Stuart Holden Scores His First Premier League Goal

west ham's mark noble battles with bolton's stuart holden FA Barclays Premiership. West Ham United v Bolton Wanderers. 21.08.10 Photo By Karl Winter Fotosports International Photo via Newscom

Stuart Holden’s 67th minute goal, his first in the Premier League, allowed Bolton Wanderers to bag a 3-2 victory over home side Wolverhampton Wanderers. The visitors were already up two when the gringo found the net, and despite late Wolves pressure, Bolton managed to keep all three points.

Holden, who has started each Bolton league match and played the full ninety in all but one, had a better than usual day, even before the goal. Of his eight attempted tackles, he only lost one. The former Houston Dyanmo man also completed all but three passes, his best ratio of the season.

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And his play without the ball was even more impressive than his tidy passing, particularly his off the ball runs. In the 15th and 52nd minutes, he appeared to have picked out a clear path to the goalkeeper, though his teammates failed to send a pass in each instance. The third time he was free in the box Chung-Yong Lee couldn’t miss him.

After a series of passes orchestrated by the American, Lee and Holden made the same near post run. The winger was obviously going to get to Kevin Davies’ pass first so Holden stepped back and waited for Lee to find him (illustrated below).

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Holden’s joy at his first top flight goal might be tempered a bit by the fact that it came against fellow gringo Marcus Hahnemann, who was left helpless by Lee and Holdens’ angled runs. Hahnemann’s helplessness won’t completely take the luster off Holden’s day, however. He was precise with his passing, almost perfect with his challenges, and intelligent when not in possession.

Oh, and he had an assist as well.

Gringos, did you get a chance to watch the game on

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