JOHN KRETLOW - Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Tim Howard's Everton and Brad Guzan's Aston Villa tied in a thriller, while Clint Dempsey and Tottenham were victorious over West Bromwich Albion.
Arsenal 1-0 Stoke City
Stoke City put up a fight against Arsenal but could not avoid a loss in London.
Geoff Cameron played 84 minutes and received a yellow card in the defeat.
The game went scoreless until the 78th minute when Lucas Podolski's free kick took a deflection off of Cameron and found the back of the net.
The Potters have now gone four games without a win, having lost three of those matches. Stoke is in 10th place and will take on Reading next weekend.
Everton 3-3 Aston Villa
It was a battle of American goalkeepers, as Tim Howard's Everton drew with Brad Guzan's Aston Villa.
Eric Lichaj did not dress for the Villains.
The relegation threatened Villa came out of the gates strong as Christian Benteke beat Howard from a difficult angle to take the lead in the 2nd minute.
The Toffees leveled the game in the 22nd minute when Victor Anichebe received the ball with his back to the goal and muscled his way through the defender and beat Guzan.
However, in the 23rd minute, Gabriel Agbonlahor headed in a cross to give the Villains the lead once again.
In the 62nd minute, Benteke notched his second of the game as he impressively headed in a long-distance cross past Howard to give Villa the two-goal lead.
Marouane Fellaini got into the action for the Toffees, though, as he played a give-and-go with Anichebe in the box and slotted home for the home side in the 69th minute.
The Belgian then equalized in the third minute of injury time, as he rose above the Villa defense and headed home a corner kick to the delight of the Goodison Park faithful.
Everton is in 5th place and will take on Manchester United at Old Trafford next Sunday.
Villa will look to claw their way out of the relegation zone with a win over West Ham United next weekend.
West Bromwich Albion 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur
Clint Dempsey went the distance in Tottenham's victory over West Bromwich Albion this weekend.
Brad Freidel dressed but did not feature for Tottenham.
The win for Spurs puts them within one point of third place Chelsea.
After a scoreless first half the game took a turn for the worse for West Brom as Goran Popov was sent off for spitting at a Spurs player, putting them in a difficult position for the rest of the second half.
Gareth Bale then took advantage of the man advantage and rocketed his 11th goal of the season from just outside the box.
Spurs snap their four game winless skid in all competitions and look to repeat the performance against Newcastle United next weekend.
Watford 2-1 Bolton Wanderers
Bolton's struggles continued on Saturday with a loss to Watford on the road.
Tim Ream played the full 90 minutes for Bolton while Stuart Holden did not make the game day roster.
The road team took the lead in the first half as Marvin Sordell notched from a penalty kick goal, but Matej Vydra leveled in the 36th for Watford and Almen Abdi gave the Hornets the win in the 70th minute.
Bolton are just three points above the relegation zone and they look to separate themselves from it with a win over Burnley next week.
Tranmere Rovers 0-1 Carlisle United
Frank Simek went the distance in Carlisle United's big win over first place Tranmere Rovers.
The game's first pivotal moment came in the 36th minute, when Tranmere's Akpa Akpro was sent off for a kick on Simek, giving the Cumbrians the majority of the match with a man advantage.
Rory Loy netted for Carlisle in the 44th minute, and eventually the Cumbrians were the winners because of that goal.
They are in 16th place and take on Stevenage next week.
Conor Doyle dressed but did not feature in Derby County's win over Huddersfield Town.
Jonathan Spector and Will Packwood did not feature in Birmingham City's win over Nottingham Forest.
Seb Hines came on in the second half of Middlesbrough's big loss to Ipswich Town.
Mike Grella played the final 13 minutes in Scunthorpe United's loss to Crewe Alexandra.
Jon Paul Pittman did not dress in Oxford United's loss to Southend United.