JOHN KRETLOW - Monday, January 17, 2011
Tim Howard and Everton let a win in the Merseyside derby slip through their fingers while Clint Dempsey and Fulham managed to salvage a draw against Wigan.

Everton 2-2 Liverpool

Tim Howard and Everton nearly pulled off a win at Anfield but had to settle for a tie.

Howard started and made nine saves in a thrilling Merseyside derby.

Raul Meireles scored his first goal since arriving at Liverpool and gave the hosts the lead in the 29th minute. His left-footed shot beat Howard.

Sylvain Distin leveled the game just after halftime for Everton after he headed a Mikel Arteta corner past Pepe Reina's goal.

Only six minutes later Everton took the lead when Jermaine Beckford scored after an impressive Leon Osman through pass.

The 68th minute though saw Everton lose their shot for a win at Anfield. Howard was called for a penalty when he took down Maxi Rodriguez after a scramble in the box. Dirk Kuyt shot home the game tying penalty kick.

Reina, Fernando Torres and Dirk Kuyt received yellow cards for Liverpool while Everton were not booked throughtout the game.

Liverpool next play Wolverhampton on Saturday while Everton take on Jonathan Spector's West Ham United.

Fulham 1-1 Wigan Athletic

Clint Dempsey and Fulham narrowly earned a point in the dying minutes against fellow struggler Wigan Athletic.

Dempsey started and went the full ninety minutes for the Cottagers.

Hugo Rodallega opened the scoring for Wigan in the 57th minute after Al Habsi sent a long ball in to him that he lifted over goalie David Stockdale.

Shortly after in the second half, Dempsey rifled an impressive shot that appeared to give Fulham the tie, but was discounted because the Texas native appeared to have handled the ball prior.

Dempsey would not leave the game empty handed though. The ex-New England Revolution player's pass found Andrew Johnson who found the back of the net on a deflected shot, giving Fulham the leveler.

Wigan's Antolin Alcaraz, Maynor Figueroa, Rodallega, and Franco Di Santo were all booked. John Pantsil received a yellow card for Fulham.

Wigan will host Arsenal next weekend while Fulham takes on Stoke City.

Aston Villa 1-1 Birmingham

Brad Friedel and Aston Villa tied their derby match up against Birmingham this weekend.

Friedel stared and went the full ninety minutes as usual for Villa.

There was no score until early in the second half when Roger Johnson scored after a Craig Gardner freekick ball eventually landed in front of him, giving Birmingham the lead.

In the 73rd minute, James Collins put Villa back on terms when his shot beat Ben Foster after a Marc Albrighton pass.

Stephen Carr was booked for Birmingham while Richard Dunne and Collins received yellows for Villa.

Birmingham next take on Manchester United and Aston Villa host Manchester City next weekend.

West Ham United 0-3 Arsenal

Jonathan Spector and West Ham United could not find the back of the net in their loss against Arsenal.

Spector started and went the full ninety minutes for the East London team.

Robin Van Persie opened the scoring in the 13th minute after a clever Samir Nasri pass found the Dutchmen.

Five minutes before half time, Van Persie then found Theo Walcott in front the goal and roofed an impressive shot to double the lead.

A Wayne Bridge foul in the box to Walcott won a penalty for Arsenal in the 77th minute. Van Persie made no mistake from the spot, giving the Gunners an insurmountable lead.

Julien Faubert received the only booking of the game for West Ham.

Bolton 0-2 Stoke City

Stuart Holden and Bolton were left disappointed after falling to Stoke City in a Premier League match up.

The former Houston Dynamo midfielder started and was subbed off in the 84th minute for Bolton.

Stoke City took the lead in the 37th minute when a Tuncay Sanli corner eventually found Danny Higginbotham who slotted home the first goal of the game.

The 50th minute saw Holden almost score on an impressive free kick that was saved by goalie Asmir Begovic.

Matthew Etherington was taken down in the box in the 62nd minute, winning a penalty for the home team. Etherington slotted home the penalty himself.

Zat Knight and Fabrice Muamba received yellow cards for Bolton.

Stoke take on Cardiff on Tuesday in the FA Cup while Bolton take on Chelsea next week in league play.

Norwich City 1-1 Cardiff City

Zak Whitbread and Norwich City drew with Cardiff in a Championship contest.

The American center back started and played the full game for the Canaries.

Jon Parkin opened the scoring early for Cardiff with a powerful 25-yard shot in the seventh minute.

With the game all but over, Norwich scored their sixth injury time goal this season when Adam Drury found Russell Martin who fired home the game-winning goal.

The Canaries are tied in second place in the Championship with 44 points.

Chris Martin received a yellow for Norwich while Stephen McPhail, Craig Bellamy, Jon Parkin and Michael Chopra were booked for Cardiff.

Norwich next plays Sheffield United while Cardiff take on Stoke in the midweek in FA Cup action.

Hull City 2-0 Barnsley

Brad Guzan and Hull City triumphed over a nine-man Barnsely team.

Guzan started in between the sticks and went the full ninety for the Tigers.

Matt Fryatt scored in the 66th minute off of a penalty kick, giving Hull City the first goal of the game.

Stephen Foster was called for a professional foul and given a straight red card after taking down the Tiger's forward in the box.

Robert Koren doubled the lead for Hull after he slotted home an Andy Dawson pass in the dying minutes of the game.

Ian Ashbee, Dawson, and Nolberto Solano were booked for Hull while Jason Shackell was carded in the 65th minute and 90th minute, resulting in his sending off for Barnsley.

Guzan and the Tigers take on Reading next week while Barnsely take on Swansea.

Carlisle United 4-0 Bristol Rovers

Frank Simek and Carlisle United thumped the Bristol Rovers in a League One clash.

Simek started and went the full ninety minutes for the Cumbrians.

The scoring started just before halftime when Gary Sawyer handled the ball in the goal resulting in a James Berrett penalty kick goal.

Craig Curran slotted home the Cumbrians second goal of the game in the 57th minute after receiving an impressive pass from Berrett.

The 73rd minute saw Liam Cooper get into the action with a header that found the back of the net after a Berret cross.

Sawyer would again be called for a penalty after taking down Ben Marshall in the box. Berrett would easily score the resulting penalty kick, capping an easy win for Carlisle.

Paul Thirlwell was booked for Carlilse while Gary Sawyer received a yellow card for Bristol. Danny Coles received a red card for Bristol as well in the 51st minute.

Carlisle next plays Huddersfield Town in the midweek while Bristol take on Hartlepool on Tuesday.


Marcus Hahnemann did not play in Wolverhampton's loss to Machester City.

Conor Doyle did not feature in Derby's loss to Watford.

Mike Grella did not play in Leeds' win over Scunthorpe.

Anton Peterlin did not play in Plymouth's loss to Oldham Athletic.