Matt Doherty and his Wolverhampton Wanderers colleagues travelled to face Arsenal in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon and earned a deserved one all draw. There are concerns however surrounding Doherty who limped off after 71 minutes. Conor Hourihane was sent on from the Aston Villa substitute bench on 73 minutes as his side led leaders Liverpool, who recovered to score twice in the closing minutes for a two one victory at Villa Park. Shane Duffy was introduced from the Brighton & Hove Albion substitute bench after 36 minutes and proceeded to score their second goal in a two nil victory over visitors Norwich City. Aaron Connolly started up front for the victorious ‘Seagulls’ and completed eighty six minutes before being substituted. Shane Long was an unused substitute for Southampton who went down to a two one defeat at Manchester City. Ireland Assistant Manager Terry Connor was expected to be at Bramall Lane for the contest between Sheffield United and Burnley which the host ‘Blades’ won by three goals to nil. John Egan, Enda Stevens and David McGoldrick started for the victors but Callum Robinson was an unused substitute while Jeff Hendrick started with Robbie Brady a 59th minute substitute for the visiting ‘Clarets’. There will be Irish concerns surrounding Egan who was forced off through injury after 79 minutes. Ciaran Clark retained his starting position for Newcastle United and opened the scoring after 16 minutes as the ‘Magpies’ secured a three two victory over their hosts West Ham United at the London Stadium.
Derrick Williams started for Blackburn Rovers who came from behind to defeat visitors Sheffield Wednesday and Keiren Westwood by two goals to one in the Championship on Saturday afternoon. Ryan Manning started for QPR who went down to a two nil defeat by Leeds United at Elland Road. James Collins returned to the starting eleven for Luton Town who went down to a two one defeat by visitors Nottingham Forest at Kenilworth Road. Loanee Jayson Molumby and Shaun Williams started for Millwall who went down to a two one defeat by hosts Reading at the Madejski Stadium where Aiden O’Brien was an unused substitute.
In League One, loanee goalkeeper Kieran O’Hara and his Burton Albion colleagues played out a two all draw with hosts Doncaster Rovers for whom Kieran Sadlier was on the scoresheet. U21 candidate Trevor Clarke started for Rotherham United but was substituted at half-time as his side secured a three nil victory over their hosts Gillingham at Priestfield Stadium while Ronan Curtis was in the Portsmouth side held to a one all draw by visitors Oxford United at Fratton Park.