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ANDREW VORCE - Sunday, March 21, 2010
Tim Howard was on point as Everton claimed three points over Stuart Holden's Bolton, while Brad Friedel and Marcus Hahnemann both let in two goals as the two Americans faced off in English action.

Fulham 1 - 2 Manchester City

Clint Dempsey was a 52nd minute sub as Fulham fell at home to visiting Manchester City.

Roque Santa Cruz claimed his fourth goal of the season just seven minutes in. Carlos Tevez picked out Craig Bellamy, who's shot was deflected off of Aaron Hughes and onto the post. Santa Cruz reacted first to the deflection, tapping home the opener.

Tevez got his name on the score sheet nine minutes from half time after linking up with Bellamy. Tevez lost Hughes on the half way line only to regain it moments later in his surging run forward.

The Argentinian turned inside Chris Smalling for a tidy finish from 10 yards out.

Dempsey was limited to speculative chances during his spell, but Danny Murphy brought one back for Fulham. Gareth Barry was adjudged to have handled a Chris Baird cross, and Murphy sent Shay Given the wrong way for the consolation goal.

No yellows were issued in the game, as Fulham travel to North London to take on Tottenham at White Heart Lane.

Aston Villa 2 - 2 Wolverhampton

Brad Friedel and Marcus Hahnemann were left even as things finished square at Villa Park.

John Carew got the scoring started in the 16th minute thanks to Ashley Young. The pacey England international tore into the box before squarring his pass to Carew who tapped in from six yards out.

It was Jody Craddock who got Wolves back in the match as Aston Villa hit the snooze button on a free kick seven minutes later. The initial ball in was headed back across and Craddock wasted no time dispatching a first time finish past Friedel from close range.

Just seven minutes to go in the first half, Friedel was left to look utterly confused as the visitors took the lead heading into the break.

David Jones fired across the are and James Milner, struggling to make up ground, lunged to meet the ball first and turned it into his own net while Hahnemann had completely lost the ball.

In the 82nd minute Carew might have been offsides when he claimed the equalizer. Emile Heskey did well to hold possession in the area, playing it back to Steven Sidwell who slotted Carew on the six yard line.

With the slightest of touches Carew fed it under the outstretched Hahnemann.

Stiliyan Petrov was booked for Villa while Adlene Guedioura and Ronald Zubar were booked for Wolves. Villa next face Sunderland on Wednesday while Wolves face West Ham on Tuesday.

Everton 2 - 0 Bolton

Tim Howard was kept busy in an entertaining matchup between Stuart Holden's Bolton and Europa League hopefuls Everton.

Chances were had at both ends, but the game was turned on its head when Gretar Rafn Steinsson was shown a straight red after making contact with Aiygbeni Yakubu as the last defender.

Mikel Arteta stepped and tucked in brilliant free kick from 25 yards out that had Jussi Jaaskelainen fuming in the 72nd.

Leon Osman then made the Bolton defense look silly, dancing around the touch line before sending it through the middle to Steven Pienaar for an unmarcked, unchallenged 89th minute goal.

Tim Cahill was booked for Everton, while Lee Chung-Yong was booked for Bolton. Howard and company travel to Manchester City, while Bolton travel to Manchester United on Saturday.

Arsenal 2 - 0 West Ham

Jonathan Spector was a 90 minute man for West Ham who failed to take advantage of their man advantage at Arsenal.

The home team was on the front foot just five minutes in through the industry of Denilson. Fighting to keep possession, Denilson exchanged passes with Nicklas Bednter before smashing a right footed shot pass Robert Green.

West Ham had an opportunity to go into half time on equal terms after Thomas Vaermailen was sent off for pulling on Guillermo Franco. Alessandro Diamanti stepped up only for Almunia to beat the penalty kick away.

A man down, Arsenal got their own penalty kick in the dying seconds as Matthew Upson was penalized for a hand ball. Cesc Fabregas didn't think twice, smashing his penalty home to make the three points assured.

Sol Campbell joined Vermaelen in the book for Arsenal, while Fabio Daprela, Diamanti, Radoslav Kovac, and Upson were all booked for United. Up next for the Hammers is a Tuesday visit from Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Notes:

Jozy Altidore was on the sidelines watching as a hamstring injury claimed his spot in Hull's devastating 3-2 loss at Portsmouth.

Frank Simek rode the bench as Sheffield Wednesday drew 0-0 at home to Derby.

Kenny Cooper was not selected for travel as Plymouth fell 2-1 to Scunthorpe.

A back injury kept Jay DeMerit out of action for Watford who fell 3-1 in Cardiff.

Devann Yao's Ipswich won 1-0 over Barnsley.

Zak Whitbread was injured as his Norwich City drew 1-1 at Swindon.

Mike Grella was injured and did not feature in Leeds 1-0 loss at Southampton.

Jemal Johnson has a back injury and missed out as Stockport fell 1-0 at home to Brentford.

Jon-Paul Pittmann and Wycombe slipped into second to last place with a 2-2 home draw to Exeter City, with the American frontman playing out the final minutes.

Seb Harris was on the bench for Northampton's 2-0 win at home to Morecambe.
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