Midweek action overseas…29/10/2021


Following their home defeat by Middlesbrough on Saturday afternoon, the eight successive loss, Cardiff City manager Mick McCarthy and his long time assistant Terry Connor were both dismissed.

Centre back Jimmy Dunne was a 36th minute substitute for QPR who were held to a one all Championship draw by visitors Nottingham Forest on Friday evening.


The EFL Cup fourth round continued on Wednesday evening with Burnley going down to a one nil defeat by visitors Tottenham Hotspur at Turf Moor. The ‘Clarets’ included Nathan Collins in their starting eleven with Kevin Long unused on their substitute bench while Matt Doherty was also  unused on the bench for the visitors. Brighton & Hove Albion included Shane Duffy and Aaron Connolly in their starting eleven for their 4-2 penalty shoot-out defeat at Leicester City after the sides had played out a two all draw. Sean Maguire and Greg Cunningham started for Preston North End who went down to a two nil defeat by visitors Liverpool.

There were Scottish Premiership contests played this evening with Glasgow Celtic defeating Hibernian by three goals to one at Easter Road where Jake Doyle-Hayes was in action for the hosts but the position surrounding the absent Liam Scales  and James McCarthyfor the visitors is unclear.  St Mirren included Wolverhampton Wanderers loanee Connor Ronan in their side for the two all draw at Motherwell and he was named ‘man of the match’. The injury which saw Jamie McGrath stretchered off on Saturday is not as bad as feared and he is expected to be back in action in a couple of weeks..

Earlier this evening, Zack Elbouzedi and his AIK Solna colleagues went down to a one nil defeat at Malmo FF in the Swedish Allsvenskan.

The EFL Cup fourth round commenced this Tuesday evening with Championship side QPR going down to a three one penalty shoot-out defeat by League One Sunderland.at Loftus Road. Jimmy Dunne was unused on the home substitute bench while Dennis Cirkin(24), Aiden McGeady(64) and Aiden O’Brien(65) were introduced from the visiting substitute bench with McGeady converting the opening penalty in the shoot-out. Southampton introduced Shane Long(66) and Will Smallbone(77) from their substitute bench during their one all draw at Chelsea but the penalty shoot-out went the way of the hosts on a 4-3 scoreline. Long converted his penalty but Smallbone had a disappointing miss.

Ireland manager Stephen Kenny was expected to cast a close eye on the League One meeting of Wigan Athletic and Lincoln City with James McClean and Will Keane both starting for the hosts but Anthony Scully missed out through injury for the visitors who secured a two one victory.