RECAP: WEEKEND ENGLISH ACTION
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JOHN KRETLOW - Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Tim Ream made his Premier League debut in Bolton's loss to Chelsea, while Zak Whitbread and Norwich City went down to Manchester United in heartbreaking fashion.

Norwich City 1 - 2 Manchester United

Zak Whitbread and Norwich City went down late to Manchester United in a Premier League clash this weekend.

Whitbread started and played the 90 minutes for the Canaries. The American defender had been suffering from a hamstring injury but was considered fit for the game.

Paul Scholes opened the scoring early in the game with a header from close range in the seventh minute, but Grant Holt found the back of the net with a shot from 12 yards out to pull the Canaries even with six minutes left in the contest.

Ryan Giggs then made his 900th appearance for Manchester United more memorable with a 90th minute winner, heading in a cross from Ashley Young to secure the three points.

Bradley Johnson was booked for the Canaries, while Jonathan Evans and Rio Ferdinand saw yellow for United.

Norwich City takes on Stoke City next week, while United travels to London to play Tottenham Hotspur.

Chelsea 3 - 0 Bolton Wanderers

Tim Ream and Bolton went down to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in a Premier League matchup on Saturday.

Ream made his Premier League debut in this game, as the ex New York Red Bull started and went the distance.

Stuart Holden continues his rehab from knee surgery and did not feature for Bolton.

The first half was very positive for Ream and Bolton, as they kept Chelsea's attack at bay.

The second half though was a different story, as David Luiz, Didier Drogba, and Frank Lampard all found the back of the net for the Blues.

Bolton was only able to notch one shot on target throughout the game, while only having 40% possession.

Chelsea breaks their five game winless drought, while Bolton has now won just one game in their last five matches.

The Blues take on West Bromwich Albion next week, while Bolton travels to take on league leaders Manchester City.

Queens Park Rangers 0 - 1 Fulham

Clint Dempsey and Fulham took down their London rivals in Premier League action this weekend. The Texan started and went the distance for the Cottagers.

It took seven minutes for Fulham to score, as Pavel Pogrebnyak rounded QPR's ‘keeper Paddy Kenny and found the back of the net.

QPR's day became worse as Samba Diakite received two yellow cards in a span of 13 minutes, resulting in his expulsion of the game.

Rangers are now winless in their last 14 league games and will have to start winning games if they want to avoid relegation.

The Cottagers notch their second league win in a row and find themselves in 11th place in the Premier League

QPR takes on Everton next week, while Fulham welcomes Wolverhampton to Craven Cottage.

Arsenal 5 - 2 Tottenham Hotspur

Brad Friedel and Tottenham Hotspur were dismantled by Arsenal in a London derby this weekend. Friedel started and went the distance for Spurs.

The day started out well for Spurs, as Louis Saha and former Gunner Emmanuel Adebayor found the back of the net in the fourth and 34th minutes respectively, to the delight of the visiting supporters.

But, Arsenal found their feet and scored five unanswered goals to send Spurs back to White Hart Lane disappointed.

Bacary Sagna and Robin Van Persie scored in the first half to put the game level, while Tomas Rosicky and two Theo Walcott goals put the game way out of reach in the second half.

Laurent Koscielny, Mikel Arteta, and Van Persie were booked for Arsenal, while Luka Modric, Scott Parker, and Sandro saw yellow for Spurs. Parker was given a second yellow card in the 87th minute and was sent to the locker rooms early.

Spurs take on Manchester United next week, while Arsenal travels to play Liverpool.

Birmingham City 1 - 2 Nottingham Forest

Jonathan Spector and Birmginham City lost to Nottingham Forest at home in Championship play. Spector started and went the distance, while Robbie Findley did not make the game day lineup for Forest.

The loss was Birmingham's first in the last 16 games and they now fall from third to fifth place in the standings.

Forest striker Dexter Blackstock was the hero, finding the net twice to give his team the lead.

Blackstock's 29th minute tally gave Forest the lead, and while Scottish international Chris Burke briefly gave his team some hope with a 55th-minute score, Blackstock's second in the 63rd secure the points for Forest.

Forest has now won two games straight and jumped to three points clear of the relegation zone.

Luke Chambers was booked for Forest.

The Blues take on Derby County next week, while Forest travels to play Barnsley.

Carlisle United 3 - 2 Yeovil Town

Frank Simek and Carlisle United beat Yeovil Town in League One action this weekend. The American defender started and went the distance for the Cumbrians.

Lee Miller, Patrick Madden, and Bernard Zoko were the goal scorers for Carlisle United, while Jonathan Obika and Dominic Blizzard found the back of the net for Yeovil Town.

Tom Taiwo and Zoko were booked for the Cumbrians, while Richard Hinds saw yellow for Town.

Preston North End 0 - 0 Walsall

Anton Peterlin and Walsall tied Preston North End in League One play, with neither team able to find their way into goal.

Peterlin started and went the distance for Walsall.

Preston North end is in 13th place, while Walsall sits just above the relegation zone by just goal differential.

Fiorent Cuvelier was booked for Walsall.

North End takes on Colchester next week, while Walsall travels to play Leyton Orient.

Notes

Eric Lichaj and Brad Guzan did not feature in Aston Villa's draw against Wigan Athletic.

Robbie Rogers did not play in Leeds United's draw against Portsmouth. He is recovering from a concussion sustained last week.
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