Another weekend of overseas action…31/10/2021


Struggling Norwich City included Andrew Omobamidele in their starting eleven with Adam Idah introduced from their substitute bench on 77 minutes as they suffered a two one Premier League defeat by Leeds United at Carrow Road  early this Sunday afternoon. Nineteen year old Omobamidele, playing in an unfamiliar left side of a back three, had a torrid afternoon but stuck manfully to the arduous challenge of containing the visitors Brazilian Raphinha, while also scoring the ‘Canaries’ goal, his first in the Premier League, with an excellent header following a corner kick.   

Josh Cullen and his RSC Anderlecht colleagues were held to a two all home draw by Oud-Heverlee Leuven in the Belgian First Division this Sunday afternoon.

U21 midfielder Ryan Johansson started for Fortuna Sittard who went down to a four three defeat at Go Ahead Eagles in the Dutch Eredivisie on Sunday evening.

Burnley, who started  the day in the bottom three, moved up one place, perhaps temporarily, with a three one victory over visitors Brentford at Turf Moor in the Premier League this Saturday afternoon. The ‘Clarets’ named Nathan Collins, who has garnered many plaudits for his recent performances on their substitute bench. Liverpool played host to Brighton & Hove Albion who included Shane Duffy in their starting eleven but Aaron Connolly was not included in their matchday squad as they recovered  a two goal deficit to secure a two all draw at Anfield. Newcastle United included Ciaran Clark in their starting eleven as they went down to a three nil defeat by current table toppers Chelsea at St James Park but Jeff Hendrick was
not included in the matchday squad. Matt Doherty was an unused  substitute for Tottenham Hotspur who went down to a three nil home defeat by Manchester United. 

Wolverhampton Wanderers loanee Connor Ronan has made quite an impact at St Mirren and he was included in their starting eleven for their one nil defeat by visitors  Dundee at Love Street in the Scottish Premiership this Saturday afternoon.

The early Championship kick-off saw second place Fulham defeat third place West Bromwich Albion by three goals to nil at Craven Cottage. Callum Robinson and Brighton & Hove Albion loanee Jayson Molumby were second half substitutes for the defeated ‘Baggies’. Callum O’Dowda was unused on the Bristol City substitute bench for their two one victory over visitors Barnsley at Ashton Gate. Derby County went down to a two one defeat by visitors Blackburn Rovers for whom Darragh Lenihan was in central defence while Festy Ebosele was a 76th minute substitute for the hosts while Louie Watson remained on their substitute bench. Sheffield United included John Egan and Enda Stevens in their starting eleven with Aston Villa loanee Conor Hourihane unused on their substitute bench as they suffered  a one nil defeat by visitors  Blackpool and veteran Richard Keogh at Bramall Lane. Cardiff City, who dispensed with manager Mick McCarthy last weekend, included Mark McGuinness in their starting eleven with Joel Bagan unused on their substitute bench as they recovered from a three nil deficit to earn a three all draw at Stoke City. Ryan Manning started and Michael Obafemi was a 63rd minute substitute for Swansea City who defeated visitors Peterborough United by three goals to nil at the Liberty Stadium. The visiting ‘Posh’ included Jack Taylor and Sammy Szmodics in their starting eleven with West Ham United loanee Conor Coventry unused on their substitute bench. Current leaders AFC Bournemouth included Mark Travers and Gavin Kilkenny in their starting eleven for their two nil victory at Reading.

MK Dons included Warren O’Hora and Peter Kioso in their starting eleven for their four one victory at Crewe Alexandra but Tottenham Hotspur loanee Troy Parrott did not feature in their matchday squad. Also on the road was Daryl Horgan whose Wycombe Wanderers playedout a three all draw at Fleetwood Town, Portsmouth included Manchester City loanee Gavin Bazunu together with Ronan Curtis and Marcus Harness in their starting eleven for their one nil victory over visitors Bolton Wanderers. Chiedoze Ogbene started for Rotherham United as they crushed visitors Sunderland by five goals to one. Joshua Kayode and Kieran Sadlier, who replaced Ogbene, were introduced  from the substitute bench on 75 minutes while young Dennis Cirkin. started for the ‘Makems’ as did Aiden McGeady who was dismissed  on 56 minutes. Wigan Athletic included James McClean, who opened the scoring on 9 minutes, and Will Keane in their starting eleven for their two nil defeat of  visitors Burton Albion.