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BRIAN SCIARETTA - Monday, December 3, 2012
Tottenham's Clint Dempsey was triumphant in his return to Craven Cottage while Geoff Cameron and Stoke City move into the top 10 of the Premier League with a strong 1-0 win over West Brom

Fulham 0 - 3 Tottenham

Clint Dempsey's return to Craven Cottage was a resounding success for the Texan who picked up an assist in a strong performance for Tottenham in a win against his former club.

Dempsey went 90 minutes in the win while former US international goalkeeper Brad Friedel was an unused substitute.

After a scoreless first half, Tottenham opened the scoring in the 55th minute when Sandro hit a long shot from distance that Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer should have stopped but failed to do so resulting in a 1-0 Tottenham lead.

In the 72nd minute, Tottenham put the game out of reach when substitute Gylfi Sigurdsson beat his defender from the edge of the box and fed Jermaine Defoe who converted the easy finish for a 2-0 lead.

Five minutes later in the 77th minute, Defoe added his second goal of the game when he collected a ball from Dempsey and moved clean in on Schwarzer and finished with ease for a 3-0 lead.

With the win, Tottenham move into fourth place in the Premier League but are even on points with third place Chelsea. Fulham however fall to 13th place with the defeat.

Tottenham host Panathinaikos on Thursday in the Europa League and will face Everton on Sunday in their next Premier League game.

Manchester City 1 - 1 Everton

Few gave Everton a chance against the Premier League defending champions in their visit to Manchester City but the Liverpool-based club found a way to walk away with an impressive and hard fought draw.

US national team goalkeeper Tim Howard went the distance for Everton.

The game was scoreless until the 33rd minute when Everton stunned the home crowd with a goal Marouane Fellaini. On the play Leighton Baines crossed the ball into the box from the left side and the Belgian international headed it home for surprising 1-0 lead.

In the 43rd minute, Manchester City equalized thanks to a controversial penalty on Fellaini who was called for a foul on Bosnian Edin Dzeko. On the ensuing kick, Tevez sent Howard the wrong way and easily converted the attempt for a 1-1 draw.

With the draw, Manchester City fall three points back of Manchester United in second place while Everton are now in sixth place.

Queens Park Rangers 1 - 1 Aston Villa

In a battle between struggling clubs mired in relegation fights, Queens Park Rangers and Aston Villa played to a draw on Saturday at Loftus Road in London.

Brad Guzan started and went the distance for Aston Villa in goal while fellow American Eric Lichaj also went the full 90 for the visitors.

The game did not stay scoreless for long when Brett Holman gave Villa a 1-0 lead when he took a pass from Ashley Westwood and drilled a long range shot from his left foot past Robert Green to silence the crowd.

In the 18th minute, QPR drew even at 1-1 when Jamie Mackie headed home a cross from Samba Diakite.

Guzan put on yet another strong performance for Villa and his best save came in the 28th minute when he stopped Shawn Wright-Phillips to preserve the draw.

With the draw, Villa remain in 16th place in the Premier League but are just two points clear of the drop zone. QPR however remain in last place with just six points on the season.

Aston Villa return to action next week when they host Stoke City at Villa Park.

West Bromwich Albion 0 - 1 Stoke

Stoke City moved into the top 10 of the Premier League with an impressive win over West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.

US national team defender Geoff Cameron started and went the distance for Stoke. The Rhode Island native played out of position at left back for the second straight game. Fellow American Maurice Edu was an unused substitute for Stoke.

Entering into the game, West Brom were the surprise team of the England and were in third place in the Premier League. They were the heavy favorites against Stoke City playing at home but were unable to crack through Stoke's defense.

In the second half, it appeared as if the teams were playing to a scoreless draw but Dean Whitehead broke the deadlock in the 75ht minute. On the play, Stoke's Michael Kightly collected a sloppy West Brom turnover and sent in a cross that Whitbread converted for a 1-0 lead.

With the win, Stoke City move into 9th place in the Premier League with 22 points through 15 games. They are just two points out of sixth place Everton. The loss sends West Brom to fifth place.

Next Saturday, Stoke City travel to Birmingham to visit Aston Villa at Villa Park.

Birmingham City 3 - 2 Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough failed to capitalize on an opportunity to improve their standing towards the top of the table in the Championship when they fell to Birmingham City on the road.

Middlesbrough's American central defender Seb Hines went the distance as did Jonathan Spector for Birmingham City. US U-20 international Will Packwood did not dress for the Blues.

After Gran Ledbetter opened the scoring for Boro in the 14th minute, Jamaica's Marlon King equalized for the Blues on a penalty after Nick Bailey was called for a foul in the box.

Scott MacDonald put Middlesbrough ahead in the 62nd minute but that lead only lasted four minutes when Wade Elliot equalized on spectacular goal for the hosts on a volley from 22 yards to even the score at 2-2

Birmingham City went ahead for good in the 81st minute when King scored his second goal of the game from close range.

With the win, Birmingham City rise to 19th place in the Championship while Middlesbrough fall to fourth.

Middlesbrough return to action next week with a visit to lowly Peterborough. Birmingham City next week will visit Wolverhampton.

Leicester City 4 - 1 Derby County

Zak Whitbread scored a goal and put in another strong performance for Leicester who cruised to an easy win over Derby County on Saturday.

Whitbread went the distance for Leicester while Derby's Connor Doyle has yet to make the bench since his appendix surgery.

Whitbread opened the scoring for Leicester in the seventh minute with a strong goal off a header while Martin Waghorn doubled the lead in the 23rd minute.

In the 38th minute, Derby's Theo Robinson gave the visitors some hope on a close range goal.

In the second half, however, Leicester took control of the match. David Nugent came into the game in the 65th minute and turned the tide with his goal in the 74th minute and his 89th minute strike finished out the scoring.

With the win, Leicester move to third place in the Championship and return to action next weekend when they host Barnsley.

Notes

Tim Ream remained as an unused substitute in Bolton's 2-1 loss against Ipswich

Robbie Findley was in the 18 but did not play for Notthingham Forest in their 2-1 loss to Hull City.
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