Marnick Vermijl (NEC Nijmegen) – Vermijl played the full match in NEC’s 2-0 defeat to Utrecht. Utrecht took the lead soon after half time slotting home a rebound from a freekick. NEC were forced to play the last 25 minutes with ten men when Ryan Koolwijk received a second yellow. They had a chance to equalise when they were awarded a penalty ten minutes later but Michael Higdon missed. Moments later Utrecht doubled there lead. De Ridder managed to free himself from Vermijl and his shot was too powerful for the goalkeeper.
Tyler Blackett (Blackpool) – Blackett returned to the starting line up for his first appearance since extending his loan deal until 1 January 2014. Blackpool took an early lead against Derby County which they held onto until half time and then things started to go downhill. Just after the restart the Tangerines gave away a penalty which Derby converted. Within the next ten minutes two defensive errors by the Tangerines lead to two goals for Derby. In the 69th minute Blackpool had a man sent off and Derby scored from the resulting penalty. Blackpool had a second man sent off and conceded a 5th goal in the 90th minute for a 5-1 defeat.
Michael Keane (Derby County) – Michael made his debut for Derby County against Blackpool. He was substituted on in the 72nd minute as Derby were leading 4-1. At that stage Derby were well in control of the match and Michael didn’t have much to do. Derby scored another goal to wrap up a 5 – 1 win.
Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic) – Powell played 54 minutes in Wigan’s 2-1 loss to Millwall. Millwall took the lead in the first minute. Powell had a chance to equalise coming up to the half hour mark but his shot went wide. He missed a couple of chances at the start of the second half and was soon substituted off. Millwall doubled there lead in the 83rd minute and while Wigan pulled a goal back it wasn’t enough to prevent defeat.
Will Keane (Wigan Athletic) – Will was an unused substitute in Wigan’s 2-1 loss to Millwall.
Ben Amos (Carlisle United) – Amos wasn’t included in Carlisle’s squad today as the terms of his loan deal prevent him from playing for them in the FA Cup.
Tom Lawrence (Carlisle United) – Lawrence is eligible to play for Carlisle in the FA Cup and took his place among the starting XI for the first time. He played well and created opportunities for his team mates by putting crosses into the box and closing down Brentford’s defence. He had a chance to get on the score sheet from a set-piece. He had the confidence to wave away his fellow players and took on the 40 yard free-kickhimself himself. The keeper was forced to make a save and managed to push the ball away as it skipped dangerously on the slick pitch. The Cumbrians took a deserved lead on the stroke of half time. Lawrence controlled the ball in acres of space and had the composure to wait before playing a perfect pass to James Berrett who scored. Lawrence was substituted in the 64th minute with a calf strain.
Carlisle manager Graham Kavanagh spoke about Lawrence’s injury after the victory. “Tom Lawrence said to us at half time that he’d felt his calf tighten but he thought he could give us another 15 or 20 minutes, he said.
“As it happened it became a bigger problem just five minutes into it, and he got done on the inside for the goal. We should probably have changed him during the break, but he’d had a good game, and it’s things like this you live and learn by.”
Federico Macheda (Doncaster Rovers) – Macheda started for Doncaster as they fell to a 3-0 defeat away at Bolton. There were no chances of note for Kiko to get on the scoreboard. He was replaced by Paynter in the 71st minute.
Jesse Lingard (Birmingham City) – Lingard played the full match in Birmingham’s 2-2 draw with Middlesbrough. He had the Blues first chance of the match when Zigic headed down to him in Boro’s box in the third minute but his volley was both high and wide. He didn’t have many chances in this game but played well overall as the Blues scored a late goal to secure a draw.
Ryan Tunnicliffe (Ipswich Town) – Tunnicliffe returned to Ipswich’s starting line a place up for Grab in less than a month.
It wasn’t his best match and he played below his usual standard. However, he did play an important part when he kept the scores level blocking Oliver Norwood’s strike on the edge of the box as Huddersfield threatened to take the lead with a second goal. Town then managed to get the winner in the 89th minute to secure a 2-1 win.
Bébé (Paços de Ferreira) – Bébé got 64 minutes under his belt as he steps up his return to fitness following injury. Unfortunately Paços lost the match against Estoril 3-0. The small consolation for Bébé is that the deficit was only one goal before he left the pitch.
Davide Petrucci (Royal Antwerp) – Petrucci came on for Royal Antwerp in the 82nd minute as Antwerp were leading 2-0 against Heist. He replaced Emrullah Güvenç who had scored both goals. as Petrucci’s main competition for a starting XI spot and has taken advantage of Petrucci’s few injuries to show a fine vein of form. Petrucci rounded off Antwerp’s victory nicely scoring their third in the 90th minute, with a fine strike from 16 yards out.