JOHN KRETLOW - Monday, April 30, 2012
Tim Howard and Everton thumped Clint Dempsey and Fulham, while Brad Friedel and Tottenham jump back into the top four with a win over Blackburn.
Everton 4-0 Fulham
Tim Howard and Everton thumped Clint Dempsey and Fulham in Premier League play this weekend.
Howard started and went the distance, as did his national team colleague Dempsey.
Everton opened the scoring early, as a hand ball in the box gifted the Toffees a penalty kick that Nikica Jelavic finished in the 7th minute.
Marouane Fellaini doubled the lead in the 16th minute as he headed home a Steven Pienaar corner.
In the 30th minute, Dempsey nearly got one back for Fulham, but his right footed shot from 12 yards was impressively saved by Howard.
Jelavic then made it a three goal first half as he rounded Fulham ‘keeper Mark Schwarzer and scored from a tough angle in the 40th minute.
Everton finished their scoring when Tim Cahill volleyed a Pienaar pass in the 60th minute into the back of the net, setting Goodison Park to frenzy.
Howard made two saves for the Toffees.
Darron Gibson was booked for Everton, while Mahamadou Diarra saw yellow for the Cottagers.
Everton takes on Stoke on Tuesday, while Fulham takes on Liverpool on the same day.
Sunderland 2-2 Bolton Wanderers
Tim Ream and Bolton came from behind to draw with Sunderland.
Ream started and went the full 90 minutes for Bolton.
Bolton opened the scoring in the 26th minute after Kevin Davies impressively volleyed home a Martin Petrov cross, giving the visiting fans something to cheer about early.
Sunderland got one back after Jack Colback's through ball found Nicklas Bendtner who beat ‘keeper Adam Bogdan in the 36th minute.
James McClean gave Sunderland the lead in the 55th minute when his free kick curled in from over 20 yards.
Bolton would fight back though, as Sam Ricketts' cross to the back post found Davies who headed home the leveler in the 70th minute.
Lee Cattermole was booked for Sunderland.
Bolton finds themselves in the relegation zone, but they have a game in hand compared to their rivals.
Sunderland takes on Fulham next weekend, while Bolton hosts Tottenham on Wednesday.
West Bromwich Albion 0-0 Aston Villa
Eric Lichaj and Aston Villa were held to a scoreless draw against West Bromiwch Albion.
Lichaj started and went the distance for Villa.
Villa nearly opened the scoring in the 24th minute when Chris Herd's volley was brilliantly saved by West Brom ‘keeper Ben Foster.
West Brom were furious as an Alan Hutton hand ball in the box was not called, negating them of a crucial penalty kick.
In the 69th minute Peter Odemwingie nearly put West Brom ahead, but his shot, which beat ‘keeper Shay Given, was saved by defender Carlos Cuellar.
Odemwingie had one last chance for West Brom in stoppage time, but his volley was miraculously kick saved by Villa's Given.
Stephen Warnock, Alan Hutton, Ciaran Clark, and Emile Heskey were booked for Villa.
The Villains are just three points above the relegation zone with two games left in the season.
West Brom takes on Bolton next weekend, while Aston Villa hosts Tottenham.
Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 Blackburn Rovers
Brad Friedel and Tottenham Hotspur got the easy home win over Blackburn Rovers on Sunday.
Friedel started and went the distance for Spurs.
Rafael Van der Vaart opened the scoring in the 22nd minute as he latched onto a rebound and found the back of the net after an initial Gareth Bale shot that hit the post.
Kyle Walker then made it two goals for Spurs in the second half as his 30-yard free kick curled passed Paul Robinson in the 75th minute.
Tottenham jumps into the top four in the Premier League once again with the win.
Spurs take on Bolton on Wednesday, while Blackburn plays Wigan next week.
Watford 2-1 Middlesbrough
Seb Hines and Middlesbrough went down to Watford and will not make it to the promotion playoffs.
Hines started and went the distance for Boro.
Chris Iwelumo put Watford up in the 69th minute, but Marvin Emnes leveled for Boro in the 85th minute.
Troy Deeney though broke many hearts though when he scored in the 88th minute, ending any chance that Boro had at winning the game.
Middlesbrough needed to win and Cardiff to lose for a shot at the Championship's top six.
John Eustace was booked for Watford, while Stephen McManus and Nick Bailey saw yellow for Boro.
Carlisle United 4-1 Exeter City
Frank Simek and Carlisle United kept their playoff hopes in tact as they beat Exeter City in League One play.
Simek started and went the distance for the Cumbrians.
Carlisle heads into the final game of the season one point behind Stevenage for the final playoff spot, while Exeter is officially relegated.
Bernard Zoko scored two goals for Carlisle, while Jordan Cook and Liam Noble also added to the Cumbrians' tally.
Liam Sercombe was the lone goal scorer for Exeter.
Carlisle takes on Oldham Athletic next week in a pivotal game, while Exeter plays Sheffield United.
Bury 0-0 Oldham Athletic
Mike Grella and Bury tied Oldham Athletic in League One action.
Grella started and played 84 minutes for Bury.
Both teams before the game were already assured of safety.
Shaun Harrad nearly put Bury ahead early, but he miskicked a ball with a wide open net in the early moments of the game.
Bury's Steve Schumacher came close to scoring late in the game but his free kick went just wide.
Bury's Nathan Clarke and David Worrall were booked.
Oldham Athletic takes on Carlisle next week, while Bury plays Stevenage.
Oxford United 0-2 Southend United
Jon-Paul Pittman and Oxford United were dealt a blow to their playoff chances as they went down to Southend United.
Pittman started and went the distance for Oxford.
Ryan Hall and Mohsni Bilel were Southend's goal scorers.
The American forward looked strong throughout the game, and was denied a goal by Southend's ‘keeper Cameron Belford in the second half.
Southend keeps their hopes alive for automatic promotion, while Oxford will need a win and some help to make the playoffs.
Jake Wright and Michael Duberry saw yellow for Oxford, while Miark Phillips was booked for Southend.
Oxford plays Port Vale net week, while Southend hosts Macclesfield Town.
Northampton Town 1-1 Gillingham
Neal Kitson and Northampton Town tied Gillingham in League Two play.
Kitson started and went the distance for Northampton.
Gillingham needed a win for any chance at the playoffs, but the draw means another season in League Two.
Lewis Wilson struck first for Northampton, while Jo Kuffour got one back for Gillingam in the second half.
Luke Guttridge, Ben Tozer, and Clarke Carlisle were booked for Northampton, while Danny Kedwell and Joseph Martin saw yellow for Gillingham.
Kitson was credited with 4 saves.
Northampton finishes their season against Rotherham United, while Gillingham plays Morecambe.
Zak Whitbread did not feature in Norwich City's loss to Liverpool.
Conor Doyle did not dress in Derby County's draw with Peterborough united.
Jonathan Spector did not feature in Birmingham City's win over Reading.
Robbie Rogers is injured and did not feature in Leeds United's loss to Leicester City.
Robbie Findley did not play in Nottingham Forest's win over Portsmouth.
Cody Cropper did note make the game day roster in Ipswich Town's draw with Doncaster.
Anton Peterlin did not dress in Walsall's draw with Huddersfield Town.