JOHN KRETLOW - Monday, January 14, 2013
Brad Guzan and Aston Villa continue their downfall with another loss against Southampton, while Geoff Cameron's Stoke City notched a rare home loss against Chelsea.
Aston Villa 0 - 1 Southampton
Brad Guzan and Aston Villa went down by a single goal to Southampton and fell into the relegation zone.
Eric Lichaj dressed but did not feature for the Villans.
The only goal of the game came in the 34th minute when Southampton's Jay Rodriguez was taken down by Enda Stevens in the box, though replays show that there was little to no contact on the play. Rickie Lambert converted the ensuing penalty kick.
In the 51st minute Stevens nearly put Villa back level, but his heavy shot from outside the box was saved by Southampton ‘keeper Artur Boruc. The ensuing rebound came to Christian Benteke but he was off balance and missed the target.
The home team put numbers forward with time running out, but a lone header that forced another diving save from Boruc again was all Villa could muster in the 88th minute.
Villa takes the field again next week against West Bromwich Albion.
Everton 0 - 0 Swansea City
Tim Howard and Everton notched another draw against Swansea City at goodison Park this weekend.
The Toffees miss a shot at putting more pressure on the league's elite, though they keep their spot of fifth place in the standings.
Everton came close to scoring in the 31st minute as Victor Anichebe snuck a header that keeper Michel Vorm finger-tip saved and Ashley Williams cleared off the line.
Michu nearly put Swansea ahead in the 36th minute as his left footed shot from the left side of the box was saved deflected by Howard and onto the post.
The Toffees played the better of the two teams but frustratingly could not muster any dangerous shots at goal.
Everton takes on Southampton next week.
Stoke City 0 - 4 Chelsea
Geoff Cameron went the distance in Stoke City's big loss to Chelsea at the Britannia Stadium while forgotten man Maurice Edu did not make the game day roster.
Unfortunately for the Potters, Chelsea notched their first goal of the game in first-half stoppage time with a Jonathan Walters own goal header as he intended to beat Juan Mata to clear the ball to safety.
Walters once again scored an own-goal header in the 62nd minute as an inswinging corner kick was knicked into the back of the net by the forward.
Frank Lampard scored from a penalty kick in the 65th minute to give Chelsea the three-goal advantage after Robert Huth was judged to have taken down Mata in the box.
Chelsea then scored their last of the game when Eden Hazard rocketed a shot from outside the box and beat an outstretched Asmir Begovic.
Stoke take the field once again on Tuesday against Crystal Palace in FA Cup action.
Middlesbrough 1 - 2 Watford
Seb Hines returned to Middlesbrough's lineup as he went the full 90 minutes in their loss to Watford.
Boro came close a number of times in the first half, but Watford's Matej Vydra notched a goal in first half stoppage time and again in the 83rd minute to put Watford ahead.
Boro's Scott McDonald was able to garner a consolation goal in the 94th minute, but it was too little and too late the home team.
The loss breaks Boro's five game home winning streak, but they keep their fifth place playoff spot.
They take on Leicester City on Friday.
Bolton 1 - 1 Millwall
Tim Ream went the distance in Bolton's draw with Millwall in Championship action.
Stuart Holden did not make the game day roster for Bolton however is inching closer to his return to first-team action.
Millwall opened the scoring in the ninth minute when Andy Keogh scored from a penalty kick after he was taken down in the box by Zat Knight.
Bolton leveled though in the 34th minute after Danny Shittu took down Lee Chung-Yong in the box and was called for a penalty. Keith Andrews found the back of the net on the ensuing spot kick.
Bolton will try to improve on their 16th place standing next week when they play Crystal Palace next weekend, though they firtst have an FA Cup match on Tuesday against Sunderland.
Colchester United 1 - 2 Scunthorpe United
Mike Grella played the full 90 minutes in Scunthorpe United's victory over Colchester United in League One play.
The win puts Scunthorpe temporarily out of the drop zone and keeps Colchester in the drop zone.
Scunthorpe opened the scoring in the 41st minute as James Ryan found the back of the net, while Karl Hawley doubled the lead in the 46th minute.
Fred Sears was able to get one back for Colchester in the 59th minute, but the home team was unable to muster a leveler.
Scunthorpe takes the field again against Portsmouth next weekend.
Carlisle United 1 - 0 Coventry City
Frank Simek went the distance in Carlisle United's important win over Coventry City.
The first and only goal came in the second minute as Jon-Paul McGovern's cross found Matty Robson who headed home for the Cumbrians.
Coventry nearly leveled in the 80th minute but Leon Clarke's header from inside the six yards went just wide of goal.
The Cumbrians take the field again against Crawley Town next week.
Clint Dempsey played the final 20 minutes in Tottenham's draw with Queens Park Rangers.
Injured Zak Whitbread did not feature in Leicester City's big win over Bristol City.
Conor Doyle did not dress in Derby County's loss to Brighton & Hove Albion.
Robbie Rogers did not dress in Stevenage's loss to Doncaster Rovers.
Jon Paul Pittman did not dress in Oxford United's win over Bradford City in League Two action.