KENYA BROWN - Monday, May 2, 2016
Tim Howard returned to the Everton lineup to help them earn a win over Bournemouth, while Geoff Cameron and DeAndre Yedlin shared the points at the Britannia Stadium.
Everton 2 - 1 Bournemouth
A goal from Leighton Baines ensured the Toffees claimed all three points in their win over the Cherries at Goodison Park.
Howard was reinserted into the starting lineup as he winds down his time with Everton before heading back stateside to play for the Colorado Rapids.
The home side got off to a good start when they scored their first goal in the seventh minute. Midfielder Tom Cleverley would get a pass from Ross Barkley at the top of the box, sidestep his marker and unleash his shot past Artur Boruc to give his team the early lead.
It wouldn't last long as Bournemouth responded two minutes later when Marc Pugh scored the equalizer from a cross from Joshua King. There were calls for offside by Everton, but the assistant referee's flag stayed down.
It took some time for the next goal to be scored, but it was Everton who would be rewarded as Baines scored the eventual game winner. Aaron Lennon found space on the right which allowed him to cross the ball into the area for the left back to bury home.
The win leaves Everton in 11th place in the standings on 44 points.
Stoke City 1 - 1 Sunderland
A penalty scored by Jermaine Defoe in the late stages of stoppage time helped the Blacks Cats take a point against Stoke.
Both Geoff Cameron and DeAndre Yedlin were in the starting lineups for their respective teams.
After a scoreless first half, the Potters would open the scoring five minutes into the second half through Marko Arnautovic. Charlie Adam's cross would find the head of Peter Crouch who directed the ball towards the Austrian to fire past goalkeeper Vito Mannone.
Stoke, who were looking to shake off three consecutive four-goal losses, seemed to be on their way to victory until controversy struck well into stoppage time. The referee judged Cameron had done enough to bring down Defoe in the area to call a penalty.
Defoe would then step up to the spot to put away the equalizer.
Stoke remain in ninth place on 48 points, while Sunderland drop to 18th place on 32 points, one point behind behind Newcastle. The Black Cats do have a game in hand which is to their advantage in the survival race.
Brad Guzan watched from the bench as relegated Aston Villa were beaten 3-2 by Watford.
Tim Ream was in the starting lineup, while Emerson Hyndman saw 35 minutes of action in the second half as Fulham fell 3-0 to Brentford.
Eric Lichaj was in the starting lineup as Nottingham Forest's game with Wolverhampton finished 1-1.
Danny Williams returned to the Reading lineup after serving his suspension, but they would go on to lose 2-1 to Preston North End.
Jonathan Spector was a late game substitute as Birmingham City's game with Middlesbrough finished 2-2.
Zak Whitbread was in the starting lineup in Shrewsbury Town's 4-3 loss to Peterborough United.
Gboly Ariyibi was in the starting lineup in Chesterfield's 3-0 win over Bury.
Shane O'Neill watched from the bench as Cambridge United's game with Plymouth Argyle ended 2-2.