Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic) – Powell played 55 minutes in Wigan’s 1-0 win over Leeds. Wigan had the first real chance of the game after 15 minutes as Jordi Gomez’s curling free-kick was flicked-on by James Perch but Powell was inches away from connecting with it at the back post. Former United youth player Scott Wootton was booked for a tackle from behind on Powell. It was a slightly frustrating afternoon for Powell, as he didn’t manage to get too many chances before being replaced.
Wilfried Zaha (Cardiff City) – Zaha played 62 minutes in Cardiff’s 3-0 loss to his former side Crystal Palace. He deservedly came into the starting XI following decent substitute appearances in the past few games. He tried a few things but they didn’t come off, possibly overwhelmed at facing his old club. It wasn’t his best performance for Cardiff but they did pose slightly more of a threat when he was on the pitch, conceding another two goals after he was subbed off.
Jesse Lingard (Brighton & Hove Albion) – Lingard played 78 minutes in Brighton’s 0-0 draw with Barnsley. He was a bright attacking outlet for Brighton. He sent a through ball into David Rodriguez but Luke Steele’s awareness prevented it reaching it’s target. Lingard then laid a shot on for Ulloa but his effort was deflected out for a corner. Lingard was then sent thorough but Stelle was quick off his line to deny him. Ulloa then played in Lingard who sent his shot over the crossbar. Ulloa and Lingard linked up again as Ulloa teed up Lingard only for Kelvin Etuhu to clear.
Michael Keane (Blackburn Rovers) – Michael played the full match as Blackburn won 2-0 against Ipswich. He once again played at right back. He had a decent performance defensively and also had an opportunity to score as his flick on from a Craig Conway free-kick headed goalwards only to be saved in the bottom corner.
Tom Lawrence (Yeovil Town) – Lawrence played the full match in Yeovil’s 2-1 win over Blackpool. It was another good performance from Lawrence which was capped by his first goal for Yeovil. He scored in the 74th minute to put Yeovil 2-0 up. Luke Ayling did great work on the right flank before the ball made it’s way to Lawrence who had gone on a surging run, before slotting home. That goal proved the difference as Blackpool pulled one back late on but Lawrence’s strike meant that Yeovil secured all three points.
Will Keane (Queen’s Park Rangers) – Will was not in QPR’s squad for their 2-1 defeat to Bournemouth.
Davidé Petrucci (Charlton Athletic) – Petrucci came on for Charlton in the 66th minute as the scoreline was goalless between them and Reading. He was dispossessed on the edge of the Reading box in the 74th minute. Reading went on a counter-attack and Williams sent a powerful drive into the top left-hand corner of the goal. He had a shot on goal but his effort went over the crossbar. Charlton lost 1-0.
Tom Thorpe (Birmingham City) – Thorpe completed his first full 90 minutes in senior football as he played the full match in Birmingham’s 3-1 win over Doncaster Rovers. It was a good performance from Thorpe who partnered the experienced Paul Robinson in central defence. Thorpe even managed to claim the assist for Macheda’s second goal.
Federico Macheda (Birmingham City) – Kiko played the full match in Birmingham’s 3-1 win over his former loan club Doncaster Rovers. He opened the scoring for Birmingham in the 57th minute – his work rate forced James Husband into a mistake and he coolly slotted home past Sam Johnstone, another United loanee. He scored his second in the 76th minute as Paul Robinson’s free-kick from the right found the head of Thorpe and Kiko arrived at the back post to head home. That was Kiko’s 5th brace of the season.
Tyler Blackett (Birmingham City) – Blackett was not in Birmingham’s squad for their 3-1 win over Doncaster Rovers.
Sam Johnstone (Doncaster Rovers) – Johnstone played the full match in Doncaster’s 3-1 defeat to Birmingham. Doncaster took an early lead but Macheda returned to haunt his former loan club.
Husband gifted Macheda possession and there was little Johnstone could do as Macheda slotted home. Johnstone was left exposed at the back for Birmingham’s second. He tried to close down Novak but the striker curled his effort around him. He was beaten by Macheda again at the far post from a free-kick but again his defence let him down. He can be comforted by the fact that the scoreline could have been far worse as he made many saves to try keep Doncaster in the game.
Sam Byrne (Carlisle United) – Byrne was an unused substitute in Carlisle’s 1-0 win over Swindon Town.
Liam Grimshaw (Morecambe) – Grimshaw was not in Morcambe’s squad for their 1-0 loss to Mansfield Town.
Jack Barmby (Hartlepool) – Barmby played 64 minutes in Hartlepool’s 1-0 defeat to Portsmouth. Portsmouth took the lead within two minutes and dominated the game, limiting Hartlepool’s opportunities to attack. Barmby tried to curl a left-footed effort into the net but it went just wide. He attempted to set up Luke James but his ball across the face of goal fizzed out of play. He went down with an injury in the 55th minute but continued. He was substituted in the 64th minute.
Marnick Vermijl (NEC Nijmegen) – Vermijl played the full match as NEC drew 1-1 with Cambuur Leeuwarden. NEC took an early lead from the penalty spot. Vermijl had a chance to give his side a 2-0 lead but at the last moment Cambuur’s keeper Nienhuis got a hand to his effort, sending it wide.
He put in an excellent cross that was difficult for Nienhuis to deal with but Castillion couldn’t direct his header on target. Vermijl put in a similar ball later but again Castillion headed over. It was yet another good performance from Vermijl.
Bébé (Paços de Ferreira) – Bébé played the full match for Paços as they lost 3-1 to second in the league Sporting Lisbon. Sporting took the lead through Carvalho. Bébé almost hit straight back for Paços but Rui Patricio managed to save his effort. He had another effort minutes later but again Rui Patricio denied him. Sporting were 2-0 up at half-time but Bébé pulled a goal back in the 56th minute. He jinked one way and then the other and then smacked a low shot from tight angle into the corner of the net. That was his sixth goal in the last six games. He had a late effort from a free-kick but again Rui Patricio denied him.