Marnick Vermijl (NEC Nijmegen) – NEC took on FC Groningen twice in the space of a few days. Vermijl played the full match in both games.
In the Cup, NEC won 1-0 to take them through to the quarter-finals. He had a shot on goal blocked and picked up a yellow card in the 77th minute. Soren Rieks scored for NEC.
It was a different story in the league fixture mere days later which was NEC’s last match before the winter break. Groningen took their revenge going 3-0 up before half time. Just four minutes after the restart the Groningen extended their lead to 4-0. NEC managed to pull two goals back but Groningen scored again to win the match 5 – 2.
Bébé (Paços de Ferreira) – Bébé started on the bench for Paços as they took on his former loan club Rio Ave. He was brought on for the second half. He had an opportunity to shoot just two minutes after his introduction when he turned and shot in the box but it went just over the crossbar. The game ended in a 0-0 draw.
Angelo Henriquez (Real Zaragoza) – Henriquez played 87 minutes of Zaragoza’s draw with Murcia. His best chance came from a header but it was easily saved by Murcia’s goalkeeper. The 0-0 draw was Zaragoza’s final game before the winter break.
Davide Petrucci (Royal Antwerp) – Petrucci played the full match for Royal Antwerp against Sint-Lenaarts. It’s been a while since Petrucci started a match due to a combination of minor injuries and the good form of Guvenc. He has worked his way back into contention with good performances coming the bench. Guvenc picked up a minor hamstring injury so Petrucci had the opportunity to stake his claim for a starting XI spot for the rest of the season in Antwerp’s final game of this year.
He had a very good and influential game. Petrucci had a shot after just 13 minutes and forced the keeper to make the save. He was able to get a volley on a cross from Vansteenkiste but his effort was blocked. Minutes later, he almost gave Antwerp the lead. Dom played the ball into Petrucci who lobbed the keeper only to see his excellent effort be cleared off the line.
He continued putting pressure on the keeper. Antwerp dominated the game but the visitors took the lead against the run of play. Petrucci picked up a yellow card in the 73rd minute. He kept working hard to get Antwerp back into the game and had another effort saved. Just before the end, the keeper did well to make a double save and the game ended in a 1-0 loss for Antwerp.
Jonny Sutherland (Bolton Wanderers Under-21s) – Sutherland was in goal as Bolton’s Under-21s were knocked out of the Under-21 Premier League Cup by Burnley. Gilchrist was one of Burnley’s most dangerous players. He had an early opportunity to open the scoring with a powerful effort from an acute angle, but Sutherland was equal to his shot.
Burnley enjoyed most of the chances in the opening stages and it was unsurprising when they took took the lead in the 27th minute when Howieson slammed the ball past Sutherland on the half-volley. Burnley looked to extend the lead in the second half. Gilchrist headed into Sutherland’s net from Cameron Dummigan’s cross. Then with eight minutes left on the clock, Burnley put the result beyond doubt when Frost’s lofty header eluded Sutherland. Bolton lost 3-0 and failed to reach the last eight of the inaugural Premier League Cup.