JOHN KRETLOW - Sunday, August 19, 2012
Brad Friedel and Tottenham started off their season with a loss to Newcastle United, while Jonathan Spector and Will Packwood saw the field in Birmingham City's draw with Charlton Athletic.

Newcastle United 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur

Brad Friedel and Tottenham Hotspur went down to Newcastle United at St. James Park in the Premier League opening weekend.

Friedel started and went the distance for Spurs.

The first half ended up scoreless, though Spurs felt good going to the locker room having been dangerous on many opportunities.

Early in the second half though, Demba Ba took advantage of a missed clearance for Spurs and found the back of the net on an impressive shot to give the Magpies the lead.

In the 76th minute Spurs came back as Jermain Defoe knocked home a back post cross that was not cleared by Newcastle.

Just minutes later, Newcastle took the lead once again. Hatem Ben Arfa made a run in the box and was taken down by the Spurs defense. The referee deemed it a penalty kick and Arfa made no mistake from the penalty spot.

Danny Simpson and Yohan Cabaye were booked for the Magpies, while Tottenham's Jake Livermore and Sandro saw yellows.

Spurs take on West Brom next week, while Newcastle plays Atromitos next in Europa League action in the midweek.

Birmingham City 1-1 Charlton Athletic

Jonathan Spector and Will Packwood saw time in Birmingham City's opening weekend draw with Charlton Athletic.

Packwood started and was subbed out for Spector in the 63rd minute of the game.

The game was looking to be a disappointing loss in front of the home fans for Birmingham, but in the dying moments of the game Nikola Zigic hit a left footed shot from the penalty area to earn a draw.

Leon Cort had put Charlton in the lead in the 82nd minute when his header found the lower left corner of the goal.

Both Packwood and Spector were questionable to feature because of injuries, but both American defenders saw time in Birmingham City's opener.

Yann Kermorgant was booked for Charlton.

Birmingham City takes on Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday, while Charlton Athletic takes on Leicester City also in the midweek.

Burnley 2-0 Bolton Wanderers

Tim Ream and Bolton lost to Burnley in their Championship debut this season.

Ream started and went the distance at defense for Bolton.

Martin Paterson opened the scoring for Burnely in the 39th minute with a header, while Charlie Austin scored a second half goal in the 57th minute with a left footed shot to the lower right corner of the goal.

Stuart Holden missed because he is still recovering from a knee injury.

Dean Marney was booed for Burnley, while Keith Andrews and Darren Pratley saw yellow cards for Bolton.

Bolton takes on Derby on Tuesday, while Burnely plats Middlesbrough.

Crawley Town 3-0 Scunthorpe United

Mike Grella and Scunthorpe United went down to Crawley Town in the League One opener.

Grella started and went the distance for Scunthorpe.

Gary Alexander scored a goal in each half of the game for Crawley Town, while Jonathan Forte got an insurance goal in the 80th minute to finish off the game.

Claude Davis saw yellow for Crawley Town, while Mark Duffy's two yellow cards got him sent off for Scunthorpe. Josh Walker was also booked for Scunthorpe.

Crawley Town takes on Swindon Town on Tuesday, while Scunthorpe takes on Crewe Alexandria.


Eric Lichaj and Brad Guzan did not see the field in Aston Villa's loss to West Ham United.

Clint Dempsey did not feature in Fulham's big victory over Norwich City.

Geoff Cameron was left off the roster in Stoke City's draw with Reading.

Robbie Rogers was not on the game day roster in Leeds United's win over Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Zak Whitbread did not feature in Leicester City's win over Peterborough United.

Robbie Findley did not play in Nottingham Forest's win over Bristol City.

Conor Doyle did not see the field in Derby County's draw with Sheffield United.

Seb Hines did not see the field in Middlesbrough's loss to Barnsley.

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