Jeff Hendrick started for Burnley in their three nil Premier League victory over West Ham United at Turf Moor this Saturday afternoon while Robbie Brady played the final four minutes with Kevin Long unused on the substitute bench. Ciaran Clark retained his place and scored the winning goal for Newcastle United in their two one victory over AFC Bournemouth at St James Park. U21 striker Michael Obafemi was introduced from the substitute bench for the final five minutes of Southampton’s two one home defeat by Everton while Shane Long, surprisingly overlooked by Mick McCarthy, was not in the matchday squad. Seamus Coleman was unused on the visiting substitute bench. Sheffield United had John Egan, Enda Stevens and David McGoldrick in their starting eleven with Callum Robinson playing the final ten minutes of their one all draw at Tottenham Hotspur.
Troubled Stoke City, with newly appointed manager Michael O’Neill in command, journied to Barnsley where James McClean and Stephen Wards started in their four two victory which sees them leapfrog their opponents at the foot of the Championship league table. Blackburn Rovers included Derrick Williams in their starting eleven and he scored their goal in their two one defeat by Leeds United at Elland Road. Our U21 captain Jayson Molumby started for Millwall who defeated Charlton Athletic and Josh Cullen by two goals to one at the New Den. Alan Browne and Sean Maguire both started for Preston North End who defeated visitors Huddersfield Town by three goals to one at Deepdale with Browne scoring the second. James Collins started for Luton Town who went down to a three nil defeat at Reading.
In the Scottish Premiership, Glenn Whelan was an unused substitute for Heart of Midlothian who defeated fellow strugglers St Mirren by five goals to two at Tynecastle where Jake Mulraney scored following his 51st minute introduction from the substitute bench.
FA Cup First Round
The first round in the FA Cup continued on Saturday afternoon with Sunderland being held to a one all draw by Gillingham in the Stadium of Light. U21 defender Thomas O’Connor, on loan from Southampton, was in the visitors starting eleven. Alan Judge was an unused substitute for Ipswich Town who were also held to a one all draw by visitors Lincoln City at Portman Road. Kieran O’Hara, on loan at Burton Albion from Manchester United, started their one all draw at Salford City who included Adam Rooney and Richie Towell in their starting eleven with Towell scoring the late equaliser.