Holden Very Efficient in Bolton’s 2-0 Victory

Stuart Holden and Time Howard. U.S. Men's National Team training in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. Photo via Newscom

For much of today’s match against West Bromwich Albion, Bolton Wanderer’s couldn’t get out of their own half. Albion attempted almost one-hundred more passes than Wanderers. But due to a devastatingly quick 40th minute counter and an 86th minute West Brom turnover, Bolton were able to grab a 2-0 win. Matthew Taylor capped the counter and Johan Elmander bagged the insurance goal.

Stuart Holden manned his usual center midfield position. While his teammates sometimes struggled to maintain possession, Holden rarely put a foot wrong.

by Guardian Chalkboards

Of his seven missed passes, two were corner kicks and one was a long pass that, though it didn’t find its intended target – Chung-Yong Lee, forced West Brom to concede a corner. Defensively, he not only won all of his challenges, his five interceptions were tops for his team.

Holden’s efficiency was key in releasing Albion’s heavy pressure. His pass to Lee keyed Bolton’s late flurry. After Holden’s pass, Wanderers earned, in succession, a corner, a corner, a free kick, and another corner. Just a couple minutes later a flustered West Brom made the mistake that allowed Elmander to score Bolton’s second.

If Holden hadn’t been quite so sharp, Bolton could have had a very different day.

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