Beleaguered Everton and Seamus Coleman were Premier League hosts to a resurgent Newcastle United on Thursday evening. The ‘Toffees’ secured three valuable points wit the only goal late in stoppage time.
West Ham United included Darren Randolph on their bench for the Europa League Round of Sixteen second leg visit of Spanish side Sevilla who held a one nil advantage from the first leg. The ‘Hammers’ progressed to the quarter-final stage with a two nil victory after extra-time.
The re-arranged Premier League meeting of Brighton & Hove Albion and Tottenham Hotspur took place at the AMEX Stadium on Wednesday evening where Shane Duffy and Matt Doherty were in opposition as the visitors secured a two nil victory. Caoimhin Kelleher was on the bench for Liverpool who defeated hosts Arsenal by two goals to nil at the Emirates Stadium.
Sheffield United included John Egan in their starting eleven while loanee Conor Hourihane was a 70th minute substitute in their scoreless Championship draw at Blackpool. Mark McGuinness and Joel Bagan were in the Cardiff City side which came from behind to defeat visitors Stoke City by two goals to one. Goalkeeper Jack Bonham was in action for the visitors. Alan Browne and his Preston North End colleagues suffered a crushing four nil defeat at Luton Town who included Peter Kioso in their side at Kenilworth Road. Jimmy Dunne started with loanee Jeff Hendrick a 62nd minute substitute for QPR who went down to a three one defeat at Nottingham Forest. Sam Szmodics started and scored for Peterborough United who went down to a three two defeat by visitors Swansea City for whom Michael Obafemi scored twice while loanee Cyrus Christie was also in their starting eleven.
Striker Scott Hogan was a 33rd minute substitute for Birmingham City while loanee Aaron Connolly started and opened the scoring for visitors Middlesbrough who won by two goals to nil in the Championship on Tuesday evening. Darragh Lenihan started and James Brown was on the Blackburn Rovers bench for the visit of Derby County who included Jason Knight and Eiran Cashin in their starting eleven with Festy Ebosele introduced from the bench on 81 minutes. The ‘Rams’ took a first half lead but the hosts recovered to score three times in the second period. Mark Travers and AFC Bournemouth played out a one all draw with visitors Reading in the Vitality Stadium. Callum Robinson started and scored the only goal for West Bromwich Albion in their victory over league leaders Fulham at the Hawthorns. Dara O’Shea was an unused substitute while loanee Jayson Molumby was introduced for the final nine minutes.
Promotion chasing Wigan Athletic included Will Keane in their side for their two nil victory at Crewe Alexandra in League One and he was again on the scoresheet with the second goal. Portsmouth included loanees Gavin Bazunu and Aiden O’Brien together with Sean Raggett and Ronan Curtis in their starting eleven ar they went down to a one nil defeat at Plymouth Argyle. Leaders Rotherham United included Chiedoze Ogbene and Joshua Kayode in their starting eleven for their two one defeat of visitors Lincoln City and Anthony Scully with Ogbene scoring their second goal. Wycombe Wanderers and Daryl Horgan defeated visitors Fleetwood Town by one goals to nil in Adams Park.
Lee O’Connor and Tranmere Rovers secured a two nil League Two success over their visitors Harrowgate Town who included Wolverhampton Wanderers loanee Lewis Richards in their side.
James McCarthy was a 76th minute substitute for Glasgow Celtic who eased to a three nil Scottish Cup quarter-final victory at Dundee United.