ANDREW VORCE - Sunday, April 4, 2010
Clint Dempsey and Brad Friedel were the only winning Yanks as Jonathan Spector and Tim Howard pitted it out against each other to a draw at Goodison Park in a full slate of English action.
Bolton 0 - 1 Aston Villa
Stuart Holden's Bolton were undone early as Brad Friedel's Aston Villa got off to a good start while Holden, still recovering from a broken leg, watched from the stands.
Ashley Young hit the sweet spot just 11 minutes into the game when clever ball work from Villa found the pacey forward inside the box. After a neat little turn, Young curled a delightful left flank shot around the fully outstretched Jussi Jaaskelainen.
Both Sam Rickets and Jaaskelainen were booked for Bolton, as Villa picked up a valuable three points away from home. Up next for Bolton is a Tuesday game against Chelsea while Villa also take on Chelsea next Saturday.
Stoke 2 - 0 Hull
Jozy Altidore was a 64th minute sub as Hull City coughed up an early and late goal, leaving them still within the relegation zone.
Ricardo Fuller got the scoring started in the 6th minute, as a mistake from Paul McShane let the striker in behind the defense. McShane missed his header as the long ball forward went beyond the defender, allowing Fuller into a foot race that ended in a right footed striker around the outside of Boaz Myhill.
Altidore's starting spot was given to Caleb Folan who would waste Hull's best chance of the game. George Boateng sprung the striker inside the 18 with a looping pass, but Folan's first touch sent the ball straight to the keeper.
Folan made way for Altidore in the 64th minute, and with his first touch of the ball, he instantly beat two players while being brought down in the process. The play would continue with a slew of shots, but the Potters resorted to last ditch defending to clear the ball.
Boateng, who was one of Hull's brightest players in the match, had to be stretchered off late in the game. It would force the Tigers to play with 10 men after all three of their substitutes were made. In the 90th minute, Liam Lawrence was on the tail end of Hull being numbers down, and sent his shot back across the face of goal generally unmarked inside the 18.
Bernard Mendy and Geovanni were booked for Hull, while Adboulaye Faye, Dave Kitson, and Tuncay Sanli were booked for Stoke. Up next for Altidore and Hull is a must win match at home against fellow relegation battlers Burnley.
Arsenal 1 - 0 Wolverhampton
Marcus Hahnemann will be absolutely sickened to have lost away at Emirates Stadium after producing a stunning performance.
Shot after Shot rained down on Hahnemann from every angle and the American proved to be a brick wall in the Wolverhampton net. Wolves task was turned to the near impossible after Karl Henry was sent off for a horrible tackle in the 66th.
With a goalless draw on the table, Nickolas Bendtner scored the dramatic game winner in the 94th minute. A slick series from Arsenal ended at the feet of Bacary Sagna who's pin point cross met Bendtner in the box for a flicked header for the winner.
Fulham 2 - 1 Wigan
Clint Dempsey was a 90 minute man as Fulham came from a goal behind to take all three points at home against Wigan.
Jason Scotland put wigan ahead in the 34th minute after some clever play saw Mario Melchiot's deep cross nodded down by Marcelo Moreno. Wasting no time, Scotland put a blast of a volley onto the header, with Mark Schwarzer beaten at his near post after getting hands on it.
Stefano Okaka came on to replace David Elm at half time and rewarded Roy Hodgeson with the comeback goal. Zoltan Gera stripped the Wigan defense before curling a byline cross to Okaka who put a clever finish on it to divert it around the onrushing Chris Kirkland.
Brede Hangeland won the match for Fulham after 58 minutes played with a monster header from the corner. Absolutely unmarked inside the 18, the defender crept forward in order to produce a powerful header that clinked off the back post before going in.
Okaka was boked for Fulham, as Maynor Figueroa and Paul Scharner were booked for Wigan. Up next for the Cottagers is a Europa League away test against Wolfsburg on Thursday.
Everton 2 - 2 West Ham
Tim Howard and Everton will be dissapointed by dropping two points at home to Jonathan Spector's West Ham after Howard saved a penalty for Everton.
West Ham failed to clear their lines with Spector's original header going straight up in the air, with no Hammer looking to claim the second ball. Tim Cahill did just the opposite, winning the header and picking out Diniyar Bilyaletdinov who produced a glancing header for the opener in the 24th minute.
West Ham finally exhibited some passion on the stroke of an hour when manuel Da Costa fought for a loose ball inside the Everton 18. Before anyone could react to the loose ball after a corner, Da Costa got a foot on it to direct his shot goalwards and over Howard.
With just five minutes on the clock Everton showed their strength through Aiygebeni Yakubu who rose well above the rest to power a header home. Mikel Arteta's left win cross met the big striker in the air and Robert Green had no chance.
Just two minutes later, though, West Ham had found their equalizer through second half substitute Ilan. Julian Faubert sent in an immaculate cross that Ilan showed great drive to get to, sending a bullet diving header past Howard who had absolutely no chance of getting to it.
Cahill and Sylvain Distin were booked for Everton as Mido, Mark Noble, and Scott Parker were all booked for West Ham. Everton next face Villa on Wednesday the 14th.
Leeds 0 - 3 Swindon
Mike Grell got a rare start for Leeds United, but only lasted 75 minutes before being taken out in a complete beating against Swindon.
Once running away with League One, Leeds have now dropped into fourth position in League one. Just two minutes before half time Leed's were broken down by Billy Paynter, with Andrew Hughes slipping allowing the striker free reign from six yards out.
With just three minutes gone in the second half Paynter got his second goal of the game. Receiving the ball with his back to goal, the striker turned on a swivel to smash home from outside the 18.
Surely becoming the man of the match Paynter decided to become provider seven minutes layer, crossing for Charlie Austin to head home in the 55th. Jonny Howson was booked for Leeds, who next face Yeovil on Monday.
Stockport 1 - 1 Walsall
Jemal Johnson was a 90 minute man for Stockport who struggled towards a tie with 10 man Walsall.
Jabo Ibehre fired Stockport ahead from the spot after Troy Deeney was sent off for a hand ball inside the box in the 19th minute. Johnson had a chance, joining Ibehre and Danny Swailes in line for letting chances go by the wayside.
The Saddlers came out organized and produced the game tying goal just four minutes into the second half. Manny Smith headed his pass across the six yard box for Julian Gray to send home his volley from a tight angle.
Up next for Stockport is a difficult game at League leaders Norwich.
Wycombe 1 - 2 Huddersfield
Jon-Paul Pittman was a 54th minute substitute as Huddersfield held on to their lead against Wycombe who gave too little too late.
Jordan Rhodes continued his free scoring campaign, hitting his third in three games and his 21st goal of the season. From close range, Rhodes did not waste his chance as an overhead kick saw Huddersfield take the lead in the 22nd minute.
Just seven minutes into the second half Theo Robinson gave Huddersfield the go ahead goal with a solo effort. Taking the game on his own, Robinson went on a mazy run that ended with him firing past Tom Heaton.
Pittman proved the difference, beating three players before setting up Dean Keates consolation goal with a header. Kevin McLeod was booked for Wycombe while Antony Kay and Neal Trotman were booked for Huddersfield. Up next for Wycombe is a monday test against Walsall.
Leyton Orient 1 - 3 Hartlepool
Eric Lichaj and Leyton Orient coughed up three first half goals at home before adding a late consolation in a tough home loss.
The two teams are now only separated by one point, with Hartlepool resting a point greater. Gary Liddle opened the scoring in the 22nd minute after nodding home a Ritchie Humpreys corner.
Just five minutes later Roy O'Donovan added another after a solo run from Andy Monkhouse. The game was wrapped up when Liddle hit his second of the night in the 39th with another header from Joe Gamble's corner.
Adrian Patulea notched a consolation goal with six minutes to go, letting rip and getting a deflection past Scott Finders. Sean Thornton was the only player booked in the game. Up next for Orient is an away trip Monday to Southampton.
Kenny Cooper played the final minutes of Plymouth's 2-1 victory over Doncaster.
Frank Simek remained on the bench in Sheffield Wednesday's 1-1 draw at Queens Park Rangers.
Devann Yao did not make the bench in Ipswich's 2-1 win over 10 man Reading.
Jay DeMerit was forced out of Watfor'ds 1-1 draw against Preston with a back injury.
Zak Whitbread stayed on the bench in Norwich's 3-1 loss at Tranmere after Fraser Forster was sent off in the 10th.
Seb Harris was on the bench as Northampton won 2-1 over 10 man Grimsby.