American Exports: Geoff Cameron and Stoke City fall hard at Tottenham
AMSTERDAM – Several Americans laced up for English action on Saturday, with Geoff Cameron kept busy as a listless Stoke City fell 3-0 at Tottenham.
Switching to central defense for a Potters side currently ravaged by injury and illness, Cameron put in a decent but thankless effort as the visitors were outshot 20-1. While not terribly effective passing out of the back, Cameron did ring up a dozen clearances, five interceptions and five tackles against a Spurs side holding 68 percent of the ball.
For suffering consecutive defeats for the first time since early October, Stoke were bumped down a rung to 12th in the Premier League standings.
Down in the Championship, Tim Ream had an eventful day at left back as Bolton blew two first-half leads on the way to a 5-3 loss away to table-toppers Leicester City.
The US international took part in a pair of first-half strikes by Wanderers, contributing to the 20th-minute build on their first lead-grabber and notching his third assist of the season by teeing up the second such goal in the 39th minute. However, Ream was also among the guilty on two Leicester tallies. The loss dipped Bolton one place to 18th.
Daniel Williams was among few away standouts in 10-man Reading's 3-0 defeat at Middlesbrough.
The midfielder nearly grabbed his side a late consolation, only to have his 30-yard rocket tipped over five minutes from time. Having dropped three straight league contests for the first time in more than two years, the Royals slipped to ninth place.
Nottingham Forest received a solid left-back shift from Eric Lichaj in a 2-1 victory over visiting Leeds United. The home side extended their undefeated run to six matches to stay five points out of an automatic promotion slot in fifth.
Duane Holmes worked the final 13 minutes as Huddersfield Town walloped guests Yeovil Town 5-1. The young American entered after the damage had already been done, as the Terriers snapped a four-game win drought to reach 11th place.
Finally, Zak Whitbread went unused as Derby County grabbed second place with a 2-1 win at Barnsley. The Rams have now won eight games from a nine-match unbeaten streak.