JOHN KRETLOW - Thursday, February 17, 2011
Eddie Johnson and Preston North End fought to a draw with Watford while Jon-Paul Pittman made a return for Wycombe Wanderers in the midweek in England.

Preston North End 2-2 Watford

Eddie Johnson and Preston North End could not hold on to their lead and had to settle for a tie with Watford in Championship action.

Johnson started and played 65 minutes for his new team.

Sean St. Ledger shocked everyone with a first minute goal for Preston. After a deflected ball after a corner reached the captain, he made no mistake and gave his team the early lead.

The 37th minute saw Preston double their lead after Keith Treacy's cross found Leon Clark who slotted home from four yards out.

In the 69th minute though, Watford cut the lead in half after an impressive individual effort from Matt Whichelow resulted in a goal for the Hornets.

To the dismay of all Preston fans, just ten minutes later Watford scored the equalizing goal. Adam Thomson scored from only six yards out after a free kick from the halfway line found him unmarked.

Adrian Marlappa was booked for Watford while Adam Barton, David Gray and Treacy received yellow cards for Preston.

Watford next plays Reading while Preston takes on league leaders Queens Park Rangers.

Carlisle United 1-0 Oldham Athletic

Frank Simek and Carlisle United scored a victory this midweek against promotion chasing Oldham Athletic.

Simek started and went the distance for the Cumbrians.

The win snaps a three game winless skid for Carlisle.

It took until the 80th minute for the Cumbrians to grab the lead. Ben Marshall sent a cross that deflected its way to Craig Curran tapped in from the par post to give Carlisle the impressive victory.

Cedric Evina received a yellow card for Oldham while Simek and Peter Murphy were booked for Carlisle.

The Cumbrians take on Swindon next week while Oldham play Bristol.

[n]Wycombe Wanderers 2-3 Southend[/b]

Jon-Paul Pittman and Wycombe went down to Southend in League Two play.

Pittman, just back from an injury layoff, started and went the distance for the Wanderers.

It did not take the American to make his presence felt, as he slotted home a right-footed shot after receiving a pass in the box from Stuart Beavon.

In the 50th minute, Barry Corr's header off of a Ryan Hall corner leveled the score for Southend.

Kane Ferdinand headed home a Hall cross to give Southend the lead in the 59th minute.

Scott Rendell gave Wycombe the late equalizer in the 89th minute when he scored from the penalty spot after Craig Easton handled the ball in the box.

Easton would redeem himself in dramatic fashion after he volleyed home a Hall free-kick in the 90th minute, giving Southend the impressive victory.

Hall was booked for Southend while Dave Winfield and Pittman were given yellow cards for Wycombe.


Stuart Holden was rested for Bolton who advanced into the next round of the FA Cup with a 1-0 away win over Wigan.