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JOHN KRETLOW - Sunday, March 18, 2012
Tim Howard and Everton tied Sunderland in their FA Cup match, while Clint Dempsey and Fulham went down to Swansea City at Craven Cottage.

Newcastle 1-0 Norwich City

Zak Whitbread and Norwich City lost to Newcastle United in Premier League action on Sunday.

Whitbread started and went the distance for the Canaries.

Papiss Cisse scored the only goal of the game in the 11th minute when he beat Whitbread to a cross and headed past Norwich City ‘keeper John Ruddy.

The Canaries though would not go away, and Whitbread almost came up with a goal but his header was impressively saved by Newcastle ‘keeper Tim Krul.

Elliott Bennett, Whitbread, and Kyle Naughton were booked for Norwich.

With the win, Newcastle keep pace with the top half of the standings and their dream of a European spot continue.

That same dream is dwindling for the Canaries, as they are winless in five games.

Newcastle takes on West Bromwich Albion next week, while the Canaries host Wolverhampton.

Everton 1-1 Sunderland

Tim Howard and Everton tied Sunderland in FA Cup play, meaning a replay will have to be played.

Howard started and went the distance for the Toffees.

Phil Bardsley opened the scoring in the 12th minute for Sunderland when he smashed a low shot passed Howard, putting the visiting fans into a frenzy.

Everton struck back in the 23rd minute, as Leighton Baines sent in a cross that Nikica Jelavić headed into the direction of Tim Cahill who knocked home the leveler.

John Heiting nearly got the winner as a diving Simon Mignolet saved his header in the 88th minute. Jelavić then shot off the rebound but was denied by the Sunderland ‘keeper once again.

Phil Neville, Heitinga, and Sylvain Distin were booked for Everton, while Nicklas Bendtner and Michael Turner saw yellow for Sunderland.

The teams will meet again in an FA Cup replay to choose who continues on.

The Toffees take on Arsenal in midweek action next, while the Black Cats take on Blakburn on Tuesday.

Fulham 0-3 Swansea City

Clint Dempsey and Fulham lost to Swansea City in Premier League action this weekend.

Dempsey started and went the distance for the Cottagers.

The Texan nearly put Fulham ahead early, as his right footed long range effort was impressively saved by Swansea ‘keeper Michel Vorm in the 2nd minute.

In the 36th minute though, Swansea found the back of the net as Scott Sinclair kept a cross in play and found Gylfi Sigurdsson whose diving header beat Mark Scharzer.
Sigurdsson doubled the score as his combination play with Wayne Routledge resulted a 10-yard goal in the 66th minute.

Joe Allen then put the game out of reach for Swansea as his shot from the edge of the 18 beat the Fulham ‘keeper again in the 77th minute.

Late in the game, Dempsey nearly got one back for Fulham, but his drive was saved. Vorm tipped the ball onto the post, nearly giving the Cottagers a conciliatory goal.

The Cottagers miss out on a shot to jump into the top half of the standings, while Swansea does just that and trails Liverpool for the 7th spot by just three points.

Fulham gets next week off, while Swansea City plays Everton.

AFC Bournemouth 1-1 Carlisle United

Frank Simek and Carlisle Untied tied AFC Bournemouth in League One action on Saturday.

Simek started and went the distance for the Cumbrians.

Lee Miller opened the scoring for Carlisle in the 4th minute when his volley found the roof of the net.

Miles Addison though leveled the game for AFC in the 83rd minute with a header that earned the home team a point in the standings.

Wesley Thomas was booked for AFC, while Liam Noble and Simek saw yellow for the Cumbrians.

AFC takes on Brentford on Tuesday, while Carlisle hosts Preston North End.


Brad Friedel and Tottenham Hotspur's game against Tim Ream's Bolton was suspended.

Jonathan Spector did not feature in Birmingham City's win over Middlesbrough. He was injured in last week's game.

Robbie Rogers did not make the game day roster in Leeds United's draw with West Ham United. Daniel Potts did not feature for the Hammers.

Conor Doyle did not feature in Derby County's win over Doncaster Rovers.

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