JOHN KRETLOW - Wednesday, October 24, 2012
American center backs were in the spotlight on Tuesday as Tim Ream's Bolton drew with Wolverhampton, while Zak Whitbread and Leicester City beat Brighton & Hove Albion.
Wolverhampton Wanderers 2 - 2 Bolton Wanderers
Tim Ream kept his spot in Bolton's starting lineup, playing the ninety minutes in their draw with Wolverhampton on Tuesday.
It has been a difficult season thus far for Bolton, epitomized by the firing of Owen Coyle, but new coach Dougie Freedman will be pleased after his team came from behind in the final moments to earn a point.
Bolton opened the scoring in the 21st minute when Benik Afobe found the back of the net on a corner kick sequence where Wolverhampton was unable to clear the ball.
Kevin Doyle put Wolves ahead with two goals in the 27th and 30th minute respectively. The first goal came off a clever Bakary Sako pass and the second a well executed header off of a rebound.
In the 90th minute though Bolton's Mark Davies notched an impressive 12-yard volley to give the road team the draw.
Bolton takes the field against Middlesbrough on Saturday and hopes to separate themselves from the lower half of the standings.
Leicester City 1 - 0 Brighton & Hove Albion
Zak Whitbread started and went the distance in Leicester City's win over Brighton & Hove Albion.
After drawing this weekend against Birmingham City, Leicester got back to winning ways on Tuesday.
The only goal of the game came in the tenth minute when Andy King's right footed shot from the center of the box found the back of the net.
Leicester continues at the top of the standings by virtue of goal differential over Cardiff City. They are on a seven-game unbeaten run and look to extend that streak against Crystal Palace this weekend.
Middlesbrough 2 - 0 Hull City
Seb Hines returned to the starting lineup and played the full 90 minutes in Middlesbrough's victory against Hull City at home.
After a scoreless first half, two goals in the span of seven minutes cemented Boro's victory.
Faris Haroun scored a right footed shot from the right side of the box in the 59th minute, while Ishmael Miller notched home in the 66th minute with a left footed shot from close range.
Boro is just three points from first place in the Championship and on a three game win streak. They look to extend their streak this weekend against Bolton.
Carlisle United 3 - 1 Oldham Athletic
Frank Simek went the full 90 minutes at defense in Carlisle United's win over Oldham Athletic in League One action.
The Cumbrians scored all of their goals in the second half, ending their three-game winless skid.
Joe Garner opened the scoring in the 58th minute when he beat Oldham ‘keeper Dean Bouzanis with the help of Ryan Noble.
In the 74th minute Garner got on the board again for Carlisle when he headed home a Matty Robson pass.
Eight minutes later Noble sent a pass that Robson scored from with his left foot from six yards out.
Jose Baxter notched a consolation goal in the 85th minute on a penalty kick, but it was too little and too late for Oldham.
The Cumbrians are in 13th place in the standings and take on AFC Bournemouth this weekend.
Torquay United 2 - 1 Gillingham
Robbie Findley played 63 minutes in Gillingham's defeat to Torquay United on Tuesday in League Two action.
After Deon Burton put Gillingham in the lead in the 53rd minute, Torquay United staged an impressive comeback as Nathan Craig leveled the game in the 56th minute and Kevin Nicholson put them ahead in the 85th minute.
The loss is Gillingham's first loss in five games, but they still have a two point lead for first place in League Two over Port Vale.
The Gills take the field once again against AFC Wimbledon on Saturday.
Conor Doyle did not feature in Derby County's win over Ipswich Town.
Jonathan Spector was suspended for Birmingham City's draw with Millwall. Will Packwood dressed but did not see the field for the Blues.
Mike Grella never left the bench in Scunthorpe United's loss to Preston North End.
Robbie Rogers played the final moments in Stevenage's win over Portsmouth.