RECAP: WEEKEND ENGLISH ACTION
Brad Friedel was hit for six against Newcastle while Tim Howard and Marcus Hahnemann played to a draw in the clash of the American keepers in a full weekend of English action.
Newcastle 6 - 0 Aston Villa
Brad Friedel coughed up a huge goal deficit at the hands of newly promoted Newcastle United with Eric Lichaj and Brad Guzan on the bench.
It looked to be Villa's day when Ashley Young was brought down in the box by Steve Harper in the 10th minute, only for John Carew to blaze his penalty kick over the crossbar. It was all downhill from there.
The penalty scare gave Newcastle the wake up call needed to push forward, when Joey Barton took over in the 12th minute.
With no real pressure on the edge of the box, the midfielder took a step towards goal before unleashing a 20 yard belter that left Friedel stranded.
Persistency was the key to the go ahead goal and Kevin Nolan's first of the night. Andy Carrol's back header set up Nolan to have a chance through a power hearder, only for Friedel to parry back out.
Without stopping his run, Nolan followed up his initial shot and placed his second header in the back of the net.
Friedel began clinging to his goal line and was made to pay as a 34th minute corner fell to the front man whose shot to the far post gave the keeper no chance.
The striker got his second after Villa failed to clear their lines and his strong shot rocketed past Friedel.
Nolan got his second by being in the right place at the right time, as an overhit corner was centered back in for the midfielder to shoot from close range leaving Friedel helpless.
Carrol's hat trick came after a ball that beat the back four sending the striker into space, who took no time to slot past the onrushing Friedel.
Joey Barton, James Perch, and Alan Smith were booked for Newcastle, while Nigel Reo-Coker was booked for Villa.
Guzan will be tipped to regain the reigns of the Villa back four when Rapid Vienna come to Villa Park in the Europa League return leg.
Fulham 2 - 2 Manchester United
Clint Dempsey was a starter in the game that saw mistakes take center stage, and Paul Scholes score his 150th goal for Manchester United.
The landmark goal game just 11 minutes in after being teed up by Dimitar Berbatov, with the ageless midfielder striking the ball from 25 yards out low and hard to zing past David Stockdale.
The Fulham keeper was still on his 'A' game, having just stopped a full out bicycle kick for the Bulgarian front man.
A fluid movement saw Fulham get back in the game in front of their home crowd, Damien Duff showed top skill to nutmeg Patrice Evra with some fancy footwork before blazing down the left flank.
Bobby Zamora was rewarded for his good run with a pass from the winger, and Zamora provided an equally splendid pass to find Simon Davies unmarked inside the area for an easy goal in the 57th.
United's third top goal scorer last year, 'Own Goal' crept back into play when Brede Hangeland put a Luis Nani corner into his own net with a defensive mishap.
Just minutes later in the 86th Nani was given the chance to put United two goals up, but opted for a short run up on his penalty kick that David Stockton easily saved.
Hangeland went from zero to hero as the Cottagers continued to fight, and the towering center back thumped a header past the outstretched Edwin van der Sar to earn a share of the spoils.
Duff and Jonathan Greening were booked for Fulham, while American Eddie Johnson was not on the bench.
Antonio Valencia and Jonny Evans were also booked for United. Up next for Fulham, who take on Port Vale in the Carling Cup on Wednesday.
Everton 1 - 1 Wolves
The battle of the American keepers ended all equal as Tim Howard's Everton and Marcus Hahnemann's Wolves finished one a piece.
Everton drew first blood as Tim Cahill pushed through the Wolverhampton back line to get his shot off after the defense blocked the initial free kick.
Hahnemann was livid, running over to the assistant referee screaming and insisting there had been a foul in the build up.
It was all for naught, however, when Sylvan Ebanks-Blake was the beneficiary of Adlene Guedioura's good work.
After a strong tackle on the half way line, Guedioura burst down the wing, eventually dishing it even wider to Kevin Doyle.
With very little defense in front of Howard, Doyle's low cross past Guedioura and to Ebanks-Blake was destined for the back of the net for the 74th minute equalizer.
John Heitinga was booked for Everton, while George Elokobi and Greg Halford were booked for the visitors.
Wolves next face Southend at home, while Everton face Huddersfield in Carling Cup action.
West Ham 1 - 3 Bolton
Jonathan Spector once again was left off the team sheet while Stuart Holden was another 90 minute performer for the hot trotting Trotters.
It was all West Ham in the first half, but none of their slick movement resulted in a goal. Even a Carlton Cole penalty kick was saved by Bolton's keeper Jussi Jaaskelainen.
West Ham finally did get a goal through Matthew Upson, unfortunately for him it was in his own net.
A dangerous ball forward forced the defender into a rash diving header that diverted the ball past Robert Green for the opener.
Johan Elmander took over from there, equalizing with a monster header from a Chung-Yong Lee cross in the 68th minute.
West Ham were given a second penalty kick, and got back in the game via Mark Noble who made no mistake from the spot.
The scoring was not over yet, as Elmander snuck up in the 84th minute to smash home a left footed shot through a crowd of players that left Green no chance.
Noble and Scott Parker were booked for West Ham, while Bolton's Kevin Davies, Elmander, Paul Robinson, and Gretar Rafn Steinsson were all booked.
Spector will look to make the squad in midweek Carling Cup action as West Ham welcome Oxford United to Upton Park, while Bolton travel to Southampton.
Derby County 1 - 2 Coventry City
Conor Doyle made his full debut for Derby County as the Rams lost to Coventry City in Championship play.
The American played 72 minutes and was subbed off for Tomasz Cywka.
Gary McSheffrey was fouled in the box in the 33rd minute by Derby's Dean Leacock. Lucas Jutkiewicz blasted home a well taken penalty and gave Coventry City the early lead.
Seven minutes after half-time though the Rams were able to equalize with a Dean Moxey goal. Robbie Savage found John Brayford on the overlap and his cross found Moxey who did not miss from 12 yards out.
After minutes of continued pressure by Coventry City, Ben Turner found the net on a corner kick in the 80th minute, sealing the win for the Sky Blues.
Nathan Cameron, Freddy Eastwood and Jordan Clarke were booked for the Sky Blues. Garreth Roberts and Dean Leacock received yellow cards for the Rams.
Coventry City next travel to play Millwall while Derby will look to improve against Queens Park Rangers.
Wycombe Wanderers 0 – 0 Oxford United
Jon-Paul Pittman started and played 74 minutes as Wycombe tied Oxford United with no goals to show for.
Matt Phillips missed wide from only eight yards after receiving a perfect cross from Pittman in the first half.
Scott Rendell came on for the American forward with 16 minutes to play.
Wycombe goalie Nikki Bull produced an impressive second half performance to keep Oxford United from scoring.
The Wanderers' Dave Winfield, Matt Bloomfield and Ben Strevens were booked. Anthony Tonkin and Dannie Bulman received yellow cards for Oxford United.
Pittman and Wycombe next travel to play Northampton Town while Oxford United take on West Ham United in the Carling Cup in midweek action.
Mike Grella stayed on the bench as Leed United beat Millwall.
Zak Whitbread is injured and thus did not feature for Norwich City's win over Swansea City.
Anton Peterlin did not make the bench for the Pilgrims loss to Walsall.
Seb Harris made a 77th minute cameo for the Cobblers as they tied Bury.