ANDREW VORCE - Monday, December 20, 2010
Jonathan Spector and Stuart Holden were the only Yanks to start over the weekend as the Big Freeze claimed most of the English games this weekend.
Blackburn 1 - 1 West Ham
Jonathan Spector looks to have cemented his spot in the West Ham line up as he started for for the Londoners in the snow against Blackburn.
With all of the snow pushed off the field, it was a slow first half with Paul Robinson and West Ham goalkeeper Ruud Boffin coming up with the necessary saves. The goal finally came off of a Ryan Nelsen blunder. James Tomkins showed his naivety keeping the ball in bounds as Blackburn won it back, with the third shot on Paul Robinson coming off the thigh of Nelsen. The deflection allowed it to bounce over the keeper in the 51st minute.
West Ham continued to fight, getting a goal back in the 78th minute. Second half substitute Junior Stanislas was on hand to finish off the chance after a brilliant Scott Parker run. Parker sliced through the Rovers defense, but the ball took a deflection to the feet of Stanislas who showed composure to finish his chance.
Brett Emerton and Gael Givet were both booked for Blackburn, while Tal Ben-Haim, Luis Boa Morte and Tomkins were all booked for West Ham. Up next for the Hammers is an trip across London to take on Fulham at Craven Cottage.
Sunderland 1 - 0 Bolton
Stuart Holden's Bolton were unable to get back on track after Sunderland took the first half lead at the Stadium of Light.
Bolton had little chance at stoping Sunderland's 32nd minute goal after some enterprise from the Black Cats. Jordan Henderson chipped a ball over the top to Darren Bent who showed amazing individual talent to settle the ball before it went out of bounds. Bent took a quick shot at Jussi Jaaskelainen who turned the it towards the middle. On loan striker Danny Welbeck took no chance, producing a diving header to settle the game.
Holden did get a yellow card in the game, joining Gary Cahill and Fabrice Muamba in the book. Only Lee Cattermole was booked in the match for Sunderland. Next up for Bolton is West Brom.