JOHN KRETLOW - Monday, April 2, 2012
Eric Lichaj celebrated his return to the Aston Villa lineup with a goal in their loss to Chelsea, while Clint Dempsey scored his 19th of the season in Fulhams's win over Zak Whitbread and Norwich City.
Tottenham Hotspur 3 - 1 Swansea City
Brad Friedel and Tottenham Hotspur beat Swansea City in Sunday Premier League play. Freidel started and went the distance for Spurs.
Rafael Van der Vaart opened the scoring for Spurs in the 19th minute when he shot home a deflected Gareth Bale cross from the top of the 18 yard box.
The American keeper came up with an impressive save in the 49th minute when he dove to his left to deny Gylfi Sigurdsson a goal.
Swansea City though responded in the 59th minute when Sigurdsson found the back of the net with a shot from just outside the box to pull the teams even at 1-1.
Emmanuel Adebayor gave Spurs the lead in the 73rd minute when he headed home a Van der Vaart corner from close range.
Spurs got an insurance goal in the 86th minute when Adebayor grabbed his second of the game again on a header, though this time his supplier was Aaron Lennon off a cross.
Tottenham is tied in points with Arsenal but trail them for the third spot in the standings by just goal differential.
Spurs take on Sunderland next week, while Swansea hosts Newcastle United.
Aston Villa 2 - 4 Chelsea
Eric Lichaj scored but it was not enough as Aston Villa went down at home against Chelsea in Saturday Premier League action.
The American defender got the start since regular fullback Alan Hutton was injured last week. Lichaj went the distance for Villa.
Daniel Sturridge opened the scoring early in the ninth minute for the Blues as he found the back of the net off of a Fernando Torres shot.
In the 51st minute Branislav Ivanovic received a ball on a corner kick and notched home Chelsea's second goal with relative ease.
James Collins pulled one back for Villa in the 77th minute when he headed home an impressive long throw in by Lichaj, cutting Chelsea's lead in half.
Just moments later, Lichaj made a run to Chelsea's back post and volleyed a ball passed Petr Cech off of a Marc Albrighton cross to bring the score even, setting the stadium into a frenzy.
The Blues' response came in the 83rd minute as Ivanovic again scored on a corner kick, this time with a thumping header.
Fernando Torres then got his first Premier League goal in six months as his right footed shot off a nice counter attack found the back of the net, icing the game in stoppage time.
Stephen Warnock was booked for Villa.
The loss is Villa's second in a row and they now find themselves just five points above the relegation zone.
Chelsea snaps their two game winless skid in league play with the victory.
The Villains next game is against Liverpool, while Chelsea next sees the field in midweek Champions League play against Benfica.
Everton 2 - 0 West Bromwich Albion
Tim Howard and Everton took down West Bromwich Albion at Goodison Park this weekend.
Howard started and went the distance as usual for the Toffees.
Everton opened the scoring in the 18th minute when Leon Osman's shot was knocked in by West Brom's Gareth McAuley for the unfortunate own goal.
Victor Anichebe scored a right footed goal just five minutes after entering the game in the 68th minute, doubling the Toffees' lead.
Nikica Jelavic and Tim Cahill were booked for Everton, while Jonas Olsson saw yellow for West Brom.
The win is Everton's third straight in all competitions, while the loss for West Brom extends their winless streak to four games.
Everton takes on Norwich City next week, while West Brom plays Blackburn.
Fulham 2 - 1 Norwich City
Clint Dempsey found the back of the net in Fulham's win over Zak Whitbread's Norwich City at Craven Cottage.
The Texan started and went the distance for the Cottagers, while Whitbread started and went 45 minutes.
Dempsey scored his 19th goal of the season when he latched on to a rebound off of Norwich ‘keeper John Ruddy after an initial Bryan Ruiz shot in the second minute.
Damien Duff then one timed a Dempsey pass in the 13th minute, putting the Cottagers in command early.
The former New England Revolution man nearly scored his second of the game moments before the half when his right-footed shot hit the post.
Aaron Wilbraham was able to get one back for the Canaries in the 77th minute with a shot from 12 yards out.
Dickson Etuhu was booked for Fulham, while Elliott Ward and David Fox saw yellow for Norwich.
Fulham jumps Norwich City by goal differential in the standings and are now in 11th place.
The Cottagers next take on Bolton, while the Canaries play Everton.
Wolverhampton Wanderers 2 - 3 Bolton Wanderers
Tim Ream started and went the distance in Bolton's away win against Wolverhampton.
Michael Kightly opened the scoring for Wolves in the 53rd minute when he scored from the corner of the box.
Bolton responded in the 63rd minute when Martin Petrov scored on a penalty kick. Mark Davies went down easily in the box off of a Roger Johnson chellenge.
Marcos Alonso got Bolton the lead in the 80th minute when he tapped in a shot off the crossbar.
Bolton doubled the lead in the 84th minute when Kevin Davies got through the defense and scored from close range.
Matthew Jarvis got one back for Wolves in the 88th minute, but it was too little too late for the home team.
Richard Stearman was booked for Wolves, while Bolton's Ivan Klasnic saw yellow.
This was Wolves' fifth straight loss, while Bolton extends their league winning streak to three.
Bolton is one point above the relegation zone, while Wolverhampton continues at the bottom of the standings.
Carlisle United 2 - 1 Huddersfield Town
Frank Simek and Carlisle United were victorious over Huddersfield Town in League One action this weekend.
Simek started and went the distance as usual for the Cumbrians.
James Berrett opened the scoring for Carlisle in the 48th minute, but Lee Novak leveled for Huddersfield in the 80th minute.
Lee Miller though dramatically found the back of the net in stoppage time as he headed home a Danny Livesey cross.
Diego Arismendi, Peter Clarke, and Scott Arfield were all booked for Huddersfield.
The Cumbrians solidify their last spot in the playoffs, while Huddersfield's ten game unbeaten streak was snapped.
Carlisle next takes on Wycombe, while Huddersfield tries to get back to winning ways against Leyton Orient in the midweek.
Jonathan Spector and Will Packwood did not feature in Birmingham City's win over Doncaster Rovers.
Conor Doyle did not make the game day roster in Derby County's draw with Bristol City.
Robbie Rogers did not make the bench in Leeds United's loss to Watford.
Daniel Potts did not feature in West Ham United's loss to Reading.
Robbie Findley did not play in Nottingham Forest's win over Crystal Palace.