JOHN KRETLOW - Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Clint Dempsey continues his dream season with another goal in Fulham's draw with Chelsea, while Tim Howard and Everton gets a big win over Sunderland.
Fulham 1-1 Chelsea
Clint Dempsey found the back of the net once again in Fulham's come from behind draw with cross-town rival Chelsea.
Dempsey started and went the distance for the Cottagers.
Frank Lampard opened the scoring for Chelsea, as he comfortable finished his penalty kick with ease in the 45th minute. Stephen Kelly brought down Salomon Kalou in the box, bringing the referee to call for the penalty.
Dempsey leveled the game in the 82nd minute with a header off a corner kick that took a slight deflection by a Chelsea defender and passed Petr Cech.
The goal is the Texan's 16th Premier League goal of the season and 22nd in all competitions.
Chelsea missed a clear opportunity to jump Tottenham in the standings.
Danny Murphy was booked for Fulham, while Raul Meireles, Gary Cahill, and John Mikel Obi saw yellow for the Blues.
The Cottagers host Wigan Athletic next week, while Chelsea hosts Tottenham in a crucial league clash.
Everton 4-0 Sunderland
Tim Howard and Everton were victorious over Sunderland in Monday Premier League action.
Howard started and went the full 90 minutes for the Toffees.
After a scoreless first half, Magaye Gueye smashed in a shot from about 12 yards adter Sunderland was unable to clear an Everton corner kick in the 52nd minute.
Steven Pienaar then curled in an impressive shot just inside the box, putting an exclamation mark on good movement in the final third by Everton in the 75th minute.
Just a minute later Leon Osman scored from nearly the same spot as Pienaar had, putting the Toffees in control.
Things went from bad to worse for Sunderland in the 81st minute as Victor Anichebe's shot was deflected into the back of the net, giving Everton their 4th goal og the game.
Lee Cattermole and Kieran Richardson saw yellow cards for Sunderland.
Everton play Liverpool at Anfield in an FA Cup clash next, while Sunderland hosts Wolverhampton.
Newcastle United 2-1 Bolton Wanderers
Tim Ream and Bolton went down to Newcastle United on the road on Monday.
Ream started and went the distance for the Wanderers.
Hatem Ben Arfa opened the scoring in the 73rd minute with an impressive individual run into Bolton's box, passing centerbacks David Wheater and Ream on the way, and shooting passed ‘keeper Adam Bogdan.
Newcastle would double their lead in the 83rd minute when Shola Ameobi wrong footed Ream and was able to find Papiss Demba Cisse who scored from close range.
Jonás Gutiérrez was booked for United, while Nigel Reo-Coker saw yellow for Bolton.
Remarkably, Newcastle is now tied in points with Tottenham for the last Champions League spot in the Premier League.
Bolton continues just one point above the relegation zone.
Next time Newcastle sees the field will be against Stoke City, while Bolton hosts Swansea City.
Aston Villa 1-1 Stoke City
Eric Lichaj and Aston Villa drew Stoke City at home in league play.
Lichaj started, went the distance, and received a yellow card.
Andrews Weimann opened the scoring for Villa with an impressive curler from the corner of the box that found the back of the net in the 32nd minute.
Stoke equalized though when Robert Huth rose above the Villa defenders and smashed a header passed ‘keeper Shay Given in the 71st minute.
Aside from Lichaj, Stephen Warnock and James Collins saw yellow cards for Villa.
The Villains take on Manchester United next week at Old Trafford, while Stoke travels to play Newcastle United in two weeks.
Tottenham Hotspur 1-2 Norwich City
Brad Friedel and Tottenham Hotspur went down to Norwich City, seriously denting their Champions League aspirations for next season.
Friedel started and went the distance for Spurs, while Zak Whitbread did not make the game day roster for the Canaries.
Anthony Pilkington opened the scoring in the 13th minute for Norwich, but Jermain Defoe leveld the game 20 minutes later.
Elliot Bennett's drive through a plethora of Spurs' defenders found the back of the net in the 66th minute, giving the Canaries' the big win on the road.
Kyle Walker was booked for Spurs, while Bradley Johnson and Bennett saw yellow for Norwich.
Newcastle is now tied in points with Tottenham, though they trail Spurs on goal differential. The Canaries climb to 10th place in the standings.
Spurs take on Chelsea in the FA Cup next week, while Norwich hosts Manchester City.
Carlisle United 0-0 Scunthorpe United
Frank Simek and Carlisle United tied Scunthorpe United in League One play.
Simek started and went the distance for the Cumbrians.
The tie temporarily puts Carlisle out of a playoff spot. They trail Notts County by just goal differential for the final spot.
The Cumbrians take on Charlton Athletic next week, while Scunthorpe plays Milton Keynes Dons.
Bury 4-1 Colchester United
Mike Grella and Bury took down Colchester United in a League One clash.
Grella started, went the distance, and notched a goal for Bury.
The American forward opened the scoring in the 40th minute, followed by a Shaun Harrad goal which made the score 2-0 at half in favor of Bury.
Giles Coke and David Worrall rounded out the scoring in the second half for Bury.
Tom Eastman scored the loan goal for Colchester.
Bury takes on AFC Bournemouth next week, while Colchester plays Sheffield Wednesday.
Swindon Town 1-0 Northampton Town
Neal Kitson and Northampton Town went down to Swindon Town in League Two action.
Kitson started and went the distance at ‘keeper for Northampton.
Lee Holmes notched the only goal of the game for Swindon in the 52nd minute.
Swindon next takes on Plymouth Argyle, while Northampton Town take on Bradford City.
Robbie Findley did not feature in Nottingham Forest's win over Peterborough United.
Robbie Rogers played the final 15 minutes in Leeds United's loss to Derby County. Conor Doyle did not feature for the Rams.
Daniel Potts did not feature in West Ham United's draw with Birmingham City. Jonathan Spector also did not see the field.
Jon Paul Pittman did not feature in Oxford United's draw with Torquay United in League Two action.