Irish in midweek football action…12/02/2020

The Championship continued on Wednesday night with current leaders West Bromwich Albion coming from behind to defeat hosts Reading by two goals to one and extend their lead at the summit to six points. Both Dara O’Shea and loanee Callum Robinson were in their starting eleven for the victors. Bristol City defeated visitors Derby County by three goals to two with Callum O’Dowda a 78th minute substitute for the hosts while Jason Knight was unused on the visitors bench. James Collins scored the only goal for struggling Luton Town who defeated Sheffield Wednesday at Kenilworth Road. The London Derby meeting of Millwall and Fulham at the new Den ended in a one all draw with Jayson Molumby and Alex Pearce starting for the hosts and Aiden O’Brien an unused substitute while Harry Arter started for the visitors with Cyrus Christie unused on the substitute bench. James McClean started for Stoke City with Nathan Collins unused on the substitute bench as they went down to a two nil home defeat by Preston North End for whom Alan Browne opened the scoring while Sean Maguire was substituted after 57 minutes.  

The Championship journey continued on Tuesday night with Birmingham City loanee Scott Hogan scoring the only goal for the ‘Blues’ as they defeated their hosts Barnsley. Daragh Lenihan opened the scoring for Blackburn Rovers as they atoned for their weekend home defeat by Fulham with a three nil victory over visitors Hull City for whom Saturday’s debutant Sean McLoughlin retained his ‘Tigers’ starting position. Promotion challengers Nottingham Forest went down to a surprise one nil home defeat by Charlton Athletic for whom  Josh Cullen was in his regular midfield position with loanee Aiden McGeady a 59th minute substitute. Ryan Manning returned to the QPR starting eleven but Conor Masterson dropped to the substitute bench  for their scoreless draw at Swansea City.

League One
Ireland U21 players Connor Ronan and Thomas O’Connor were in action  with their loan clubs, Blackpool and Gillingham, with the visitors prevailing by three goals to two at Bloomfield Road. Kieran O’Hara and Conor Shaughnessy started for Burton Albion who played out a two all draw with visitors Oxford United for whom Liam Kelly started but was forced off through injury after 20 minutes. Coventry City scored the only goal to defeat Portsmouth and Ronan Curtis at their temporary St Andrew’s base. The Ireland U21 duo of Conor Coventry and Anthony Scully were introduced from the Lincoln City substitute bench during the second half of their one all draw with visitors MK Dons. Ireland U21 midfielder Jack Taylor scored his first goal for Peterborough United in their four nil victory over Southend United at London Road. Glenn Whelan and Paddy Madden started for Fleetwood Town with Madden scoring the only goal against their hosts Wycombe Wanderers at Adams Park.