JOHN KRETLOW - Monday, October 31, 2011
Clint Dempsey notched a goal in Fulham's win over Wigan Athletic while Tim Howard was unable to help Everton beat Manchester United.
Everton 0 - 1 Manchester United
Tim Howard and Everton went down to Manchester United this weekend at Goodison Park, with Howard starting and going the distance against his former team.
United's first chance of the game came when Danny Wilbeck made a deep run and fed Park Ji-Sung, whose shot was impressively stopped by Howard.
The American's fine work to keep his team in the game was quickly undone, as Javier Hernández scored early for United when he tapped in a Patrice Evra cross in the 19th minute.
The Toffees best chance of the game to force an equalizer came in the 40th minute when Leighton Baines curled a free-kick that hit the bar, almost erupting Goodison Park.
Everton will feel unlucky as they can claim the feat of holding more possession United throughout the game, especially at the close of the first and second half.
Jack Rodwell, Seamus Coleman, and Marouane Fallaini were booked for Everton.
Everton is away at Newcastle next week while Manchester United host Otulul Galati in midweek Champions League action.
Wigan Athletic 0 - 2 Fulham
Clint Dempsey notched the team's first and ultimately winning goal in Fulham's big win over Wigan Athletic this weekend.
The American started and played the full 90 minutes for Fulham on the left side of the team's midfield.
The Cottagers opened the scoring when Bobby Zamora's low cross found a charging Dempsey who knocked home, putting Fulham ahead four minutes before the half.
With the game about to end, Moussa Dembele was able to make a run to the edge of the box and shoot past Wigan goalie Ali Al Habsi for an insurance goal in the 87th minute, giving the Cottagers the 2-0 win - just their second of the season.
Wigan will feel frustrated after this game, as they had an edge in possession, shots, and corners but were not able to find the back of the net. The Latics have now lost eight games straight.
Fulham is happy to snap their three game losing streak and start their climb up the Premier League standings.
Gary Caldwell and Antolín Alcaraz were booked for Wigan while, Zdenek Grygera, Moussa Dembele, Brede Hangeland, Dickson Etuhu, and Damien Duff received yellow cards for Fulham.
Wigan take on Wolverhampton next week while Fulham play Wisla Krakow in Europa League play this midweek then take on Brad Friedel and Tottenham on Sunday.
Tottenham Hotspur 3 - 1 Queens Park Rangers
Brad Friedel and Tottenham Hotspur took down Queens Park Rangers in Sunday Premier League action, with the American veteran keeper going the distance for Spurs.
In the 20th minute Gareth Bale scored an impressive drive past QPR goalie Patrick Kenny, giving Tottenham the all-important lead.
Rafael van der Vaart then scored off of a rebound in the 33rd minute, doubling Tottenham's advantage.
Jay Bothroyd was able to get one back for QPR in the 62nd minute when he notched home from just three yards out after a Joey Barton corner, setting up a nervy ending to the game.
However Spurs wrapped up the win in the 72nd minute, after Aaron Lennon and Bale played a give and go that released the Welsh winger, who shot past Kenny for 3-1.
Spurs play Rubin Kazan in the Europa League group stage this Thursday and then play Fulham on Sunday. QPR take on Premier League leaders Manchester City next week.
Birmingham City 0 - 0 Brighton & Hove Albion
Jonathan Spector and Birmingham City tied Brighton & Hove Albion in Championship action, with the American international playing the full game for the hosts.
Marlon King came close to giving City the lead early in the game but his effort went over the bar.
Brighton's best chance came when Craig Mackail-Smith shot wide and off target early in the second half, but in the end, neither team was able to break through for the win.
Jean Beausejour received a yellow card for City while Roman Vindelot and Gordon Greer were booked for Brighton.
With the point, City now jump Brighton in the standings and now find themselves in eight place in the Championship standings.
Birmingham City take on Club Brugge on Thursday in Europa League action while Brighton travel to play Watford.
Walsall 0 - 2 Milton Keynes Dons
Anton Peterlin and Walsall went down to Milton Keynes Dons in League One play this weekend, with Peterlin getting the start in midfield and going the distance for Walsall.
Walsall keeper James Walker received a red card in the 33rd minute, giving MK Dons the advantage for the majority of the game.
Making matters worse for hosts, defender Lee Beevers had to come in and play keeper as Walsall had no extra keeper on the bench.
It was therefore no surprise that the Dons were able to take the lead in the 35th minute as Dean Lewington scored off of an impressive free kick.
Then, just before halftime Jabo Ibehre notched a rebound goal to double MK Dons' lead, however the Beevers and the Walsall defense were able to prevent any further damage, settling for the 2-0 home loss.
Emmanuele Smith received a yellow card for Walsall while Luke Chadwick, Stephen Gleeson, and Steven Williams were booked for MK Dons.
Walsall next takes on Huddersfield Town while MK Dons hosts Rochdale.
Bolton's Stuart Holden is out for several months with a knee problem and did not feature in their 3-1 loss at Swansea that pushed them further into the drop zone.
Injured Zak Whitbread did not feature in Norwich City's tie against Blackburn.
Aston villa backup keeper Brad Guzan and defender Eric Lichaj did not feature in the Villan's tie against Sunderland.
Conor Doyle played the final 17 minutes in Derby County's win over Portsmouth.
Robbie Findley featured for 17 minutes in Nottingham Forest's loss to Hull City.
John Paul Pittman did not feature in Crawley Town's tie against Accrington Stanley.
Jemal Johnson never left the bench in Southend United's win over Macclesfield Town.