JOHN KRETLOW - Monday, May 7, 2012
Clint Dempsey notched his 50th Premier League goal in Fulham's win over Sunderland, while Bolton drew with West Bromwich Albion setting up a must win final fixture next week.
Aston Villa 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur
Eric Lichaj and Aston Villa were held to a draw by Tottenham Hotspur in Sunday Premier League action.
Lichaj and Friedel started and went the distance for their respective teams.
With the result, Aston Villa inch closer to ensuring safety, while Spurs will have to fight until the final game to reach Champions League soccer next season.
Villa opened the scoring in the 35th minute when Ciaran Clark rocketed a shot from long distance, deflected off of William Gallas, and found the back of the net.
Spurs leveled the game in the 61st minute, after Villa's Richard Dunne took down Sandro in the box and was called for a penalty kick. Emmanuel Adebayor beat ‘keeper Shay Given to give Spurs the equalizer.
Dunne was booked for Aston Villa, while Younes Kaboul and Sandro saw yellow for Spurs. Danny Rose was sent off in the 50th minute for Tottenham.
Villa finishes up their season against Norwich City next week, while Spurs host Fulham.
Fulham 2-1 Sunderland
Clint Dempsey continues his fairy tail season as Fulham beat Sunderland.
The Texan started and went the distance for the Cottagers.
Dempsey opened the scoring in the 12th minute for Fulham, when he sent in an impressive free kick goal from 25 yards out. The goal is Dempsey's 17th in Premier League play and 23rd in all competitions.
Phillip Bardsley equalized for Sunderland in the 34th minute when he rocketed a shot into the back of the net from over 20 yards out.
Fulham regained the lead just moments later as Moussa Dembele's left footed shot from the edge of the area beat ‘keeper Simon Mignolet.
Early in the second half Dempsey nearly bagged his second of the game but his shot was cleared off the line by the Sunderland defense.
The Cottagers finish their season against Tottenham, while Sunderland takes on Manchester United.
Wolverhampton 0-0 Everton
Tim Howard and Everton tied Wolverhampton in Sunday Premier League play.
Howard started and went the distance for the Toffees.
The game did not have many good chances on goal from either team. Nikica Jelavic found the back of the net in the first half, but the linesman called him offside, to the dismay of the visiting side.
Everton is in 7th place in the standings and has played strong soccer in the final stretch of the season.
Wolves finish their season against Wigan Athletic, while hosts Newcastle United.
Bolton Wanderers 2-2 West Bromwich Albion
Tim Ream and Bolton nearly had a monumental win but were held to a draw against West Bromwich Albion.
Ream started and went the full 90 minutes for Bolton.
Bolton opened the scoring in the 24th minute after Mark Davies was taken down in the box and the home side was awarded a penalty kick. Martin Petrov beat ‘keeper Ben Foster on the spot kick.
The home team doubled the score in the 72nd minute as Petrov attempted a cross, but West Brom's Billy Jones knocked it into his own goal, setting the home fans to frenzy.
West Brom got one back just moments later though as Chris Brunt knocked in a goal from the top of the box.
In the final moments West Brom equalized as James Morrison roofed a shot from close range to the delight of the visiting fans.
The draw means Bolton must win next week and get some help if they want to play Premier League soccer next season.
Dedryck Boyata was booked for Bolton, while Billy Jones, Shane Long, Brunt, and Keith Andrwes saw yellow for West Brom.
Bolton's big game next week is against Stoke City at the Britannia, while West Brom finishes their season against Arsenal.
Oldham Athletic 2-1 Carlisle United
Frank Simek and Carlisle United went down to Oldham Athletic, taking them out of playoff contention.
Simek started and went the distance for the Cumbrians.
James Tarkowski and Oumare Tounkara notched goals for Oldham, while Tom Taiwo scored Carlisle's lone goal.
The Cumbrians needed a win and some help to make the playoffs, but they got neither this weekend and will have to settle for more League One soccer next season.
Bradley Diallo was booked for Oldham Athletic, while Liam Noble saw yellow for Carlisle.
Stevenage 3-0 Bury
Mike Grella and Bury went down in the last game of the season to Stevenage in League One play.
Grella started and was subbed out in the 62nd minute.
Craig Reid, Joel Byrom, and Chris Beardsley all found the back of the net for Stevenage.
Bury ends the season in 14th place, while Stevenage sneaks into the promotion playoffs by goal differential.
Scott Laird was booked for Stevenage, while Afetobore Sodje and Nathan Clarke saw yellow cards for Bury.
Port Vale 3-0 Oxford United
Jon-Paul Pittman and Oxford United went down to Port Vale in League Two play.
Pittman started and went the distance for Oxford.
Vale's goals were scored by Marc Richards, Sean Rigg, and Ben Williamson.
Oxford needed a win and some help to make the postseason, but the visiting team got neither. They finish the season in 9th place.
Joe Davis, John McCombe, and Anthony Griffith saw yellow cards for Port Vale, while Pittman and Damian Batt were booked for Oxford.
Rotherham United 1-1 Northampton Town
Neal Kitson and Northampton Town drew Rotherham United in the League Two finale.
Kitson started and went the distance at goal for Northampton. The American goalie was credited with 8 saves in the game.
Rotherham opened the scoring in the 31st minute as Alex Revell found the back of the net, but Northampton leveled the scoring in the 90th minute with a goal from Adebayo Akinfenwa.
Clarke Carlisle and Akinfenwa were the only players booked in the game for Northampton.
Northampton finishes the season just 4 points from the relegation zone, while Rotherham ends in 10th place.
Zak Whitbread did not feature in Norwich City's draw with Arsenal
Anton Peterlin did not feature in Walsall's win over Milton Keynes Dons.