ANDREW VORCE - Monday, September 20, 2010
Clint Dempsey roared his way back into the scoring charts to give Fulham a point, while Stuart Holden pitted his wits against Brad Friedel in a full slate of English action.
Aston Villa 1 - 1 Bolton
Stuart Holden came to Villa Park to pit his wits against American goalkeeper Brad Friedel, with both teams coming out level.
It was Villa who got off on the front foot through Ashley Young who curled in an absolute beauty of a free kick.
Fabrice Muamba brought down the pacey winger 25 yards from goal, and Young confidently stepped up to take his own free kick to bury it past Adam Bogdan.
Bolton were eager to get back in to the match with Kevin Davies making good on Holden's industry down the right wing.
The American made two tackles to force the ball down the field, and his cross to Stiliyan Petrov allowed the midfielder to pick out Davies in front of the net.
With work still to be done, the front man took a great first touch before burying his shot from close range in to the upper corner.
Both keepers were kept busy in the second half, with Friedel making a string of saves to keep Villa in the game, including one from Holden at point blank range.
Stephen Warnock was booked for Villa, while Davies and Zat Knight were booked for Bolton.
Villa next play BLackburn on Wednesday, while Bolton take on Burnley on Tuesday.
Blackburn 1 - 1 Fulham
Controversy surrounded a game that saw fouls both for and against Mark Schwarzer go unrewarded as Clint Dempsey got off the mark to help Fulham to a draw.
Sam Allardyce will file an official complaint against referee Anthony Taylor after several instances of poor officiating were at the forefront of every play.
Early in the game Schwarzer had come outside of his box and made a clear fingertip save on a shot that was going goalwards just three yards in front of the referee.
Schwarzer was then furious as he felt he was fouled by El-Hadji Diouf while the midfielder made no play at the ball, knocking the keeper off balance en route to Chris Sambas' header that gave Blackburn the 30th minute lead.
There was no mishap when Dempsey raged forward to get Fulham back in the game in the second half. Carlos Salcido got the ball out wide on the left, and his cross into the box saw Dempsey outmuscle his defender and send a power header into the top of Paul Robinson's goal in the 56th minute.
Dempsey was a late withdrawal, making way for American striker Eddie Johnson in the 78th minute. Only Brede Hangeland was booked for Fulham who next face Stoke City on Tuesday.
Tottenham 3 - 1 Wolverhampton
Marcus Hahnemann did all he could to keep Tottenham at bay, but at the end of the day the home team was not to be denied.
Hahnemann had back to back saves in the first half, stopping Rafael Van der Vaart and Peter Crouch, allowing his team the impetus to score the opening goal.
Kevin Foley was rewarded for a good run into the box before sending a dangerous ball across the face of goal for Steven Fletcher on the stroke of half time.
Both teams continued to press, with Tottenham having a majority of the chances. It took Stephen Ward fouling substitute Alan Hutton in the box in the 76th minute for Tottenham to get a lifeline, with Van der Vaart stepping forward to finish past Hahnemann from the spot.
Tottenham would not stop there, as the pressure continued to rain down on Hahnemann's defense who finally broke in the 87th, failing to clear their lines.
Tom Huddlestone took his chance first time with his strike hitting Roman Pavlyucheno. The second half substitute kept his calm to slot past Hahnemann from close range.
Hutton ended up getting a third for Spurs as the goal came down to sheer determination and hustle. A miscommunicated pass between Hutton and Crouch saw the pass roll helplessly into the box.
Noticing the inaction of the Wolves back line, Hutton ran down his wayward pass, and Richard Stearman's clearance hit off the foot of Hutton and over Hahnemann into the back of the net.
Huddlestone, Pavlyuchenko, and Van der Vaart were all three booked for Tottenham, while Jelle Van Damme and Hanemann picked up cards for Wolves who next play Notts County on Tuesday.
Everton 0 - 1 Newcastle
Tim Howard had no chance at keeping Hatem Ben Arfa at bay when the French winger let fly with a brilliant 25 yard strike for the gamewinner.
Everton failed to contain the winger who had drifted into the center of the field, and Ben Arfa showed the Newcastle faithful exactly why he was brought in to the Toon.
Dancing around his loose marker, Ben Arfa set himself up on his left foot before striking a stunning 25 yard drive into Howard's left hand side netting at the end of the first half.
Everton had their chances to equalize in the second half, with Marouane Fellaini feeling he should have deserved a penalty kick, and Aiyegbeni Yakubu hitting substitute keeper Tim Krul's post at the very death.
Fellaini and Jermain Beckford were booked for Everton, while Jose Enrique, Kevin Nolan, and James Perch were all booked for Newcastle. Up next for the Toffees is a trip to Brentford in an attempt to secure a much needed win.
Carlisle United 0-0 Brighton
Frank Simek and Carlisle United continue their unbeaten season with a tie against Brighton in League One action this weekend.
The American defender started once again and played the full ninety minutes for Carlisle.
The Cumbrians had control of much of the match and were close to scoring on many occasions.
James Berett in the early moment of the game took a shot that barely went wide.
Later on, Simek sent in a cross that Chris Curran nearly converted to give Carlisle the lead.
Simek and Bernard Zoko received yellow cards for the Cumbrians while Matthew Sparrow was booked for Brighton.
Northampton Town 1-3 Shrewsbury Town
Seb Harris and Northampton Town went down to Shrewsbury Town in League Two action this Saturday.
Harris started the game but was subbed off after only 35 minutes.
Shrewsbury opened the scoring in the 12th minute when Matt Harrold grabbed his own rebound that fell comfortably in front of him.
Northampton Town leveled the score with a 20-yard free-kick goal by Kevin Thornton right before half time.
Jake Robinson was able to score in the 49th minute for the Shrews with a ball that went to Northampton Town's goalkeeper Chris Dunn's left.
Four minutes later Robinson scored again with a low shot from 20 yards.
Jonathan Spector was not selected as West Ham tied 1-1 at Stoke City.
Mike Grella was not on the game day roster as Leeds United tied Doncaster Rovers.
Conor Doyle was left on the bench for Derby County's 1-1 tie to Barnsley.
Anton Peterlin never left the bench as Plymouth beat Sheffield Wednesday.
Jemal Johnson played the final 12 minutes in Port Vale's win over Macclesfield Town.
Jon-Paul Pittman has a hamstring injury and did not feature for Wycombe as they tied Aldershot Town.