JOHN KRETLOW - Monday, February 20, 2012
Tim Ream made his debut for Bolton as they beat Millwall in FA Cup action, while Jonathan Spector and Birmingham City tied Chelsea in cup action as well.
Chelsea 1 - 1 Birmingham City
Jonathan Spector and Birmingham City tied Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in FA Cup play.
Spector came on in the 13th when Stephen Carr was injured and taken off.
Birmingham scored first when Chelsea was unable to clear a corner kick in the 20th minute, resulting in a David Murphy goal from ten yards out.
Just moments later Birmingham's Wade Elliott tripped Ramires resulting in a penalty kick. Colin Doyle though came up with a huge save on Juan Mata's shot, preserving Birmingham's lead.
Daniel Sturridge saved Chelsea's FA Cup run as he headed in a Branislav Ivanovic cross in the 62nd minute.
Gary Cahill and David Luiz were booked for Chelsea, while Jordan Mutch saw yellow for Birmingham.
Chelsea plays Napoli in midweek Champions League action, while Birmingham takes on Barnsley in league play.
Everton 2 - 0 Blackpool
Tim Howard and Everton continue their FA Cup journey as they defeated Blackpool at Goodison Park on Saturday.
Howard started and went the distance for the Toffees, while Landon Donovan did not feature because of the flu. Donovan's loan has finished and he will return to Los Angeles.
Two goals in the first six minutes were all that Everton needed to win this weekend. Royston Drenthe and Denis Stracqualursi found the back of the net to set Goodison Park in a frenzy.
Alex Baptiste was booked for Blackpool.
Everton takes on Queens Park Rangers next week in league action, as they hope to continue their hot streak without Donovan.
Blackpool hopes their strong league play continues despite their FA Cup loss as they play West Ham United on Tuesday.
Millwall 0 - 2 Bolton Wanderers
Tim Ream made his Premier League debut in Bolton Wanderers FA Cup victory over Millwall this weekend.
The former New York Redbull started and went the distance.
Ryo Miyaichi opened the scoring early for Bolton, as the teenager finished passed Millwall ‘keeper Steve Mildenhall in the 4th minute.
Bolton doubled the lead and essentially iced the game in the 59th minute when David Ngog shot from 25 yards out to beat Mildenhall.
Ream was paired with David Wheater at center back and was solid throughout, despite a shaky moment early in the second half when the young American was forced to make a quick recovery and clear the ball from danger.
Liam Feeney and Alan Dunne were booked for Millwall, while Nigel Reo-Coker and Mark Davies saw yellows for Bolton.
Millwall next takes on Middlesbrough, while travels to London to take on Chelsea.
Nottingham Forest 2 - 0 Coventry City
Robbie Findley found the back of the net to help Nottingham Forest in their win over Coventry City.
Findley came on just after half time for the second game in a row for Forest.
Forest jumps Coventry City in the standings and finds themselves out of the relegation zone to the temporary relief of their fans.
The Reds got their goal in the 74th minute from Gareth McCleary as he made a run from midfield to set himself up for an impressive 18 yard goal.
12 minutes later Andy Reid sent in a cross that Findley controlled and then shot passed Coventry ‘keeper Joe Murphy in the 86th minute.
Forest takes on Birmingham City next week, while Coventry plays Barnsley.
Zak Whitbread did not feature in Norwich City's loss to Leicester City in FA Cup play.
Robbie Rogers made his debut for Leeds United as he came on in the 80th minute but was subbed out in the 90th minute due to an apparent concussion. Leeds won a thriller over Doncaster Rovers.
Conor Doyle did not feature in Derby County's 4-0 loss to Southampton.