A brief wrap up of the goings on for Saturday’s league games…
Fulham slipped to defeat against Liverpool at Anfield, despite holding out for the majority of the game. Fernando Torres came off the bench to score the winner for the home side in the 81st minut, as the Cottagers were again plagued by giving up a late goal. Four minutes later, Steven Gerrard converted from the spot to put the result out of reach for Fulham, who started both Clint Dempsey and Carlos Bocanegra.
At PridePark, Jonathan Spector was in the starting lineup for visiting West Ham and his team ran rampant over DerbyCounty. The final score was 5-0, and Spector was behind West Ham’s third goal. It was his shot off a corner kick that led to an eventual own goal by Eddie Lewis. There remain some questions over who will claim the goal, but for now it looks as if the own goal ruling stands. We’ll be sure to keep you informed if the men in suits decide differently, and award Spector what would be his first goal in English football.
In Germany, Heath Pearce made a brief cameo for his club, Hansa Rostock, during their 3-2 win over Energie Cottbus. Pearce came on as a sub in the 86th minute. Meanwhile, Steve Cherundolo and Hannover 96were on the losing end of a 1-0 game against Hertha Berlin.
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