RECAP: MIDWEEK ENGLISH ACTION
JOHN KRETLOW - Friday, December 23, 2011
Brad Friedel and Tottenham were held to a draw at home to Chelsea, while Clint Dempsey and Fulham were routed by Manchester United.

Tottenham Hotspur 1-1 Chelsea

Brad Friedel and Tottenham Hotspur tied Chelsea in Thursday Premier League action.

Friedel started and went the distance.

Emmanuel Adebayor opened the scoring for Tottenham in the 8th minute after he finished a Gareth Bale cross, exciting the Spurs faithful at White Hart Lane.

In the 23rd minute though, Chelsea answered when Ashley Cole made a run down the left side of the field and sent a cross that Daniel Sturridge knocked in with his left foot.

With the tie, the two teams keep their spots in the standings. Tottenham maintains their two point lead with a game in hand over Chelsea.

Adebayor and Bale were booked for Spurs, while Branislav Ivanovic and Ramires received yellows for Chelsea.

Tottenham travels to play Norwich City next week, while Chelsea welcomes Fulham.

Aston Villa 1-2 Arsenal

Brad Guzan and Aston Villa recorded their third loss in four games as they went down to Arsenal at home.

The American ‘keeper started and went the distance for the Villains.

The 17th minute saw Arsenal open the scoring after Villa's Claran Clark tug on Theo Walcott in the box was enough to draw a penalty. Robin Van Persie beat Guzan in the ensuing penalty kick.

Marc Albrighton answered in the 54th minute for Villa after he pounced on a misplay by the Arsenal defense and knocked home the Premier League's 20,000 goal in its history.

Moments later Guzan displayed his quick reaction speed as he saved a Per Mertesacker shot from 10 yards out.

Arsenal got the game winner in the 87th minute when Yossi Benayoun headed in Van Persie's corner kick, as Guzan had no chance at the save.

Clark and Alan hutton were booked for Villa. Hutton received a second yellow, kicking him out of the game in the dying minutes of the match.

Francis Coquelin, Mertesacker, and Van Persie received yellows for Arsenal.

Villa travels to play Stoke City next week, while Arsenal hosts Wolverhampton.

Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-2 Norwich City

Zak Whitbread started and went the distance once again as Norwich City tied Wolverhampton in a midweek Premier League clash.

The start was the third in a row for the American center back since coming back from injury.

Wes Hoolahan found Andrew Surman who clinically finished the cross to open the scoring for Norwich City in the 12th minute.

In the 38th minute, Wolves' Sylvan Ebanks-Blake scored after a deflected ball found him in the box.

Canadian Simeon Jackson gave Norwich the lead in the 76th minute when he tapped in Steve Morison's cross.

Ronald Zubar though answered quick for Wolves, as he headed in a Nenad Milijas corner in the 82nd minute.

Zubar and Stephen Hunt were booked for Wolves, while the Canaries' Kyle Naughton and Russell Martin received yellow cards.

Norwich City travels to London to play Arsenal next Tuesday, while City host Spurs on the same day.

Everton 1-0 Swansea City

Tim Howard and Everton snapped their three game winless slide as they beat Swansea City at Goodison Park.

Howard started and went the distance for Everton.

Leon Osman recorded the lone goal for either team in the 61st minute after he connected with a Royston Drenthe corner, giving Everton the win.

Magaye Gueye received a yellow for Everton, while Ashley Williams and Waybe Routledge were booked for Swansea City.

Everton travel to play Sunderland on Monday, while Swansea host Queens Park Rangers.

Fulham 0-5 Manchester United

Clint Dempsey and Fulham went down hard to Manchester United at Craven Cottage.

The Texan started and played 85 minutes for Fulham.

Danny Welbeck, Nani, and Ryan Giggs scored the opening half goals for United, seriously pitting Fulham at half time.

It did not get easier for the Cottagers in the second half, as Wayne Rooney and Dimitir Berbatov put the game way out of reach as the two forwards scored in the 88th and 90th minute respectively.

Chris Baird was booked for Fulham.

United keep pace with Manchester City in the standings, trailing them by just two points.

The Cottagers are just four points from the relegation zone.

Fulham travel cross town to play Chelsea on Monday, while United host Wigan Athletic.

Notes

Stuart Holden is injured and did not feature in Bolton's win over Blackburn Rovers.