ANDREW VORCE - Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Landon Donovan finally scored his first European club goal in an Everton win while all three keepers in the Premier League had shutouts as England made up their games after last week's cold snap.
Aston Villa 0 - 0 Arsenal
Brad Friedel had little to do as neither team could find the attacking impetus needed to separate the teams.
Friedel was forced into a save from Andriy Arshavin's low effort, while Cesc Fabregas came closest hitting the post. Ashley Young had his opportunity with a free kick from the edge of the Arsenal area, only to dip over the bar and out of danger.
Richard Dune and Emile Heskey picked up cards for Aston Villa, while Gael Clichy, and Thomas Vermaelen were both booked for Arsenal. Up next for Villa, a trip to Craven Cottage to take on Fulham.
Everton 2 - 0 Sunderland
Landon Donovan scored his first club goal in Europe as Tim Howard and Everton cruised to home victory over Sunderland.
Marouane Fellaini provided the first cross to set up Tim Cahill for his seventh minute opener. Fellaini's inch perfect cross picked out the Australian striker to give Everton the early lead.
Donovan secured the win with a strong left footed strike that drilled past Craig Gordon after Steven Pieenar flicked on Leighton Baines' long cross, and Donovan did the rest. After chesting down the pass on the edge of the area, Donovan drilled home a left footed shot.
Donovan nearly had two if it hadn't been for George McCartney to clear off the line. Howard was forced into second half saves from Kenwyne Jones, as Everton held onto their earlier lead to claim all three points.
Bolo Zenden was the only player booked in the match. Everton now sit in tenth and will face Wigan at DW Stadium over the weekend.
Portsmouth 1 - 1 West Ham
Jonathan Spector was a 90-minute man as West Ham gave up their second half lead to a Portsmouth team in desperate need of points.
Matthew Upson scored the opener for the Hammers in the 52nd minute after Pompey failed to clear an Alessandro Diamanti corner. The Italian sent a deep ball in from the edge of the area, and Upson out jumped Younes Kaboul to chest home the goal.
Danny Webber scored his first goal for Portsmouth to secure a vital point, with John Utaka slotting the front man in. With Robert Green on hand, the second half substitute showed composure to slot the ball under the keeper.
Angelos Basinas, Kevin-Prince Boateng, and Aaron Mokoena were booked for Portsmouth, while Mark Noble picked up the only yellow for West Ham.
Wolverhampton 0 - 0 Liverpool
Marcus Hahnemann had little to do as Wolverhampton picked up a vital point against a struggling Liverpool squad.
Steven Gerrard was selected to play even with a slight injury, and looked a shade of his fully fit self. Albert Riera registered a shot on Hahnemann with a looping shot that forced a palm save from the back pedaling American shot stopper. Hahnemann also saved Ward from embarrassment with a slack back pass, but the keeper raced outside of his area to clear the danger.
Martin Skrtel was the only player booked in the affair. Wolves go to 17th with the point, and Wolves will have a chance to register more points when they visit Jozy Altidore and Hull City.
Stockport County - Brighton
Jemal Johnson went 79 minutes as Stockport were undone at the death by Andrew Crofts at Edgeley Park.
Johnson was out to test Michel Kuipers early, but neither team could find an opener. Danny Pilkington received a nice pass from Partridge, and the midfielder made no mistake from 25 yards out with a fine curling effort.
Stockport will feel highly aggrieved as Crofts goal came with a huge helping hand. Owain Fon Williams looked to have the 20-yard shot covered, only to see the ball hit a patch of grass and calamitously bound over the keeper.
Johnson was booked for unsporting behavior, while Alan Navarro and Marcos Painter were booked for Brighton. Up next for Johnson and company is a trip to St. Mary's Stadium to face off against Southampton.
Zak Whitbread was left on the bench in Norwich's 2-1 win over Walsall.
Ian Joyce was left off of the team sheet when Southend fell 2-0 against Milwall.
Frank Simek was on the bench when Sheffield Wednesday lost 2-0 at Scunthorpe.
Mike Grella was left on the bench in Leeds' 3-0 loss at Swindon.
Seb Harris was left off of the team sheet when Northampton came from behind to beat Darlington 2-1.