in the second half. Ten minutes in Mason would try again to beat the American shot stopper, but Howard would get a hand on the ball.
Spurs looked increasingly desperate and frustrated as the second half progressed as wave after wave of attacks were thwarted by Everton's defense.
The visitors did have one more good opportunity to walk away with the three points. Brian Oviedo sent the ball into box and Arouna Kone's glancing header just sailed by the goal post.
Everton were fortunate to leave White Hart Lane with a point and head Roberto Martinez spoke highly of Howard's contribution during the game. The team now sit in ninth place after four games.
Aston Villa 2 - 2 Sunderland
Aston Villa's wait for its first home win of the season will have to wait a bit longer as a second half goal from Jeremain Lens saw them share the points with Sunderland at Villa Park
The Black Cats took an early lead in the eighth minute when loanee Yann M'Vila curled a free kick into the top corner of the goal, leaving Guzan to only helplessly make a diving attempt to parry the ball the away.
However, Sunderland's early lead would end in the 11th minute as Aston Villa midfielder Scott Sinclair converted a penalty after being brought down by Lee Cattermole in the area.
Sinclair would score a second goal before halftime as put in a cross from Jordan Amavi.
The Villans were playing well, but Sunderland would respond seven minutes into the second half as Lens would collect a pass from Ola Toivonen, slip past a defender and fire his shot past Guzan.
The home side pushed for another goal before the final whistle, but their efforts would come to naught.
Aston Villa now sit in 12th place on four points.
Geoff Cameron was in the center of defense for Stoke City, but two red cards in the first half for the team saw them suffer a 1-0 defeat to West Bromwich Albion.
Danny Williams was in the lineup for Reading as they beat Brentford 3-1.
Tim Ream made his league debut for Fulham in the Cottagers 3-1 win over Rotherham United.
Jonathan Spector was in the lineup in Birmingham's 2-0 win over MK Dons. Cody Cropper watched the loss from the bench.
Eric Lichaj got the start for Nottingham Forest in their 2-1 loss to Cardiff City.
Gboly Ariyibi made the starting lineup, playing 72 minutes, in Chesterfield's 2-0 win over Millwall.