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The veteran keeper continues to impress for the London side.

Spurs strong with Friedel in net

The burly keeper helped Tottenham soar into second before sliding back over the weekend

Spurs began the week in style, blanking Everton 2-0 as they edged into a two-way tie with Manchester United for second place in the table. However, on Sunday, a 1-1 draw with Wolves put a damper on the London club’s drive as it slipped back into third.

It all started on Wednesday at White Hart Lane when Aaron Lennon and Benoit Assou-Ekotto tallied on each side of halftime to power Spurs past the Toffees. Friedel was not forced into a save as the visitor’s attempted 13 shots but zero on goal.  

On Saturday, Friedel made two stops but was beaten early by Steven Fletcher. Fletcher’s goal came after Friedel initially stopped a Roger Johnson header but the striker made no mistake from eight yards out.

Spurs recovered through Luka Modric but could not make the breakthrough as Tottenham drew 1-1 with Wolves.

- Matthew Braine

Bradley goes full 90

“General” Michael Bradley went 90 minutes for Chievo as it beat Palermo 1-0 at home to remain comfortably in 10th place in the Serie A table.  Hosting the struggling Sicilian side who have yet to win away from home this year, Chievo held a slight edge on shots with 10 to Palermo’s eight.

Paolo Sammarco’s 50th minute strike from inside the area was all the home side needed to secure the victory and doom Palermo to yet another away loss.  Bradley’s start was the 16th of the season for the American center mid.

- Aaron West

Donovan peaks against Villa

The Glaxay star had a rough game on Wednesday at Tottenham but was much better over the weekend in Birmingham against Aston Villa. First, against Spurs, the midfielder was issued a yellow card just before the end of the first half for his aggressive tackle on Assou-Ekotto. Despite completing 30 passes, Donovan could only muster one lofty shot from distance and conceded his fair share of free-kicks. The Toffees fell 2-0.

On Saturday, the crafty player excelled, completing 32 passes while winning three free-kicks. He really did a nice job of setting up several goal-scoring opportunities at the effort finally paid off in the 69th minute when he fed Victor Anichebe for the game-tying score.

- Braine

Tough week for Howard

Howard was brutalized on Wednesday as Tottenham finished with class, defeating Everton 2-0. The keeper was sharp early, stopping an Emmanuel Adebayor effort but was caught off guard in the 35th as Aaron Lennon shed two defenders en route to the opening goal. Howard was beaten again in the 63rd as Assou-Ekotto’s 30-yard shot took a deflection off Tim Cahill before hitting the back of the net.

Come Saturday, Howard was much better, making six stops as Everton clawed out a point at Villa Park. The keeper halted a 25-yard freekick from Stylian Petrov before saving a Gabriel Agbonlahor effort. Once the second stanza began, Howard stopped a Darren Bent attempt but the striker got his revenge minutes later, opening the scoring in the 56th minute. Howard was not deterred as he made a few more saves thereafter. Once Anichebe equalized, Howard was forced into one final save and with a few minutes remaining, the U.S. international punched away a Bent header to preserve the draw.

- Braine

Sporting and Onyewu get clean sheet

Sporting continued its rather poor run of form, first drawing 0-0 with title contenders FC Porto at home, then traveling to FC Braga and losing 2-1.  Oguchi Onyewu played the full 90 in both matches for Sporting, and will hope that his side can turn its results around withits  next match against Olhanense.

- West

Fulham embarrassed

Saturday was not a memorable day for Fulham as the London club lost 3-1 to ten man Blackburn at Ewood Park. Striker Yakubu was sent off with a straight red in the 23rd minute but that didn’t stop Rovers from going up 2-0 through Morton Gamst-Pedersen and David Dunn. Fulham looked to respond and Dempsey looked to have pulled one back but his equalized was taken off the board after being flagged for offsides. Damien Duff did get one on in the net for the Cottagers minutes later but Mauro Formica tallied in the 79th to sink the visitors.

- Braine

Kljestan helps in 3-0 rout

Sacha Kljestan played well in his 90 minutes for Anderlecht, picking up a yellow card in the 45th minute as his side defeated rivals Club Brugge 3-0 to remain four points clear at the top of the Belgian Jupiler League standings.  Goals from Dieumerci Mbokani, Milan Jovanovic and Matias Suarez assured the victory for the home side as they coasted to victory over the Blue and Blacks.

- West

Guzan's run ends

Aston Villa deployed returning keeper Shay Given on Saturday against Everton. Guzan will now resume his back-up role after starting seven straight. During his tenure, the Villains were .500.

- Braine

Rangers hold off St. Johnstone

Rangers went up early on Saturday as Nikica Jelavic stabbed one home in the 22nd. However, in the 68th, Marcus Haber’s strike was deflected in by Carlos Bocanegra to even the score. After a few strong drives, Jelavic netted the winner in the 81st from close range. Edu and Bocanegra each played the entire contest.  

- Braine