The spectre of Premier League relegation hangs over a whole plethora of clubs and two of them, Crystal Palace and Newcastle United, met at Selhurst Park this Sunday afternoon, where they played out a one all draw. The visiting ‘Magpies’ had Ciaran Clark in their starting eleven and it was he who stupidly conceded the penalty with which the hosts scored their equalising goal. Meanwhile doubts surround the future of fit again goalkeeper Rob Elliot following the transfer window loan acquisition of giant Slovakia netminder Martin Dubravka by Newcastle United.
Burnley duo Jeff Hendrick and Kevin Long were in Premier League action early on Saturday afternoon when runaway leaders Manchester City were held to a one all draw at Turf Moor. Harry Arter has been confined to the AFC Bournemouth bench in recent matches remained there for the two one defeat of visitors Stoke City. Shane Duffy and Brighton & Hove Albion were three one victors over West Ham United at the Amex Stadium where Declan Rice started with our U21 captain Josh Cullen an unused substitute for the visitors. James McClean was a late substitute for West Bromwich Albion who went down to a three two home defeat by Southampton for whom Shane Long was also a late substitute.
In form Aston Villa had Conor Hourihane and Scott Hogan, who opened the scoring in their starting eleven for the three two Championship victory over visitors Burton Albion on Saturday afternoon. Second place Derby County had skipper Richard Keogh in defence for their three nil defeat of visitors Brentford for whom Alan Judge was a late substitute while Norwich City scored the only goal to defeat Middlesbrough (Darren Randolph) at Carrow Road. Preston North End came from behind, with Greg Cunningham scoring the equaliser and Alan Browne converting a penalty in their two one victory over visitors Hull City for whom David Meyler started with Will Keane a late substitute at Deepdale. Sunderland (John O’Shea and late substitute, Aiden McGeady) went down to a two nil defeat by visitors Ipswich Town (Stephen Gleeson) at the Stadium of Light. The late kick-off saw clear leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers (Matt Doherty) overcome Sheffield United (Enda Stevens) by three goals to nil at Molineaux.
Irish Players Involved in January 2018 Transfers:
The January 2018 UK transfer window opened on the 1st January and concluded at 11.00pm on Wednesday 31st January 2018. The Irish players detailed in the linked schedule have been involved in some form of transfer during the relevant period. One interesting final minutes move was the switch of Middlesbrough full back Cyrus Christie to Fulham for an undisclosed fee on a three and a half year contract with a further one year option.
Another of the more interesting earlier January moves was the end of season loan transfer of U21 midfielder Harry Charsley from Everton to Bolton Wanderers. Charsley is a mainstay of our U21 side, being capped twelve times and scoring three goals to date.
|Jimmy Dunne||Burnley||Accrington Stan.||End of Season Loan|
|Adam McDonnell||Ipswich Town||Aldershot Town||Free - 18mth deal|
|Darragh Leahy||Coventry City||Bohemian||Released|
|Harry Charsley||Everton||Bolton W.||End of Season Loan|
|Warren O'Hora||Bohemian||Brighton & H.A.||Undisclosed|
|Khius Metz||Burnley||Chorley Town||End of Season Loan|
|Olamide Shodipo||QPR||Colchester Utd||End of Season Loan|
|Danny Kane||Huddersfield||Cork City||Released|
|Josh Barrett||Reading||Coventry City||End of Season Loan|
|Paul Green||Oldham Ath.||Crewe Alex.||End of Season Loan|
|Dean Kiely||Preston NE||Crystal Palace||Goalkeeping Coach|
|Ronan Hale||Birmingham C.||Derry City||Loan|
|Shane Blaney||Finn Harps||Doncaster R.||Undisclosed|
|Andy Boyle||Preston NE||Doncaster R.||End of Season Loan|
|Kevin O'Connor||Preston NE||Fleetwood Tn.||End of Season Loan|
|Paddy Madden||Scunthorpe||Fleetwood Tn.||Undisclosed|
|Gavin Gunning||Port Vale||Forest Green||End of Contract|
|Tadhg Ryan||Huddersfield||Galway Utd||Released|
|Callum Reilly||Bury||Gillingham||End of Season Loan|
|Rhys Murphy||Forest Green||Gillingham||Free|
|Stephen Gleeson||Birmingham C.||Ipswich Town||Free|
|Barry Cottter||Limerick||Ipswich Town||Undisclosed|
|Aaron Drinan||Waterford||Ipswich Town||£90,000|
|Lee Frecklington||Rotherham||Lincoln City||Undisclosed|
|Simon Power||UCD||Norwich City||18 Mth Contract|
|Patrick McEleney||Dundalk||Oldham Ath.||End of Contract|
|Eoin Doyle||Preston NE||Oldham Ath.||End of Season Loan|
|Jack Byrne||Wigan Athletic||Oldham Ath.||Undisclosed|
|Stephen Henderson||Nottm Forest||Portsmouth||End of Season Loan|
|Conor Ronan||Wolves||Portsmouth||End of Season Loan|
|Ryan Delaney||Burton Albion||Rochdale||Undisclosed|
|David McMillan||Dundalk||St Johnstone||End of Contract|
|Corey Whelan||Liverpool||Yeovil Town||End of Season Loan|
|Shaun Donnellan||West Brom||Yeovil Town||Free - 18mth deal|
The inclusion of Seamus Coleman in the Everton starting eleven and his completion of the full ninety minutes in the two one Premier League victory over visitors Leicester City this Wednesday evening gives a filip to Irish football. Newcastle United had Ciaran Clark in their starting eleven for the visit of Burnley who included Jeff Hendrick and Kevin Long in their starting eleven as the sides played out a one all draw at St James Park. Shane Long and Shane Duffy were in direct opposition when Southampton and South Coast rivals Brighton & Hove Albion played out a one all draw at St Marys Stadium. Also back in first team action was James McClean whose West Bromwich Albion went down to a three nil defeat at Manchester City.
The Premier League resumed on Tuesday evening with London rivals West Ham United and Crystal Palace in action at the London Stadium. Declan Rice has been in the news in recent hours with positive vibes now emanating in relation to his international commitment to Ireland. He completed the full ninety minutes this evening with our U21 captain Josh Cullen unused on the substitute bench as the sides played out a one all draw.