ANDREW VORCE - Monday, January 18, 2010
Landon Donovan and Tim Howard were the only Yanks to start and find wins over the weekend, as Marcus Hahnemann and 10-man Wolverhampton were bested by Wigan.
Wolverhampton 0 - 2 Wigan
Marcus Hahnemann was beaten twice after fellow Wolves player Richard Stearman was sent off just before half time with Wigan taking their chances before having their own player sent off for a second bookable offense, both teams finishing with 10 men.
In added time Stearman lost all concentration, tugging James McCarthy's jersey inside the penalty area, picking up his second yellow card and giving up a penalty kick. Rodallega stepped up but Hahnemann was equal to the task, with Paul Scharner somehow missing the easy tap in off the parry.
Hahnemann denied Rodallega again on the hour mark, but was unable to hold on to the shot as McCarthy made no mistake from close range. Wigan made their task more difficult in the 68th when Hendry Thomas made a reckless challenge on Stephen Ward, getting his second yellow card of the night and being forced out, evening up the teams.
Charles N'Zogbia put the game to rest after 73 minutes, finally getting his name on the scoresheet. The Frenchman skipped past Jody Craddock to get into a scoring position, then passed the ball around Hahnemann.
Kevin Doyle, Karl Henry, and Ward were the Wolves players booked, as Jordi Gomez joined N'Zogbia in the book for Wigan.
For their next game Wolverhampton welcome Liverpool to Molineux Stadium.
Everton 2 - 0 Manchester City
Landon Donovan was taken off with moments to spare as Tim Howard and company bested Manchester City at Ewood Park.
Donovan had an early chance after a one-on-one with Shay Given, but the American striker decided to go for an assist instead of shooting, with no one making the back door run.
Steven Pienaar opened the scoring with a text book free kick in the 36th minute. The South African made the ball do the work, dipping up and over the wall into Given's net.
The sideline official then waved his flag when Richards appeared to grab Saha, with the Frenchman taking his own penalty. Given dove hard to his left, but Saha cooly rolled it down the middle to put the game to rest.
Up next for Everton is a home test against Birmingham.
Aston Villa 0 - 0 West Ham
Brad Friedel and company were unable to break down Jonathan Spector's defensive West Ham, squandering away the few chances the hosts had throughout the game.
John Carew came the closest for Villa, putting the ball in the back of the net in the second half, but was adjudged to be off sides. Gabriel Agbonlahor had a chance in the first half, but Robert Green was equal, beating it away.
Stiliyan Petrov was booked for Villa, while Jack Collison, Radoslav Kovac, and Junior Stanislas were all booked for the Hammers. Villa next play Blackburn at home, while West Ham travel to Portsmouth.
Blackburn 2 - 0 Fulham
Clint Dempsey was the rare light in Fulham's attack, striking the crossbar before being forced out of play after an hour due to a knee injury.
Dempsey was absolutely unlucky in the game, as the on-fire American was just under perfect at every turn. His night was summed up after 35 minutes played, when he hit a spectacular bicycle kick that had Robert Green completely beaten, but struck the post and came up short.
Benni McCarthy, who ended up having a hand in both goals, forced a corner out of the Cottagers which was not cleared, and Christopher Samba was on hand to tap in the rebound from point blank range.
The second goal came from a Fulham defensive lapse. Rovers were awarded a free kick when Kelly brought down Olsson. McCarthy stepped up to take the free kick, and picked out Nelsen to head home, who looked like lightning next to a static Fulham defense.
Samba picked up the sole yellow for Rovers, while Chris Baird, Zoltan Gera, and Erik Nevland all saw yellow for Fulham. Up next for the Cottagers is an FA Cup game against the winners of Accrington Standley v Gillingham.
Doncaster 2 - 1 Watford
Jay DeMerit went 90 minutes as Watford were unable to get much going at Keepmoat Stadium with Doncaster breaking down the Hornet's defense.
Dean Shiels and James Coppinger linked up on an exquisite one-two with Coppinger releasing Shiels with a back heel, who curled past Loach with relative ease after 50 minutes played.
Rovers got their second after Watford gave up a late game corner kick. With just seven minutes left on the clock, Gareth Roberts was able to find space to smash home a rocket which Loach was unable to get to. Watford got a consolation goal in the dying minutes with Heidar Helguson converted a penalty when Sam Hird brought down Will Hoskins.
Mark Wilson was booked for Rovers, while Tom Celverly, and Henri Lansbury were booked for Watford. Up next for the Hornets is a trip to Blackpool on Saturday.
Wycombe 1 - 2 Charlton
Jon-Paul Pittman went 90 minutes and scored Wycombe's lone goal, but Charlton's goals on either side of half time cancelled out the American's strike as Wycombe fell at home.
Jonjo Shelvey put Chaltron ahead against the run of play with just 11 minutes on the clock. Lloyd Sam did the hard work down the flank, and cut the ball back where Shelvey picked out the back post with pin point accuracy.
Pittman leveled matters in the 64th minute, canceling out the early opportunity. Stuart Green showed great vision to pick out the American, with Pittman finishing off the low cross past Robert Elliot.
Charlton's captain Nicky Bailey capped off the night with the game winner after showing tenacity to stay with the play. His original shot was blocked by Scott Shearer, but the follow up was out of reach as Bailey's 10th of the season rocketed in after 77 minutes.
Grant Basey was the only player booked in the game as Charlton stayed in third. Up next for Wycombe, a trip to Ian Joyce's Southend United.
Jozy Altidore was given compassionate leave due to the situation in Haiti and will be out of action for an undisclosed amount of time.
Frank Simek was on the bench when Sheffield Wednesday won away at Barnsley 2-1.
Zak Whitbread played the final seven minutes in Norwich's statement game against Colchester United, thumping the promotion hopeful's 5-0 in front of their own fans.
Mike Grella played the final five minutes as Leeds United were knocked back again, falling 2-0 at Exeter City.
Ian Joyce was on the bench as Southend fell 2-1 to Huddersfield.
Jemal Johnson did not make the bench as Milton Keynes Dons five different scorers hit net for the Dons as they beat Hartlepool 5-0 at Hartlepool.