Irish in UK weekend action…26/10/2020

The Premier League continued on Monday afternoon with Brighton & Hove Albion being held to a one all draw by visitors West Bromwich Albion. Aaron Connolly was an unused substitute for the hosts while Callum Robinson entered the fray on 63 minutes for the ‘Baggies’.  Kevin Long started for Burnley who suffered a disappointing one nil defeat by visitors Tottenham Hotspur who included Matt Doherty in their starting eleven. Robbie Brady and Jimmy Dunne were unused substitutes for the host ‘Clarets’. 

Shane Long remained unused on the Southampton substitute bench for the Premier League visit of Everton to St Mary’s Stadium where the hosts ran out comfortable two nil winners against very lack lustre opponents. Injury ruled Seamus Coleman out of the visiting ‘Toffees’ squad. Jeff Hendrick was in the Newcastle United side which scored an added time equaliser against Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineaux. Ciaran Clark played a full 90 minutes in midweek with the ‘Magpies’ U23 side and is nearing a return to first team action.

The Scottish Premiership meeting of Aberdeen and Glasgow Celtic ended in a three all draw at Pittodrie where Jonny Hayes and Tommie Hoban started for the hosts while Shane Duffy was in action with the visitors. Hayes had an excellent game for the ‘Dons’ but both Hoban and Duffy were quite some way below par.

The Premier League continued at 12.30pm on Saturday afternoon with Darren Randolph an unused substitute for West Ham United who played out a one all draw with visitors Manchester City. There is an 8pm kick-off for the Anfield meeting of Liverpool and Sheffield United where John Egan and Enda Stevens start for the ‘Blades’ with David McGoldrick named on the substitute bench.

U21 full back Danny McNamara, on loan at St Johnstone from Millwall, was again in fine form as his side played out a scoreless Scottish Premiership draw with visitors Dundee United in McDiarmid Park.

Glasgow Celtic loanee Jonathan Afolabi scored the only goal after five minutes to earn his Dundee side the points from the Scottish Championship visit of Greenock Morton.

In the Championship, Callum O’Dowda was a 65th minute substitute for Bristol City who played out a one all draw with visitors Swansea City for whom new signing Ryan Manning was an unused substitute. Coventry City went down to a four nil defeat by visitors Blackburn Rovers for whom Daragh Lenihan and Derrick Williams formed the central defensive partnership. Alan Browne started for Preston North End and scored both goals in their two one victory at Huddersfield Town while Sean Maguire was an 85th minute substitute. Adam Idah was a 58th minute substitute for Norwich City in their two one Carrow Road victory over visitors Wycombe Wanderers who included Daryl Horgan in their starting eleven. Idah was red carded in the fifth minute of stoppage time for violent conduct. Midweek red card recipient Nathan Collins, having appealed his dismissal, was in the Stoke City side alongside James McClean for their three two victory over visitors Brentford. McClean scored the second goal and set up the third for the ‘Potters’. 

Southampton loanee Thomas O’Connor was forced off after just 24 minutes as his loan club Gillingham went down to a two nil home defeat by visitors Fleetwood Town in League One. The victors included Glenn Whelan and Paddy Madden in their starting eleven with Madden scoring the opening goal. U21 midfielder Jack Taylor was in the Peterborough United side which gained the points with a two one victory over their hosts Hull City. Manchester City loanee Gavin Bazunu was in fine form with loan club Rochdale who defeated their hosts Shrewsbury Town by two goals to one. Ronan Curtis was a 55th minute substitute for Portsmouth who defeated their hosts Sunderland by three goals to one at the Stadium of Light.

Rotherham United loanee Joshua Kayode was in the Carlisle United side for their one all League Two draw at Grimsby Town while Glasgow Celtic loanee Lee O’Connor had to be substituted on 30 minutes as his Tranmere Rovers secured a two nil victory over visitors Southend United.  

Aston Villa lost the only remaining Premier League 100% record this Friday evening when visitors Leeds United defeated them by three goals to nil at Villa Park. One time Ireland target Patrick Bamford scored all three goals for the victors. Conor Hourihane remained unused on the substitute bench for the hosts.

New manager Chris Hughton saw his Nottingham Forest side collect a valuable Championship point when they came from behind to secure a one all draw with bitter rivals Derby County at the City Ground on Friday evening. Cyrus Christie and Harry Arter were both in the Forest side while Jason Knight was again in the visiting eleven.