Jesse Lingard (Birmingham City) – Lingard started for Birmingham City as they took on Wigan. Lingard had a chance in the opening ten minutes with a right footed shot from outside the box which was blocked. He did have a couple more chances but that was overshadowed by later events.
Lingard lost his head around about an hour into the match and was sent off for a challenge from behind on Jordi Gomez. Lingard was fouled by Chris McCann but the referee ignored that challenge and waved play on. Lingard was incensed and Gomez, who was the next player to touch the ball, was on the receiving end of a hefty challenge from Lingard which sparked a scuffle on the pitch. Lingard will receive a three match ban and unless his loan is extended, that red mist moment will be his last involvement for Birmingham.
Michael Keane (Derby County) – Michael made his first start for Derby as a result of the injury to captain Richard Keogh and completed the full 90 minutes. Michael showed good understanding in the heart of defence. He produced a brilliantly timed last ditch tackle on Danny Ward as he burst forward towards the goal.
Derby took the lead through Keane’s defensive partner Bryson. Michael had a chance himself with a header from a set piece but his effort went too high over the bar. Huddersfield applied more pressure as the game went on and Derby finally conceded four minutes from time as Paterson sent a superbly controlled volley past Grant to earn a 1-1 draw.
Ryan Tunnicliffe (Ipswich Town) – Tunnicliffe played the full match in Ipswich’s 3-0 win over Doncaster Rovers and put in an excellent performance. Tunnicliffe set up Daryl Murphy in side the first two minutes but he was denied by an excellent save from Turnbull. Ipswich gave notice of their aerial threat when McGoldrick met Tunnicliffe’s cross from the left but his header lacked any power.
In the 24th minute Ipswich won a corner which Tunnicliffe sent in and McGoldrick headed in from close range to put Ipswich in front. Tunnicliffe was on hand again to provide the assist for their second goal with another corner as Chambers was left unmarked to head home.
Federico Macheda (Doncaster Rovers) – Macheda played 53 minutes as Doncaster fell to a 3-0 defeat to Ipswich. There wasn’t much opportunity for Kiko to be involved given that Ipswich dominated the opening stages of the match and raced to a 2-0 lead before half time, which they added to early in the second half. Soon after the third goal was conceded Kiko was subbed off.
Ben Amos (Carlisle United) – Amos started for Carlisle as they took on Preston North End. Carlisle had the bulk of the possession but Preston took the lead when Josh Brownhill netted with a dipping 20-yard effort into the top corner. Preston’s Tom Clarke had an ambitious attempt from wide on the right but Amos was able to collect the ball comfortably even though it bounced at his feet.
Preston should have extended their lead when Andy Welsh ran to the byline and his cross put a chance on a plate for Andy King but Amos managed to produce a wonderful one-handed save stopping the ball on the line. Unfortunately, the goal that was conceded proved enough for the visitors as Carlisle lost 1-0.
Tom Lawrence (Carlisle United) – Lawrence played the full match of Carlisle’s 1-0 win over Preston. Lawrence was very involved in much of Carlisle’s attacking play. Lawrence was sent tumbling to the grounds on the edge of the penalty area but the referee ignored appeals for a free-kick. Later on, Lawrence lost the chance to have a shot when Preston’s defence reacted to close him out of an opportunity.
In the second half Lawrence also had a header from the left side of the six yard box blocked. He then had an effort from a free-kick but his shot went over the crossbar. The ball broke to Lawrence with around ten minutes left but a fierce volley from him which Rudd managed to make a block with his outstretched leg.
Will Keane (Wigan Athletic) – Will started on the bench against Birmingham. He came on in the 71st minute to replace James McClean. Will didn’t have many opportunities. The best came when James Perch played a through ball but the linesman flagged Will offside. The game ended in a 0-0 draw.
“Yes, he was injured,” Rosler said. “He is our top goalscorer, I wouldn’t rest him. We are not in that position.”
Tyler Blackett (Blackpool) – Blackett was an unused substitute in Blackpool’s 1 – 1 draw with Leeds.