League action for Irish this weekend…02/02/2020

Jeff Hendrick starts with Robbie Brady and Kevin Long on the substitute bench for Burnley who play host to Arsenal in the  Premier League on Sunday afternoon. 

John Egan and Enda Stevens were both in Premier League action with Sheffield United this Saturday afternoon when they travelled to Selhurst Park and defeated Crystal Palace, who included James McCarthy in their starting eleven, with the only goal of the match. Shane Long started for Southampton and was replaced by Michael Obafemi after 70 minutes of their four nil defeat by Liverpool at Anfield. U19 midfielder Will Smallbone was an unused substitute for the ‘Saints’. Ciaran Clark was in the Newcastle United side which played out a scoreless draw with St James Park visitors Norwich City while Matt Doherty was in action for Wolverhampton Wanderers as they also played out a scoreless draw with Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Josh Cullen was in Championship action with loan club Charlton Athletic who secured a two one success over visitors Barnsley at The Valley. Cyrus Christie was in the Fulham side which defeated Craven Cottage visitors Huddersfield Town by three goals to two while Harry Arter was a 62nd minutes substitute for the victors. Daragh Lenihan captained Blackburn Rovers in their one all draw at Middlesbrough while Derrick Williams was an unused substitute. Alan Browne started with Sean Maguire a very late substitute for Preston North End who played out a one all Deepdale draw with visitors Swansea City. Conor Masterson was again in the starting eleven for QPR who suffered a one nil home defeat by Bristol City at Loftus Road where Olamide Shodipo was a very late substitute for the hosts but Ryan Manning and the victors Callum O’Dowda remained on the substitute bench. Shaun Williams started with Jayson Molumby a late substitute for Millwall who earned  a scoreless draw at Sheffield Wednesday while Aiden O’Brien and Alex Pearce were unused substitutes. Dara O’Shea was again in the starting eleven for West Bromwich Albion who regained top spot with a two nil victory over Luton Town at the Hawthorns. Loanee Callum Robinson completed 90 minutes for the ‘Baggies’ while James Collins and Glenn Rea were in action with the ‘Hatters’.

In League One, Glenn Whelan started, with Paddy Madden a late substitute, for Fleetwood Town who defeated visitors Doncaster Rovers and Kieran Sadlier by two goals to one. Alan Judge was withdrawn at half-time as his Ipswich Town crashed to a four one home defeat by visitors Peterborough United for whom U21 midfielder Jack Taylor was again in action. Connor Ronan was in action with loan club Blackpool who went down to a two one defeat at Oxford United while Ronan Curtis was in the Portsmouth side which defeated visitors Sunderland by two goals to nil at Fratton Park. Chiedoze Ogbene was in the Rotherham United side which defeated visitors Burton Albion by three goals to two while Trevor Clarke was an unused substitute. Loanees Kieran O’Hara and Conor Shaughnessy started for Burton alongside Stephen Quinn and John Joe O’Toole. Zack Elbouzedi started for Lincoln City, but was withdrawn at half-time, as they went down to a two one defeat at Southend United but Conor Coventry was unused on the substitute bench.