MATHEW WAGNER - Monday, August 11, 2014
It was a rough opening weekend for Americans in the Championship, as Emerson Hyndman lost his professional debut for Fulham and Tim Ream struggled in central defense for Bolton.
Watford 3 - 0 Bolton Wanderers
Tim Ream and Bolton started off the new season in a disappointing fashion, as Watford routed the Trotters in Championship action.
Ream started and went the distance in central defense, while fellow American Stuart Holden is continuing his recovery from another knee surgery and was unavailable for Bolton.
Watford almost scored within the first minute of the match, but Troy Deeney's shot just went wide of the net. The 26-year-old striker made up for it in the 18th minute to put the Hornets ahead.
Teammate Gabriele Angella sent in a long pass behind the defense to the left of the goal, and Denney outran his marker before lifting the ball over Bolton goalkeeper Andy Lonergan.
The Hornets' dominance from that point proved fatal for Bolton, with Watford doubling its lead in the 23th minute. Another long pass put Matej Vydra behind the defense, and after cutting back from the end line to let Ream go by him, Vydra fired home from 10 yards out.
Despite multiple Watford chances in the second half, that scoreline held until the 80th minute, when Vydra's replacement, Fernando Forestieri put to bed any chance of a Bolton comeback 30 seconds after first stepping onto the field.
Bolton defender Dorian Dervite misplayed another long pass by Watford, and Forestieri on it before calmly slotting home through the legs of Lonergan.
The loss leaves Bolton in 23rd place because of a -3 goal differential, and the Trotters will return to action next Saturday against Nottingham Forest.
Ipswich Town 2 - 1 FC Fulham
Emerson Hyndman and an inexperienced Fulham team couldn't recover from a two-goal deficit in a loss at Ipswich on Saturday.
Hyndman went the distance in midfield for the Cottagers, who were relegated from the Premier League last season and were playing in the Championship for the first time since the 2000-2001 season.
While Fulham was largely unconvincing in the final third, Ipswich Town didn't waste its chances. In the 32nd minute, Daryl Murphy collected a Luke Hyam past, took a couple of dribbles to get around his defender and beat Fulham goalkeeper Jesse Joronen to his left to give the Tractor Boys the lead.
Ipswich doubled its lead in the 61st minute when a Fulham defender deflected Murphy's cross from the left wing onto the path of David McGoldrick. His 18-yard shot was shot and deflected by a Fulham defender before sneaking inside the left post.
Tim Hoogland gave Fulham hope of a comeback in the 86th minute, cutting inside from the right wing and receiving some help from a deflection on his strike to pull one back. The Cottagers couldn't find another goal, however, and ended up with the loss.
The loss puts Fulham in 16th place after the first round of matches, and the Cottagers return to action next Saturday against Millwall.
Zak Whitbread was an unused substitute for Derby County's 1-0 win over Rotherham on Sunday.
Duane Holmes didn't dress for Huddersfield Town in the Terries' 4-0 home loss to Bournemouth.
Jonathan Spector and Will Packwood missed Birmingham's 2-0 loss to Middlesbrough because of an injury and returning from international duty, respectively.
Eric Lichaj came on in the 87th minute of Nottingham Forest's 2-0 win against lowly Blackpool.
Danny Williams was unavailable with a knee injury on Saturday when Reading tied Wigan, 2-2.