JOHN KRETLOW - Monday, November 19, 2012
Clint Dempsey and Tottenham went down to Arsenal in a London derby, while Brad Guzan and Aston Villa lost to Manchester City in a rout.
Arsenal 5-2 Tottenham Hotspur
An early red card to Emmanuel Adebayor ended any hopes of a close North London contest as Arsenal were too much with a man advantage.
Clint Dempsey played the second half in Tottenham's loss while Brad Friedel dressed but did not feature for Spurs.
The action started early as Emmanuel Adebayor pounced on a rebound after a Jermain Defoe initial shot and found the back of the net for Spurs in the 10th minute.
Just seven minutes later though Adebayor was sent off for a dangerous tackle on Santi Cazorla, hurting the road team for the majority of the game.
Arsenal, now with the man advantage, leveled the game in the 24th minute when Per Mertesacker headed in a Theo Walcott cross.
Lukas Podolski put Arsenal in the lead in the 42nd minute when his shot deflected off William Gallas and beat ‘keeper Hugo Lloris.
Arsenal added another moments before halftime when Cazorla sent in a low cross that Olivier Giroud finished, giving them the two goal lead and heavy momentum going into the locker room.
In the 59th minute the Gunners made it four goals as Podolski found Cazorla with a nice pass that the Spaniard easily finished.
Gareth Bale got one back for Spurs in the 70th minute with a low shot from just outside the area.
Walcott notched Arsenal's fifth goal of the game in stoppage time with a shot from ten yards, giving the home team fans even more to cheer for.
Spurs, now in 8th place in the standings, play Lazio in Europa League action on Thursday and take on West Ham United at home in league play.
Manchester City 5-0 Aston Villa
Aston Villa's horriifc start to the Premier League season continued on Saturday as they were throughouly outplayed by defending champions Manchester City.
Brad Guzan has the misfortunte of starting for Aston Villa while Eric Lichaj was lucky not to dress.
After an even first half, Villa thought they would go into the locker room even, but a scramble for the ball in front of the goal allowed for David Silva to find the back of the net from close range.
In the 52nd minute Villa's Andreas Weimann was called for a hand ball in the box, allowing for Sergio Aguero to convert City's penalty kick and double their lead.
Villa was unlucky again in the 65th minute when Barry Bannan was called for a hand ball in the box. The ensuing penalty kick was notched in by Carlos Tevez this time.
Just two minutes later Aguero scored his second of the game as he impressively sneaked his way into the area and beat Guzan near post.
Tevez tapped in another goal to make it five for City in the 73rd minute, capping off an easy with for the home team.
Villa look to forget the embarrassing loss with a result against Arsenal next week at home.
Reading 2-1 Everton
After starting the Premier League season towards the top of the standings, Everton's recent rocky run continued with a difficult loss to a previously winless Reaading.
Tim Howard played the full ninety minutes in the loss.
Adam Le Fondre notched two goals for the home team in the second half to give Reading their first league win of the season.
Steven Naismith opened the scoring in the tenth minute for the Toffees as he took advantage of lax defending in the area and found the back of the net.
Reading leveled the game in the 51st minute when Le Fondre headed in an impressive free kick from Nicky Shorey.
In the 78th minute Reading took the lead after Everton's Seamus Coleman was called for a penalty. Le Fondre beat Howard with his kick down the middle.
The Toffees, still in a strong fifth place in the league, take on Norwich City at Goodison Park next week.
Leicester City 6-0 Ipswich Town
It maybe early in the season but Leicester City are showing signs of being a contender for promotion with a thorough demolition of relegation fodder Ipswich Town.
The often injured Zak Whitbread went the distance for Leicester City.
David Nugent put the home team ahead with two goals, one from the penalty mark in the eighth minute and then struck again in the 18th minute. Lloyd Dyer notched in the 27th minute while Antony Knockaert rounded up the first half goals in the 44th minute.
Martin Wagohorn scored in the 53rd minute and Marko Futacs finished the easy with another goal in the 82nd minute.
Leicester snaps their four game winless skid in league play with the win and hopes to make it a streak next week when they play Sheffield Wednesday on the road.
Birmingham City 2-3 Hull City
Birmingham City have been very inconsistent to start the Championship season and their uneven nature continued on Saturday with a tough home loss to a strong Hull City team.
Jonathan Spector went the distance for Birmingham City while Will Packwood did not dress for the Blues.
Sone Aluko opened the scoring for Hull City when he notched from inside the area with a left footed shot in the 14th minute.
Aluko added a second for him and his team with a right footed shot in the 26ht minute, giving Hull City the early command.
James Chester scored Hull's third goal of the game in the 33rd minute with a header from the right of the goal box.
Despite the early and heavy setback, the Blues mounted a comeback that fell just short.
Ravel Morrison scored a right footed shot from the inside of the box in the 38th minute and Marlon King notched another just after halftime.
Birmingham could not finish the comeback, but they look to bounce back with a win over Derby County next week.
Cardiff City 1-0 Middlesbrough
It what was a clash of promotion contenders, Cardiff City squeaked by Middlesbrough in a very close and hard-fought game in Wales on Saturday.
American central defender Seb Hines went the distance for Middlesbrough.
The win for Cardiff City jumps them ahead of Boro in the standings and into second place.
Matthew Connolly scored the only goal of the game with a header in the 19th minute passed Jason Steele.
Despite the loss, Boro lead in shots and possession throughout the game.
Boro hopes to keep up with the rest of the teams at the top of the standings when they take on Bristol City next week.
Carlisle United 1-4 Leyton Orient
Frank Simek went the full ninety minutes in Carlisle United's home loss to Leyton Orient.
David Mooney opened the scoring in the 18th minute for Leyton Orient, but Peter Murhpy put the Cumbrians level in the 25th minute.
Ben Chorley though gave Orient the lead just a minute later, while Lee Cook and Mooney rounded out the scoring in the 38th and 44th minutes respectively.
The Cumbrians are just three points above the relegation zone. They look to improve as they take on Doncaster Rovers on Tuesday.
Tim Ream did not feature in Bolton's draw with Barnsley.
Conor Doyle did not dress in Derby County's loss to Crystal Palace.
Mike Grella never left the bench in Scunthorpe United's tie with Notts County.
Robbie Rogers did not make the game day lineup in Stevenage's loss to Sheffield United.
Robbie Findley did not feature in Gillingham's win over Morecambe.
John Paul Pittman came on in the second half of Oxford United's loss to Chesterfield.