Clint Dempsey entered the record books last week as he became the club’s top scorer in the Premier League era.The unquestionable leader of Fulham showed why he’s one of the best Cottagers in the modern era on Wednesday, as he surpassed fellow American Brian McBride and Steed Malbranque as the club’s top Premier League scorer. The Texas-native notched a double as Fulham defeated Bolton 3-0 in front of a raucous crowd.
Dempsey’s first goal came in the 15th minute when he struck a half-cleared corner into the top of the net. Then, just after the restart, Dempsey tapped in a goal after Eidur Gudjohnsen set up the midfielder with a nice flick. The U.S. International’s 33rd goal puts him atop the list in the Premier League era, which began in 1992.
On Saturday, Dempsey received the day off but Fulham still prevailed 3-0 over Sunderland.
Tim Howard, Everton
Vs. Wigan, 1-1, (90 minutes, 7 saves, 1 goal conceded)
Howard made a slew of great saves on Saturday but was burned early when Charles N’Zogbia drifted the keeper out of his net far enough to power in a curling shot in the 21st minute. The Toffees recovered but after Mikel Arteta missed a penalty shot, the offense stalled. Luckily for the visitors, a crucial hand ball awarded a second chance and this time it was Leighton Baines who powered in the game-tying spot kick. Along the way Howard stopped a few shots from Victor Moses but was super clutch late when he halted Hugo Rodallegga, Ben Watson, and Franco Di Santo.
Next Match: Saturday, home for Manchester City.
Brad Friedel, Aston Villa
Vs. West Brom, 1-2, (90 minutes, 2 saves, 2 goals conceded)
The Villains were sloppy on Saturday, blowing an early 1-0 lead at The Hawthorns. After an own goal gave Aston Villa a cushion, the visitors maintained for the remainder of the first stanza as Friedel stopped a tough curling shot from Youssuf Mulumbu. However, the second half was another story as the Baggies dominated, scoring twice to grab the victory. Mulumbu got his revenge when he scored the winner in the 84th minute after he slid the ball past the keeper. The loss was even tougher for the Villains due to the Baggies playing with only 10 men for the final 28 minutes.
Next Match: Saturday, home for Wigan
Brad Guzan, Aston Villa
Vs. West Brom, 1-2, (DNP)
Guzan did not dress on Saturday.
Next Match: Saturday, home for Wigan
Michael Bradley, Aston Villa (On Loan from Borussia Monchengladbach)
Vs. West Brom, 1-2, (DNP)
Bradley was dressed on Saturday but did not get on.
Next Match: Saturday, home for Wigan.
Clint Dempsey, Fulham
Vs. Bolton, 3-0, (90 minutes, 2 goals)
Vs. Sunderland, (DNP)
Next Match: Monday, 5/9, home for Liverpool.
Jonathan Spector, West Ham
Vs. Manchester City, 2-1, (90 minutes)
Spector started on Saturday but West Ham fell in Manchester 2-1. He did completed 28 passes and won five tackles but the hosts dominated the ball and were the better attacking side. Spector was not heavily involved in the Hammers only goal.
Next Match: Sunday, home for Blackburn.
Marcus Hahnemann, Wolverhampton
Vs. Stoke, 0-3, (DNP)
Vs. Birmingham, 1-1, (DNP)
Wolves got pummeled by Stoke and drew with Birmingham last week. Hahnemann played the back-up role in both matches.
Next Match: Sunday, home for West Brom.
Stuart Holden, Bolton Wanderers
Vs. Fulham, 3-0, (DNP)
Vs. Blackburn, 0-1, (DNP)
Holden, out for the season, did not play as Bolton lost to Fulham and Blackburn.
Next Match: Saturday, home for Sunderland.
Jermaine Jones, Blackburn (On loan from Schalke)
Vs. Manchester City, 0-1, (90 minutes)
Vs. Bolton, 1-0, (90 minutes)
Jones played okay on Monday night buy City proved to be the more aggressive side, ultimately scoring the winning goal in the 75th minute. The visitors dominated possession and shot attempts. Jones did complete over 20 passes but didn’t create too much in the attack. On Saturday, Rovers got its first win since January when they defeated Bolton 1-0 behind Martin Olsson’s 20th minute strike. The American midfielder was much more impressive on Saturday, threatening the Bolton defense all day long. He took five shots, testing the keeper once and was an overall menace.
Next Match: Saturday, away to West Ham.
Eddie Johnson, Preston North End (On Loan from Fulham)
Vs. Cardiff, 0-1, (DNP)
Vs. Ipswich, 1-2, (DNP)
Johnson did not suit up last week as Preston lost both games.
Next Match: Saturday, home for Watford.
Robbie Findley, Nottingham Forest
Vs. Bristol City, 3-2, (25 minutes)
Vs. Scunthorpe, 5-1, (DNP)
Findley came on for the final 25 minutes on Monday night but wasn’t involved in the build up to the 72nd minute game-winner. On Saturday, Findley did not dress as Forest destroyed Scunthorpe 5-1.
Next Match: Saturday, away to Crystal Palace.
Eric Lichaj, Leeds United (On Loan from Aston Villa)
Vs. Crystal Palace, 0-1, (90 minutes)
Vs. Burnley, 1-0, (90 minutes)
Lichaj played well on Monday but the attack was rough as they dominated possession but could not find a goal. Neil Danns burned Leeds in the second minute which was enough to give Palace the win. On Saturday, Lichaj helped the hosts maintain a clean sheet as they prevailed 1-0.
Next Match: Saturday, away to QPR.
Mike Grella, Leeds United
Vs. Crystal Palace, 0-1, (DNP)
Vs. Burnley, 1-0, (DNP)
Grella did not suit up last week.
Next Match: Saturday, away to QPR. .
Zak Whitbread, Norwich City
Vs. Derby, 3-2, (57 minutes)
Simeon Jackson’s hat trick powered Norwich past Derby on Monday. Whitbread was replaced in the 57th minute after picking up a hip injury. His status for this week is uncertain.
Next Match: Monday, away to Portsmouth, and Saturday, home for Coventry.
Conor Doyle, Derby County
Vs. Norwich, 2-3, (DNP)
Vs. Bristol City, 0-2, (13 minutes)
Doyle played just 13 minutes in total last week as Derby lost both matches.
Next Match: Saturday, away to Reading. .
Frank Simek, Carlisle United
Vs. Leyton Orient, 0-1, (90 minutes)
Vs. Dag & Red, 0-3, (90 minutes)
Simek didn’t play too good last week as Carlisle dropped both games. The defense was particularly poor on Saturday as bottom dwellers Dag & Red blitzed Carlisle 3-0.
Next Match: Saturday, home for Yeovil.
Anton Peterlin, Plymouth Argyle
Vs. MK Dons, 1-0, (32 minutes)
Vs. Exter, 1-0, (DNP)
Peterlin came on in the second half of Monday’s game as Plymouth defeated the Dons 1-0. Plymouth was already leading but Peterlin didn’t create much. He did not play on Saturday.
Next Match: Monday, home for Southampton, and Saturday, home for Leyton Orient.
Jon-Paul Pittman, Wycombe Wanderers
Vs. Crewe, 2-0, (DNP)
Vs. Bury, 3-1, (DNP)
Pittman, out with an ankle injury, did not play last week but Wycombe won both matches anyway.
Next Match: Saturday, home for Southend.
Seb Harris, Northampton Town (On Loan at Nuneaton Town)
Harris did not play last week.
Meanwhile Up In Scotland…
Maurice Edu, Rangers
Vs. Motherwell, 0-5, (90 minutes)
Rangers beat up on Motherwell Saturday, thrashing the squad 5-0. Edu did not score or record an assist but was highly effective in controlling the midfield. The Glasgow outfit didn’t took advantage of the presented opportunities while Motherwell squandered theirs.
Next Match: Saturday, home for Hearts.
Matthew Braine writes the Americans in the UK piece every Monday. Contact him with your questions or comments at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter @MatthewBraine