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The Bolton winger scored his first English goal on Saturday, providing the eventual game-winner.

On Wednesday, Bolton nearly stole a victory at Goodison Park but Everton got a late goal to even the score. Holden tested Howard a few times but did not get on the score sheet. He left briefly due to a leg injury but returned rather quickly to finish the match.

Come Saturday, Holden was in stellar form, helping his squad hold on for a 3-2 win at Molineux Stadium. After grabbing an early lead courtesy of an own goal, the Trotters battled pretty equally with Wolves over the next 60 minutes. However, in minute 62, Holden played the ball to Johan Elmander, who turned and fired a brilliant strike past Marcus Hahnemann, doubling the lead. Just five minutes later, Holden tallied his first English goal, slotting one past the keeper to give Bolton a commanding advantage. The hosts then scored twice over the next 10 minutes, giving the fans hope for an unbelievable draw. Ultimately, Bolton held on for the victory thanks to Holden’s goal.

Premier League

Tim Howard, Everton

Vs. Bolton, 1-1, (90 minutes, 2 saves, 1 goal conceded)

Vs. Arsenal, 1-2, (90 minutes, 3 saves, 2 goals conceded)

On Wednesday, Jermaine Beckford notched a score late to save a draw for the Toffees. A stalemate for the majority of the match, Bolton finally took the lead in the 79th minute but 10-man Everton ran off with a split of the points. Everton dropped a tough one on Sunday, losing 2-1 at Goodison Park. Howard made a nice save early, halting a Samir Nasri shot but Bacary Sagna netted a fine goal in the 36th minute and Cesc Fabregas added doubled the lead just after halftime. Tim Cahill’s 89th minute consolation goal came a bit too late as a draw was not in the cards.

Next Match: Monday, 11/22, away to Sunderland.    

Brad Friedel, Aston Villa

Vs. Blackpool, 3-2, (90 minutes, 1 save, 2 goals conceded)

Vs. Manchester United, 2-2, (90 minutes, 2 saves, 2 goals conceded)

James Collins scored a late winner as Villa ran off 3-2 winners on Wednesday. Friedel allowed two goals but wasn’t forced to make too many saves outside of those attempts as Blackpool proved to be very inaccurate during the match. On Saturday, the Villains looked to have a victory, up 2-0 heading into the final 10 minutes. However, Federico Macheda launched in a splendid 20-yard effort past Friedel before Nemanja Vidic’s header equaled the score with just five minutes remaining. Friedel stopped a late shot from Gabriel Obertan to at least preserve the draw.

Next Match: Sunday, away to Blackburn.     

Brad Guzan, Aston Villa

Vs. Blackpool, 3-2, (DNP)

Vs. Manchester United, 2-2, (DNP)

Guzan backed up Friedel last week.   

Next Match: Sunday, away to Blackburn.    

Eric Lichaj, Aston Villa

Vs. Blackpool, 3-2, (1 minute)

Vs. Manchester United, 2-2, (2 minutes)

Lichaj came on during injury time of Wednesday’s win over Blackpool. On Saturday, Lichaj played the final two minutes.

Next Match: Sunday, away to Blackburn.     

Clint Dempsey, Fulham

Vs. Chelsea, 1-0, (90 minutes)

Vs. Newcastle United, 0-0, (90 minutes)

Dempsey, along with the rest of the squad, could not get on target Wednesday, firing miserably throughout the match. Michael Essien’s first half strike was enough to settle the London derby match.  The Texas native was actually pretty solid on Saturday, testing the keeper several times but neither side could make the breakthrough.

Next Match: Sunday, home for Manchester City.

Eddie Johnson, Fulham

Vs. Chelsea, 1-0, (DNP)

Vs. Newcastle United, 0-0, (1 minute)

Johnson dressed on Wednesday but did not play and only played through injury time on Saturday.

Next Match: Sunday, home for Manchester City.

Jonathan Spector, West Ham

Vs. West Bromwich Albion, 2-2, (DNP)

Vs. Blackpool, 0-0, (DNP)

Spector was on the bench for Wednesday’s contest but did not get on as the Hammers drew with WBA. The same can be said for Saturday’s affair.

Next Match: Saturday, away to Liverpool.  

Marcus Hahnemann, Wolverhampton

Vs. Arsenal, 0-2, (90 minutes, 3 saves, 2 goals conceded)

Vs. Bolton, 2-3, (90 minutes, 3 saves, 3 goals conceded)

Hahnemann was shell-shocked on Wednesday as Marouane Chamakh scored just 39 seconds into the match. The two outfits went on to have a pretty even match but with just few minutes left, Chamakh struck again to double the score and secure the win for Arsenal. On Saturday, Hahnemann wasn’t as bad as the score-line would indicate. Bolton’s first goal came via an own goal by defender Richard Stearman, while the second strike was near magical. The keeper could have done better keeping out Holden’s strike but he did stop the fellow American earlier in the contest.

Next Match: Saturday, away to Blackpool.

Stuart Holden, Bolton Wanderers

Vs. Everton, 1-1, (90 minutes)

Vs. Wolverhampton, 2-3, (90 minutes, 1 goal, 1 assist)

See above.

Next Match: Saturday, home for Newcastle United.     

Championship

Zak Whitbread, Norwich City

Vs. Millwall, 1-1, (DNP)

Vs. Reading, 3-3, (DNP)

Two draws for Norwich City. No action for Whitbread.

Next Match: Saturday, home for Leeds United.      

Conor Doyle, Derby County

Vs. Ipswich Town, 0-2, (DNP)

Vs. Leicester City, 0-2, (5 minutes)

Doyle did not get on during Tuesday’s match but Derby grabbed the win nonetheless. Doyle came on for the final five minutes on Saturday as the Rams fell at Leicester.

Next Match: Saturday, home for Scunthorpe United.

League One

Frank Simek, Carlisle United

Vs. Crewe Alexandra, 3-1, (90 minutes)

Vs. Southampton, 3-2, (90 minutes)

Simek helped Carlisle progress in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy tourney as the squad defeated Crewe 3-1. On Saturday, Carlisle won a tight one, beating Southampton.

Next Match: Saturday, away to Walsall.  

Mike Grella, Carlisle United

Vs. Crewe Alexandra, 3-1, (66 minutes)

Vs. Southampton, 3-2, (90 minutes)

Grella played 66 minutes on Tuesday as Carlisle defeated Crewe. On Saturday, Grella played what could be his final game for Carlisle. The player and club are keen to extend the loan spell but no such extension has occurred thus far.

Next Match: Saturday, away to Walsall.

Jemal Johnson, Milton Keynes Dons

Vs. Brentford, 0-2, (DNP)

The Dons defeated Brentford 2-0 but Johnson did not get off the bench.

Next Match: Tuesday, home for Stevenage (FA cup), and Saturday, home for Sheffield Wednesday.

Anton Peterlin, Plymouth Argyle

Vs. Exeter City, 1-2, (DNP)

Vs. Tranmere Rovers, 1-0, (DNP)

Peterlin did not dress for Tuesday’s loss against Exeter City. The loss sends the club out of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy competition. On Saturday, Tranmere defeated Plymouth 1-0. Peterlin was not dressed for the fixture.

Next Match: Saturday, home for Brentford.

League Two

Jon-Paul Pittman, Wycombe Wanderers

Pittman, out until February with a knee injury, did not play last week as Wycombe was eliminated from the JPT tourney. The club did beat Bradford City on Saturday however.

Next Match: Saturday, away to Port Vale.   

Seb Harris, Northampton Town (On Loan at Stafford Rangers)

Harris started for Rangers last week but scored an own goal as the team lost 1-3 to Hinckley United.  

Meanwhile Up In Scotland…

Maurice Edu, Rangers

Vs. Hibernian, 0-3, (43 minutes)

Vs. Aberdeen, 2-0, (DNP)

On Wednesday, Rangers lost for the first time this season in the SPL as Hibernian shocked the hosts at Ibrox Stadium. Edu had to be carted off after 43 minutes due to a knee injury and although it doesn’t look to be serious, he may miss a few games. Subsequently, Edu was not included in Saturday’s match against Aberdeen. The midfielder watched as his side won 2-0.   

Next Match: Saturday, away to Kilmarnock.     

Matthew Braine writes the Americans in the UK piece every Monday. Contact him with your questions or comments at matthew.braine@hotmail.com or follow him on Twitter @MatthewBraine

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