ANDREW VORCE - Sunday, March 28, 2010
Tim Howard and Marcus Hahnemann cancelled each other out while Jozy Altidore earned Hull City a valuable three points against Clint Dempsey's Fulham in a full slate of English Action.
Wolverhampton 0 - 0 Everton
Tim Howard and Marcus Hahnemann both got their wishes, picking up a single point a piece while canceling each other out in their quest for goose egg.
Louis Saha had the best chances of the match, sending a shot off of the cross bar before sending a header over Hahneman's goal mouth. Tim Cahill also rounded Hahnemann but Jody Craddock cleared off the line.
Everton next face West Ham, while Wolves look to hold their lines when they visit Emirates Stadium on Saturday.
Chelsea 7 - 1 Aston Villa
Brad Friedel had probably his worst outing of his career as the veteran keeper let six in after Villa tied the game off at one a piece.
Frank Lampard hit a personal high in sinking four past the Villans, starting the scoring off in the 15th minute. Nicholas Anelka showed strength inside the box to keep the ball alive, while the ball eventually found it's way across the six yard box for Lampard to slide home with Friedel wrong sided for the opener.
John Carew looked to have bring Villa back into the fight after scoring his ninth goal in eight games. Ashley Young showed a lovely piece of control to bring the ball down from a cross field pass, before centering it to Carew who buried from point blank range.
James Collins was then penalized for taking down Yuri Zhirkov inside the box, with minimal contact. Either way, Frank Lampard stepped up to bag his second of the night, striking past Friedel with venom.
Deco then provided the magic for Flourent Malouda to give Chelsea the go ahead, with Malouda smashing past Friedel from point blank range in the 57th.
Zhirkov drew his second penalty of the day, with Richarhd Dunne snatching at the forward run of the Russian.
Friedel showed little effort to get to Lampard's venemous shot into his left hand side. Malouda then scored his second with Friedel left out to dry, side footing home from close range.
Soloman Kalou was given his chance as Anelka gave up a chance at goal by squaring his pass, with Kalou picking the far post.
Lampard scored his fourth and Chelsea's seventh after Villa failed to clear their lines with the English midfielder smashing home from close range.
Deco, Paulo Ferreira, and Mikel John Obi were booked for Chelsea, while Dunne and Stiliyan Petrov were both booked for Villa. Up next for Friedel and company is a must win game against Bolton on Saturday.
Hull 2 - 0 Fulham
Jozy Altidore went 78 minutes being a constant handful for the Fulham line up, earning his team a penalty kick while Clint Dempsey was a 90 minute man for Fulham.
Jimmy Bullard picked out Altidore inside the area, who turned away from Chris Smalling before being brought down from the future Manchester United defender. Bullard stepped up and played his penalty high into the top corner for the opening goal.
Hull twice cleared the ball off the line before Craig Fagan made is three points wrapped up for the home team with a looping header over Mark Schwarzer.
Just three minute into the first half Fagan was given the chance to win a header marked by one in the box, and Schwarzer misjudged the looping header, stranded for the gaol.
Altidore and Kevin Kilbane were booked for Hull, while Simon Davies, Kagiso Dikgacoi, Zoltan Gera, and Nicky Shorey were booked for Fulham.
Up next for Altidore and Hull is a away trip to Stoke City while Fulham and Dempsey take on Wolfsburg on Thursday before welcoming Wigan on Sunday in more Premier League action.
West Ham 0 - 1 Stoke City
Jonathan Spector was another 90 minute man for West Ham who continued their poor style of play against Stoke City at home.
Spector was stuck calling for a handball while Liam Lawrence played through the no call only to raise his shot over the bar. It was second half Ricardo Fuller who got the job done for Stoke, dancing past three Hammers before burying his shot for three points on the road.
Gianfranco Zola will be forced to consider his future as the Hammers continue their losing streak, who next face Everton at Goodison Park.
Watford 1 - 1 Middlesbrough
Jay DeMerit and Watford let a first half lead slip to only pick up a point at home as the fear of relegation is just around the corner.
Tom Cleverly tested Brad Jones twice in the opening stages before John Eustace got the scoring started in the 22nd minute.
Don Cowie's corner was only half cleared by Chris Killen, with Eustace wasting no time in his 20 yard volley that rocketed past the rooted Jones.
Boro got their goal from a quick counter attack sprung by Gary O'Neil. Julio Arca sent a lobbed cross that Scott Loach could only parry, with Leroy Lita beating Lloyd Doyley to the loose ball for the equalizer.
Cowie and Henri Lansbury were booked for Watford, while Killen, Stephen McManus, O'Neil, and David Wheater were booked for Middlesbrough. Up next for the Hornets is a Tuesday outing against Crystal Palace.
Norwich 1 - 0 Leeds
Mike Grella was a 15th minute substitute as Luciano Becchio went down injured early in the game, while Zak Whitbread was on the bench.
Becchio was brought down by an accidental kick in the face by Michael Nelson, which disrupted the speed of the play. Grella had the best chance for Leeds to get the opener, working himself into open space only to send a hospital ball to keeper Fraser Forster.
In a clash of first and second in League One, second half substitute Chris Martin was the game winner, sending Norwich 11 points clear at the top.
Stephen Hughes sent in a pinpoint right wing cross in the 89th minute and Martin's powered home his header for the game winner.
Grant Holt and Korey Smith were shown yellows for Norwich, while Shane Lowry, Richard Naylor, and Robert Snodgrass were booked for Leeds.
Tresor Kandol was ejected deep into stoppage time to reduce Leeds to 10 men for an off the ball incident, after just having come on as a sub. Norwich next face Tranmere on Friday, while Leeds welcome Swindon to Elland Road.
Colchester 1 - 1 Wycombe
Jon-Paul Pittman had one shot in his ten minutes as Wycombe tied it up at the death to deny Colchester all three points at home.
Ian Henderson showed quality control to open the scoring after an hour played, taking Kem Izzet's pass off his chest. Playing himself into space Henderson lashed a superb shot into the far corner.
Three minutes into stoppage time Gareth Ainsworth played through appeals for a hand ball, heading home Matt Phillips' cross from close range. Ainsworth also had a shot in the early stages from Kevin Betsy's free kick, only for it to go narrowly wide.
Steve Gillespie, Izzet, David Prutton, and Ben Williams were booked for Colchester, while Adam Hinshelwood and Dean Keates were booked for Wycombe. Up next for the Wanderers is a home game against Huddersfield.
Brentford 1 - 0 Leyton Orient
Eric Lichaj started his Leyton Orient loan spell as a 90 minute man, picking up a yellow card en route to a tough loss on the road.
On loan Millwall striker Lewis Grabban sealed the game just before the break, netting in the 43rd minute. On his debut for his temporary club, the striker sent a back header looping over Jamie Jones and in off the post.
Sam Saunders was booked for Brentford, while James Scowcroft, Jonathan tehoue, and Sean Thorton joined Lichaj in the book. Up next for Lichaj and company, a home test against Hartlepool.
Stuart Holden watched from the stands as Manchester United pushed four past Bolton.
Frank Simek was on the bench as Sheffield Wednesday drew 1-1 at Coventry.
Kenny Cooper was left on the bench as Blackpool won 2-0 at Plymouth.
Devann Yao's Ipswich drew 0-0 at Swansea.
Jemal Johnson did not feature in Millwall's 5-0 beating of Stockport.
Seb Harris was on the bench for Northampton in their 1-1 draw at Lincoln City.