Ben Amos (Carlisle United) – Amos played the full match for Carlisle against Crewe Alexandra this week. He showed real class to keep a swirling, swerving Tootle effort from going in as he found himself having to follow the unpredictable flight of the ball. His two-handed touch came at just the right time, Crewe were just getting ready to celebrate. The ball went out for a corner and Amos was on his toes to deal with the delivery, blocking two efforts from close range. Amos’ assured handling and timely decision making sure he endeare himself to the Carlisle fans. He made the save of the night with just over a quarter of an hour left to play. Oliver beat the offside trap and Amos spread himself to make a fantastic block. Unfortunately,ca late headed goal from a corner prevented Amos from claiming a clean sheet and the match ended in a 2-1 win for Carlisle.
Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic) – Wigan had the opportunity to secure qualification to the Europa League knock-out stages if they beat Zulte Waregem. Powell started up front, playing as the lone striker. Wigan dominated the opening stages and capitalised with an early goal. Powell tried to press the advantage from a free-kick but went for power over accuracy and blasted it straight into the wall. Powell continued to battle well up front. Soon after Zulte equalised, Powell was booked for getting in the assistant referee’s face after a throw-in decision went against him. The game was finely balanced at the start of the second half.
Powell had a chance to give Wigan back the lead just past the hour mark when a loose ball fell kindly to him 15 yards out. The keeper managed to save the effort. Zulte scored a late goal to secure three points in a 2 – 1 loss for Wigan. The win gives Zulte the advantage going into the final game of Group D. Wigan will need to beat Maribor and hope that Rubin Kazan will do them a favour in the other fixture.
Bébé (Paços de Ferreira) – After playing 19 minutes in his return from injury in Paços last game, Bébé returned to the starting XI as they took on Fiorentina at home in the Europa League. Bébé was lively at the start of the game. He had a shot blocked after 15 minutes. Just five minutes, later he missed a great chance from six yards out. Paços had broken through the Fiorentina defence, the ball was crossed into Bébé taking out the goalkeeper and all Bébé had to do was tap it into the open net but shot was totally misplaced and the goalkeeper. He was replaced by Hurtado in the 59th minute. The game ended 0-0. Paços are now third in the group and are unable to progress to the round of 32 regardless of the result Pandurii in the final group game.
Federico Macheda (Doncaster Rovers) – Macheda played the full match in Rover’s 2-0 loss to Charlton Athletic at the Valley. In the 18th minute Rovers had a good move down the right hand side which lead to an effort from Kiko that was saved by the Charlton keeper Alnwick. Before the break, Kiko was put in on goal but he was held up. He twisted this way and that to escape the attention of the Charlton defenders but his eventual shot was high and wide. Chances were few and far between for Kiko even though Rovers had the majority of the possession and he was unable to reduce the deficit.