Goalkeeper Brad Friedel good saves off efforts by Liverpool's David Bentley and Steven Gerrard in Blackburn's scoreless tie. Keeper Tim Howard helped Everton to a 3-1 win over Birmingham.
Fulham's American defender Carlos Bocanegra was serving an accumulated yellow-card suspension while Reading's Bobby Convey was 76th minute sub.
Neither Eddie Lewis nor Benny Feilhaber made the game day squad for Derby, which lost 2-0 at Aston Villa. Derby is mired in last place of the EPL with only six points.
Defender Jonathan Spector was 50th minute sub for West Ham in its 1-1 tie with Bolton and headed a shot off the line.
In Scotland, DaMarcus Beasley went the distance in Rangers 2-0 win over Inverness CT that keeps it within four points of leader Celtic. Beasley had a goal called back for offside, struck another effort into the outside side-netting, and nearly set up a goal.