Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic) – Powell started Wigan’s match away against Watford in behind Fortune. Gomez slipped a ball into Powell in the box after just nine minutes but he was muscled off the ball.
He had a goal disallowed on 18 minutes when Almunia spilled James McClean’s cross into the box and Powell smashed it into the net. Offside was given against McClean but he wasn’t offside and the goal should have been allowed.
Powell was heavily involved in a good move in the 23rd minute when he played a great ball through to Gomez who then tried to find Powell with a cheeky back heel but the defender was able to clear.
Fortune went off injured after 25 minutes and Coyle pushed Powell forwards to be the lone striker. He almost scored in the 69th minute but his shot was parried and Almunia saved McClean’s rebound effort. Later there was calls for a penalty when he was brought down in the area but nothing was given.
Powell ran his socks off and was awarded Man of the Match by Wigan’s online coverage.
“Kiko believes he’s going to score every game. He puts chances away … He comes alive in the box. He’s got that horrible knack of being in the right place at the right time, which is what every team needs and every team wants.” Paul Dickov, Doncaster Rovers manager
Federico Macheda (Doncaster Rovers) – Macheda started for Doncaster against Sheffield Wednesday. Kiko put Rovers in front in the 71st minute when he got on the end of Coppinger’s ball and scored a header. He almost doubled his tally moments later but dragged his effort just wide of the goal.
He was subbed off after 83 minutes and his goal was the difference as Rovers trotted out 1-0 winners. That goal was Kiko’s third in two games.
Bébé (Paços de Ferreira) – Bébé started Paços’ high scoring victory over CS Maritimo Funchal. Paços went behind to an early goal but equalised at the start of the second half. Barely a minute later, Maritimo retook the lead but Bébé ensured that they only regained it for a few minutes as he scored Paços’ second equaliser.
Maritimo went back in front just ten minutes later but a further two goals for Paços meant that they got the three points in a match which ended 4-3. This was the Beavers first win of the season and lifts them off the bottom of the table.
Ryan Tunnicliffe (Ipswich Town) – It was another good performance from Tunnicliffe as Ipswich took on Brighton. He was involved all over the pitch and even made a few clearances from Town’s box.
He had their first chance with a shot from the left of the area but it hit a defender. He was heavily involved in one particular one-touch move with Cresswell and McGoldrick which was described as “Barca-esque” – high praise indeed. It would have produced a fantastic goal if not for Upson’s last ditch challenge on Cresswell.
Tunnicliffe played the full 90 minutes.
Jesse Lingard (Birmingham City) – Things didn’t go as well for Lingard in his second match as they did on his debut as Birmingham lost 2-0 to Reading.
He had an effort on goal in the 35th minute to level things up but his shot went wide of the goal. He had another attempt just as the second half got under way but it was well caught by McCarthy.
Later, he teed Adeyemi up for a thumping shot but McCarthy was equal to that too. Lingard had another chance before the end of the game to perhaps get a consolation for Birmingham but it was blocked by Morrison.
Morrison played the full 90 minutes.
Davide Petrucci (Royal Antwerp) – After being subbed at half time in his last match, Petrucci was dropped to the bench. He came on in the 77th minute to replace Güvenç in Antwerp’s 1-0 win over Royal Excelsior Virton but did little of any note.