Federico Macheda (Doncaster Rovers) – Macheda went straight into the Doncaster Rovers starting XI having joined them for a second loan spell after the first ended prematurely due to injury. It was Kiko’s first match in over a month since playing for Rovers against Leicester on 5 October.
Looked quite sharp and had many lovely touches and passes. Rovers took the lead against Yeovil Town after just 11 minutes. The ball was played into Kiko on the edge of the box where he beat the defender and ended up with only the keeper to beat but he unselfishly pulled the ball back to Dean Furman for a tap in.
Had a few headed opportunities in the box but on both occasions the ball played in was just to high for him. In the 79th minute he set up Mark Duffy for a great chance but the effort was saved by Dunn. Subbed off in the 86th minutes to a standing ovation from the fans. Rovers had been reduced to ten men but held out for a 2-1 victory.
Jesse Lingard (Birmingham City) – Lingard played the full match in Birmingham’s 1-1 draw with Blackpool. Lingard had an early chance to give the Blues the lead. Nikola Zigic forced Blackpool keeper Matt Gilks into making an error. The ball dropped to Lingard just inside the area but his shot went just wide. He did get on the score sheet around a quarter of an hour later. Blackpool’s Kirk Broadfoot failed to deal with what should have been a harmless cross and Lingard was alive to the chance poke the ball into the Tangerine’s net from six yards out.
Ben Amos (Carlisle United) – Amos returned to the starting line up for Carlisle United after being unavailable for their midweek match in the FA Cup. Pringle was the main threat from Rotherham United in the first half but Amos was equal to his efforts. Just before half time Carlisle were reduced to ten men when their right back was sent off. Amos kept Carlisle on course for a point when he saved a header on the line with around ten minutes to go. The game ended 0-0.
Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic) – Powell played the full 90 minutes in Wigan’s 1-0 loss to Brighton and Hove Albion. Powell had a half-chance early in the match but his shot went wide of the post. Wigan created the majority of the chances in the first half, the best falling to Powell inside the box. His left footed effort was well held by former United keeper Tomasz Kuszczak. Also had another shot blocked by Greer and had a chance at an equaliser late on in the game but his header was blocked by Crofts.
Ryan Tunnicliffe (Ipswich Town) – Tunnicliffe started in central midfield for Ipswich as they took on Leicester. Ipswich took an early lead. Tunnicliffe had an effort on goal on 25 minutes but it was blocked. Had a great opportunity to double Town’s lead with an effort from 18 yards out just after the break but Kasper Schmeichel did well to get down and make the save. Leicester came back into the match to secure a 2-1 win over Town.
Tyler Blackett (Blackpool) – Blackett returned to the starting XI after being an unused substitute in Blackpool’s previous match. He was instrumental in keeping the score line at a draw as the game drew to a close. He twice denied Lee Novak on the goal line with some fine defending with only minutes remaining. The game ended in a 1 -1 draw.