JOHN KRETLOW - Thursday, May 3, 2012
Clint Dempsey and Fulham got a big win over Liverpool, while Brad Friedel and Tottenham were victorious over Tim Ream and Bolton.
Liverpool 0-1 Fulham
Clint Dempsey and Fulham got their first win ever at Anfield against Liverpool in midweek Premier League action.
Dempsey started and went the distance for the Cottagers.
Fulham scored the only goal of the game in the 5th minute, when combination play between Dempsey, Danny Murphy, and John Arne Riise led to a Martin Skrtel own goal.
Liverpool nearly got level in the 28th minute as Jonjo Shelvey's shot passed Fulham ‘keeper Mark Schwarzer but was cleared off the line by Brede Hangeland.
Fulham's best shot at doubling their lead came in the 78th minute when Kerim Frei sent a through ball to Dempsey whose shot was impressively saved by Liverpool ‘keeper Alex Doni.
Both teams are now tied in points in the standings, though Liverpool leads on goal differential. Neither team has a shot at Europa League or Champions League play this season with two games left.
The Reds take on Chelsea in the FA Cup final on Saturday, while Fulham hosts Sunderland.
Stoke City 1-1 Everton
Tim Howard and Everton were held to a draw in their match against Stoke City at the Britannia.
Howard started and went the distance for the Toffees.
In the 44th minute Everton got on the board, as Tony Hibbert's cross into the box was headed by Tim Cahill into Stoke's Peter Crouch who sent the ball into his own net.
Stoke leveled the game in the 69th minute when Cameron Jerome took on two Everton defenders on a counter attack and managed to beat Howard with a left footed shot.
The American international was credited with two saves in the game.
Marc Wilson and Ryan Shawcross were booked for Stoke, while Steven Pienaar saw yellow for Everton.
Stoke takes on Queens Park Rangers this weekend, while Everton travels to play Wolverhampton.
Bolton Wanderers 1-4 Tottenham Hotspur
Time Ream and Bolton went down to Brad Friedel and Tottenham in midweek Premier League play.
Both Americans started and went the distance for their respective teams.
Spurs opened the scoring in the 37th minute when Luka Modric received a pass from Rafael Van der Vaart and rocketed the ball into the back of the net.
Nigel Reo-Coker equalized for Bolton in the 51st minute when he finished a ball after a nifty back heel pass from David Ngog.
Tottenham would regain the lead in the 60th minute when Gareth Bale found Van der Vaart who beat ‘keeper Adam Bogdan.
Emmanuel Adebayor added to the lead just two minutes later as Aaron Lennon supplied him with a good ball.
In the 69th minute Spurs scored the fourth goal of the game as Adebayor received a ball from Bale and rounded Bogdan to find the back of the net.
Joshua Vela and Chris Eagles saw yellow cards for Bolton, while Kyle Walker was booked for Spurs.
Bolton is in the relegation zone but trails Queens Park Rangers by just goal differential.
Bolton takes on West Bromwich Albion next, while Spurs travel to play Aston Villa.