RECAP: WEEKEND ENGLISH ACTION
JOHN KRETLOW - Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Brad Friedel and Tottenham Hotspur got an important point against Chelsea, while Clint Dempsey and Fulham went down to Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Chelsea 0 - 0 Tottenham Hotspur

Brad Friedel and Tottenham Hotspur were held to a scoreless draw against Chelsea in a London derby this weekend.

Friedel started and went the distance on Saturday.

Chelsea still trail Spurs by only five points in the standings, however were not able to cut into Tottenham's lead with a win.

Rafael van der Vaart nearly put Tottenham in the lead late in the first half, but Petr Cech made an initial save. The rebound was taken again by van der Vaart but was saved by Ashley Cole.

Chelsea was close to finding the back of the net when Juan Mata's free kick hit Freidel's post in the 73rd minute.

Spurs should have gotten the winner in the 79th minute when Emmanuel Adebayor rounded Cech, only to have Gary Cahill block his shot.

Moments later on the ensuing corner kick, Gareth Bale got a clean header but found the woodwork to the dismay of the visiting fans.

Michael Essien was booked for Chelsea, while Benoit Assou-Ekotto saw yellow for Spurs.

The Blues take on Benfica this midweek in Champions League, while Spurs play Bolton in FA Cup action.

Swansea City 0 - 2 Everton

Tim Howard and Everton were victorious this weekend over a surging Swansea City. The American ‘keeper started and went the distance for the Toffees.

Everton's win jumps them over Swansea in the standings and int the Premier League's top half at ninth place.

Leighton Baines opened the scoring in the 59th minute with a terrific free kick from just outside the box, setting the visiting fans to their feet.

In the 76th minute Marouane Fellaini did some good work on the end line and found Nikica Jelavic who easily slid the ball in to double the Toffees lead.

Joe Allen was booked for Swansea City. While Everton's Darron Gibson and Steven Pienaar saw yellow cards.

Swansea's next league game comes in almost two weeks against Tottenham, while Everton takes on Sunderland in FA Cup play on Tuesday.

Norwich City 2 - 1 Wolverhampton Wanderers

Zak Whitbread and Norwich City took down Wolverhampton Wanderers in Saturday Premier League action.

Whitbread started and went the distance for the Canaries.

Matthew Jarvis opened the scoring for Wolves in the 25th minute when he coolly found the back of the net after a deflected cross found him 12 yards from the goal.

Just a minute later Grant Holt got one back for Norwich as a received a ball, cleverly touched the ball over Wolves' ‘keeper Wayne Hennessey and then shot into the open goal, exciting the home fans.

Just before halftime, the Canaries' Wes Hoolahan's shot was knocked down with a hand, setting up Holt for a penalty kick that he buried.

Holt received two yellow cards and was sent off in the 85th minute. Whitbread also was booked for the Canaries.

Eggert Jónsson and Roger Johnson saw yellows as well for Wolves. The Canaries take on Fulham next week, while Wolverhampton plays Bolton.

Bolton 2 - 1 Blackburn Rovers

Tim Ream and Bolton took down Blackburn in a relegation battle. The American defender started and went the distance for the Wanderers.

David Wheater opened the scoring in the 29th minute when he headed in a Martin Petrov cross.

Wheater then got his second minutes later on another header, this time off a corner kick.

Steven Nzonzi got one back for Blackburn as he headed in a long throw in the 56th minute.

This was Bolton's first game since Fabrice Muamba's cardiac arrest a week ago.

Jason Lowe and Marcus Olsson were booked for Blackburn.

Bolton takes on Tottenham in midweek FA cup play, while Blackburn plays Manchester United in their next game.

Manchester United 1 - 0 Fulham

Clint Dempsey and Fulham went down to a relatively substandard Manchester United in Monday Premier League play.

Dempsey started and went the distance for the Cottagers.

The Texan had a couple of chances early in the game, but both opportunities were met by David De Gea.

Wayne Rooney got the only goal in the 42nd minute when Jonny Evans found him just five yards in front of the net. The English forward slid the ball in easily.

Ryan Giggs was booked for Manchester United.

Manchester United returns to the top of the standings, while Fulham drops to 13th place.

United next play Blackburn Rovers, while Fulham plays Norwich City next week.

Colchester United 1 - 1 Carlisle United

Frank Simek and Carlisle United rescued a point against Colchester United in League One action.

Simek started and went the distance for the Cumbrians.

After a scoreless first half, Martin Rowlands notched Colchester's opener in the 51st minute after latching onto a Steven Gillespie pass in the box.

James Berrett though leveled the game when he finished passed Colchester ‘keeper Ben Williams after a clever flick on pass from Tom Taiwo in the 68th minute.

Colchester takes on Walsall in the midweek, while the Cumbrians play Milton Keynes Dons on Tuesday.

Notes

Eric Lichaj came on in the 78th minute in Aston Villa's loss to Arsenal. Brad Guzan was on the bench for Villa.

Daniel Potts was on the game day roster in West Ham United's draw with Burnley. He did not feature.

Conor Doyle did not play in Derby County's win over Crystal Palace.

Robbie Findley did not feature in Nottingham forest's tie against Brighton & Hove Albion.

Robbie Rogers was on the bench in Leeds United's win over Millwall. He did not make it on the field.

Jonathan Spector is injured and did not feature in Birmingham City's tie against Cardiff City.