Marnick Vermijl (NEC Nijmegen) – Vermijl started his 10th consecutive Eredivise match for NEC Nijmegen as they took on AZ Alkmaar. He opened the scoring in the 17th minute after a great run down the right flank and a neat one two put him through on goal and Vermijl powered home his right footed shot. It was Vermijl’s first goal for NEC since joining on loan.
It wasn’t long before AZ got back in the game. Vermijl went on a similar run just before half-time but the AZ defence were alive to the attacking threat he posed. Vermijl rode a number of tackles and managed to get a shot off but it was tame and comfortably saved by the keeper. Alireza Jahanbakhsh scored two lovely goals for NEC which gave them a bit of a cushion. AZ increased their attack and Vermijl coped excellently with that. Unfortunately, NEC did let in another goal but it didn’t affect the final scoreline of a 3-2 win for NEC.
Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic) – Powell played the full match for Wigan against Derby County. He was booked in the first minute for unsporting behaviour after a foul on Simon Dawkins. Derby took the lead from the resulting freekick and went on to score two more goals in the first half.
However, Powell pulled a goal back for Wigan just five minutes after the restart. He got on the end of an Emmerson Boyce cross and headed the ball past Lee Grant from the centre of the penalty area. Unfortunately Wigan were unable to push on and get anything from the game. Powell was also involved in two of Wigan’s best chances to add to his first goal. Firstly, he forced Grant into a reflex save to prevent his half volley ending up in the back of the net and secondly, his cross was met by a header from Holt but Grant again produced a good save to keep hold of the effort. Wigan lost the match 3-1.
Will Keane (Wigan Athletic) – Will Keane made his debut for Wigan in their 3-1 defeat to Derby. It was his first game since Manchester United’s Under-21 match in which he went off with a cut to his head after four minutes. He had a quiet match and was replaced by Grant Holt at half time as Wigan were losing 3-0.
Owen Coyle spoke about the decision to substitute him at after the match. He said: “Young Will Keane made his debut for the club and he worked very hard in a tough opening 45 minutes. He was replaced at half time but it wasn’t because of his performance, I felt we just needed a bit more experience up top.”
Michael Keane (Derby County) – Michael Keane was an unused substitute in Derby County’s 3-1 win over Wigan Athletic.
Bébé (Paços de Ferreira) – Bébé played just 13 minutes in Paços 4-0 defeat away at Sporting Lisbon. He entered the fray when Paços were already trailing by three goals and were reduced to ten men. He was unable to get his team back into the match which ended in a crushing 4-0 defeat.
Davide Petrucci (Royal Antwerp) – Petrucci started on the substitutes bench for Royal Antwerp. He came on in the 69th minute when Antwerp were trailing 1-0. He had a chance to equalise in the dying minutes but his freekick was harmless and easily saved by Verhoeven in the Eendracht Aalst goal. The match ended in a 1-0 loss for Antwerp.