JOHN KRETLOW - Sunday, December 23, 2012
Geoff Cameron and Stoke City continue their unbeaten run with a draw against Tottenham, while Brad Guzan, Eric Lichaj, and Aston Villa were humbled by Chelsea on Sunday.
Tottenham Hotspur 0-0 Stoke City
It was another impressive defensive performance for Geoff Cameron and Stoke City in their scoreless draw against Tottenham.
Cameron went the distance at right back and received a yellow card for Stoke, while Dempsey was a late scratch due to a groin injury. Brad Freidel dressed but did not feature for Spurs.
The Potters nearly scored in the first minute when Kenwyne Jones stole the ball after sloppy distribution in the back from Spurs, but the forward's shot sailed high above Hugo Lloris' goal.
In the 34th minute Gareth Bale sent in a long precise cross that was headed over the goal by Emmanuel Adebayor.
Bale was close to put Spurs up in the 58th minute when an Aaron Lennon cross found the Welsh star in front of goal, but his close range header went high.
Stoke got their best chance in the second half in the 64th minute when Cameron made an impressive run into the final third and set up Ryan Shotton, but his one time shot weakly went straight to Lloris.
Spurs take the field again on Wednesday against Aston Villa, while Stoke City plays Liverpool the same day at the Britannia.
West Ham United 1-2 Everton
Tim Howard and Everton extended their unbeaten streak to six and remained near the top of the Premier League table with their win over West Ham United.
Howard went the distance for the Toffees, while West Ham's Sebastian Lletget dressed but did not feature.
The Hammers took the lead in the 14th minute when Carlton Cole received the ball just outside the box and found the back of the net with a low shot from the top of the area.
In the 64th minute Everton leveled the game when Steven Pienaar's cross found Victor Anichebe who headed home from close range.
Unfortunately for West Ham, Cole received a red card in the 67th minute because of a controversial high kick on Leighton Baines.
Everton benefitted quickly form the man advantage in the 73rd minute as Leon Osman's hopeful low cross in the box was tapped in by Pienaar for the game winning goal.
In stoppage time Darron Gibson was red carded for a dangerous high kick, but it was too little and too late for the Hammers in the end.
The win extends Everton's unbeaten run to seven games. They take on Wigan Athletic next on Boxing Day.
Chelsea 8-0 Aston Villa
Eric Lichaj, Brad Guzan, and Aston Villa were embarrassed by Chelsea on Sunday with the most lopsided result of the Premier League season.
Lichaj played 56 minutes for Villa while Guzan went the distance.
The first half saw Fernando Torres head one in early, David Luiz score on a free kick, and Branislav Ivanovic head home for Chelsea.
The Blues did even more damage in the second half as Eden Hazard, Oscar, and Frank Lampard scored. Ramires scored two goals in the second half as well.
Guzan, despite being beaten throughout, still managed seven impressive saves.
Villa takes the field again on Wednesday against Tottenham and hope to bounce back and forget Sunday's match.
Birmingham City 2-2 Burnley
Birmingham City's disappointing season continued on Saturday as they squandered more points at home against Burnley.
US U-20 international Will Packwood went the distance in Birmingham City's draw with Burnley.Jonathan Spector did not dress because of a hamstring injury.
Curtis Davies opened the scoring in the 30th minute for the Blues, but Danny Ings leveled the game for Burnley in the 66th minute.
Burnley took the lead in the 68th minute with a goal from Ross Wallace but Birmingham City struck back in the 89th minute when Nikola Zigic scored from 12 yards out.
The Blues are just five points above the relegation zone but they look to garner some points on Boxing Day against Barnsley.
Leeds United 2-1 Middlesbrough
Middlesbrough suffered a setback in their quest to sneak into the top two of the Championship with a disappointing loss to Leeds on the road.
Seb Hines went the full 90 minutes for Middlesbrough
With the loss, Boro misses a shot at reaching an automatic promotion position.
Boro opened the scoring in the 30th minute with a Lucas Jutkiewicz goal, but Luciano Beccio continued his goal scoring run with a goal in the 45th and 73rd minute.
Boro take the field on Boxing Day against Blackburn.
Leicester City 0-1 Cardiff City
In a matchup of two of the better teams in the Championship, Leicester suffered a crucial loss at home to Cardiff City.
Texas-born central defender Zak Whitbread went the distance for Leicester City
Cardiff bounced back after a surprising loss last week against Peterborough United and now have a three point lead on top of the standings.
They notched their only goal of the game in the 25th minute when Craig Bellamy received a pass from Craig Conway and then slid the ball into the bottom left of the goal.
With the loss the Foxes fall behind seven points from an automatic promotion position. They take on Hull City on Wednesday.
Conor Doyle did not dress in Derby County's loss to Hull City.
Tim Ream did not feature in Bolton's loss to Peterborough United.
Robbie Findley did not dress in Nottingham Forest's loss to Watford.
Frank Simek and Carlisle United's game against Mike Grella's Scunthorpe United was postponed due to bad weather.
Robbie Rogers and Stevenage's game against Brentford was postponed due to bad weather.
Jon Paul Pittman and Oxford United's game against Fleetwood Town was postponed due to adverse weather conditions.