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BRIAN SCIARETTA - Tuesday, September 4, 2012
Brad Guzan, Eric Lichaj, and Aston Villa drew with Newcastle, while Jonathan Spector and Birmingham City notched their first win of the season over Peterborough United.

Newcastle United 1-1 Aston Villa

In what could be a turnaround game for Brad Guzan and Eric Lichaj, Aston Villa drew with Newcastle United on Sunday.

Guzan got his first start of the Premier League season. The American ‘keeper went the distance and recroded three saves in the game.

Lichaj started, went the distance, and received a yellow card.

Villa opened the scoring in the 22nd minute when Ciaran Clark headed in a Barry Bannan cross to give the road team the lead.

Hatem Ben Arfa though equalized in the 59th minute when his right footed shot from outside the penalty area found the back of the net for Newcastle.

Although Villa did not get the three points, the draw was the only point they have garnered this season. They are currently near the bottom of the standings.

United take on Everton next, while Villa host Swansea City.

Tottenham Hotspur 1-1 Norwich City

Brad Friedel and Tottenham Hotspur gave up a late goal to Norwich City at home, resulting in a draw at White Hart Lane.

Freidel started, went the distance, and recorded three saves in Saturday's matchup.

The ageless goalkeeper was on form throughout the game, recording highlight reel saves on Robert Snodgrass and Anthony Pilkington.

After a scoreless first half, and one in which Spurs did not look dangerous, Mousa Dembele gave fans something to cheer for with an 18-yard goal in the 68th minute.

With five minutes left in the game though, Norwich City would level the game as Snodgrass latched on to a loose ball in the box and fired home to the delight of the road fans.

With only two points to show after three league games this season the Spurs faithful were not shy to show their displeasure with the team's performance, booing the team as they walked off the field.

Gareth Bale received a yellow card, while Tom Huddlestone was sent off in the dying minutes of the game for Spurs.

Spurs take on Reading next, in what could be Clint Dempsey's debut for Tottenham. The Canaries play West Ham United.

Wigan Athletic 2-2 Stoke City

Geoff Cameron and Stoke City came from behind to draw with Wigan Athletic at the DW Stadium.

Cameron started and went the distance once again at midfield for Stoke. Maurice Edu dressed but did not see the field for the Potters.

Wigan got on the board early, as a Robert Huth hand ball in the box resulted in a converted penalty kick by Shaun Maloney.

In the 40th minute Wigan's Maynor Figueroa was whistled for a hand ball in the box as well. Stoke's Jonathan Walters knocked in the penalty and leveled the game just before half time.

Early in the second half though the Latics would take the lead again as Franco Di Santo found the lower left corner of the goal from inside the box in the 49th minute.

With 15 minutes left in the game the Potters would rescue a point as Peter Crouch headed in a Walters pass.

James McArthur was booked for Wigan, while Marc Wilson and Dean Whitehead saw yellow cards for the Potters.

Stoke City will have their hands full in their next game as they take on Manchester City, while the Latics play Manchester United.

West Bromwich Albion 2-0 Everton

Tim Howard and Everton received their first loss of the season on the road to West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.

Howard started, went the distance, and recorded three saves.

After a scoreless first half, the home team got on the board in the 65th minute when Shane Long latched onto a Peter Odemwingie cross and put West Brom into the lead.

In the 82nd minute Chris Brunt sent in a cross that was headed in by Gareth McAuley to double West Brom's lead.

The Toffees had a decisive advantage in possession but were unable to find the back of the net.

Steven Reid was booked for West Brom, while Sylvain Distin, Phil Neville, Tony Hibbert, and Marouane Fellaini saw yellow cards for Everton.

West Brom takes on Fulham next, while Everton hosts Newcastle.

Millwall 3-1 Middlesbrough

Seb Hines and Middlesbrough were unable to make it three wins in a row as they went down to Millwall in Championship action.

Hines started and went the distance for Boro.

Millwall started off the game strong and were rewarded in the 25th minute with a 20-yard goal by captain Liam Trotter, while Andy Keogh doubled their lead ten minuts later when he found the back of the net for the Lions.

Marvin Emnes managed to get one back before halftime for Boro, but Keogh dashed the road team's hopes by scoring in the 86th minute.

James Henry, Nadjim Abdou, and Shane Lowry were booked for Millwall, while Jason Steele, Faris Haroun, and Joshua McEachran saw yellow cards for Boro.

The Lions take on Hull City next, while Middlesbrough hosts Ipswich Town.

Hull City 3-1 Bolton Wanderers

Tim Ream and Bolton went down to Hull City on the road on Saturday.

Ream started and went the distance for Bolton.

Chris Eagles opened the scoring for Bolton with a right footed goal in the 17th minute, giving the road fans hope in the early going.

Hull City though came storming back in the 29th minute when Sone Aluko's right footed shot into the left corner of the goal put the home fans back in the game.

Right after half time Abdoulaye Faye headed a ball into the back of the net to give Hull their first lead of the game, and just moments afterwards Stephen Quinn doubled their lead with a right footed shot.

Hull held on to the lead, bolting them into the top six of the standings.

Corry Evans was the only booking of the game for Hull.

Bolton takes on Watford next, while Hull hosts Millwall.

Birmingham City 1-0 Peterborough United

Jonathan Spector helped Birmingham City notch their first win of the season over Peterborough United on Saturday.

Spector started and went the distance, while Will Packwood dressed but never left the bench for Birmingham.

The game was evenly matched, though Posh were able to produce the majority of the scoring chances. Despite that statistic, Blues were able to find the back of the net in the 29th minute.

Wade Elliot sent in a cross that Posh ‘keeper Bobby Olejnik attempted to clear with his hands. The ball skidded in back of him and into Peterborough's own goal to the delight of the home fans.

The win for Birmingham City relieves some pressure after they had gone three games without a victory to start out the season.

Paul Caddis, David Murphy, and Peter Lovenkrands were booked for the Blues, while Lee Frecklington saw a yellow card for Posh.

Birmingham City takes on high flying Nottingham Forest next, while Posh look for their first points of the season against Burnley.

Stevenage 1-1 Shrewsbury Town

Robbie Rogers and Stevenage drew with Shrewsbury Town in League One play.

Rogers started and was subbed out in the 60th minute.

Shrewsbury opened the scoring early as Matt Richards' free kick was fumbled by the Stevenage ‘keeper and knocked in by Paul Parry to give the road team the lead.

Full back Darius Charles though leveled the game in the 24th minute when he cut in from the flank and rocketed a shot into the back of the net for Stevenage.

Although Shrewsbury had the better of the chances and possession, they were unable to capitalize throughout the game.

Luke Summerfield was the only booking of the game for Shrewsbury Town.

Stevenage takes on Dagenham & Redbridge in the midweek, while Shrewsbury plays Notts County next week.

Hartlepool United 2-0 Scunthorpe United

Mike Grella and Scunthorpe United continue their winless start of the season as they lost to Hartlepool on the road on Saturday.

Grella started and went the distance for Scunthorpe.

Hartlepool opened the scoring in the 23rd minute when Jonathan Franks' shot from the right penalty area found the back of the net.

Luke James doubled the lead with just four minutes left to play when his right footed shot found the left corner of the goal.

Josh Walker was sent off in the 79th minute for Scunthorpe United.

Hartlepool takes on Carlisle United next week, while plays Notts County in the midweek.

Notes

Cody Cropper did not dress in Southampton's loss to Manchester United.

Zak Whitbread did not dress in Leicester City's win over Blackpool.

Robbie Findley did not make the game day roster in Nottingham Forest's win over Charlton Athletic.

Conor Doyle made a cameo appearance in Derby County's thrashing of Watford.

Frank Simek dressed but did not see the field in Carlisle United's loss to Milton Keynes Dons.

Jon Paul Pittman played the final 14 minutes in Oxford United's loss to York City in League Two play.
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