JOHN KRETLOW - Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Tim Howard and Everton came from behind to draw with Manchester United in a thriller, while Clint Dempsey and Fulham continue their solid season with a win over Wigan Athletic.
Fulham 2-1 Wigan Athletic
Clint Dempsey and Fulham took down Wigan Athletic late in Premier League action.
The Texan started and went the distance for the Cottagers.
Wigan opened the scoring in the 57th minute when Emmerson Boyce knocked in a low drive from just outside the area, giving the visiting fans something to cheer about.
Just a minute later though Fulham responded, as Dempsey and Pavel Pogrbnyak linked up well on top of the 18, resulting in a left footed goal for the Russian.
As the game headed into its final moments, the Cottagers' Philippe Senderos headed in John Arne Riise's free kick in the 89th minute to set Craven Cottage to frenzy.
Fulham is unbeaten in their last four games now, while Wigan still finds themselves just three points above the relegation zone.
Kerim Frei was booked for Fulham, while Wigan's Gary Caldwell and Boyce saw yellows.
The Cottagers travel to Goodison Park next week to play Everton, while Wigan hosts Newcastle United.
Manchester United 4-4 Everton
Tim Howard and Everton came back to tie Manchester United in a Premier League thriller on Sunday.
Howard started and went the distance at goal for Everton.
Everton opened the scoring in the 33rd minute when Nikica Jelavic headed in Tony Hibbert's looping cross, putting the Toffees' fans to their feet.
Wayne Rooney responded for United less than 10 minutes later when he knocked in a Nani cross, leveling the game.
United doubled their lead in the 57th minute when Danny Welbeck bended a shot past Howard from just outside the area.
Nani extended the lead in the 60th minute after Welbeck found him in the box and the Portuguese international flicked the ball over the American ‘keeper.
Marouane Fellaini got one back for Everton in the 67th minute when he impressively volleyed home a Hibbert cross.
Two minutes later though Rooney bagged his second of the game when he swept home a shot from about 12 yards out.
Jelavic found the back of the net in the 83rd minute when he got to a ball that the United defense could not clear and shot passed David De Gea.
Spectacularly Steven Pienaar tied the game in the 85th minute when Fellaini found the South African streaking inside the box and knocked in the goal.
Patrice Evra was booked for United, while Sylvain Distin and Phil Neville were booked for Everton.
The Red Devils hold a three point lead over Manchester City in the standings, while Everton is in 7th place in the league.
United take on Manchester City in a game that could decide the Premier League, while Everton hosts Fulham at Goodison Park.
Aston Villa 0-0 Sunderland
Eric Lichaj and Aston Villa tied Sunderland in Saturday league play.
Lichaj started and went the distance for the Villains.
With the point, Villa moves closer to assuring their safety for the season. They are five points above the relegation zone with 4 games remaining.
Although shots for both teams were equal, Villa controlled possession for large chunks of the game.
Charles N'Zogbia was close to finding the back of the net for Villa in the 12th minute, but his left footed shot went just wide of Simon Mignolet's net.
Sunderland nearly grabbed the lead when Nicklas Bendtner beat Villa ‘keeper Shay Given, only to be denied by Stephen Ireland who provided the goal line save in the 67th minute.
Bendtner again came close to putting Sunderland into the lead when he swept home a cross passed Given, but the linesman called the play offside, negating the goal in the 75th minute.
Craig Gardner received two yellow cards and was sent off in the 90th minute, while Bendtner saw yellow earlier in the game.
Villa takes on Bolton in the midweek, while Sunderland sees Bolton at the weekend.
Bolton Wanderers 1-1 Swansea City
Tim Ream and Bolton tied Swansea City and remain in the relegation zone.
Ream started and went the distance for Bolton.
Scott Sinclair opened the scoring early for Swansea, as his shot from on top of the box bent in the beat Bolton ‘keeper Adam Bogdan in the 6th minute.
Minutes later though, Bolton leveled as Chris Eagles received Martin Petrov's cross and volleyed passed Swansea goalie Michel Vorm in the 14th minute.
Mark Davies and Gretar Rafn Steinsson were booked for Bolton, while Ashley Williams saw yellow for Swansea.
Bolton plays Aston Villa in the midweek, while Swansea hosts Wolverhampton next weekend.
Queens Park Rangers 1-0 Tottenham Hotspur
Brad Friedel and Tottenham went down to their cross-town rival at Loftus Road Stadium this weekend.
Freidel started and went the distance as usual for Spurs.
The game marks Friedels 300th successive Premier League start.
Adel Taarabt scored the only goal of the game in the 24th minute when his free kick from over 25 yards out beat Friedel and sent the home fans to their feet.
Despite Spurs heavy lead in possession throughout the game, Taarabt's goal stood for the home team.
Bobby Zamora, Taarabt, Nedum Onuoha, and Clint Hill were booked for QPR, while no Spurs player saw a card. Taarabt received a second yellow and was sent off late in the second half.
Tottenham now fall out of a Champions League spot, as Newcastle United has jumped them in the standings.
Rangers travel across town to take on Chelsea next week, while Spurs host Blackburn.
Hull City 2-1 Nottingham Forest
Robbie Findley and Nottingham Forest went down to Hull City in Championship action.
Findley came on late in the second half and finished the game for Forest.
Chris Gunter scored an own goal and Matt Fryatt bagged the game winner for Hull City, while Radoslaw Majewski found the back of the net in the final moments of the game for Forest.
Despite the win for Hull, they now cannot catch Cardiff City and grab one of the playoff spots.
With one game left in the season though, Forest has already saved their spot in the Championship, despite some heavy rough times throughout the season.
Richard Garcia, Liam Rosenior, and Corry Evans saw yellow for Hull, while Andy Reid was booked for Forest.
The Tigers finish the season at West Ham United, while Forest hosts Portsmouth.
Middlesbrough 2-1 Southampton
Seb Hines and Middlesbrough came from behind to beat Southampton and keep their promotion dreams alive in Championship action this weekend.
Hines started and went the distance for Boro.
Billy Sharp opened the scoring in the first minute for Southampton, but Nick Bailey and Merouane Zemmama found the back of the net for Boro.
Zemmama, Nick Bailey, and Hines saw yellow for Boro, while Jose Fonte was booked for Southampton.
With one game left to play, Boro is two points behind Cardiff for the final playoff spot, while Southampton will go into the final week of the season needing a win to secure automatic promotion.
Middlesbrough travels to play Watford next week, while Southampton hosts Coventry City.
Notts County 2-4 Bury
Mike Grella found the back of the net twice in Bury's win over Notts County this weekend.
Grella started and played 80 minutes for Bury.
The American's goals came in the 49th minute, when he impressively chipped the ‘keeper, and in the 79th minute his deflected shot made its way into the net.
Giles Coke and Mike Edwards scored for Notts, while David Worrall and Mark Carrington grabbed goals for Bury aside from Grella's brace.
Lloyd sam and Jeff Hughes were booked for Notts County, while Andrai Jones saw yellow twice and was sent off in the 82nd minute for Bury.
Notts travels to play Wycombe next week, while Bury hosts Oldham Athletic.
Sheffield United 2-1 Carlisle United
Frank Simek and Carlisle United went down to Sheffield United, seriously hurting their shot at a playoff spot.
Simek started and went the distance for the Cumbrians.
Chris Lines found the back of the net in the 26th minute for Wednesday, but James Berrett's strike in the 82nd minute leveld the score for Carlisle.
Michail Antonio beat Cumbrians' ‘keeper Adam Collin five minutes into stoppage time to defeat Carlisle.
Nile ranger was booked for Wednesday, while Peter Murphy, Simek, and Liam Noble saw yellow for the Cumbrians.
Wednesday takes on Brentford next week, while Carlisle hosts Exeter City.
Hereford United 0-0 Northampton Town
Neal Kitson and Northampton Town tied Hereford United in League Two play this weekend.
Kitson started and went the distance at goal for Northampton.
The American ‘keeper was credited with four saves in his shutout.
Nicky Featherstone was booked, while Clarke Carlisle saw yellow for Northampton.
Hereford travels to play Crawley Town next week, while Northampton Town plays Gillingham.
Zak Whitbread did not feature in Norwich City's loss to Blackburn.
Robbie Rogers did not feature in Leeds United's tie to Cardiff City.
Cody Cropper did not make the game day roster in Ipswich Town's loss to Millwall.
Conor Doyle did not dress in Derby County's win over Portsmouth.
Jonathan Spector did not dress in Birmingham City's draw with Brighton & Hove Albion.
Anton Peterlin did not feature in Walsall's loss to Exeter City.
Jon Paul Pittman did not feature in Oxford United's draw with Plymouth Argyle.