For Tottenham Hotspur
Clint Dempsey’s game-winner for Tottenham may have been the simplest of finishes, cleaning up a rebound from in front of Manchester United goal, but his first goal for Spurs was downright historic. His new club held off a furious rally form Sir Alex Ferguson’s men to win at Old Trafford for the first time since 1989.
Yes, 1989. So put on your best acid wash jeans and have a clap for Dempsey and the man who signed him, Andre Villas-Boas, who just bought himself a reprieve from the baying wolves.
Dempsey played as second forward, well beneath Jermain Defoe, often dropping way back in the midfield to collect balls and then spread them out wide as Spurs expertly exploited speed matchups out wide early.
Brad Friedel (pictured) was in goal for the win. The parade of Hugo Lloris backers may bemoan one of the Man United goals, a sharp effort from in close that went streaking by Friedel’s right hand. But truly, he had no chance on either strike, and was sure-handed with everything else the Manchester famous threw at the visitors over the frenetic, second 45. The Lloris brigade will need to wait a little longer as Villas-Boas certainly will not dare sweeping changes to a lineup that just posted one of Tottenham’s most memorable wins in some time.
For Stoke City:
Geoff Cameron was once again at right back as Tony Pulis went with the same lineup that nearly did the job last week against Chelsea. Results were far better this time as Peter Crouch scored twice (on his 500th league appearance) in a 2-0 win at home. Cameron got up the wing with regularity in the first half, then settled into a defensive posture from there.
Maurice Edu was on the substitutes bench but has yet to make a first-team appearance for the Potters. He did play in midweek for the reserves in a 2-2 draw with Huddersfield Town.
Very little is going wrong right now for David Moyes’ men, who were in command throughout (well, almost … after an early defensive bungle) in a 3-1 win over Southhampton. By the 38th minute Everton had a 3-1 lead and were toying with the guests at Goodison Park. So, Tim Howard and his Toffees will sleep comfy tonight in second place on the table. Second. Stinkin’. Place. That is quite something for the frugal likes of Everton. (Oh, a big stop late in this one gives the American No. 1 something to feel even better about.)
For Aston Villa
Recently enshrined starting goalkeeper Brad Guzan and defender Eric Lichaj will meet West Bromich Albion on Sunday at Villa Park.