ANDREW VORCE - Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Tim Howard and Marcus Hahnemann came up with huge wins in their travels while Fulham crashed out of the FA Cup after letting a first half lead slip away.
Manchester City 0 - 2 Everton
Tim Howard had a shutout as Everton claimed a massive three points in the chase for a European spot at City of Manchester Stadium.
Tim Cahill continued to show why he is one of the most valuable assets in an Everton jersey as a training ground free kick earned Everton their first goal.
The free kick started on the left flank, was worked short to the edge of the area where Leighton Baines then picked out the Australian front man to head home from the penalty spot in the 33rd minute.
With just five minutes on the board, Mikel Arteta side-footed home a classy goal. Jack Rodwell showed the industry down the right flank before cutting back inside the area to play a pass through Cahill.
Cahill dummied his run, letting the ball roll through his legs where Arteta was running on to smash home.
Nigel de Jong, Shay Given, and Carlos Tevez were booked for City, while John Heitinga and Steven Pienaar were booked for Everton. Up next for the Toffees is a weekend trip to Wolves.
West Ham 1 - 3 Wolverhampton
Jonathan Spector's West Ham continue to look poor after a dismal showing against Marcus Hahnemann's Wolverhampton Wanderers at Upton Park.
James Tomkins gifted Wolves the opener as Kevin Doyle showed his predatory instincts to get the scoring started in the 28th minute.
Under pressure, Tomkins played the ball back into space while Doyle just ran away with the slack pass, shot low and to the far corner for the opener.
Hahnemann was forced to come up big after being taken to the cleaners by Scott Parker. A curling effort clashed off the far post after Hahnemann was completely beaten and Parker's rebound was saved on the line by the keeper before being kicked out.
West Ham again failed to do the proper defensive work, only half clearing their lines. David Jones played Ronald Zubar into space down the right flank, and the Hammers back line didn't close him down fast enough, giving Zubar the time and space to smash home from a tight angle over Robert Green in the 57th.
Matty Jarvis engineered Wolves final goal, cutting a ball back across the 18 three minutes later. With the entire goal at his mercy, Green was a one man wall for Jarvis to fire past for the nail in the coffin.
Hahnemann made two clutch saves from absolute rockets to preserve his goose egg, but the Wolves defense went to sleep to allow Guillermo Franco into the area in a one on one with Hahnemann.
The goalkeeper made the decision to go to ground, soFranco lifted the ball over the goalkeeper and into the back of the net with a clever chip.
Michael Mancienne and Zubar were the only two booked in the outing, with Spector being a second half sub for Tomkins after his horror showing.
West Ham have it all to do over at home against Stoke City, while Wolves welcome Everton to Molineux on Saturday.
Tottenham 3 - 1 Fulham
Clint Dempsey was a second half gamble substitute after Fulham had already threw away their first half lead thanks to a hat trick of second half goals from Tottenham.
Bobby Zamora got Fulham off to a flying start in the 17th minute with a quality first time finish. Zamora was played the ball into the box, and without wasting any time the striker swept his left footed shot around the keeper and into the far net.
Halftime brought changes and David Bently scored just a minute into his time on the field. Whipping in a dangerous free kick, everyone on both teams missed the ball and it bounced two yards from goal before beating Mark Schwarzer who looked helpless.
Roman Pavlyuchenko was brought on in the 53rd minute, and won the game after an hour gone. David Bentley's cross went all the way across the 18 before Pavlyuchenko met it first time with a fearsome volley that rocketed into the ground before beating Schwarzer at the near post.
Eidur Gudjohnsen then sealed the victory in the 66th minute when his surging run forward was met with a through pass into the box after a clever flick to reach Luka Modric. Gudjohnsen slid the ball wide of Schwarzer before beating Aaron Hughes to the ball to divert it goal wards.
Sebastien Bassong was the only Spurs player booked, while Fulham's Stephen Kelly and Zamora were booked as well. Up next for the Cottagers is a trip to take on Hull City.
Aston Villa 1 - 1 Sunderland
Brad Friedel was beaten by a superb Frazier Campbell strike as Villa's European chances took a major knock.
Campbell was played through the Villa defense with a delightful ball, with Campbell lifting his shot up and over Friedel and into the far corner after only 22 minutes played.
It only took Villa eight minutes to find a reply, as John Carew came to the rescue again, his second time in as many games.
Ashley Young kept his cool on the right edge of the area before whipping in an inch perfect laser cross that Carew turned home from six yards out with his first touch.
Aston Villa will attempt to reconfigure their attack and push for a full three points to help them on their charges, but Stamford Bridge awaits them on Saturday when Chelsea welcome Villa.
Sheffield Wednesday 2 - 1 Watford
Jay DeMerit overcame a back injury to travel to Frank Simek's Sheffield Wednesday, who watched from the bench.
Wednesday struck first through Eddie Nolan 11 minutes into the second half. The right back advanced into the area, cutting inside before letting a low shot fly.
Scott Loach should have done better as the near post shot got under him for the opener.
Just 10 minutes later, on loan Manchester United midfielder Tom Cleverly got Watford back into it. Earning a free kick outside of the area, the midfielder sent in a precise curling effort that left Lee Grant no chance at the come back goal.
With a minute left in regular time, Nick Varney earned Wednesday precious three points. Making room for himself on the left, the striker wasted no time before smashing home the game winner to give themselves a fighting chance at staying up.
Tommy Miller was subbed off in the 31st minute for Leon Clarke, but no cards were issued in the game. Up next for the Owls is a weekend test against Coventry while the Hornets is a visit from Middlesborough on Saturday.
Kenny Cooper made the bench while Devann Yao watched from the stands in Plymouth's 2-0 win over Ipswich.