Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic) – Powell made his long awaited return from injury starting for Wigan in their 3-3 draw with Yeovil Town. He was taken down in the 23rd minute by Matteo Lanzoni and was a awarded a penalty but Jordi Gomez’s spot kick was saved by Marek Stech. Powell was integral in Wigan’s attacking play, coming close on numerous occasions before breaking the deadlock in the 56th minute to score his 11th of the season, heading home from a scuffed James McArthur drive. Yeovil had a late revival but Wigan managed to hold on for a draw.
Powell came on in the 69th minute as Wigan beat Watford 2-1. He and Wigan were pushing forward to try and add more goals but he was unable to carve out a clear cut chance for himself, although he did flick the ball on to Beausejour who volleyed wide.
Tom Lawrence (Yeovil Town) – Lawrence played the full match for Yeovil in their 3-3 draw with Wigan. He shifted from his usual left wing berth into a more central role behind the striker.
Lawrence set up a great chance for Yeovil to equalise not long after Powell’s goal but Miller failed to connect with his cross from six yards out. However, there was a late rush of goals in the final ten minutes. Yeovil equalised in the 82nd minute. Three minutes later, Lawrence provided the assist for Miller’s curling effort past Al Habsi. Wigan scored two more goals before Lawrence forced Al Habsi into a good save. It looked as though Wigan had won but Lawrence was on hand to help secure a point for his team getting his second assist of the evening, this time providing the corner which Luke Ayling scored from.
Lawrence played the full match as Yeovil drew 2-2 with Bolton. He put in yet another good performance and was once again Yeovil’s liveliest attacking threat, coming from the left hand side. He tested Adam Bogdan on several occasions but the keeper managed to deal with his tricky shots. He provided the assist for their second goal, cutting inside and playing the ball across the box for Kevin Dawson to fire into the bottom corner.
Bébé (Paços de Ferreira) – Bébé played the full match in Paços’ fantastic 3-1 win over Arouca. Early in the game he had a headed chance which was denied by the crossbar. Del Valle did great work on the left to set Bébé up for Paços second goal of the afternoon, five minutes into the second half. However, all the attention will be focused on Bébé’s incredible second goal and rightly so as he showed incredible skill and awareness to time his backheel over his own head before a beautiful finish. That win lifts the Beavers out of the relegation zone.
Will Keane (Queen’s Park Rangers) – Will was an unused substitute in QPR’s midweek 3-0 loss against Sheffield Wednesday.
Will started in their 3-1 win over Middlesbrough. He played up front but wasn’t really involved in many chances. He was replaced by Bobby Zamora in the 64th minute.
Jack Barmby (Hartlepool United) – Barmby played 83 minutes in Hartlepool’s 1-0 defeat to Oxford. Pool’s first chance fell to Barmby but his punt went wide. He had an effort on the stroke of half-time but the keeper managed to palm it away. Barmby continued to test Oxford’s keeper in the second half but his shots from distance didn’t result in a goal.
Wilfried Zaha (Cardiff City) – Zaha was brought on in the 65th minute as Cardiff looked for a way to get back into their game against Liverpool. He went went close to scoring after 78 minutes, beating the Reds defence to the ball but his low shot trickled wide. He looked lively after coming on and caused Liverpool’s defence problems, in addition he put in a fantastic challenge back in his own box to cut out a Liverpool attack. Unfortunately, there was nothing he could do to prevent Cardiff falling to a 6-3 defeat but most of the damage was done before he came on.
Federico Macheda (Birmingham City) – Kiko played the full match in Birmingham’s 2 – 1 defeat to Reading. Kiko had the first real chance of the match, with a 25 yard effort which was beaten away by Alex McCarthy. McCarthy was on hand to deny Kiko again when he headed goalward from close range, but the keeper managed to tip his effort around the post. Then Kiko was denied by the woodwork as his header crashed into the crossbar.
Tyler Blackett (Birmingham City) – Blackett came on in the 29th minute to replace Emyr Huws. He slotted into the left back role as Callum Reilly pushed forward. Unfortunately for him, both goals came from his side of the defence and his positioning at times was suspect.
Michael Keane (Blackburn Rovers) – Michael played the full match as Blackburn drew 1-1 with his former loan club Leicester. Leicester were gifted a goal in the 20th minute after former United player Ritchie De Laet latched onto a free ball and sent the ball across the face of Rovers goal into Jamie Vardy’s path. The ball went past Michael who chose to leave it instead of deal with it. There were a couple of other questionable defensive moments but luck and woodwork prevented Leicester adding to their single goal. Michael had a chance from close-range but shot over the bar.
Jesse Lingard (Brighton & Hove Albion) – Lingard played 77 minutes in Brighton’s 2-0 defeat to Ipswich. There were early appeals as Lingard was bundled over in the box in the 13th minute but the referee waved them away. He produced Brighton’s best chances of the first half, coming close twice but Dean Gerken proved equal to his efforts. He had a couple more chances in the second half in a good display for him. He was substituted in the 77th minute.
Sam Johnstone (Doncaster Rovers) – Johnstone played the full match keeping a clean sheet in Doncaster’s 1-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday. Rovers dominated the first half leaving Johnstone with little to do. He was called on to make a low diving save in the 57th minute to push away Leon Best’s 30 yard effort. There were several minutes of stoppage late in the game as Johnstone required treatment on his knee. Fortunately, he was able to continue and saw out the game.
Sam Byrne (Carlisle United) – Byrne played the full match for Carlisle as they slumped to a 4-1 defeat away at Notts County. Carlisle started brightly but Byrne found himself in the way of a Brad Potts effort and when Berrett put the ball back into the box, Byrne lost his bearings and headed over the crossbar. Notts County then came into the game and extended their lead to 3-0 soon after the second half got under way. Carlisle pulled one back but hopes of a comeback were dashed when County got their fourth.
Marnick Vermijl (NEC Nijmegen) – Vermijl played the full match as NEC scored two late goals to secure a point against Heerenveen. He provided the cross for Michael Higdon’s goal to bring the score to 2-1. Rens Van Eijden was sent off late on which meant that Vermijl had to slot in at centre-half until the final whistle.
Jonny Sutherland (Stafford Rangers) – Sutherland started in goal for Stafford Rangers having joined them on a work experience loan during the week. He looked to be beaten in the 22nd minute after he fumbled Muldoon’s effort but luckily for the young stopper Clarke was flagged offside. However, Worksop did take the lead in the 33rd minute, Quinn providing the finish from Clarke’s goal-ward header as Sutherland looked to be impeded. Worksop put the game beyond doubt when McCarthy tripped Scott, to give away a penalty which Mettam slotted home. He made some decent saves including a good save to prevent Denton from adding a third.
Anderson (Fiorentina) – Anderson was not in Fiorentina’s squad as they beat Napoli 1-0.