Howard, Everton Tie Holden, Bolton

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Gringos, even if you subscribe to or pony up for Fox Soccer Channel, Fox Soccer Plus, and GolTV, you couldn’t watch Stuart Holden and Bolton take on Tim Howard and Everton. Their Premier League match was only show on ESPN’s streaming service; subscriptions are controlled by Internet Service Providers. If your ISP doesn’t pay for it, you don’t get it. If you don’t want it but your ISP does, you end up paying for it anyway.

So, unless you’re fortunate enough to have an ISP that shelled out some dough, you missed Howard and Holden’s first  match as opponents. Just in case, here’s a statistical summary.

Everton, the favorites, attempted 245 more passes and completed three times as many passes as the visitors.

by Guardian Chalkboards

Naturally, Holden didn’t attempt very many passes. His seventeen attempts were a season low. But, as has been the case all season, he did put in hard challenge after hard challenge. Compare his twelve attempted tackles to Everton’s Mikel Arteta, who – like Holden – plays as the more attack-minded partner of a central midfield duo.

by Guardian Chalkboards

Arteta was certainly more circumspect with his challenges, as he won 3 of 4 and Holden only 4 of 12. One of the American’s few successful tackles did start the sequence that led to Bolton’s goal. Four for twelve isn’t a great tackling ratio. Twelve tackles for every goal, however, is a ratio Bolton manager Owen Coyle will happily accept.

Bolton’s concession of possession meant Tim Howard didn’t have a lot to do.  America’s number one was called on to make just two saves, though Bolton did hit the post on a few occassions. Since Everton managed an equalizer in extra time, his teammates will be particularly grateful for the saves. Howard, though, might be a bit more conflicted. One of those stops denied Holden his first Premier League goal.

But you probably didn’t get to see it, huh?

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