RECAP: WEEKEND ENGLISH ACTION
Stuart Holden's Bolton continued their fine run of play after dominating Newcastle at home while Brad Friedel and Marcus Hahnemann were both at fault for goals as their teams lost in a full weekend of English action.
Bolton 5 - 1 Newcastle
Stuart Holden's Bolton put on a clinic at Reebok Stadium after demolishing Newcastle at home.
Kevin Davies and Johan Elmander stole the show, scoring two goals a piece. Davies opened the scoring in the 18th minute after Kevin Nolan was penalized for a handball which denied Chung-Yong Lee the chance to score. Davies stepped up and cooly slotted home the penalty kick.
Lee was not to be denied, getting his goal five minutes before the break while there was a hint of offsides in the buildup. Matt Taylor's free kick smashed off the bar, and Elmander was fastest to react and flicked to Lee who slotted past Tim Krul from 12 yards out.
Just five minutes into the second half Elmander put the game well out of reach. Lee combined with Davies on the edge of the area. Elmander's run into the box was rewarded by a well weighted ball into the box, but the big striker still had work to do. Keeping his calm, Elmander sidestepped Krul before slotting into an empty net.
Andy Carroll instantly reduced the deficit, getting released into space in the 52nd minute. Shola Ameobi was disposessed by Holden, but the ball went straight to the feet of Carroll who slid his shot past Juusi Jaskelainin.
Elmander had been targeted with multiple challenges, but the big forward continued to shrug them off. Fabricio Coloccini let the ball bounce after a big ball forward, and Elmander did the rest, outmuscling the defender through the length of the field. With Krul still to beat, the striker cooly slotted after breaking into the 18.
Coloccini was given a straight red four minutes later as Elmander broke down the other flank, the defender was finally penalized when he elbowed the striker in the face. The game was wrapped up with Davies scoring his second penalty of the night after being brought down in the box by Jose Enrique, taking his own penalty.
Enrique picked up a yellow card for that, while Nolan was also booked for Newcastle. Only Lee had a card on the Bolton side, who next face Blackpool at home.
Blackburn 2 - 0 Aston Villa
Two Brad Friedel mistakes against his former club gifted Blackburn the three points on Sunday.
In one of the last kicks of the first half, Blackburn were awarded a free kick on the edge of the right hand side of the penalty area. Morten Gamst Pedersen stepped up to send in a dangerous free kick, a left footed curling cross.
Friedel misread the flight on the ball, and could only flap a touch as the cross soared over him and into the back of his net.
Villa responded well, hitting the cross bar while Friedel made numerous saves including a one on one where he anticpated a chip shot at goal.
Pedersen would have the last laugh however as Villa failed to clear their lines and shot after shot poured in, with Pedersen turning in the second from close range in the 66th.
Ciaran Clark was the only player booked, as Aston Villa next face Arsenal at home.
Fulham 1 - 4 Manchester City
Clint Dempsey and Fulham could not handle the power of Manchester City who quickly got off on the front foot.
Carlos Tevez scored just six minutes into the game Gareth Barry threaded him a pass on the edge of the area. Outmuscling Carlos Salcido, Tevez turned his defender and finished past Mark Schwarzer with ease.
City doubled their lead in the 32nd minute as they showed their dominance. Fulham continously failed to clear their lines and Pablo Zabaleta latched on to a 20 yard bomb that Schwarzer couldn't get anywhere near. Just three minutes later Yaya Toure who finished excellently past Schwarzer, picking his spot and finishing into the back post.
Zoltan Gera got one back for Fulham with a 20 yard blast through the crowd, with Joe Hart being blinded and unable to make the safe. Dickson Etuhu and Andrew Johnson were both booked for Fulham, while Zabaleta was booked for City. Up next for Fulham is a home game against Birmingham.
Blackpool 2 - 1 Wolverhampton
Marcus Hahnemann will consider himself at fault for both goals as Wolves continue to lose games in which they play considerably well in.
Before anyone could get settled in, Luke Varney hit what could be one of the goals of the season just three minutes into the game. Controlling with his chest, Varney let fly from way far away and the dipping volley was out of reach of Hahnemann as he was chipped into the top corner.
Marlon Harewood got the second just before half time as Hahnemann failed to make contact after deciding to come off his line to win a corner kick. Varney could have been considered to have fouled the American goalkeeper by pushing him down, but his header fell to Harewood who couldn't miss from point blank range.
Kevin Doyle halved the deficit in the 86th minute after heading home a George Elokobi cross. It was too little too late as Blackpool held on.
Christphe Berra and Karl Henry were both booked, as Wolves next face Sunderland at home.
Carlisle United 1 - 2 Walsall
Frank Simek and Mike Grella featured in Carlisle United's loss to Walsall this weekend.
The American duo started and went the full ninety minutes for the Cumbrians.
Grella, who extended his loan with Carlisle last week, opened the scoring in the 26th. Simek took a shot that was saved by Walsall goalie James Walker, but the rebound was pounced on by Grella, who clinically slotted the ball to the back of the net.
Walsall's Matthew Richards tied the score in the 37th minute after his free kick found the upper right corner of the net.
In the 53rd minute, Richards again found the back of the net when he scored off of another free kick.
Jonathan Macken was booked for Walsall while Simek received a yellow card in the final minute of the game.
Walsall next plays Sheffield Wednesday in the midweek while Carlisle take on Rochdale on Tuesday.
Jonathan Spector made the bench in West Ham's 3-0 loss against Liverpool.
Jemal Johnson came on to play the final 17 minutes in Milton Keynes Dons loss to Sheffield Wednesday.
Anton Peterlin did not feature as Plymouth lost to Brentford.