RECAP: WEEKEND ENGLISH ACTION
Landon Donovan scored in his final home game for Everton in a demolition of Jozy Altidore's Hull City while Brad Friedel and Aston Villa made their FA Cup quarter-final with Reading one to remember.
Reading 2 - 4 Aston Villa
Brad Friedel was chosen in the FA Cup quarterfinal at Reading, with Brad Guzan forced to the bench as Reading gave Villa a run for their money.
Shane Long opened the scoring after Villa failed to deal with a Howard corner. Matthew Mills flicked on the cross and Long was on hand to nod home past Friedel in the 27th minute. Three minutes before half time Long doubled the Royals advantage, as Jimmy Kebe tore down the right flank before teeing up Long to smash home from 12 yards out.
Just two minutes into the second half Villa got the lifeline they needed through Ashley Young. Carlos Cuellar missed his chance from Stewart Downing's cross, but Young was at the far post for the tap in. Downing again provided the necessary attacking spark, with Jon Carew leveling in the 51st. His inch perfect cross picked out the looming frontman who made no mistake from close range, nodding past Adam Federici.
Just six minutes later, Villa had completed the upset when Carew added his second in the space of five minutes. Stephen Warnock overlapped Young down the wing, and his cross was met by the Norweigen who tucked the ball into the far corner. Carew completed his hat trick in the dying minutes as he was brought down in the box by Ivar Ingimarsson.
Gylfi Sigurdsson and Jay Tabb were booked for Reading, while James Collins, Richard Dunne, James Milner, and Young were booked for Villa. Up next for Friedel and company, a trip to Britannia Stadium on Saturday to take on Stoke.
Everton 5 - 1 Hull
Landon Donovan and Jozy Altidore came on as second half subs, with the former claiming a goal in his 20 minute spell on the field.
Everton struck first through Mikel Arteta who found himself relatively unmarked at the back post. Aiyegbeni Yakubu did well to pick out Arteta on the back post, and his near post shot beat Boaz Myhill. Yakubu hit the post before the opening goal, and missed a penalty after with Myhill making the save.
Phil Jagielka headed out Nick Barmby's free kick in the 31st minute, and Tom Cairney was on hand to lash home a brilliant left footed volley that left Howard stranded in his diving effort.
Arteta made it two through a fluid passing movement that saw Victor Anichebe square the ball back to Steven Pienaar. With no way forward, the South African international rolled the ball backwards without looking to the onrushing Arteta who side footed it home in the 39th.
Arteta was at the forefront of everything positive for Everton, as his cross eluded the flapping Myhill in the 51st minute. Richard Garcia expected his keeper to deal with the cross, but was instead hit on the head for an unfortunate own goal.
In his last home game with the club, Donovan was gifted a farewell finish when Hull's defense failed to clear with a Leighton Baines cross. Completely unmarked in the box, the American wasted little time smashing his shot with his first touch into the far corner in the 82nd minute.
Donovan then added an assist when he sent a first-time cross back into the box for Jack Rodwell. John Heitinga set up the American, and young Rodwell clipped home the fifth of the night to the near post.
Garcia was the only player booked in the game, with Everton facing Birmingham next week while Hull take on Arsenal at home.
Wolverhampton 0 - 1 Manchester United
Marcus Hahnemann was only tested once in the Wolverhampton goal, and it came by way of Paul Scholes smashing home his 100th Premier League goal for Manchester United.
In a dire game where Wolves had a majority of the possession, it wasn't until the second half that the breakthrough happened. Antonio Valencia picked out Luis Nani inside the area, and the Portuguese's cross was deflected back at Scholes. Taking a touch to his right the veteran United man smashed past Hahnemann into the far bottom corner for the match winner.
Same Vokes had the potential to get a share of the spoils, but was unable to keep his head alone on goal and blazed over. Jody Craddock and David Jones were booked for Wolves, while Nemanja Vidic was booked for Manchester United. Up next for Hahnemann is a weekend trip to Turf Moor to take on Burnley.
West Ham 1 - 2 Bolton
Jonathan Spector was a 90 minute man for West Ham while Stuart Holden's career at Bolton was put on hold after breaking a bone in his lower leg.
Bolton surged on without him, however, with Kevin Davies supplying the opening goal. Chung-Yong Lee continued to add to his building reputation, finding space down the right wing to cross in for Davies who supplied the rocket header that left Robert Green stranded in the 10th minute.
Just six minutes later, Jack Wilshere doubled their advantage when the Hammers defense went to sleep. Tomkins tried to box out Davies to let the ball go out for a goalkick, but Davies' got a foot on it at the last second to center for Tamir Cohen. With the defnese shifted, Cohen laid his header back into the middle where Wilshere smashed home from close range on the half volley.
Cohen was sent off in the 72nd for his second yellow card, and Allesandro Diamanti added a consolation goal in the 88th. Stepping up to the occasion, Diamanti curled in a spectacular left footed effort that beat Jussi Jaaskelainen.
Diamanti and Radoslav Kovac were booked for West Ham, while Fabrice Muamba, Jaaskelainen, Paul Robinson, and Wilshere joined Cohen in the book. West Ham next face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge while Bolton face Sunderland on Tuesday.
Derby County 2 - 0 Watford
Jay DeMerit was a 90 minute man but he was unable to keep Derby County at bay as a goal on either side of half time spelled out the loss for the Hornets.
On loan Stoke midfielder Michael Tonge got the Rams off to a positive start, freeing himself on the right flank in the 12th minute. Without any pressure, the midfielder surged forward and struck a fierce 30 yard drive that smacked off the underside of the bar for the opening goal.
In the 77th Chris Porter made it two goals, taking advantage of DeMerit. The American captain slipped as he tried to deal with a long ball forward, and Porter seized the opportunity to score his second goal against the Hornets this campaign.
Nicky Hunt and Dean Moxey were booked for Derby, while John Eustace was booked for Watford. Up next for the Hornets, a Tuesday visit from Swansea to Vicarage Road Stadium.
Sheffield Wednesday 2 - 0 Leicester
Frank Simek was inserted into the Sheffield Wednesday line up just after half time as Tommy Spurr pulled out due to an injury.
Leon Clarke got the Owls off to a dream start as promotion hopeful Leicester came to town. Testing Chris Weale in the opening minutes, Clarke's second shot on goal came from outside of the area, a rocket into the top corner.
Simek was inserted in the 46th minute, but Clarke was on target again in the 61st. Jermaine Johnson made space for himself out wide before picking out the big front man inside the box. Clarke used his size to his advantage, muscling space before tucking home his second of the night.
Brune Berner was the only player boked for Leicester, as Darren Potter, Marcus Tudgay, and Luke Varney were booked for Wednesday. Up next for the Owls, a Tuesday match up at West Brom.
Wycombe 0 - 0 Carlisle
Jon-Paul Pittman went 82 minutes in Wycombe's goalless draw at home to the visiting Carlisle.
The American striker had his chance in the opening minutes when John Mousinho sent him through in the 13th minute. With only the keeper to beat, Adam Collin stepped up to make the save to keep Carlisle in it.
Both Craig Woodman and adam Hinshelwood were booked for Wycombe as the club remains three points from safety in the relegation zone. Up next for the Chairboys is a weekend trip to Oldham at Boundary Park.
Port Vale 1 - 3 Northampton
Seb Harris was given a 20 minute run out for Northampton who were forced to overcome a difficult Port Vale team.
Northampton got off to a dream start with Adebayo Akinfenwa netted in the third minute. Taking his chances early, the Cobblers leading scorer kept cool when surrounded by a horde of Vale defenders and fired home from 20 yards out.
The lead lasted under two minutes when Sean Riggs shot was parried by Lason Steele. On hand to tuck away his second in two games, Doug Loft tucked away the equalizer. Just before half time Northampton took the lead when Joe Anyon dropped Paul Rodgers cross, with Abdul Osman tucking in the loose ball.
Northampton again were fortunate to get another goal, when Liam Davis' original shot was deflected. Vale goalkeeper Anyon was left stranded as Billy McKay spun to smash home on the stroke of half time.
Osman was the only player booked, as Harris looks to make another appearance next Saturday when Darlington comes to Sixfields Stadium.
Clint Dempsey was out injured when Fulham drew 0-0 at home in the FA Cup to Tottenham.
Devann Yao did not dress in Ipswich's 1-0 loss at Blackpool.
A hamstring injury kept Jemal Johnson out of Stockport's 2-0 loss at Charlton.
Zak Whitbread was out injured when Norwich won 3-0 at home to Yeovil.
Mike Grella did not make the bench when Leeds came from behind to draw 1-1 at home against Brentford.
Kenny Cooper remained on the bench as Plymouth drew 1-1 at home to Preston.