MATHEW WAGNER - Sunday, March 9, 2014
Yeovil Town continued its unbeaten streak since Duane Holmes joined the team, while Tim Ream and Bolton thumped Leeds United.
Birmingham City 0 - 2 Queens Park Rangers
Will Packwood, Jonathan Spector and Birmingham City couldn't take advantage of a struggling Queens Park Rangers, who righted the ship with a win on Saturday.
Packwood and Spector started and went the distance for the Blues, who lost their second-straight match and dropped into 18th place.
Birmingham City started off the match dominating possession, but the Blues couldn't capitalize. Instead, it was QPR's Ravel Morrison who found the back of the net in the 14th minute. Following a foul by Paul Robinson on Kevin Doyle just outside the box, Morrison curled his shot around the wall and to the right of Birmingham goalkeeper Darren Randolph, who got a hand to the shot but couldn't stop it.
From there, both teams had a multitude of chances, as both teams combined for 23 shots (11 for the Blues and 12 for QPR), but most of those attempts went well wide of the mark. It wasn't until Morrison found the back of the net once again in the 73rd minute that the match was put to bed. The on-loan West Ham midfielder received a centering pass from Jermaine Jenas at the top of the 18-yard box and placed it in the low left corner of the net.
Birmingham returns to action on Wednesday against Burnley.
Leeds United 1 - 5 Bolton Wanderers
Jumping out to a five-goal lead, Tim Ream and Bolton shellacked Leeds United on Saturday.
Ream played the full 90 minutes for the Trotters, who moved up to 17th place with the win.
The rout started in the first minute of stoppage time in the first half. On a counterattack, Neil Danns attempted a through ball that was deflected onto Joe Mason's path, and Mason pulled Leeds goalkeeper Jack Butland off his line before slotting it home.
Early in the second half, Bolton scored two goals in a five-minute span, starting with a Lukas Jutkiewicz's in the 52nd minute. Jay Spearing sent in a free kick that Jutkiewicz headed into the back of the net at the far post. Then, off another free kick in the 56th minute, Zat Knight ended up with the ball and slid it underneath Butland for the goal.
Mark Davies headed a Jutkiewicz cross from the left wing to finish off a counterattack in the 72nd minute, and an Andre Moritz strike in the 89th minute from a tight angle sealed the deal for Bolton, although Matt Smith scored a consolation goal in the second minute of stoppage time for Leeds.
The Trotters will next play at Derby County on Tuesday.
Yeovil Town 2 - 0 Sheffield Wednesday
Duane Holmes and Yeovil Town stretched their unbeaten streak to five matches in a home win over Oguchi Onyewu and Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday.
Holmes played the first 67 minutes for Yeovil Town in attack, while Onyewu went the distance in central defense for Sheffield Wednesday.
After a back-and-forth first half, Ishmael Miller broke the deadlock in the 41st minute. Miller received a Tom Lawrence flick in the box and shot from a difficult angle on the right that squeaked underneath the crossbar.
In the 51st minute, Miller struck again for the Glovers, this time dribbling in from the right wing and firing a shot from 17 yards out that traveled inside the far post to double the Glovers' lead.
Wednesday looked to get back into the match, but the Owls couldn't find the back of the net and eventually had Sam Hutchinson sent off in the 89th minute for his second yellow card of the match.
Yeovil Town is still in the relegation zone despite the win, but the Glovers moved two points away from safety. They host Ipswich Town on Tuesday. Wednesday, meanwhile, dropped into 16th place, and the Owls will next travel to Wigan on Wednesday.
Everton coach Roberto Martinez gave goalkeeper Tim Howard a rest, placing the American on the bench for the Toffees 4-1 loss to Arsenal in a FA Cup quarterfinal matchup.
Jozy Altidore didn't dress for Sunderland's 3-0 loss to Hull City in a FA Cup quarterfinal matchup because of an illness.
Brad Friedel was on the bench for Tottenhams second-half collapse at Chelsea on Saturday in the Premier League.
Brek Shea didn't make the 18 in Barnsley's 1-0 win over Nottingham Forrest on Saturday in Championship action. Eric Lichaj wasn't available for Nottingham Forrest, as he continues to deal with a groin injury.
Danny Williams had a swollen knee that forced him to miss Reading's 1-1 draw with Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday.