American Exports: Jonathan Spector puts in hard shift for Birmingham City in draw

Birmingham City's Jonathan Spector

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AMSTERDAM – Jonathan Spector brought his lunch pail to work on Tuesday, putting in a busy full shift as Birmingham City settled for a 1-1 draw with visiting Blackpool.

Working from central midfield, the US international saw a pair of shots buzz the frame wide and another deflected over. Spector also was forced to shake off a couple of hearty collisions, including a knock of heads with teammate Paul Caddis in the first half.

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The Brums surrendered their halftime lead in the 74th minute, leaving them with but one win from their last nine games at St. Andrews. Despite the point gained, Birmingham slipped a spot to 18th place.

Elsewhere, a trio of Americans watched league action from their respective dugouts. Stuart Holden was an unused sub as Bolton topped regional rivals Blackburn 1-0, as were Conor Doyle in Derby County's 1-1 share at Cardiff and Zak Whitbread in Leicester City's 1-1 draw against Leeds United.