RECAP: WEEKEND ENGLISH ACTION
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ANDREW VORCE - Monday, October 25, 2010
No Premier League Yank came out of the weekend with a win as Tim Howard gifted Tottenham a home draw in a full slate of English action.

Tottenham 1 - 1 Everton

Tim Howard will be left reeling after his team was only able to leave Tottenham with a single point even though Everton controlled large parts of the game.

Tottenham seemed to be content with defending from the off, allowing Everton the time and space to attack.

Picking up a free kick in a dangerous area, Leighton Baines stepped up and curled in an inch perfect free kick that left Heurelho Gomes no chance.

With the game firmly in their grasp, Howard made the biggest mistake of his season by failing to connect his punch after deciding to come off his line following an Alan Hutton cross.

The ball traveled to Peter Crouch who directed his header goalward for Rafael van der Vaart to steer in from two yards out for the equalizer.

Wilson Palacios, Sando, and van der Vaart were all booked for Tottenham, while Seamus Coleman was booked for Everton.

Up next for the Toffees is a home match against Stoke City.

Chelsea 2 - 0 Wolverhampton

Marcus Hahnemann and Wolves fell prey to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge despite a spirited performance.

Each goal came when Wolves seemingly took a foot off the pedal, with the first goal coming just 23 minutes in.

After a slew of successive passes, Yuri Zhirkov picked out Flourent Malouda unmarked on the penalty spot who quickly turned his shot past Hahnemann.

Chelsea could have had more, but it was only in the 81st when Salomon Kalou put the game to bed after a quality run into the box.

Wolves failed to pressure the ball fast enough, and Kalou was sprung in on the back post leaving Hahnemann unable to stop the one on one attack.

Mikel John Obi was booked for Chelsea, while Cristphe Berra and Richard Stearman were booked for the visitors.

Up next for Wolves is a trip to Manchester United.

Wigan 1 - 1 Bolton

Stu Holden and Bolton will feel hard done by their linesman as Bolton were forced to come from behind to earn a draw against their next door neighbors.

The game first goal came when Charles N'Zogbia played Franco Di Santo, who appeared to be in an offsides position, in to space down the right wing.

Di Santo and striking partner Hugo Rodallega looked to be in perfect harmony as the Argentine striker fed Rodallega through inside the 18 to produce a quality finish against Jussi Jaaskelainen just before the hour mark.

Holden had a helping hand in the equalizer after his dangerous ball in caused problems for the Wigan back line.

None of the defenders were able to clear it, and Johan Elmander reacted quickest to the ball, prodding home in the 66th.

Paul Robinson and Gary Cahill were both booked for Bolton, who next take on Liverpool at home.

West Brom 2 - 1 Fulham

Clint Dempsey and Fulham let an early lead slip through their fingers to walk away from The Hawthornes with nothing.

Eddie Johnson was forced to stay on the bench as Andrew Johnson returned to action, taking his spot as a substitute.

Zoltan Gera opened the scoring in the ninth minute, teeing up and letting fly from 25 yards out.

Scott Carson was at full stretch trying to make the save, but the shot deflected off of the post and off the back of the keeper for an own goal.

Gera almost had another, but it was then West Brom's Youssuf Mulumbu who got on to the score sheet in the 17th minute.

West Brom showed real class in front of goal with Chris Brunt threading a pass to the onrushing Mulumbu who slotted past Mark Shwarzer to bring all things level.

The turnaround was complete five minutes from half time when West Brom's slick passing released Jerome Thomas down the flank, with Marc-Antoine Fortune holding back his run after being in an offsides position.

Thomas cut the ball back at the byline before slotting Fortune who found the back of the net.

No cards were issued in the game. Next up for Fulham is a home game against Wigan.

Sunderland 1 - 0 Aston Villa

Brad Friedel was unable to react fast enough to keep out Richard Dunne's own goal midway through the first half as Villa became their own worst enemy.

Villa hit the post early on, but were just as unlucky on the other side just 26 minutes in.

Steed Malbranque won a vital tackle in the corner, before quickly crossing into the box forcing Dunne into a misjudged kick that flew past Friedel.

The American keeper had a save just a minute later, but his team mates were unable to get the job done offensively, leaving Gerard Houllier's men pointless on the eve.

Phil Bardsley picked up a card for Sunderland, while Stephen Warnock and Emile Heskey were both booked for Villa.

Up next for the American keeper, Villa Park plays host to Burnley FC on Wednesday.

Carlisle United 3 - 4 Charlton Athletic

Frank Simek and Mike Grella both featured in an exciting clash that saw Carlisle United almost complete an incredible comeback against Charlton Athletic.

Both Americans made the starting line-up, with Grella making his first start for Carlisle and scoring his first goal for the Cumbrians.

Johnnie Jackson opened the scoring for Charlton in the 23rd minute after he clinically finished a Scott Wagstaff cross.

Joe Anyinsah scored fifteen minutes later for Charlton in the 38th minute with a shot from close range.

Paul Benson made the score 3-0 with a 10-yard strike in the 47th minute.

Grella opened the scoring for the Cumbrians in the 58th minute after a Ben Marshall header rebounded to the American who shot home for Carlisle.

Craig Curran then scored off of a Gary Madine cross in the 61st minute, getting Carlisle within one goal.

The 77th minute saw the Cumbrians equalize when Madine finished a Tom Taiwo cross.

Benson then broke the hearts of Carlisle United fans' after he headed home the game winning goal for Charlton in the 90th minute.

Charlton's Gary Doherty, Matt Fryatt and Akpo Sodje were the only players booked in the game.

Milton Keynes Dons 1-0 Exeter City

Jemal Johnson was called back from his loan to Port Vale and immediately got the start for MK Dons as they beat Exeter City in League One action.

Johnson started the game and was subbed off in the 72nd minute.

Aaron Wilbraham scored the lone goal for MK Dons in the 53rd minute when he slotted home clinically with the winner.

The win puts MK Dons at twenty points and only two points from second place.

MK Dons next travels to play the Tranmere Rovers while Exeter City hosts Brentford.

Notes:

Jonathan Spector did not make the bench as West Ham fell 2-1 at home to Newcastle.

Conor Doyle did not feature as Derby County lost to Milwall.

Anton Peterlin did not make the bench as Plymouth beat Huddersfield Town.

Seb Harris never left the bench for Northampton Town as they lost to Oxford United.
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