RECAP: WEEKEND ENGLISH ACTION
JOHN KRETLOW - Monday, November 26, 2012
Clint Dempsey notched an assist in Tottenham's win over West Ham United, while Brad Guzan starred in Aston Villa's draw with Arsenal.

Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 West Ham United

Clint Dempsey has his hand in two goals and played his best game for the Spurs since joining the North London squad in August.

Dempsey started and went the distance in Tottenham's win over West Ham United at White Hart Lane. Brad Friedel was left on the bench for Spurs.

Jermain Defoe opened the scoring in the 44th minute when he rocketed a shot with his right foot from just outside the box to set the home fans to their feet.

In the 58th minute Spurs would notch their second goal of the game as Dempsey's clever chip through ball found a charging Gareth Bale who found the back of the net.

Just six minutes later a confident Spurs side added a third when Aaron Lennon sprinted through the field on a counter attack and fed Defoe for his second of the game.

West Ham managed just one consolation goal in the 82nd minute when Andy Carroll scored his first goal for the Hammers on an impressive header.

The win snaps Tottenham's three game winless skid in all competitions.

Spurs take the field once again on Wednesday against Liverpool.

Everton 1-1 Norwich City

Everton's recent struggles continued on Saturday as they conceded a late goal to Norwich and had to settle for a point.

Tim Howard went the full ninety minutes and recorded three saves in Everton's draw with Norwich City.

Steven Naismith notched early for the Toffees in the 12th minute when he calmly swept in a perfect low cross from Bryan Oviedo.

Grant Holt nearly leveled the game in the 69th minute as his shot beat Howard but was stopped at the goal line by John Heitinga.

In the 90th minute though the Canaries would equalize as Javier Garrido's free kick was headed in by Sebastien Bassong.

Everton continues in fifth place in the standings, but they have only managed one win in their last seven games in all competitions.

The Toffees take on Arsenal on Wednesday.

Aston Villa 0-0 Arsenal

One week after a lopsided defeat to Manchester City, Aston Villa reversed course and played to a hard fought draw against Arsenal at Villa Park.

Brad Guzan went the distance and Eric Lichaj played 39 minutes for Villa.

Arsenal had the first opportunity at goal in the 29th minute when Aaron Ramsey sent in a powerful shot that was deflected towards goal, but Guzan made an impressive save with his right foot to keep the game scoreless.

In the 38th minute Villa thought they had taken the lead but Andreas Weimann's effort was waved off for offsides.

The Gunners nearly took the lead in the 43rd minute but Laurent Koscielny's open shot in front of the goal sailed over Guzan's net.

Villa was closest to breaking the deadlock in the 77th minute when substitute Brett Holman fired a shot from long range that rattled the cross bar, to the relief of Arsenal fans.

Aston Villa plays Reading on Tuesday.

Stoke City 1-0 Fulham

Stoke City' have proven to be one of the scrappiest teams in the Premier League and the solid run continued on Saturday with convincing win over Fulham.

Geoff Cameron went the full ninety minutes and received a yellow card in their victory over Fulham. After playing most of the season at right back, Cameron earned the start at left back for the first time at Stoke.

The Potters notched the only goal of the game in the 26th minute when Peter Crouch's header found Charlie Adam who sent the ball to the back of the net.

In the 36th minute Ryan Shawcross nearly added another for Stoke but his header hit the cross bar instead of the back of the net.

Stoke, in 12th place, take on Newcastle United on Wednesday.

Brighton & Hove Albion 1-1 Bolton Wanderers

It has been a difficult season so far for American defender Tim Ream but he was a solid for Bolton on Saturday and helped the team to a draw against Bright and Hove Albion.

Ream played 77 minutes in the game. .

Albion looked the better team in the early going, culminating in a penalty kick chance for the home team. Unfortunately for them Ashley Barnes missed his opportunity in the 15th minute.

In the 54th minute Bruno Saltor opened the scoring as his 30 yard effort found the back of the net for Albion.

Bolton equalized though in the fifth minute of stoppage time as David Ngog notched into the bottom corner from just eight yards out.

Since new coach Dougie Freedman arrived at Bolton, the Wanderers have been unbeaten.They take on Blackburn Rovers on Wednesday.

Sheffield Wednesday 0-2 Leicester City

Leicester's impressive first half of the season continued on Saturday as their win on the road over Sheffield Wednesday boosted the club into third place in the English Championship.

Texas-born Zak Whitbread went the distance and was booked in Leicester City's win over lowly Sheffield Wednesday.

The Foxes got on the board in the 41st minute when Daniel Drinkwater's right footed shot found the corner of the net.

In the 76th minute Leicester doubled their lead when Ben Marshall's shot found the top left corner of the goal, to the delight of the visiting support.

Leicester notches their second win in a row and are in third place in the standings.

Whitbread and company take on Leeds United on Tuesday.

Middlesbrough 1-3 Bristol City

Middlesbrough have been considered a favorite for promotion in the Championship but their recent skid continued on Saturday with a loss against Bristol City and the club fell to fourth place.

Seb Hines went the full ninety minutes for Boro.

Bristol opened the scoring in the 13th minute when Albert Adomah's right footed shot found the back of the net, but Ishmael Miller leveled the score before half time in the 35th minute for Boro.

Bristol though went on to score two goals in the second half, one by Stephen Pearson in the 63rd minute and the other by Steve Davies in the 89th minute.

Boro is now in fourth place and will look to bounce back on Tuesday against Huddersfield Town.

Derby County 3-2 Birmingham City

Birmingham City's disappointing first half of the season continued on Saturday with a loss to Derby County.

Jonathan Spector went the distance and was booked for Birmingham City. Will Packwood did not dress for the Blues, while Derby County's Conor Doyle also did not make the game day lineup as he is still recovering from appendix surgery.

Conor Sammon opened the scoring for the Rams in the 32nd minute hen his header fond the lower right corner of the goal.

In the 73rd minute though the Blues equalized as Marlon King's penalty kick shot found the back of the net. Derby's Richard Keogh committed the foul that lead to Birmingham's eventual goal.

Sammon notched his second of the game in the 80th minute for the Rams with a left footed shot from the center of the box.

Just two minutes later Peter Lovenkrands leveled the game again for the Blues with a header, but Nathan Tyson's right footed shot gave Derby the three points in the 84th minute.

Birmingham City takes the field once again on Tuesday against Blackpool.

Yeovil Town 1-3 Carlisle United

Carlisle United have been mired in midtable of League One but their win on Saturday on the road against Yeovil Town may be the star of an upward trend.

Frank Simek played the full ninety minutes for Carlisle.

The Cumbrians snapped a three game losing streak as Mark Beck scored two goals, one in the 21st minute and the other in the 46th minute, while Joe Garner notched in the 70th minute.

Reuben Reid found the back of the net for Yeovil Town in the 65th minute for Yeovil.

The Cumbrians play AFC Bournemouth next week in FA Cup play.

Oxford United 2-1 Northampton Town

Jon-Paul Pittman played 35 minutes and notched the game winning goal for Oxford United over Northampton Town.

James Constable opened the scoring in the 15th minute for Oxford as he finished an Alfie Potter low cross.

Clive Platt leveled the score in the 76th minute as his header beat Oxford ‘keeper Ryan Clarke.

Just three minutes later Pittman finished after receiving a pass from Peter Leven, giving Oxford the three points.

The win is their first in five games. They look to continue that momentum against Accrington Stanley next week in FA Cup play.

Notes

Robbie Rogers dressed but did not feature in Stevenage's draw with Tranmere Rovers.

Mike Grella never left the bench in Scunthorpe United's loss to Doncaster Rovers.

Robbie Findley did not dress in Gillingham's draw with Accrington Stanley.