Jesse Lingard (Birmingham City) – Lingard went straight into the starting line-up after joining the Blues two days ago and made an immediate impact when he scored after 20 minutes.
He doubled his tally just nine minutes later when he coolly slotted Wade Elliot’s pass home and completed his hat-trick in the 33rd minute with the best best of the bunch – a right-footed strike from the edge of the area.
As if a debut senior hat-trick wasn’t enough, Lingard added a fourth on the 51st minute.
He was replaced by Shane Ferguson in the 71st minute after having some cramp. He left the pitch to a well deserved standing ovation.
Federico Macheda (Doncaster Rovers) – Kiko got his first start for Doncaster against Nottingham Forest today. He forced the Forest keeper to make a good save with a shot on target from outside the area in the 26th minute and made good on his early warning as he scored just after the half hour mark – he was teed up by Robinson and struck hard and low into the back of the net to get a goal on his home debut.
He scored his second seven minutes into the second half when he got on the end of Wellens ball across the face of goal to tap home but picked up a booking in the same minute, presumably for his celebration. He was subbed off in the 69th minute.
Angelo Henriquez (Real Zaragoza) – Henriquez scored his first goal for the Spanish outfit, 5 minutes after the kick-off against Real Madrid’s B team. He ran in on the back post to slot home a rebound off the crossbar to put his team in front. Madrid B regained equal footing in the second half. Henriquez almost got a chance to put Zaragoza back in front in the 67th minute when his shot was deflected off a defender and gave the keeper and easy save. He had a very good performance and was substituted off in the 72nd minute. Zaragoza ran out 2 – 1 winners and the victory means that they are just 5 points off the top of the table.
Reece James (Carlisle United) – James returned to the bench after almost a month on the side-line due to injury. He was an unused substitute in the Cumbrians’ 3 – 1 away win over Stevenage.
Marnick Vermijl (NEC Nijmegen) – Vermijl made his second start in a row as NEC took on ADO den Haag. He played the full match and did very well with some solid defending, winning most battles. His performances mean that it’ll be really difficult for Daan Bovenberg to get back into the first team.
NEC came back from being a goal down to draw the match 1-1. They are still without a win or a clean sheet this season.