RECAP: WEEKEND ENGLISH ACTION
Landon Donovan was on the losing end of his first Anfield trip with Everton but the main talking point of the weekend was Jozy Altidore scoring his first Premier League goal in a huge victory for Hull City over Manchester City.
Liverpool 1 - 0 Everton
Landon Donavan was a 90-minute man but Tim Howard was the center of attention as ten-man Liverpool won the Battle of Liverpool.
Donovan did well in the 20th minute to beat the Liverpool midfield and forced Dirk Kuyt into a yellow card, and to earn Liverpool a free kick. Pepe Reina was forced into a good save before the cards started flying.
Steven Pienaar was shown a yellow for a dangerous tackle on Javier Mascherano, and Liverpool teammate Jammie Carragher retaliated moments later with a scissor sliding challenge taking the South African down in the 30th. Just four minutes later Sotirios Kyrgiakos was shown a straight red for a two footed, studs up challenge on Marouane Fellaini forcing him off the field.
Liverpool started strongest after the break, and got their goal just ten minutes in. Howard and Phil Neville were jockeying for a position against Kuyt on a Liverpool corner. Steven Gerrard's in-swinging corner deceived Howard who failed to come off his line to make contact, and Kuyt nodded home from three yards out.
Gerrard picked up a yellow card for a reckless challenge on Pienaar, with Victor Anichebe picking up a yellow card in the ensuing scuffle following the challenge. Pienaar was sent off at the very end of the match, and will miss Everton's next match at home against Chelsea.
Hull 2 - 1 Manchester City
Jozy Altidore scored his first Premier League Goal in Hull City's vital win over Manchester City at KC Stadium.
Altidore took his goal in stride just past the half-hour mark, with Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink providing the lay off for the American striker to send a curler around Shay Given from the edge of the area.
Stephen Hunt sent in a corner, but Manchester City failed to safely clear their lines as the corner fell to George Boateng. Without a second thought the midfielder struck a beautiful 25 yard volley that left Given stranded to put Hull up by two goals in the 54th minute.
Stephen Ireland sent in a corner to have the visitors pull one back, and Boaz Myhill did well to deny Carlos Tevez but Emmanuel Adebayor turned it home from six yards out in the 59th minute.
Andy Dawson and Criag Fagan were booked for Hull while Altidore went 66 minutes in an inspired performance. Dedryck Boyata, Kolo Toure, Patrick Vieira, and Pablo Zabaleta were all booked for the visitors. Up next for Hull, a trip to Ewood Park to take on Blackburn.
Burnley 2 - 1 West Ham
Jonathan Spector was another 90-minute man for West Ham as they were undone by Premier League new boys Burnley.
Just 14 minutes in Burnley were on the front foot when new left back Danny Fox sent a long free kick forward for David Nugent to lift over Robert Green. Matthew Upson was caught off guard and it cost West Ham the opener.
Fox completed his dream start just ten minutes after half time when Jack Collison pushed down Mears to earn Burnley a dangerous free kick. The debutant left back stepped up to send in a fantastic curling free kick to seal the victory.
West Ham got one back back in the 81st when Brazilian debutant Ilan was gifted his opening goal when Burnley failed to clear their lines to slot into an open net. Hammers other deadline day signing Mido hit the post in the dying seconds.
Fox and Kevin McDonald picked up cards for Burnley, while Scott Parker picked up a card for West Ham. Up next for the Hammers is a home game against Birmingham.
Tottenham 0 - 0 Aston Villa
Brad Friedel kept Aston Villa alive in a game full of chances in a lively game at White Heart Lane that saw all matters end even.
Friedel was forced into back to back saves on multiple occasions, with Peter Crouch coming the closest out of all of the strikers with multiple attempts that could not get past the American shot stopper.
Brad Guzan was on the bench while John Carew came on in the 21st minute for Emile Heskey, with no yellow cards given in the match. Villa end the day three points outside of fourth place, and next face Manchester United on Wednesday.
Birmingham - Wolverhampton
Marcus Hahnemann was beaten twice by second half substitute Kevin Phillips to let the points slip away St. Andrews Stadium.
Kevin Doyle slotted home his sixth of the season after a bit of good luck found him open three minutes before half. Matt Jarvis' low cross hit off of Roger Johnson and onto the post. The rebounded deflection found Doyle in front of an open net.
Gardner turned a cross towards goal, and Phillips was on hand to level things up ten minutes until full time. With five minutes left in the game Phillips completed the dramatic come back after chesting down a Stephen Carr cross, before blasting past Hahnemann from a tight angle.
Lee Bowyer, Scott Dann, Barry Ferguson, Joe Hart, and Johnson were all booked for Birmingham, while Karl Henry, David Jones, and Michael Mancienne were booked for Wolves. Up next for Hahnemann is a home test against Tottenham on Wednesday.
Barnsley 1 - 0 Watford
Jay DeMerit and Watford once again failed to capitalize when ten-man Barnsley held onto a slim lead.
Andy Gray's pass sent Hallfredsson through, who rounded Adrian Mriappa before smashing his shot goalwards. Scott Loach got a touch but could only put it onto the post for a bounce into the goal in the 55th.
Ryan Shotton was shown a straight red for bringing down Lloyd Doyley, with Hugo Colace and Mariappa both were shown yellow for Barnsley and Watford, respectively. Up next for the Hornets, a home test against Bristol City.
Plymouth 0 - 1 West Brom
Kenny Cooper was a 58th minute substitute as Plymouth fell in a game of few chances due to a second half West Brom goal.
Roman Bednar created the play to get West Brom to knock down a long ball into the box for Simon Cox. Both frontmen connected as Cox smashed home his volley from close range to get the game winner.
Cooper had a chance to make an impact with a free kick, but it went over. Plymouth goalkeeper David Stockdale stopped David McNamee's late penalty but it wasn't enough to spur them on.
Kari Arnason, Damien Johnson, and Gary Sawyer were booked for Plymouth while Bednar, Joe Mattock, Abdoulaye Meite were all booked for West Brom before Jerome Thomas received his late marching orders for Albion. Cooper will have a chance at a start when Plymouth travel to Reading in midweek action.
Nottingham Forest 2 - 1 Sheffield Wednesday
Frank Simek was inserted into the squad after Lewis Buxton picked up a hamstring injury when Nottingham pulled through late against Sheffield Wednesday.
Dexter Blackstock lead Nottingham to a much needed victory over Sheffield Wednesday as Forest continue to push for a promotion spot. The striker's original shot struck against Darren Purse's arm for a penalty kick. Blackstock stepped home to smash home the penalty in the 24th minute.
Simek started the attack to find the equalizer for Wednesday, when his long throw was poorly cleared by the Forest back line. Etienne Esajas cross found Nick Varney who sent in the finish to restore parity.
It was Blackstock who was on hand to give Forest the victory ten minutes from time. A double shot from the frontman saw his parried header fall back to his feet to smash home.
Chris Gunter and Paul Anderson were booked for Forest, while Michael Gray and Varney were shown yellows for Wednesday. Up next for the Owls is a home test against Blackpool.
Millwall 2 - 1 Norwich
Zak Whitbread was a 77th minute substitute as Norwich gave up an early lead as his former club Millwall came from behind to win in the second half.
Chris Martin opened the scoring in the fourth minute after deceiving the wall with his free kick. A former Norwich Academy player, bent a low free kick around the wall and past David Forde.
Millwall restored parity after 26 minutes when Tony Craig was given space inside of the area. The defender found room from 12 yards out and smashed past Fraser Foster to get the Lions fans back into the game.
Neil Harris was a second half substitute, and he provided the game winning goal to complete the comeback. The Lions won a corner just six minutes into the second half, and a short corner ended at Chris Hackett to cross in for the front man to head home.
No cards were issued in the game. Up next for Whitbread and Norwich is a trip to Brighton next week.
Stuart Holden and Clint Dempsey were both out injured when Bolton drew 0-0 with Fulham at home.
Devann Yao is still trying to work his way into Ipswich's squad who drew 1-1 against Middlesbrough.
Jemal Johnson was unavailable to to face Milton Keynes Dons for Stockport under terms of his contract, as the Dons won 3-1.
Jon-Paul Pittman was left on the bench in a 4-1 Wycombe demolition at the hands of Yeovil.
Mike Grella was on the bench when Leeds drew 2-2 against
Seb Harris was on the bench when Northampton defeated Dag & Red 1-0.