JOHN KRETLOW - Sunday, September 23, 2012
Tim Howard and Everton continued their strong start to the season with a win at Swansea City, while Clint Dempsey, Brad Freidel, and Tottenham defeated Queens Park Rangers.
Swansea City 0-3 Everton
Tim Howard started and went the distance in Everton's big win on the road against Swansea City.
The victory shoots the Toffees within three points of Chelsea who are on top of the Premier League standings.
Victor Anichebe opened the scoring in the 22nd minute when he found the back of the net from close range after Marouane Fellaini won the ball for him from a long ball.
Just before half time Everton doubled their lead after Kevin Mirallas knocked in a Steven Pienaar low cross into the box.
In the 54th minute Swansea started to heat up. Ki Sung-yueng shot a tough low ball but Howard came up with an impressive reaction save to keep the lead for the Toffees.
The Swans would receive a major setback in the 58th minute when Nathan Dyer was sent off for his second yellow card of the game, forcing the home team to play a man down for a large portion of the match.
With less than 10 minutes left the Toffees added another goal when Fellaini headed in a Leighton Baines free kick, much to the delight of the visiting fans.
Everton will take on Leeds United in League Cup play on Tuesday and host Southampton in league action next weekend.
Chelsea 1-0 Stoke City
Geoff Cameron started and went the full ninety minutes at right back in Stoke City's loss to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge.
The win keeps Chelsea at the top of the standings, while the loss continues Stoke City's winless streak.
The Potters did have the first strong chance of the game in the 20th minute when Jonathan Walters headed a ball into the cross bar from a free kick.
In the 37th minute Cameron made a run into the offensive third and whipped in a cross that Michael Kightly nearly headed into the back of the net if it were not for Chelsea ‘keeper Petr Cech.
With five minutes left in the game Chelsea would score the winning goal when Ashley Cole snuck into the penalty area and knocked in a ball sent from Juan Mata's back heel.
The Potters will have to wait another week to garner their first win of the season when they take on Swansea City at home.
Southampton 4-1 Aston Villa
Eric Lichaj started and played 68 minutes, while Brad Guzan went the full ninety minutes in Aston Villa's big loss to Southampton.
Southampton's victory was their first of the season, while Villa could not build on last week's win over Swansea City.
Darren Bent opened the scoring for Villa in the 36th minute when he pounced on a ball and sent it into the back of the net after the Southampton defense was unable to clear it out of danger.
In the second half though Southampton would wake up, as Rickie Lambert put the home team level with a superb low shot from the top of the box in the 56th minute.
Just five minutes later Southampton would snatch the lead when clever play in the box set up Nathaniel Clyne for a goal from close range in the 63rd minute.
In the 73rd minute Southampton extended their lead when Jason Puncheon managed to find space in the box and find the back of the net on a shot deflected by Ciaran Clark.
Stoppage time saw Southampton add one more after Emmanuel Mayuka was taken down in the box by Guzan, who was booked for the infraction. Lambert would sink the ensuing penalty kick to emphatically give Southampton three points.
Lichaj was also given a yellow card in the 53rd minute.
Villa are now in 13th place and will face Manchester City in League Cup play on Tuesday, while they will host West Bromwich Albion in league action next week.
Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 Queens Park Rangers
Clint Dempsey started and played 88 minutes, while Brad Friedel went the full ninety minutes in Tottenham Hotspur's win over Queens Park Rangers.
After starting out the season with difficulty, Spurs have now won two in a row and within striking distance of the top four.
Bobby Zamora opened the scoring for QPR in the 33rd minute when he received a through ball in the box and flicked the ball over a charging Friedel.
In the 59th minute Spurs leveled the game when Gareth Bale's cross was headed by Steven Caulker but deflected into the net by the unlucky Alejandro Faurlin of QPR.
Just moments later Tottenham would grab the lead when Jermain Defoe knocked in a ball passed ‘keeper Julio Cesar on a rebound in the 61st minute.
Spurs take on Carlisle United in League Cup action on Wednesday and play Manchester United in Premier League play next week at Old Trafford.
Birmingham City 0-5 Barnsley
Jonathan Spector started and went the distance in Bimringham City's embarrassing loss at home to Barnsley.
Will Packwood did not dress for the Blues.
After a scoreless first half, Barnsley exploded for five unanswered goals, highlighted by Craig Davies who scored four of them.
Stephen Foster opened the scoring in the 50th minute, before Davies would explode with four goals in the 54th, 60th, 65th, and 73rd minutes respectively.
Barnsley jumps Birmingham City in the standings, while the Blues hover around the relegation zone dangerously.
Next weekend cannot come to early for Birmingham City as they will try and forget this loss and beat Brighton & Hove Albion.
Coventry City 1-2 Carlisle United
Frank Simek went the distance in Carlisle United's road win over Coventry City in League One action.
The win extends the Cumbrian's unbeaten streak to four games.
Danny Cadamarteri opened the scoring on a penalty kick in the 25th minute, while Danny Livesey doubled Carlisle's lead in the 57th minute.
Frank Simek and company take on Clint Dempsey, Brad Friedel and Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday in League Cup play.
Port Vale 0-2 Gillingham
Robbie Findley started and played 50 minutes in his debut for Gillingham as they beat Port Vale in League Two action.
Findley was sent on loan earlier during the week after his playing time with Nottingham Forest had drastically gone down this season.
Gillingham's two goals game in the first half as Deon Burton found the back of the net in the 11th minute while Chris Whelpdale notched in the 24th minute.
Gillingham is unbeaten this season, having won seven out of eight games and drawn the only other match. They are currently in first place by a lead of six points over Port Vale.
Findley and company take on Rochdale next week in League Two play.
Tim Ream did not dress in Bolton's win over Sheffield Wednesday.
Conor Doyle was an unused sub in Derby County's loss to Burnley.
Seb Hines played the final minutes in Middlesbrough's win over Blackburn Rovers on Friday.
Zak Whitbread dressed but did not feature in Leicester City's win over Hull City.
Robbie Rogers is injured and did not feature in Stevenage's draw with Doncaster Rovers.
Mike Grella did not leave the bench in Scunthorpe United's win over Colchester United.
Jon Paul Pittman was injured last week and did not feature in Oxford United's loss to Bradford City.