Ryan Tunnicliffe (Ipswich Town) – Tunnicliffe started his second consecutive match in central midfield as Ipswich took on Charlton Athletic. Ipswich took the lead after just four minutes with what proved to be the only goal of the match. Tunnicliffe played well and helped out defensively and in attack. He made several clearances and was twice involved in head collisions but fortunately didn’t seem to suffer any ill effects. Ipswich claimed all three points with their 1-0 victory.
Jesse Lingard (Birmingham City) – Lingard played the full match in Birmingham’s 3-0 away at Barnsley. Although Lingard didn’t get in among the goals, he was very lively. He played Tom Adeyemi in on the right hand side in the 33rd minute but the shot was directed out for a corner that lead to nothing. He had a shot on goal in the 54th minute which Barnsley keeper Jack Butland fumbled but the ball was cleared by a defender. Lingard had two successive chances in the 72nd minute. The first was blocked by Marcus Pedersen and the second went wide. He also had a chance to extend the Blues lead to 4-0 in the 82nd minute. He received a smart pass from Aaron Mclean and took on the shot only to see Butland make the save.
Lingard’s good form which has seen him score six goal in eight appearances for the Blues has seen his loan spell extended for twice. It now runs until 1 January 2014.
Ben Amos (Carlisle United) – Amos started in goal as Carlisle took on Swindon away from home. Amos was left stranded when Alex Pritchard sent former United youth player Nicky Ajose through on goal, fortunately for Amos Ajose suffered a rush of blood to the head and sent his shot harmlessly wide. Swindon scored their first ten minutes before the break when Pritchard set up Luongo to score. Luongo’s right footed effort had Amos beaten on his near post. Swindon’s attacks died down in the second half and Carlisle equalised but this spurred Swindon on. Pritchard scored direct from a freekick to restore Swindon’s lead. Carlisle had pushed forward to get another equaliser which left them massively exposed at the back. Amos made himself big to produce a fantastic save to deny Ajose who was clean through after a counter attack but Swindon’s third goal came in the 92nd minute. N’Guessan received the ball in acres of space in the box with only Amos to beat and slotted home.
Tom Lawrence (Carlisle United) – Lawrence went on loan to Carlisle United on Thursday and went straight into their match-day squad. He started on the bench. He came on to make his loan debut, wearing number 33, in the 59th minute. He saw a chance to get Carlisle second goal and the equaliser in the 85th minute when the space opened between him and goal but his first-time volley went over the crossbar. Swindon scored a late goal to wrap up a 3-1 win over Carlisle.
Tyler Blackett (Blackpool) – Blackett made his loan home debut in Blackpool’s 2-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday. His defensive skills were needed early on as he was called upon to make a clearance in the opening minute but he helped his side keep a clean sheet. He also had the opportunity to show his attacking abilities providing an excellent assist to set up Blackpool’s second goal of the afternoon. Tom Ince’s run had been stalled but Blackett took over with the overlapping run and side-footed the ball in beautifully to Dan Gosling to double the lead.
Blackett’s current loan deal is due to expire on Monday 2 December but may yet be extended by the Tangerines.
Federico Macheda (Doncaster Rovers) – Macheda played the full match for Doncaster as they won 2-1 against QPR. Kiko sent a good ball to Mark Duffy in the 17th minute but Duffy’s 25-yard shot was rather tame and was comfortably saved by Rob Green in the QPR goal. In the second half, Kiko pounced when Coppinger’s shot was blocked and his effort hit the side-netting. The game looked as though it would end in a 1-1 draw when Rovers scored a late goal to take the lead.
However, minutes later Kiko almost put the game beyond doubt with a headed effort but it went just wide. Although he didn’t get on the scoresheet, Kiko’s overall play was very good and he exhibited some excellent ball control. The ended in a 2-1 win for Doncaster.
Angelo Henriquez (Real Zaragoza) – Henriquez started for Real Zaragoza as they took on Las Palmas away from home. Henriquez wasn’t much involved in the game as Las Palmas had the majority of the chances. However, the home side failed to convert and Zaragoza scored the only goal of the game in the second half through Roger. Henriquez had a chance in the 22nd minute but his shot hit off a defender. He picked up a yellow card just before half time. The win sees Zaragoza move to within two points of the playoff places.