Wilfried Zaha (Cardiff City) – Zaha played the first 45 minutes of Cardiff’s 4-0 loss to Hull. He did have a couple of decent shots. He linked up with Eikrem for his best chance but Alan McGregor managed to get his fingertips to it to deny him. Moments later he set Kenwyne Jones up but McGregor again managed to make the save. A few fouls went unpunished but Zaha found himself booked for a light touch on Elmohamady which was barely worth blowing the whistle for and Zaha was bemused to be given a yellow card. Replacede at half-time by former United youth Mats Daehli.
Federico Macheda (Birmingham City) – Macheda played 89 minutes in Birmingham’s 2-1 win over Blackpool. He was almost gifted a goal in the third minute but just couldn’t get onto the end of Lee Novak’s low drive across the box. Minutes later, he came close but couldn’t direct his header down well enough. He looked lively throughout. Kiko had a chance to get on the score-sheet five minutes from time but Gilks managed to tip his effort away at full stretch. He was subbed off four minutes later in the 89th minute.
Tyler Blackett (Birmingham City) – Blackett wasn’t included in the Birmingham squad for their 2-1 win at his former loan club Blackpool.
Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic) – Powell is still out injured and missed Wigan’s trip to Brighton and Hove Albion.
Will Keane (Queen’s Park Rangers) – Will dropped out of QPR’s starting line up as his former youth teammate Ravel Morrison came into the XI. Will came on in the 59th minute replacing Junior Hoilett as QPR looked to break the deadlock. He joined Kevin Doyle upfront as Morrison dropped back into the midfield. He didn’t have much impact on the game and Charlton scored a late goal to secure all three points.
Sam Johnstone (Doncaster Rovers) – Johnstone played the full match as Doncaster lost 1-0 to Yeovil. He made several good saves to keep his team in the match including saving Webster’s header in the 27th minute and another header from Moore just ten minutes later. He was on hand to deny fellow United teammate Tom Lawrence who headed towards goal from close range in the 54th minute. However soon after, Johnstone was beaten as Husband conceded a penalty which James Hayter blasted into the back of the net. He managed to keep the deficit to just one goal, doing particularly well to deny Moore whose header was going into the top corner before Johnstone got across to claw it away.
Tom Lawrence (Yeovil Town) – Lawrence played the full match in Yeovil’s 1-0 win against Doncaster. He had another lively game. He himself was denied by Johnstone in the 54th minute as he headed towards goal from close range. Johnstone was on hand to deny him again direct from a free-kick as he tipped the goal-bound effort around the post. Cotterill was lucky to stay on the pitch when Lawrence was cynically taken down.
Charni Ekangamene (Carlisle United) – Ekangamene played the full match as Carlisle lost 2-1 at home to Rotherham. He didn’t have the best game as his passing was off. There were howls of protest from the Rotherham fans as it appeared as though Charni took down Thomas inside the box but the referee didn’t award a penalty. He made a loose pass in the middle of the park which Thomas pounced on. Pickford managed to make the save but Pringle could have scored had he not dawdled over the ball long enough for Carlisle to get back to clear.
Sam Byrne (Carlisle United) – Byrne came on in the 68th minute when Carlisle were drawing 1-1 with Rotherham. He didn’t get any clear-cut chances himself but was part of good build up play for a chance for Redmond which went wide. Carlisle conceded a late goal and lost 2-1.
Jack Barmby (Hartlepool United) – Barmby played 66 minutes in Hartlepool’s 2-0 defeat to Northampton. He didn’t have a hugely influential performance and his best moment came in the 3rd minute with a long-range effort that went wide. He was replaced by Compton in the 66th minute. Hartlepool confirmed today that Barmby looks set to extend his current loan spell.
Marnick Vermijl (NEC Nijmegen) – Vermijl played the full match as NEC lost 2-0 to PSV. He put in a very good performance up against Memphis Depay who are having a good season in the Eredivise. Depay managed to score from long-range in the 82nd minute but Vermijl’s defensive performance meant that the goal was his only moment of influence on the match.