RECAP: WEEKEND ENGLISH ACTION
Tim Howard's Everton notched a win over Hull City to keep their strong season going, while Brad Guzan and Aston Villa went down at home to Tottenham.
Everton 2-1 Hull City
Tim Howard and Everton continued their strong season as they beat Hull City at Goodison Park.
Howard returned from international duty to help guide the Toffees to another home victory.
Kevin Mirallas opened the scoring in the 8th minute for Everton, however Yannick Sagbo of Hull leveled the score in the 30th minute.
The second half saw Everton notch the winner as Steven Pienaar returned from injury in impressive fashion as he finished a Mirallas cross in the 57th minute.
Everton moves to seventh place in the standings and trails first place Arsenal by just four points in a congested Premier League table.
The Toffees take the field again next week against Aston Villa.
Aston Villa 0-2 Tottenham Hotspur
Brad Guzan and Aston Villa were unable to keep up with Tottenham and went down to the London side at home.
Guzan went the distance and recorded four saves in the match, while Brad Friedel dressed but did not feature for Spurs.
The first goal of the game came in the 31st minute when Andros Townsend's attempted cross was not met by any of his teammates, however the ball made its way passed Guzan and into the back of the net.
Guzan made his best save in the second half when good possession play by Spurs led to a Townsend shot inside the box that the American ‘keeper was able to save with a diving effort to his right.
In the 69th minute Spurs doubled their lead when Paulinho linked up with Roberto Soldado who notched passed Guzan.
Villa was unable to retaliate with a goal and Spurs went on for the victory.
Villa, in 13th place, take on Everton at home next weekend, while Spurs look to improve upon their 5th place standing with a win against Hull City at home.
In the midweek, Spurs take on Sheriff in Europa League play.
Bolton Wanderers 1-1 Sheffield Wednesday
Tim Ream and Bolton were held to a draw at home against Sheffield Wednesday in Championship action.
Ream went the distance for Bolton, while Stuart Holden did not feature as he continues to rehab his knee and is out long-term.
Jermaine Beckford opened the scoring in the 16th minute for Bolton, but Wednesday leveled in the 26th minute when Alex Baptiste headed into his own net.
A hard fought battle by both teams nearly ended up in a win by Bolton when a terrific header by Ream was impressively saved by Wednesday ‘keeper Chris Kirkland in the final minutes.
Bolton takes on Ipswich Town next week.
Barnsley 3-2 Middlesbrough
Seb Hines returned to Middlesbrough's lineup in a losing effort to Barnsley.
Hines went the full ninety minutes in Boro's backline.
The first half was clearly dominated by the home team as Patrick McCourt opened the scoring in the 26th minute and Chris O'Grady notched two goals with goals in the 41st and 43rd minute for Barnsley.
Boro however made a strong comeback as Albert Adomah scored in the 82nd and 84th minutes.
It was too little and too late though for Boro. They are in 16th place and have won just once in their last ten games in all competitions.
They hope to claw their way back up the standings when they take on Doncaster on Friday.
Geoff Cameron did not play in Stoke City's draw with West Bromwich Albion because of a calf injury. Brek Shea and Maurice Edu also did not make the game day roster for the Potters.
Jozy Altidore played the final 8 minutes in Sunderland's loss to Swansea City.
Danny Williams did not dress in Reading's big win over Doncaster.
Eric Lichaj did not make the game day roster in Nottingham Forest's draw with AFC Bournemouth.
Zak Whitbread did not feature in Leicester City's win over Huddersfield Town. Duane Holmes played second half minutes for Huddersfield.
Jonathan Spector and Will Packwood did not play in Birmingham City's loss to Leeds United.
Jon Paul Pittman played the final 14 minutes in Wycombe's win over Bristol in League Two play.