Irish return to weekend club action…23/11/2020

The weekend action in the Premier League continued at Turf Moor on Monday afternoon with Burnley securing their first league win of the season with the only goal against visitors Crystal Palace. Robbie Brady and Kevin Long were named on the substitute bench with Brady being introduced on 67 minutes but his evening was cut short with his withdrawal through injury just 17 minutes later. High flying Southampton secured  a one all draw at Wolverhampton Wanderers where Shane Long was a 79th minute substitute for the ‘Saints’ while  Michael Obafemi was an unused substitute. 

Sheffield United included John Egan in their starting eleven as they went down to a one nil defeat by visitors West Ham United in the Premier League at Bramall Lane on Sunday afternoon. As expected, Darren Randolph filled his usual substitute role for the visitors. 

Following the international break, the players returned to club duty this weekend with Newcastle United first into Premier League action as they went down to a two nil defeat by Chelsea at St James Park  where Jeff Hendrick was an unused substitute while Ciaran Clark made his first start of the season following injury. Conor Hourihane was a 75th minute substitute for Aston Villa who went down to a two one defeat by visitors Brighton & Hove Albion for whom Aaron Connolly was an unused substitute while Jayson Molumby was introduced for the final two minutes. In the late kick-off, Dara O’Shea, one of the few  positives to emerge from international week, was an unused substitute while Callum Robinson was introduced on 62 minutes for West Bromwich Albion who went down to a one nil defeat at Manchester United. 

A rather struggling Shane Duffy was a 72nd minute substitute for his loan club Glasgow Celtic who recovered  a two goal deficit to earn a two all Scottish Premiership draw in Edinburgh against Hibernian at Easter Road. U21 full back Danny McNamara, on loan with St Johnstone from Millwall, was in action in their one all draw with visitors Motherwell.

Nottingham Forest manager Chris Hughton saw his side go down to a two nil Championship defeat at Barnsley where Cyrus Christie started while Harry Arter was an unused substitute. Callum O’Dowda started for Bristol City who scored the only goal at Ashton Gate to defeat visitors Derby county and Jason Knight who was something of a bright light among the midweek international gloom. James Collins was a 59th minute substitute for Luton Town who were held to a one all draw by visitors Blackburn Rovers who included Darragh Lenihan in their starting eleven at Kenilworth Road. Troy Parrott was a 76th minute substitute for loan club Millwall who were held to a one all draw by visitors Cardiff City at the New Den. Sean Maguire was a 71st minute substitute for Preston North End while teenager Adam O’Reilly remained on the bench for the one nil defeat of visitors Sheffield Wednesday. Conor Masterson started for QPR who played out a one all draw with visitors Watford at Loftus Road. Nathan Collins was a 66th minute substitute for Stoke City who defeated visitors Huddersfield Town by four goals to three but James McClean missed out following his brush with Covid-19 during the international break. Ryan Manning was an unused substitute for new club Swansea City who defeated visitors Rotherham United by one goal to nil. Daryl Horgan, who surprised many with his performances in last week’s internationals was in the Wycombe Wanderers side which played out a scoreless draw with visitors Brentford.

Watford loanee Ryan Cassidy was an unused substitute for Accrington Stanley who played out a scoreless League One draw with visitors Lincoln City for whom fellow U21 international Anthony Scully was a 70th minute substitute. Another U21 squad member Mark McGuinness,  on loan at Ipswich Town from Arsenal, conceded a very early penalty kick but the ‘Tractor Boys’ recovered  to secure a two one victory  over visitors Shrewsbury Town at Portman Road. U21 midfielder Jack Taylor, who was called up to the senior squad last week, started for Peterborough United who went down to a two one defeat at home to  Blackpool. Ronan Curtis and newly qualified Marcus Harness were both in the Portsmouth side which defeated visitors Crewe Alexandra by four goals to one at Fratton Park with Curtis scoring the opening two goals.

Midweek U21 goalscorer Joshua Kayode, who is on loan at Carlisle United from Rotherham United, was again on the scoresheet as his side defeated hosts Crawley Town by three goals to nil in League Two while another member of the U21 brigade Lee O’Connor, on loan from Glasgow Celtic, was in the Tranmere Rovers side which crushed visitors Grimsby Town by five goals to nil.