JOHN KRETLOW - Monday, January 9, 2012
In FA Cup play, Clint Dempsey recorded a hat trick while Brad Guzan saved a penalty kick and helped Aston Villa grab victory.

Fulham 4-0 Charlton Athletic

Clint Dempsey was the hero as Fulham beat Charlton Athletic in FA Cup play.

Dempsey started, went the distance, and recorded a hat trick for Fulham.

The Texan opened the scoring in the 8th minute after Danny Murphy's through ball found Dempsey who flicked passed ‘keeper John Sullivan.

In the 61st minute, Dempsey got on the board again, as his one-two with Bryan Ruiz resulted in another goal for the ex New England Revolution star.

With nine minutes left in the game, Ruiz was taken down in the box by the Charlton goalie Sullivan, resulting in a penalty kick. Dempsey stepped up and buried the shot, capping off a tremendous day for the Texan.

Damien Duff found the back of the net with three minutes left in the game for Fulham's insurance goal.

Danny Green was booked for Charlton.

The Cottagers take on Blackburn next week, while Charlton play Sheffield Wednesday.

Bristol Rovers 1-3 Aston Villa

Brad Guzan and Aston Villa were victorious as they took down Bristol Rovers in FA Cup play.

Guzan started and went the distance for the Villains.

Marc Albrighton opened the scoring for Villa in the 35th minute. While Gabriel Agbonlahor doubled Villa's lead in the 64th minute

Ciaran Clark put the game away in the 78th minute with an insurance goal for Aston Villa.

Scott McGleish got one back for Bristol in the 90th minute, and had a shot at getting another one just moments later. Rovers were awarded a penalty kick, but Guzan saved McGleish's shot.

Villa take on Everton next, while Bristol travel to play Hereford United.

Everton 2-0 Tamworth

Tim Howard and Landon Donovan helped Everton crush Conference side Tamworth's dreams in FA Cup play.

Both Howard and Donovan started and went the distance for the Toffees.

It did not take long for Donovan to have an impact in the game, as Johnny Heitinga headed home the Galaxy midfielder's corner in the 5th minute of the game.

With 11 minutes left in the game, Royston Drenthe was taken down in the box by Sam Habergham. Leighton Baines knocked home the ensuing penalty kick to put the game away.

Joe Collister was booked for Tamworth.

Everton take on Tottenham next week in league play. Tamworth hosts Wrexham next weekend.

Norwich City 4-1 Burnley

Zak Whitbread and Norwich City easily went through to the next round of the FA Cup with a win over Burnley this weekend.

The American center back started and went the distance for the Canaries.

Norwich started off the game hot, as Grant Holt and Canadian Simeon Jackson found the back of the net in the first 12 minutes, giving the home side the early lead.

Jay Rodriguez was able to cut Burnley's deficit to one in the 15th minute, as he headed home to the delight of the visiting fans.

In the 60th minute though, City regained control of the game when Andrew Surman scored, giving the Canaries the 3-1 lead.

Steve Morison put the game away for City in the 73rd minute and cemented their place in the fourth round of the FA Cup for just the third time in 15 years.

Whitbread and Daniel Ayala were booked for the Canaries.

City take on West Bromwich Albion next week while Burnely plays Middlesbrough.

Birmingham City 0-0 Wolverhampton Wanderers

Jonathan Spector went the full 90 in Birmingham City's draw with Premier League Side Wolverhampton Wanderers.

In a game without goals, it was Birmingham ‘keeper Collin Doyle who was the hero.

The highlight of the game came in the final moments of the game, as Doyle made two superb saves on Matthew Jarvis and Steven Fletcher to preserve the draw for City.

Curtis Davies and Adam Rooney were booked for Birmingham.

City hosts Ipswich Town in the midweek, while Wolves travel to play Tottenham.

Carlisle United 4-1 Leyton Orient

Frank Simek and Carlisle United were victorious in League One play over Leyton Orient.

The American defender started and went the distance for United.

Carlisle's Francois Zoko, Matthew Robson, and Tom Taiwo quickly put the game out of reach with goals in the first 37 minutes of the game. James Berrett than added another one in the 73rd to really put the game out of reach.

Jamie Cureton got one back for Orient in the 85th minute.

Peter Murphy and Jon-Paul McGovern were booked for United, while Scott Cuthbert received a yellow card for Orient.

Carlisle takes on Milton Keynes Dons next week while Orient hosts Chesterfield.

Walsall 2-2 AFC Bournemouth

Anton Peterlin and Walsall tied against AFC Bournemouth in League One action.

Peterlin started and went the full ninety minutes for Walsall.

Walsall took the first half lead as Jonathan Macken and Andy Butler found the back of the net.

Bournemouth though stormed back as Michael Symes got one back in the 61st minute, and Steve Fletcher scored in stoppage time to give the visiting side a point in league play.

James Walker was booked for Walsall, while Steve Cook received a yellow for AFC.

Walsall travels to play Brentford next weekend, while Bournemouth hosts Notts County.


Brad Friedel got the day off as Tottenham took down Cheltenham to make the fourth round of the FA Cup.

Stuart Holden is injured and did not play in Bolton's tie with Macclesfield Town.

Conor Doyle was left on the bench as Derby County beat Crystal Palace to advance in cup play.

Cody Cropper is recovering from injury and did not feature in Ipswich Town's FA Cup loss to Hull City.

Robbie Findley continues his recovery from a shoulder injury and did not feature in Nottingham Forest's draw against Leicester City.

Mike Grella made a late cameo in Brentford's draw against Tranmere Rovers in League One play.

Jemal Johnson did not feature in Southend United's win over Port Vale.

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