LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 05: Jay Spearing of Liverpool tackles Mousa Dembele of Fulham leading to his red card during the Barclays Premier League match between Fulham and Liverpool at Craven Cottage on December 5, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)

Premier League 2011, Week 14: 10-Man Liverpool Fall To Fulham

Clint Dempsey scored a late winner as Fulham downed Liverpool in a messy match at Craven Cottage.

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Fulham Vs. Liverpool, 2011 Premier League: Dempsey Punishes 10-Man Liverpool

Fulham edged out Liverpool after an entertaining if slightly deranged match which saw the visitors reduced to ten men before Clint Dempsey's close-range finish condemned them to a surprise loss. It wasn't a particularly impressive performance by either side, with each team repeatedly making critical mistakes, but it was fun and there were several great chances for both teams before Fulham finally managed to score.

The first half was exceptionally open, with Moussa Dembele being denied when played clean through by Bryan Ruiz and Andy Carroll making a mess of two golden opportunities to put Liverpool ahead. Jordan Henderson rattled Mark Schwarzer's post with a lovely move and clipped finish that was worthy of a completely different game, and Dempsey had a few long-range attempts saved rather unconvincingly by Pepe Reina. All in all, though, it was an incredibly sloppy performance. The ball was given away too easily by both sides' midfields time after time, and that contributed immensely to the number of chanced at both ends.

After the break, things were calmer. At least, they were until a) Phillipe Senderos brought down Charlie Adam about half an inch outside the penalty area and Kevin Friend did not give a penalty and b) Jay Spearing was sent for going in very high with studs showing on Moussa Dembele. Those two decisions were each questionable, and each will be argued for and against rather vociferously, depending on which team one happens to support.

Following the red card, Fulham dominated save for one heart-stopping moment when Schwarzer just about parried a superb effort from Stewart Downing onto the post. Dempsey, who probably deserved a goal for a sublime chip earlier on which beat Reina but rattled the post, took full advantage of a horrible error from the Liverpool goalkeeper, whose save from a near-post shot by Danny Murphy was spilled straight into the Texan's path for him to sweep into an empty net.

With only ten men, Liverpool found it difficult to attack - about all they managed in the final few minutes was to injury Murphy, whose loss (depending on the severity) will take some of the gloss off a big 1-0 win for Fulham. If they had played sensibly with eleven, Liverpool would have had the three points. As it was, they didn't.

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Fulham Vs. Liverpool, 2011 Premier League: Scoreless At Halftime

First things first for Fulham vs. Liverpool: This isn't a bad game, by any means. There have been chances at both ends, both goalkeepers have made some important saves and Jordan Henderson has hit the post with a lovely shot. It's been entertaining, fun, and open.

It's also been really stupid. Almost every chance has come as the direct result of a player making an awful mistake (typically Bryan Ruiz, who is busy making everyone who ever thought he was good look very silly right now). Both teams are playing badly, and if either one of them would stop making fundamental errors in both decision making and execution, they'd absolutely slaughter the other.

Not that that's really a complaint - the silly play has made the game quite a lot of fun. We've seen Pepe Reina save against Moussa Dembele on a one on one before barely dealing with a series of long-range thunderbolts from Clint Dempsey. We've seen Andy Carroll blast straight at Mark Schwarzer from close range and then fall down. We've seen him fall down again. Henderson provided a moment of real class when he wove through the Fulham defence and sent a dinked effort off the inside of the far post, but even that's a product of hilariously bad defending on Fulham's part.

So... keep up the entertainment, I suppose.

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Fulham Vs. Liverpool, 2011 Premier League: Lineups

For those who suspected that the loss of Lucas Leiva could lead to the introduction of Andy Carroll into the Liverpool lineup, you are correct in this particular instance. Though, Jay Spearing has also come into the lineup as a direct replacement, meaning the introduction of Carroll could just be a temporary tactical switch for Kenny Dalglish. Their opponents Fulham appear to be lining up with Moussa Dembele and Clint Dempsey on the wings, with both fit after recently suffering slight injuries. Bryan Ruiz remains out of the first XI. Here are the lineups.

Liverpool lineup (4-4-2): Reina; Enrique, Agger, Skrtel, Johnson; Bellamy, Adam, Spearing, Henderson; Carroll, Suarez

Fulham lineup (4-4-2): Schwarzer; J. Riise, Senderos, Hangeland, Kelly; Dembele, Murphy, Etuhu, Dempsey; Ruiz, Zamora 

Kickoff is at 3:00 pm ET. You can find the game on ESPN2 and ESPN3 in the USA, Sky Sports 1 in the UK and TSN2 in Canada.

For more on the two teams, check out Liverpool FC blog Anfield Asylum and Fulham FC blog Cottagers Confidential.

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Fulham Vs. Liverpool, 2011 Premier League: Reds Inexplicably Thin In Midfield, Does Dalglish Have Answers?

Liverpool start their campaign without Lucas Leiva against Fulham at Craven Cottage on Monday

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Wolves Vs. Sunderland, 2011 Premier League: Comeback Win For Hosts

After a first half that was only slightly less compelling than a 500 page history of lacemaking written by an eight-year-old, it was different to see how Wolverhampton vs. Sunderland would turn into anything remotely interesting at full time. But, somehow, it managed it. 

Ignoring the first half entirely, which probably does a disservice to Black Cats goalkeeper Keiren Westwood, is probably the best tack to take for all involved. After the break, Sunderland fizzled into life, and looked positively brilliant for the opening match of the game, which saw a quick break which started with Jack Colback barely ten yards from his own penalty and end with Keiran Richardson firing a near-post shot past Wayne Hennesey. The move, which included a dainty little backheel from Nicklas Bendtner, took all of ten seconds to complete, and suddenly the visitors were rolling.

It looked as though it would be Sunderland's day in their first game following the Steve Bruce era - Wolves' attacks were being broken up and then turned into vicious ripostes, and it wasn't long before the Black Cats got another fantastic chance for a goal, Sebastian Larsson going to ground rather easily when Jody Craddock brushed him in the area. Unfortunately for Larsson, his spot kick was both weak and close to Hennesey, and the goalkeeper gathered on the first attempt.

25 seconds later and the hosts were level through Steven Fletcher, who nodded in a Matthew Jarvis cross that Westwood got a hand to but couldn't keep out - Wes Brown has to ask himself some questions about his defending on that one - and things rapidly got even worse for the visitors: Fletcher struck again ten minutes from time, volleying in on the turn after Jamie O'Hara had used something rather suspiciously resembling an arm to deflect a cross into his teammate's path.

To cap off a rather disappointing day for Sunderland, they had two players clean through at the very end of injury time when Wolves Ahmed Elmohamady took advantage of a botched Wolves offside trap on a free kick. With a simple square pass to Bendter the only thing preventing the visitors going level, the linesman called the whole thing back for an imaginary offside, Phil Dowd blew the whistle, and the game was done.

Martin O'Neill has some work to do.

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Everton Vs. Stoke City, 2011 Premier League: Toffees Fall At Home

Everton suffered their fourth home defeat of the season after falling afoul of some combination of Stoke City and referee Lee Mason. The hosts dominated possession throughout, but found themselves falling behind early thanks to Robert Huth flicking a Dean Whitehead volley past the helpless Tim Howard in the 15th minute, and thanks to Tony Pullis's novel strategy of fielding a team entirely comprised of centre halves, they failed to get much penetration into threatening zones.

That's not to say Everton didn't threaten Stoke goalkeeper Thomas Sorensen, because they actually came extraordinarily close to killing him. Tim Cahill's flying hip check in the second half caught the 35-year-old flush in the side of the head, snapping his neck around and leaving him on the ground in an alarmingly lifeless heap. The home fans booed, because they wanted a penalty, and they booed again when a few minutes later a clearly groggy Sorensen went down again and ended up being stretchered off the pitch while given oxygen.

Perhaps Lee Mason was feeling a certain amount of antipathy towards the home fans as a result of their predictably partisan behaviour, because he then proceeded to referee the rest of the match as though he'd never heard of the sport before. Clear fouls weren't called for Everton. Phantom ones were given to Stoke. Apostolos Velios was given a headlock in the penalty area - apparently legal under the glorious reign of Lee Mason - and forced to try a bizarre scissor kick to make contact with a cross. 

The consistently atrocious refereeing decisions meant that the Toffees never really looked like getting their equaliser, despite seven minutes of injury time in which to score. The 1-0 loss means that Everton drop to 10th in the table, with Stoke vaulting both them and Aston Villa into 8th place. As seemingly always with the Potters, it's a great result, if not a particularly compelling performance.

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Aston Villa Vs. Manchester United, 2011 Premier League: Both Teams Poor, But United Win

It's a shame that someone ended up winning this absolute disaster of a game. Manchester United beat Aston Villa 1-0 in a game where absolute nothing happened save for a series of injuries and a neat goal by Phil Jones. Javier Hernandez, Shay Given, Jermaine Jenas and Chris Herd were all forced off the pitch, with the first three's problems looking fairly serious.

It'd be tempting to say that the game was diminished by all the injuries, but it probably wasn't - it's difficult to see any of the above having much of an impact on the match had they not gone off, because nobody else really bothered playing. One United had gone 1-0 up in the 20th minute, when Jones volleyed Nani's sidefooted cross past a helpless Given, they stopped looking like an attacking force, playing stodgy, boring football for most of the rest of the game. Villa, for their part, were rubbish throughout, and a late surge forward as Alex McLeish's side tried to at least pretend they knew how to attack wasn't enough to put any sort of shine on an abject performance.

Still, a 1-0 win is a good enough result for Sir Alex Ferguson and Manchester United, who now reclaim second place from North London upstarts Tottenham Hotspur. Villa, meanwhile, drop to ninth. Does anyone have any idea how they're in the top half?

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Wigan Athletic Vs. Arsenal, 2011 Premier League: Easy Win For Gunners

Wigan Athletic are not a very good team. Arsenal, despite a horrible run to start the season, kind of are. It comes, therefore, as no surprise that Arsenal gave the poor Latics something of a thumping at the DW Stadium. In fact, the only real shocker about this match was that Robin van Persie only scored one goal.

Arsenal quickly snuffed out a bright start from Wigan, but it took nearly half an hour for the visitors to really make a mark. Fortunately for the Gunners, when they got going, they did so emphatically, with Mikel Arteta getting them on the scoresheet with a long-range effort that Ali Al-Hasbi really should have saved before Thomas Vermaelen made it 2-0 with a header from a corner.

Gervinho would take advantage of a spilled shot by Al-Habsi to make it 3-0 in the second half before van Persie, who's been on a ludicros scoring run since the beginning of the year, made it four when a right-footed finish from Theo Walcott's cutback squirmed its way into the back of the net.

It was a convincing win, but with Wigan beginning the season in appalling fashion, that's just what everyone will have been expecting from Arsene Wenger's side, who manage to leapfrog Newcastle United to go fifth following the Magpie's home defeat vs. Chelsea.

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Aston Villa Vs. Manchester United, 2011 Premier League: Shay Given Sustains Hamstring Injury

We've already had one fairly major injury at Villa Park with Chicharito being stretchered off, and now it's Aston Villa's turn for some bad news. Goalkeeper Shay Given, who was signed over the summer to a five-year contract, has also been forced off the pitch after incurring a hamstring injury when he came out to clear the ball for a throw-in.

Having made sure all was safe, the 35-year-old goalkeeper collapsed in pain, clutching his left hamstring. Brad Guzen immediately began warming, and the Republic of Ireland international was carried off the pitch (where the stretcher was I'm not really sure) and replaced by his American backup.

This isn't an injury that will have much of an effect on the match - Given had already been beaten by Phil jones and it doesn't look like this will end up particularly close - but if he's out for more than a couple of weeks this is bad news indeed for the hosts. It's 1-0 to Manchester United at Villa Park.

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Aston Villa Vs. Manchester United, 2011 Premier League: Chicharito Injures Ankle, Stretchered Off

We've only just kicked off at Villa Park, where Aston Villa host defending champions Manchester United, but there's already been some terrible news for the visitors. No, nobody's scored, but they've already lost Mexico striker Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez, who was walking around uncontested in Shay Given's box before going down awkwardly on his ankle and immediately signalling for a substitution.

The 23-year-old was forced onto a stretcher and it looks like a serious problem - he caught his left foot on the turf and twisted it in a really painful-looking way. We won't know how bad that is until the doctors take a look, of course, but that looked like it could easily have been ligament damage. Hopefully it's just a twist.

Anyway, we're back underway again after a five-minute injury break, and United are looking a little subdued after losing their teammate like that. Ecuadorian winger Antonio Valencia has come on to replace the stricken Hernandez, and that means a formation change, with Nani moving to the centre.

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Tottenham Hotspur Vs. Bolton Wanderers, 2011 Premier League: Spurs Crush 10-Man Trotters

Bolton Wanderer's miserable form continued with a poor performance at White Hart Lane which saw the visitors go down to a Gareth Bale strike not six minutes in before losing England defender Gary Cahill to a straight red card shortly thereafter. The Trotters couldn't deal with Tottenham Hotspur beforehand - Bale's run on an early corner kick was completely untracked, allowing the Welsh winger to tap in Luka Modric's delivery - and Cahill's (harsh) dismissal for a foul on Scott Parker only compounded the visitors' misery.

It came as no surprise when Spurs nabbed more goals, with Aaron Lennon doing very well to turn and strike shortly after the start of the second half, and Jermaine Defoe wrapped things up ten minutes later to earn Tottenham a 3-0 win and all three points. After the opening, the win was never really in doubt. Bolton, on this evidence, are nowhere near good enough to stay up.

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Queens Park Rangers Vs. West Bromwich Albion, 2011 Premier League: Baggies Strike Late For 1-1 Draw

Queens Park Rangers looked like coming away from their match against West Bromwich Albion with all three points, but a late goal by Shane Long cancelled out Heidar Helgusson's 20th minute strike and so the hosts were forced to share the spoils with Roy Hodgson and a spirited Baggies side.

Rangers fans might argue that they deserved better - Shaun Wright-Phillips had a goal ruled out for what was at best a marginal offside and QPR were better than West Brom for most of the match, but a strong fightback from the visitors towards the end of the game that culminated in Peter Odemwingie squaring for Long to tap in from close range meant that the result wasn't particularly unfair at a goal apiece. The draw doesn't do much for the table, with both sides essentially level on points, and considering that WBA trailed for so long you'd have to think that they're pretty happy with snatching something from the match.

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Manchester City Vs. Norwich City, 2011 Premier League: Leaders Deal Out Another Thrashing

Manchester City look like favourites to win the Premier League, and they certainly showed off title-winning form with a heavy victory against Norwich City. The Canaries never looked like they had much hope of winning at the Etihad Stadium, but still defended very well until the hosts made a breakthrough 32 minutes in, with Sergio Aguero performing some magnificent footwork before stabbing past an unsighted John Ruddy.

After the break, things got messy. A Samir Nasri free kick was uncontested and dropped inside the far post. Yaya Toure curled in from just inside the box. Mario Balotelli scored a goal with his shoulder, and Adam Johnson finished off the rout with a beautifully placed shot after being played in by Vincent Kompany. Sure, the clean sheet was ruined when Steve Morrison got the visitors on the scoresheet with a header past Joe Hart with the score at 3-0, but that hardly took the gloss off a fantastic result and performance. Can Manchester United keep up with these guys?

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Blackburn Rovers Vs. Swansea City, 2011 Premier League: Rovers Earn Much-Needed Win

Yakubu scored four goals as Blackburn Rovers got a vital three points at home against newly promoted Swansea City. The hosts started brightly, going ahead via the impressive Nigerian after 20 minutes after a sweet finish into the top corner, but the Swans struck back via the head of Leroy Lita before halftime and it looked as though the teams would go into the break level. Yakubu made sure that didn't happen, nodding home deep into stoppage time following a corner to make it 2-1 Blackburn.

The second half was a similar story - it was the Yakubu show once again with Swansea completely unable to control the big man. Another header from another corner made it 3-1 before Luke Moore pulled a goal back. There was no comeback on the cards, however, mostly because of Yakubu, who managed to get Joe Allen sent off before converting a penalty (earned by Simon Vukcevic) to restore the two goal cushion. The match would finish 4-2, and that's a big result for Steve Kean and company, who manage to haul themselves up to 18th place.

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Newcastle United Vs. Chelsea, 2011 Premier League: Full Time, Magpies Unlucky But Blues Deserve Win

Chelsea have their second consecutive win and clean sheet in the English Premier League, but the 3-0 final score that they defeated Newcastle United by hardly tells the story. Both teams had plenty of chances as Newcastle hit the woodwork three times, John Terry made a number of last-ditch tackles and clearances, and Tim Krul was absolutely brilliant. Chelsea probably should have won the match something like 8-6, but wins all count the same.

The first half featured a comedy of errors from both defenses, as David Luiz and Ryan Taylor were absolutely miserable. Taylor was beaten by Daniel Sturridge like a rented mule, over and over again, with Tim Krul (or the post) bailing him out repeatedly. David Luiz committed a poor last-man challenge on Demba Ba in the 6th minute, but was not sent off.

Sturridge drew a penalty in the 14th minute, but Frank Lampard's attempt was saved by Tim Krul. It looked as if Newcastle would somehow deny Chelsea first half goal, despite their incredible volume of chances, but the Blues eventually took the lead in the 39th minute. Following a throw-in, Juan Mata played a glorious cross to Didier Drogba, who rose up above James Perch to head it into the back of the net. Perch came into the match in the 28th minute for the injured Fabricio Coloccini, and Newcastle suffered without their captain at the back.

The second half was just as wild as the first, with Krul repeatedly making big saves on Sturridge while Newcastle created chances of their own. Shola Ameobi came on as a halftime sub for Hatem Ben Arfa and hit the crossbar on one occasion, while Ba had a spectacular crossbar hit of his own. On another day with better luck, Newcastle would have equalized and given Chelsea something to think about.

Eventually, Krul's luck ran out. As brilliant as he was on the day, his defense was poor and eventually Chelsea were able to get past him. Solomon Kalou wrapped up the three points for the Blues in the 89th minute, slotting home a finish from 15 yards after Fernando Torres tapped a ball into his path. Sturridge would finally get one goal past his lanky Dutch adversary deep into stoppage time, scoring Chelsea's third to make the score look a bit more lopsided than the match actually was.

For more around the Premier League, including live coverage of this week's action, check out our Premier League Week 14 StoryStream. For more on the two teams, check out Chelsea FC blog We Ain't Got No History and Newcastle United blog Coming Home Newcastle. For more across the world of football, follow @SBNationSoccer on twitter.

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Newcastle United Vs. Chelsea, 2011 Premier League: Halftime, Blues Lead In Wild Encounter

It's been a wild 45 minutes between Newcastle United and Chelsea. It should have produced about six goals and two red cards. Instead there has been just one goal and no red cards, but that hasn't made the game any less fun. Chelsea lead by a score of 1-0 at halftime in an absolute thriller, and if the first half is any indication, there will be more goals in this one.

Things got a bit chippy just six minutes in, when David Luiz took down Demba Ba, who appeared to be through on goal. Mike Dean showed just a yellow card when he probably should have shown red, and nothing came of the free kick. Three minutes later, Luiz committed a horrendous giveaway. He appeared to be in the process of having a minor meltdown, but had a decent 35-plus minutes after that point, while John Terry has been immense.

Daniel Sturridge has been perhaps the best player on the pitch, though Ryan Taylor's terrible defending certainly isn't doing his team any favors. He's been through on goal on multiple occasions, hitting the post and forcing a couple of saves out of Tim Krul. In the 14th minute, Sturridge drew a foul from Yohan Cabaye in the box and Mike Dean pointed to the spot. It appeared to be denial of a clear goal-scoring opportunity, but Cabaye was not booked.

Frank Lampard stepped up to take the penalty, but had it saved by Krul, the other contender for man of the match thus far. He's made four saves from open play and the penalty save in an absolutely brilliant performance.

In the 28th minute, Newcastle were forced into a substitution. Fabricio Coloccini, obviously struggling with an injury, was replaced by James Perch. Perch is hardly a natural central defender and is not nearly as good of a footballer in general, much less a center back than Coloccini. Chelsea had plenty of chances with their captain on the pitch, but they created more when he went off. The Blues could very easily have four or five goals, but at least they have one and the lead. Didier Drogba would eventually find that in the 39th minute.

After a slightly controversial throw in was given Chelsea's way instead of Newcastle's (Dean/his linesman got the decision correct), Juan Mata hit a lovely cross into the box for Drogba. He rose above Perch and powered a wonderful header into the back of the net, giving his team a well deserved 1-0 lead.

For more around the Premier League, including live coverage of this week's action, check out our Premier League Week 14 StoryStream. For more on the two teams, check out Chelsea FC blog We Ain't Got No History and Newcastle United blog Coming Home Newcastle. For more across the world of football, follow @SBNationSoccer on twitter.

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Newcastle United Vs. Chelsea, 2011 Premier League: Lineups

Newcastle United are missing Cheick Tiote, and without him their lineup looks considerably less formidable. They still have Yohan Cabaye in the middle, however, and the partnership of Hatem Ben Arfa and Demba Ba could cause some problems for Chelsea. The Blues only have one slight surprise selection, with Oriol Romeu getting a start. Branislav Ivanovic starts at right back over Jose Bosingwa in a defensive move.

Chelsea lineup (4-3-3): Cech; Ivanovic, D. Luiz, Terry, Cole; Ramires, Romeu, Lampard; Sturridge, Drogba, Mata

Substitutes: Turnbull, Bertrand, Bosingwa, Meireles, Malouda, Kalou, Torres

Newcastle United lineup (4-4-1-1): Krul; Simpson, S.Taylor, Coloccini, R.Taylor; Obertan, Cabaye, Guthrie, Lovenkrands; Ben Arfa; Ba

Substitutes: Harper, Santon, Perch, Gosling, Sa. Ameobi, Sh. Ameobi, Best

The game kicks off at 7:45 am ET, 12:45 pm GMT. You can catch it on ESPN2 in the USA, Sky Sports 2 in the UK, or TSN2 in Canada.

For more around the Premier League, including live coverage of this week's action, check out our Premier League Week 14 StoryStream. For more on the two teams, check out Chelsea FC blog We Ain't Got No History and Newcastle United blog Coming Home Newcastle. For more across the world of football, follow @SBNationSoccer on twitter.

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Newcastle United Vs. Chelsea, 2011 Premier League Week 13: Sports Direct Arena Hosts First Fixture

Newcastle's perfect home record will be tested by an anxious Chelsea and a gratuitous marketing ploy.

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