Overseas League action this weekend…30/11/2020

There was further Premier League action this Monday evening with Conor Hourihane starting for Aston Villa who went down to a two one defeat at the London Stadium by West Ham United for whom Darren Randolph was, as expected, named on the substitute bench.

The Premier League continued on Sunday afternoon with Southampton going down to a three two defeat by visitors Manchester United at St Mary’s Stadium. The ‘Saints’ led by two goals to nil at half-time but were overrun in the second half. Shane Long was a 72nd minute substitute while Michael Obafemi remained on the substitute bench.

There was Championship disappointment for manager Chris Hughton as his Nottingham Forest went down a one nil defeat by visitors Swansea City at the City Ground. Cyrus Christie started with Harry Arter a 37th minute substitute for Forest while Ryan Manning was an unused substitute for the victors.

Aaron Connolly started and was in excellent form for Brighton & Hove Albion before his surprise withdrawal on 63 minutes of their one all Premier League draw with AMEX Stadium visitors Liverpool early on Saturday afternoon. Jayson Molumby was an unused substitute for the hosts. Later in the afternoon, Burnley made the short journey to face Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium. Kevin Long and Jimmy Dunne are both on the ‘Clarets’ substitute bench but injury rules out Robbie Brady. Struggling duo, West Bromwich Albion and Sheffield United meet at 8pm in the Hawthorns where Callum Robinson started with Dara O’Shea unused on the substitute bench for the hosts while John Egan started for the visiting ‘Blades’ with international retiree David McGoldrick also unused on the bench. The match ended in a one nil victory for the hosts despite the visitors having numerous scoring opportunities all of which were squandered. 

First into Championship action on Saturday afternoon were Reading and Bristol City, both of whom have made excellent starts to the season. The visiting ‘Robins’ included Callum O’Dowda in their starting eleven but the host ‘Royals’ prevailed  by three goals to one. Later in the day, Tottenham Hotspur loanee Troy Parrott started for Millwall who played out a scoreless draw at Birmingham City while Darragh Lenihan and Blackburn Rovers secured a two one victory over Barnsley at Ewood Park. James Collins started for Luton Town who suffered a four nil defeat at Cardiff City while struggling Derby County introduced Jason Knight from their substitute bench on 68 minutes of their one all draw with visitors Wycombe Wanderers and Daryl Horgan. Stoke City travelled to Sheffield Wednesday where both Nathan Collins and James McClean were in their starting eleven as they played out a scoreless draw. Preston North End were also on the road as they visited Watford where Sean Maguire started while Adam O’Reilly was an unused substitute as they crashed to a four one defeat. Ireland U17 international Andrew Omobamidele was an unused substitute for Norwich City who were held to a one all draw by Coventry City at Carrow Road.

Arsenal loanee Mark McGuinness was a 71st minute substitute for Ipswich Town while veterans Alan Judge and Stephen Ward both started their two nil League One defeat by visitors Charlton Athletic. Recent international declaree Mark Sykes ,who has been out of form for Oxford United, was a late substitute together with Olamide Shodipo while Liam Kelly started their late two one defeat by visitors Swindon Town and their new manager John Sheridan

Crystal Palace and Newcastle United met at Selhurst Park in the Premier League on Friday evening where the visiting ‘Magpies’ scored two very late goals for victory. The victorious visitors included Ciaran Clark and Jeff Hendrick in their starting eleven.

U21 defender Conor Masterson remained on the substitute bench for QPR who went down to a two one Championship defeat at Brentford on Friday evening.