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NewWeekend Cup and League action…24/01/2021

Sunday
The FA Cup fourth round continued on Sunday afternoon with Chelsea defeating Championship side Luton Town by three goals to one. James Collins was a 60th minute substitute for the defeated ‘Hatters’. Burnley included Kevin Long in their starting eleven for their three nil victory over Fulham at Craven Cottage. Long had a fine match and capped it by scoring the third goal. Young defender Jimmy Dunne was also introduced for the final seven minutes. Caoimhin Kelleher was on the substitute bench for Liverpool who went down to a three two defeat at Manchester United. Goodison Park hosted the meeting of Everton and Sheffield Wednesday with Seamus Coleman starting for the ‘Toffees’ who secured  a comfortable three nil victory. 20 year old Ciaran Brennan filled a centre back position for the visiting ‘Owls’ and was excellent throughout.

There was a Championship outing for Preston North End and Reading at 12.30pm with Alan Brown and Brighton & Hove Albion loanee Jayson Molumby starting for the hosts as the sides played out a scoreless draw. Darragh Lenihan and his Blackburn Rovers colleagues travelled to Miidlesbrough and secured three points from a one nil victory. 

Saturday
There was FA Cup fourth round action in St Mary’s Stadium early on  Saturday afternoon when Southampton defeated visitors Arsenal by one goal to nil. Shane Long started their hard fought two nil victory over Shrewsbury Town on Tuesday night but was a very late substitute this afternoon. There were a number of all Championship ties with Barnsley defeating Norwich City with the only goal at Oakwell. The ‘Canaries’ included eighteen year old Andrew Omobamadele on their substitute bench. Danny McNamara was an unused substitute while Troy Parrott started for Millwall who crashed to a three nil defeat by visitors Bristol City who included goalkeeper Max O’Leary in their starting eleven. Midweek loan signing Conor Hourihane started for Swansea City alongside Ryan Manning as they crushed visitors Nottingham Forest by five goals to one. Cyrus Christie was an unused substitute for the visitors. Sheffield United included John Egan and Enda Stevens in their starting eleven as they progressed to round five with a two one victory over League One side Plymouth Argyle.   

There was Premier League action on Saturday evening with Aston Villa comfortably defeating visitors Newcastle United by two goals to nil. Jeff Hendrick was in midfield action with the defeated ‘Magpies’ but injury ruled out Ciaran Clark.

The Championship saw QPR go down to a one nil defeat by Derby County and Jason Knight at Loftus Road where young Louie Watson was an unused substitute for the victorious ‘Rams’.

Loan signings Mark Travers and Conor Masterson were in the Swindon Town side which drew two each with Charlton Athletic at The Valley in League One. Loanee Thomas O’Connor and his Gillingham colleagues were held to a two all draw by vicirors Rochdale who included loanee Gavin Bazunu in their starting eleven alongside Jimmy Kwho scored both of their goals. The Ipswich Town quartet of Arsenal loanee Mark McGuinness, Stephen Ward, Alan Judge and Aaron Drinan started as they went down to a one nil defeat by visitors Peterborough United and Jack Taylor. Joint leaders Lincoln City included Anthony Scully in their starting eleven and he scored in their two one success over visitors Northampton Town. Ronan Curtis and Marcus Harness started for Portsmouth who crashed to a four nil defeat by visiting joint leaders Hull City.

Aston Villa loanee Tyreik Wright and Liam Kinsella were in the Walsall side for their three one League Two victory at Port Vale while Tranmere Rovers defeated visitors Bolton Wanderers by two goals to one. Loanee Zack Elbouzedi together with Eoin Doyle and Ryan Delaney started for the visitors with Elbouzedi withdrawn at half time and Delaney dismissed on 75 minutes. 

 

 

NewMidweek Cup and League action…22/01/2021

Friday
Stoke City went down to a two one home defeat by visitors Watford in the Championship this Friday evening. Both Nathan Collins and James McClean started for the hosts who were probably deserving of a draw at least.

Former Ireland U21 striker Simon Power was a 74th minute substitute for League Two side Harrowgate Town whom he joined on Wednesday from Norwich City, as they played out a two all draw at Salford City for whom Richie Towell was a 57th minute substitute.

Glasgow Celtic loanee Jonathan Afolabi was a 39th minute substitute for Dundee in their one all Scottish Championship draw at Arbroath.

Thursday
The 68 match unbeaten home league record of defending Premier League champions Liverpool came to an end at Anfield this Thursday evening when visitors Burnley scored the only goal for victory. Goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher was an unused substitute for the hosts while Robbie Brady completed 65 minutes for the victors with Kevin Long unused on the substitute bench. 

Wednesday
The Championship continued on Wednesday evening with Birmingham City going down to a one nil defeat by Preston North End at St Andrew’s where Scott Hogan started for the hosts, but was forced off through injury on 60 minutes, while Alan Browne and loanee Jayson Molumby started for the visitors. Molumby provided the assist for the winning goal on 61 minutes. High flying Brentford defeated Luton Town and James Collins with the only goal at their new Community Stadium home. New signing Richard Keogh started for Huddersfield Town who went down to a one nil defeat by visitors Millwall for whom Danny McNamara started and provided the assist for the winning goal while loanee Troy Parrott was unused on the substitute bench. Current leaders Norwich City included young Andrew Omobamadele on their substitute bench for their two nil success over visitors Bristol City. Chris Hughton‘s Nottingham Forest failed to continue their upward movement when they suffered  a two one defeat by visitors Middlesbrough at the City Ground. Cyrus Christie was again in their starting eleven.

Tuesday
The one remaining FA Cup third round contest saw Southampton defeat League One side Shrewsbury Town by two goals to nil in a hard fought contest at St Mary’s where Shane Long started for the hosts while Will Ferry was an unused substitute.

Dara O’Shea and Callum Robinson were in the West Bromwich Albion side which suffered a two one Premier League defeat at West Ham United on Tuesday evening. Darren Randolph was an unused substitute for the victorious hosts.

Derby County, again captained by nineteen year old Jason Knight, defeated visitors AFC Bournemouth by one goal to nil in Pride Park to move out of the Championship bottom three. Nathan Collins was in action with Stoke City who played out a three all draw at Rotherham United where James McClean was a 73rd minute substitute and provided the assist for a late equaliser.

In League One, Peterborough United came from behind to defeat visitors Charlton Athletic by two goals to one at London Road where Jack Taylor was again in midfield action with the hosts. Ronan Curtis resumed action with Portsmouth as a 64th minute substitute and provided an assist in their four nil victory over AFC Wimbledon at Fratton Park. Marcus Harness was also in fine form for ‘Pompey’.

 

Overseas weekend League action…18/01/2021

Monday
Arsenal eased to a comfortable three nil Premier League victory over a toothless Newcastle United at the Emirates Stadium this evening. Ciaran Clark started for the ‘Magpies’ while Jeff Hendrick was a 78th minute substitute. 

Sunday
The Premier League continued at 2pm on Sunday with the Bramall Lane meeting of Sheffield United and Tottenham Hotspur which saw the visitors prevail by three goals to one. Enda Stevens returned to action alongside John Egan and David McGoldrick for the hosts with McGoldrick scoring the ‘Blades’ goal. Caoimhin Kelleher was on the substitute bench for Liverpool who played out a scoreless draw with Anfield visitors Manchester United. In the late kick-off, James McCarthy was in the  Crystal Palace side which went down to a four nil defeat at Manchester City.

Saturday
Molineaux hosted the Black Country Derby meeting of Wolverhampton Wanderers and West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League at 12.30pm on Saturday afternoon. The visiting ‘Baggies’ included Dara O’Shea and Callum Robinson in their starting eleven as, having taken an early lead, they conceded twice before the half-time break and then themselves scored twice early in the second half for a three two victory. Darren Randolph returned to the West Ham United substitute bench where he was joined by teenage striker Ademipo Odubeko for the one nil victory over Burnley at the London Stadium. Robbie Brady started for the ‘Clarets’ with Kevin Long on the substitute bench. The King Power Stadium meeting of Leicester City and Southampton went the way of the hosts by two goals to nil. The ‘Saints’ included Will Smallbone in their starting eleven but injury forced his withdrawal on 61 minutes. Shane Long was a 72nd minute substitute while young Will Ferry was unused on the substitute bench.

The early Championship kick-off saw Scott Hogan score the only goal for Birmingham City to earn victory at Middlesbrough. Current leaders Norwich City secured  a two one victory at Cardiff City where substitute teenage defender Andrew Omobamidele played the final minute. Ewood Park hosted the meeting of Blackburn Rovers and Stoke City which ended in a one all draw. Darragh Lenihan started for the hosts while the visitors included Nathan Collins in their starting eleven. The Vitality Stadium saw hosts AFC Bournemouth go down to a one nil defeat by visitors Luton Town. Gavin Kilkenny was an unused substitute for the hosts while James Collins started for the visitors. Bristol City defeated Preston North End by two goals to nil at Ashton Gate where the visitors included club captain Alan Browne and Sean Maguire in their starting eleven with loanee Jayson Molumby replacing Maguire on 79 minutes. Derby County went down to a one nil home defeat by Rotherham United at Pride Park with teenage midfielder Jason Knight in their starting eleven. Chris Hughton appears to have resolved some of the problems at Nottingham Forest and his side continued their upward curve with a three one victory over City Ground visitors Millwall. Cyrus Christie started for the hosts while young Irish duo Danny McNamara and loanee Troy Parrott both started for the defeated ‘Lions’. Ryan Manning was unused on the substitute bench for Swansea City who secured a two nil victory at Barnsley to consolidate their second place.

Loanee Ryan Cassidy was a late substitute for Accrington Stanley who went down to a one nil League One defeat by visitors Gillingham who included fellow loanee Thomas O’Connor in their starting eleven. Kieran O’Hara was on the Burton Albion substitute bench for the visit of Ipswich Town who included Arsenal loanee Mark McGuinness who scored  the only goal on 73 minutes for victory. Stephen Ward and Alan Judge also started while Aaron Drinan was a 59th minute substitute. U21 midfielder Jack Taylor and his Peterborough United colleagues secured a comfortable three nil victory over visitors MK Dons.

In League Two, Aston Villa loanee Tyreik Wright was unused on the  Walsall substitute bench for the one all draw with visitors Oldham Athletic at the Bescot Stadium.

Despite speculation of a loan move to Nottingham Forest, Shane Duffy started for current loan club Glasgow Celtic who were held to a scoreless Scottish Premiership draw by visitors Livingston at Celtic Park. Eighteen year old striker Armstrong Okoflex was an 80th minute substitute for the hosts while fellow teenager Luca Connell was an unused substitute.

 

League and EFL Trophy action this week…14/01/2021

Thursday
The Premier League continued on Thursday evening with Arsenal playing out a scoreless draw with Crystal Palace for whom James McCarthy was introduced from the substitute bench for the final five minutes of action at the Emirates Stadium.

Wednesday
There was further Premier League action on Wednesday evening with Matt Doherty unused on the substitute bench for Tottenham Hotspur who were held to a one all draw by visitors Fulham in a late re-arranged contest.

The Football League Trophy continued with League Two Tranmere Rovers defeating a Leicester City U21 side in Prenton Park. The hosts included veteran goalkeeper Joe Murphy in their starting eleven while the visitors included youngsters Darragh O’Connor, Ali Reghba and Shane Flynn in their starting eleven. Dubliner Flynn, who played with Bray Wanderers prior to his move to Leicester, was excellent for the ‘Foxes’ and is one to keep an eye out for.

Tuesday
The Premier League resumed on Tuesday evening with the Bramall Lane meeting of Sheffield United and Newcastle United which saw the host ‘Blades’ finally achieve their first league victory this season with a fully deserved one nil success. The hosts included John Egan and David McGoldrick in their starting eleven but injury again ruled out Enda Stevens while Ciaran Clark and Jeff Hendrick started for the visitors. The Molineaux meeting of Wolverhampton Wanderers and Everton saw the visiting ‘Toffees’ emerge victorious by two goals to one. Seamus Coleman was an 86th minute substitute for the victors. At the same time, Burnley went down to a one nil defeat by visitors Manchester United at Turf Moor where Robbie Brady started but was withdrawn on 65 minutes while
Kevin Long was an unused substitute.

The Championship meeting of AFC Bournemouth and Millwall at the Vitality Stadium ended in a one all draw. Young Gavin Kilkenny was an unused substitute for the hosts while both Troy Parrott and Danny McNamara started for the ‘Lions’ with Parrott withdrawn on 78 minutes. James Collins started for Luton Town who went down to a two nil defeat by visitors QPR at Kenilworth Road where Conor Masterson was an unused substitute.

The Football League Trophy featured the meeting of Lincoln City and Accrington Stanley with Anthony Scully and Zack Elbouzedi starting for the ‘Imps’ while the visitors included loanee Ryan Cassidy in their starting eleven as they crashed to a four nil defeat. Elbouzedi opened the scoring on 32 minutes and also provided a later assist. The London Road meeting of Peterborough United and Portsmouth saw Jack Taylor open the scoring for the ‘Posh’ as they cruised to a five one success.   

 

Overseas cup and league action this weekend…11/01/2021

Monday
The remaining FA Cup Round Three contest between National League North side Stockport County and West Ham United took place in Edgeley Park on Monday evening and saw the Premier League side progress with a very late goal. The hosts, managed by Jim Gannon, performed extremely well and their quality of football was very good. Darren Randolph started for the ‘Hammers’  while eighteen year old striker Ademipo Odubeko was introduced from the substitute bench for the final five minutes.

Glasgow Celtic may well have conceded the Scottish Premiership title as they played out a one all home draw with Hibernian this evening. Shane Duffy started for the hosts while teenager Armstrong Okoflex was introduced from the substitute bench on 61 minutes. Fellow teenagers Barry Coffey and Luca Connell were also named on the substitute bench.

Sunday
There was further FA Cup Round Three action on Sunday afternoon with Championship side Barnsley defeating League Two Tranmere Rovers by two goals to nil. The visitors included Glasgow Celtic loanee Lee O’Connor in their starting eleven. Bristol City defeated League One Portsmouth by two goals to one at Ashton Gate with new international recruit Marcus Harness starting alongside eligible central defender Sean Raggett for the visitors.  Things have certainly not gone as the once prolific striker Scott Hogan would have wished and a trip with Birmingham City to face Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium was unlikely to bring much reward and so it proved as they went down to a three nil defeat with Hogan withdrawn at half-time. Northern Premier League side Marine FC played host to Tottenham Hotspur who included Matt Doherty in their starting eleven as they cruised to a five nil victory. The late kick-off at Rodney Parade between League Two Newport County who included Padraig Amond and Jamie Devitt in their starting eleven and Brighton & Hove Albion, for whom Aaron Connolly was absent through injury, came to a dramatic finish with the Premier League side scoring the first goal on 90 minutes only for the hosts to equalise in the sixth minute of added time. There were no further scores in extra-time and the penalty shoot-out went the way of the visiting ‘Seagulls’ following a host of failures by both sides. 

Saturday
The FA Cup Round Three continued on Saturday afternoon with several contests scheduled for a noon kick-off. Millwall included Spurs loanee Troy Parrott in their starting eleven for their visit to National League South Boreham Wood where they prevailed by two goals to nil. ‘Man of the Match’ for the ‘Lions’ was Danny McNamara who returned from his loan spell with St Johnstone last weekend. Seamus Coleman and Everton were given an almighty scare by Championship strugglers Rotherham United who took them to extra-time before the host ‘Toffees’ prevailed by two goals to one. Championship sides Nottingham Forest and Cardiff City met at the City Ground where Harry Arter started while Cyrus Christie was an unused substitute as the hosts scored the only goal after just four minutes. There was a 12.15 kick-off time for the meeting of National League North Chorley FC who welcomed Derby County to Victory Park where the visiting ‘Rams’ fielded a side comprised of U23 and U18 players following a Covid-19 outbreak within their management and senior player ranks. The task was too much for the youngsters, who introduced Festy Ebesole as a 64th minute substitute in their two nil defeat. Darragh Lenihan was in the Blackburn Rovers side which suffered a shock one nil defeat by League One Doncaster Rovers at Ewood Park. Fellow League One side, Blackpool also created  a surprise with a three two penalty shoot-out success over West Bromwich Albion following a two all draw after extra-time. Dara O’Shea was a 96th minute substitute for the defeated ‘Baggies’. Struggling Premier League side Sheffield United included skipper John Egan and David McGoldrick in their side as they prevailed by three goals to two at League One side Bristol Rovers. Another League One side, MK Dons included veteran Richard Keogh in their side for the visit to Burnley for whom Robbie Brady started as they were given quite a stern test before prevailing in a penalty shoot-out following a one all draw after extra-time.  Young midfielder Gavin Kilkenny was in the AFC Bournemouth side which defeated League Two Oldham Athletic by four goals to one at the Vitality Stadium. Conor Masterson was a 90th minute substitute for QPR who went down to a two nil extra-time defeat by near neighbours Fulham at Loftus Road. Ryan Manning was in the Swansea City side which secured a two nil victory at League Two Stevenage while Stoke City included James McClean in their starting eleven with Nathan Collins a 65th minute substitute as they crashed to a four nil home defeat by Leicester City. Daryl Horgan was a 57th minute substitute for Wycombe Wanderers who defeated visitors Preston North End by four goals to one. Loanee Jayson Molumby started for the defeated ‘Lilywhites’ while Alan Browne and Sean Maguire were second half substitutes. Ciaran Clark and Jeff Hendrick were in the Newcastle United side which went down to a two nil extra-time defeat by hosts Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium. 

There was League One action early on Saturday afternoon with current leaders Lincoln City playing out a one all draw with visitors Peterborough United. Anthony Scully started and scored the equaliser for the hosts in a ‘Man of the Match’ performance. Zack Elbouzedi was an unused substitute while Jack Taylor started for the visitors. Southampton loanee Thomas O’Connor was in action for Gillingham who went down to a one nil home defeat by struggling Burton Albion for whom Kieran O’Hara was relegated to the substitute bench following his recent torrid time. Arsenal loanee Mark McGuinness together with Ipswich Town colleagues Alan Judge, Stephen Ward and Aaron Drinan started the three two Portman Road defeat by visitors Swindon Town for whom loan signing Mark Travers started. Judge was prominent for the defeated hosts and scored their second goal. In the late kick-off, Sunderland included Aiden McGeady in their starting eleven and he scored with an uncharacteristic header in their one all draw with visitors Hull City.

In the Scottish Cup second round, Glasgow Celtic loanee Jonathan Afolabi was a 56th minute substitute for  Dundee who welcomed the quaintly name Lowland League club Bonnyrigg Rose Athletic to the Kilmac Stadium. The visitors led through a 25th minute penalty until Afolabi scored the equaliser in the fourth minute of added time to take the contest into extra-time. The non-league side regained the lead in extra-time, again from the penalty spot, but it was not to be as Dundee recovered to score twice for a three two victory. 

Friday
The 2021 FA Cup Round Three commenced on Friday evening with the all Premier League clash of Aston Villa and Liverpool at 7.45pm in Villa Park. With confirmation of a Covid-19 outbreak within the Villa camp it was revealing to see how both clubs approached the competition. With Conor Hourihane being a member of the the hosts first team squad, he missed out on a starting opportunity while fellow Cork native Tyriek Wright, who has been catching the eye in the U21 side, had high hopes of involvement but he was not included in the 20 man squad which involved seven from the U21s and four from the U18s. Another Cork man, Caoimhin Kelleher started as expected for the visitors who were given something of a first half jolt as the sides went in at half time level on one goal apiece. In the second half Liverpool eventually eased away to a four one victory. Also gaining a starting berth this evening was James McCarthy whose Crystal Palace went down to a one nil defeat at Wolverhampton Wanderers where McCarthy was withdrawn on 70 minutes.

The Valley hosted the League One encounter between Charlton Athletic and Accrington Stanley which the visitors won by two goals to nil.  Watford loanee Ryan Cassidy was a 66th minute substitute for the victorious visitors.

 

 

New Year weekend action kicks-off today…02/01/2021

Monday
Current Premier League goal difference leaders Liverpool failed to extend their lead when they went down to a one nil defeat at Southampton on Monday evening. Caoimhin Kelleher was unused on the visiting substitute bench while the host duo Shane Long and Will Smallbone were also unused substitutes.  

Sunday

There was further Premier League action this Sunday afternoon with Newcastle United going down to a two one defeat by Leicester City in St James Park. The hosts included Ciaran Clark in their starting eleven while Jeff Hendrick was again an unused substitute.

Saturday
First into Premier League action on Saturday were Tottenham Hotspur who included Matt Doherty in their starting eleven for their three nil victory over visitors Leeds United. Doherty was dismissed two minutes into added time for a second bookable offence. James McCarthy was again an unused substitute for Crystal Palace who defeated Sheffield United and their Irish trio of John Egan, Enda Stevens and David McGoldrick by two goals to nil at Selhurst Park. Aaron Connolly started and scored after xx minutes but was withdrawn at half-time as his Brighton & Hove Albion side conceded three goals before the break to visitors Wolverhampton Wanderers. The hosts recovered after the break to score twice and earn a point. Jayson Molumby was an unused substitute for the ‘Seagulls’. Troubled West Bromwich Albion included Dara O’Shea and Callum Robinson in their starting eleven for the visit of Arsenal which ended in a resounding four nil victory for the visiting ‘Gunners’.

Glasgow Rangers overcame Glasgow Celtic in the Scottish Premiership with the only goal at Ibrox Stadium to go nineteen points clear at the summit. It is extremely doubtful that, even with three matches in hand, the Parkhead side can mount a successful challenge. Shane Duffy was a 65th minute substitute for Celtic. Millwall loanee Danny McNamara gave another fine performance for St Johnstone in their one all draw at Ross County.

Two sides struggling for Championship form, Birmingham City and Blackburn Rovers met at St Andrew’s with the visitors securing a two nil victory. Darragh Lenihan. was in the victors starting eleven while Scott Hogan was a 76th minute substitute for the defeated hosts. The New Den hosted the meeting of Millwall and Coventry City which went the way of the visitors by two goals to one. Tottenham Hotspur loanee Troy Parrott was a second half substitute for the hosts.  Preston North End named Sean Maguire in their starting eleven for the the visit of Cyrus Christie and Nottingham Forest with the visitors scoring the only goal from the penalty spot for a desperately needed victory. Harry Arter was a very late substitute for the victors. Daryl Horgan started for Wycombe Wanderers who went down to a three one defeat by visitors Middlesbrough. There iwas a 7.45pm kick-off time for the meeting of Stoke City and AFC Bournemouth which went the way of the visitors by one goal to nil.  Nathan Collins and James McClean both started for the hosts while Mark Travers and Gavin Kilkenny were unused substitutes for the visitors.

Anthony Scully started while Zack Elbouzedi was an unused substitute for Lincoln City who stayed top of League One with a two one victory at AFC Wimbledon. Kieran O’Hara and Burton Albion continued their recent dismal defensive displays when they crashed to a five one home defeat by Oxford United who included Olamide Shodipo and Anthony Forde in their starting eleven with Shodipo scoring twice in the opening half. U21 international Thomas O’Connor started for  loan club Gillingham who went down to a one nil defeat at Plymouth Argyle.

U21 international Joshua Kayode scored  for loan club Carlisle United in their two nil League Two victory at Walsall.

U19 international Jonathan Afolabi, on loan at Scottish Championship side Dundee from Glasgow Celtic, was introduced from the bench on 69 minutes of their encounter with league leaders Heart of Midlothian and helped consolidate their three one victory when converting from the penalty spot on 84 minutes after he himself had been fouled.

Friday
First into New Year Premier League action were Everton and West Ham United who went head to head in Goodison Park at 5.30pm this Friday afternoon with the visitors scoring the only goal for victory. Club Captain Seamus Coleman started for the hosts while Darren Randolph was a very late inclusion in the visitors starting eleven who are managed by former ‘Toffees’ boss David Moyes. High flying Aston Villa travelled to Old Trafford to take on another uplifted side Manchester United with Conor Hourihane again unused on the visitors substitute bench as they went down to a two one defeat.

There was a 5.30pm kick-off time for Championship side Sheffield Wednesday who welcomed Derby County to Hillsborough. The visitors included Jason Knight in their starting eleven while teenage midfielder Louie Watson was an unused substitute as the ‘Rams’ suffered a one nil defeat despite dominating the great majority of the game.

 

 

 

The festive season schedule continues…30/12/2020

Wednesday
The Premier League continued on Wednesday evening with Newcastle United playing out a scoreless draw with league leaders Liverpool.
Ciaran Clark started for the ‘Magpies’ with Jeff Hendrick unused on the substitute bench while Caoimhin Kelleher was on the visitors substitute bench.

There were also two Championship fixtures completed today with the early kick-off seeing Brentford defeat visitors AFC Bournemouth by two goals to one. Mark Travers and Gavin Kilkenny were both unused substitutes for the visitors. Swansea City played out a scoreless draw with visitors Reading at the Liberty Stadium where Ryan Manning was an unused substitute for the hosts. 

The Scottish Premiership saw Glasgow Celtic defeat visitors Dundee United by three goals to nil but Brighton & Hove Albion loanee Shane Duffy was again unused on the substitute bench despite the 51st minute injury withdrawal of central defender Jullien. Millwall loanee Danny McNamara was in the St Johnstone side which played out a scoreless draw with Hamilton Accademical at McDiarmid Park.

Tuesday
There was a quick turnaround for clubs in all Divisions with the Premier League resuming action at 6pm when Brighton & Hove Albion went down to a one nil defeat by visitors Arsenal at the AMEX Stadium. Aaron Connolly and Jayson Molumby were unused substitutes for the hosts. Burnley included Robbie Brady in their starting eleven with Kevin Long and Jimmy Dunne unused on the substitute bench as they added top the woes of visitors Sheffield United with a one nil victory. John Egan, Enda Stevens and David McGoldrick all started for the ‘Blades’. Southampton were held to a scoreless draw by visitors West Ham United at St Mary’s Stadium where Shane Long was a 58th minute substitute with Michael Obafemi and Will Smallbone unused on the substitute bench as was Darren Randolph for the visitors. Dara O’Shea and Callum Robinson were in the West Bromwich Albion side which crashed to a five nil defeat by visitors Leeds United.

Two sides struggling for Championship form, Birmingham City and Derby County met at St Andrew’s where the visiting ‘Rams’ secured a comprehensive four nil victory with Jason Knight scoring the fourth and earning the ‘man of the match’ accolade. Nineteen year old midfielder Louie Watson was introduced for his senior debut in the final few minutes. Darragh Lenihan and his Blackburn Rovers colleagues suffered  a two one defeat at Huddersfield Town while James Collins and Luton Town overcame Bristol City by two goals to one at Kenilworth Road. Conor Masterson was unused on the QPR substitute bench for their one all draw at current leaders Norwich City for whom Andrew Omobamidele was also an unused substitute. Preston North End included Alan Browne and Sean Maguire in their starting eleven for their two nil victory over visitors Coventry City with Maguire scoring the second goal. Daryl Horgan started for  Wycombe Wanderers who defeated visitors Cardiff City by two goals to one. Greg Cunningham remained unused on the visiting substitute bench. Stoke City included Nathan Collins and James McClean in their starting eleven for the one all draw with visitors Nottingham Forest who included Cyrus Christie in their starting eleven while Harry Arter was unused on the substitute bench.  

In League One, goalkeeper Kieran O’Hara, who conceded five at Lincoln on Saturday, suffered further disappointment with Burton Albion who went down to a four three defeat by visitors Wigan Athletic. Southampton loanee Thomas O’Connor and his Gillingham colleagues suffered  a three one defeat at Northampton Town.

Glasgow Celtic loanee Jonathan Afolabi was a 76th minute substitute for Dundee who secured  a three one Scottish Championship victory over visitors Alloa Athletic.