JOHN KRETLOW - Monday, March 12, 2012
Tim Howard and Everton were victorious over Brad Friedel and Tottenham in a battle between American ‘keepers, while Clint Dempsey and Fulham's win streak was snapped in their loss to Aston Villa.

Aston Villa 1-0 Fulham

Clint Dempsey and Fulham were unable to extend their win streak as they went down to Aston Villa in Premier League action this weekend.

Dempsey started and went the distance for Fulham, while Eric Lichaj and Brad Guzan stayed on the bench for Villa.

The loss was unlucky for the Cottagers, as Villa found the back of the net deep into injury time when Andreas Weimann scored on a rebound after an initial Gary Gardner shot.

The loss snaps the Cottagers three game win streak, while the home win for Villa was their first since November 5th of last year.

Stiliyan Petrov and Chris Herd were booked for Fulham.

Villa takes on Bolton on Tuesday, while Fulham plays Swansea City the coming weekend.

Everton 1-0 Tottenham

Tim Howard and Everton defeated Brad Friedel and Tottenham in a crucial game.

Both American ‘keepers started and went the whole 90 minutes for their respective teams.

Nikica Jelavic scored in his first start for Everton in the 22nd minute, as his teammate Leon Osman set the Croatian up superbly.

The win extends the Toffees unbeaten streak 10 games in all competitions, while Spurs chances of catching either of the Manchester teams are very low.

John Heitinga and Howard were booked for Everton, while Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Jermain Defoe saw yellow for Spurs.

Everton takes on Liverpool on Tuesday, while Tottenham plays Bolton next weekend in FA Cup action.

Norwich City 1-1 Wigan Athletic

Zak Whitbread and Norwich City tied Wigan Athletic in Sunday league action.

Whitbread started and went the distance for the Canaries.

Wes Hoolahan opened the scoring for Norwich in the 10th minute when he notched off of a Simeon Jackson cross to the delight of the home fans.

Wigan though, in desperate need of points, leveled the game when Victor Moses rounded Norwich ‘keeper John Ruddy and slotted home.

The game would end in a stalemate, keeping Wigan on the bottom of the Premier League standings and extending the Canaries' winless streak to three games.

Grant Holt, Hoolahan, Whitbread, and Adam Drury were booked for Norwich, while James McCarthy, Antolin Alcaraz, Moses, and James McArthur saw yellow cards for Wigan.

The Canaries take on Newcastle United next week, while Wigan hosts West Brom.

Bolton 2-1 Queens Park Rangers

Tim Ream and Bolton were victorious over Queens Park Rangers in a relegation zone battle.

Ream started and went the distance at defense for Bolton.

In the 19th minute QPR was robbed of a goal after Clint Hill's header clearly crossed the line, but the referee did ruled otherwise.

Darren Pratley went on to put Bolton in the lead in the 37th minute, while Djibril Cisse equalized for QPR just after halftime.

Ivan Klasnic won the game for Bolton with only minutes remaining in the game when he slotted home after a Ryo Miyaichi pass.

Pratley and David Wheater were booked for Bolton, while Nedum Onuoha and Samba Diakité saw yellow for QPR.

Bolton plays Tottenham next week in FA Cup play, while does not play until the 21st of the month against Liverpool.

Coventry City 1-1 Birmingham City

Jonathan Spector and Birmignham City tied Coventry City in a Championship battle this weekend.

Spector started and went the distance for the Blues, while Will Packwood did not make the game day roster.

Gary McSheffrey scored off of a eader in the 70th minute for Coventry, while Marlon King leveled just two minutes later from close range.

Coventry continues in the relegation zone, four points from safety. The Blues are off the playoff pace by just one point.

Alex Nimely and Jordon Clarke were booked for Coventry, while Birmingham's Jordan Mutch was sent off in the final moments of the game.

Coventry continues their push to avoid relegation next week as they play Watford, while Birmingham plays Leicester City in midweek Championship action.

Carlisle United 4-1 Bury

Frank SImek and Carlisle United were victorious over Bury in League One play this weekend.

Simek started and went the distance for the Cumbrians.

Bury opened the scoring in the 23rd minute with a Giles Coke goal, but the Cumbrians took the game easily as they went on to score 4 unanswered goals.

Liam Noble and Jordan Cook scred for Carlisle, while Lee Miller found the back of the net twice in the final moments of the game.

Noble and Peter Murphy were booked for the Cumbrians, while Nathan Clarke, Patrick Cregg, and David Worrall saw yellows for Bury. Peter Sweeney was sent off for Bury in the 90th minute.


Robbie Findley did not see the field in Nottingham Forest's win over Millwall.

Conor Doyle did not make the game day roster in Derby County's loss to Watford.

Danny Potts did not feature in West Ham United's tie with Doncaster Rovers.

Robbie Rogers was cleared for action but did not make the game day roster in Leeds United's win over Middlesbrough.

Anton Peterlin did not feature in Walsall's draw with Hartlepool.