JOHN KRETLOW - Monday, April 9, 2012
Clint Dempsey added two more goals to his account in Fulham's easy win over Bolton, while Tim Howard and Everton tied Norwich City in a thriller.
Bolton Wanderers 0 - 3 Fulham
Clint Dempsey added to his impressive goal tally this season in Fulham's comfortable victory on the road against Tim Ream's Bolton.
The Texan started, went the distance, and scored two goals in the Cottagers victory this weekend while Ream started and played the whole game for Bolton.
Dempsey opened the scoring for Fulham in the 30th minute when he curled in a free kick from over 20 yards to put the Cottagers ahead.
Fulham doubled their lead just before halftime when Damien Duff picked out a charging Dempsey who headed home his second of the game.
In the 80th minute Fulham found an insurance goal when John Arne Riise found Mahamadou Diarra for a goal off a counter-attack, further icing the game for the visitors.
Samuel Ricketts received the only yellow card of the day for Bolton.
Fulham hosts Chelsea in a London derby on Monday, while Bolton travels to play Newcastle on the same day.
Sunderland 0 - 0 Tottenham Hotspur
Brad Friedel and Tottenham Hotspur tied Sunderland in Saturday league play.
Friedel started and went the distance as usual for Spurs. The American ‘keeper was credited with three saves throughout the day.
It was a slow game, low on scoring chances for both teams. Tottenham had a clear advantage in the possession game but they were unable to translate that into goals.
Sebastien Larsson and David Vaughan were booked for Sunderland, while Sandro and Benoit Assou-Ekotto saw yellow cards as well for Spurs.
The result was enough to temporarily jump Spurs over Arsenal for third place in the Premier League.
Sunderland next takes on Everton on short rest, while Tottenham hosts Norwich City on Monday.
Liverpool 1 - 1 Aston Villa
Eric Lichaj and Aston Villa were held to a draw at home against Liverpool on Saturday.
Lichaj made his second start in a row for the Villains. The American defender played the whole 90 minutes.
Chris Herd opened the scoring for Villa in the tenth minute when he one-timed a Barry Bannan pass.
Dirk Kuyt nearly leveled the game for the Reds in the 45th minute but his shot from close range with an open goal somehow went over the bar.
Luis Suárez was close to putting Liverpool on the score sheet in the 55th minute when his header hit the post and forced Villa ‘keeper Shay Given to punch the rebound away.
Suárez though would make no mistake from close range in the 82nd minute when his header found the back of the net after a series of plays after a corner kick landed the ball in front of the Uruguayan.
Suárez was booked for Liverpool, while Samir Carruthers saw yellow for Villa.
Liverpool next takes on Blackburn on Tuesday, while Villa hosts Stoke City on Monday.
Norwich City 2 - 2 Everton
Tim Howard and Everton held Norwich City to a draw on the road in weekend Premier League action.
Howard started and went the distance while Norwich's Zak Whitbread was not in the game day lineup.
Everton opened the scoring early when Nikica Jelavic knocked in a Phil Jagielka pass after his nifty maneuvering in the box in the 20th minute.
The Canaries struck back in the 39th minute after Wes Hoolahan found Jonathan Howson for a goal from close range.
In the second half Everton struck first as Steven Pienaar found space in the Norwich side of the field and found Jelavic for an easy one-time shot which found the back of the net in the 61st minute.
The Toffees could not keep the lead as the Everton defense was unable to clear the ball after an initial impressive Howard save. Grant Holt eventually knocked home the Canaries game-tying goal.
Leighton Baines, Pienaar, and Marouane Fellaini were all booked for Everton.
Norwich next takes on Tottenham on Monday, while Everton hosts Sunderland.
Wycombe Wanderers 1 - 1 Carlisle United
Frank Simek and Carlisle United tied Wycombe Wanderers in League One play this weekend.
Simek started and went the distance as usual for the Cumbrians.
Things seemed to be going Carlisle's way, as Wycombe's Grant Basey scored an own goal, putting the Cumbrians in the lead in the 62nd minute.
Stuart Lewis though found the back of the net in stoppage time to level the game for Wycombe.
Chris Hackett, Lewis, and Matt Bloomfield were booked for Wycombe, while Danny Livesey, Liam Noble, and Jon-Paul McGovern saw yellows for Carlisle.
The Chairboys take on Chesterfield on Monday, while Carlisle takes on Scunthorpe.
Jonathan Spector did not feature in Birmingham City's win over Crystal Palace.
Robbie Rogers made a cameo appearance in Leeds United's loss to Reading.
Daniel Potts did not make the game day roster in West Ham United's win over Barnsley.
Conor Doyle did not feature in Derby County's draw with Ipswich Town.
Robbie Findley was not in Nottingham Forest's lineup as they went down to Bristol City.