Ben Amos (Carlisle United) – Amos started in goal for Carlisle as they took on Peterborough. He showed safe hands when he dived low to make a save from a dangerous Tomlin free-kick. Carlisle conceded a corner which almost proved dangerous as Amos was beaten but the header hit the woodwork. Amos was left with no chance when Carlisle conceded a free-kick which Tomlin took and it went in after bouncing off the underside of the crossbar. Carlisle fought back and scored two but it looked as though it might end in a draw when Meppen-Walter fouled in the penalty area, but Amos became the hero when he saved it. Carlisle won the match 2-1.
Tom Lawrence (Carlisle United) – Lawrence played the full match in Carlisle victory over Peterborough. Lawrence nearly scored when he danced into the box but Posh’s goalkeeper made a fantastic save to deny him. Later on, Lawrence hit a great volley and left the keeper unsighted but Olejnik managed to get down and tip the ball around the post.
Lawrence did set up Carlisle’s first goal as his cross was met by Amoo in the box. Lawrence later came close again when he arrived late for a Berrett set-piece but wasn’t able to direct it at goal.
Jesse Lingard (Birmingham City) – Lingard was suspended for Birmingham’s match because of the straight red card he got in their Boxing day match.
Ryan Tunnicliffe (Ipswich Town) – Tunnicliffe played the full match for Ipswich Town in what could be his last involvement for them on loan unless an extension is agreed. He had two shots in quick succession in the 5th minute but both were blocked. Soon after the restart, he had another chance to open the scoring but again his shot was blocked. Moments later Daryl Murphy did score for Town and Tunnicliffe gave him a chance to add a second a minute later but he fired just wide. Not long after, Lee Camp in the Bournemouth goal had to be alert holding firm to deal with Tunnicliffe’s deflected shot. Bournemouth pulled a goal back and the game ended 1-1.
Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic) – Powell returned from injury to take his place in Wigan’s starting line up for their match against Burnley. He had a quiet afternoon and his first real chance on goal came in the 35th minute but his right footed shot from outside the box was wide. He picked up a yellow card in the 63rd minute for a foul on Jason Shackell. He saw another shot go wide before the end of the match, this time from closer range. The match ended in a 0-0.
Will Keane (Wigan Athletic) – Will was not included in the Wigan squad for their match against Burnley. His loan ends on 1 January 2014 and there has been no talk of extending the deal.
Michael Keane (Derby County) – Michael played the full match as Derby took on Barnsley away from home. Barnsley started with high intensity and forced Michael to send the ball out to safety in the opening seconds. Derby then took control of the match with an early goal and doubled their lead early in the second half. Tomasz Cywka pulled a goal back for Barnsley when he ran past several Derby players, including Michael, before sending a low shot into the back of the net. Keane helped Derby hold on for a 2-1 win. That win moves Derby up to 2nd place in the Championship.
Steve McClaren was impressed by the young defender’s display and has spoken of his desire to extend Michael’s current loan deal until the end of the season.
He said: “We have said that from day one and, hopefully, we can. He has proved his pedigree.”
Tyler Blackett (Blackpool) – Blackett was an unused substitute in Blackpool’s 1-0 defeat at the hands of Brighton and Hove Albion.
Federico Macheda (Doncaster Rovers) – Macheda was brought on as a second half substitute for Doncaster as they took on Millwall and almost broke the deadlock in the 85th minute with a curling right footed shot from the left angle of the penalty area but unfortunately it hit the post. It was end to end with the chances in the closing stages but neither team managed to put the ball in the back of the net and it finished 0-0.
Bébé (Paços de Ferreira) – Bébé started on the bench for Paços as they took on Rio Ave in the Portuguese League Cup. He came on in the 60th minute as Paços were trailing 1-0. Bébé had a chance soon after coming on when he went one on one with the keeper Ederson but the keeper was able to block it. Bébé’s introduction sparked a bit of a revival for Paços but questionable refereeing left Paços with only nine men on the pitch. Rio Ave secured a 2-0 win. The Beavers may still reach the semi-finals but their fate is no longer in their own hands.