Jesse Lingard (Brighton & Hove Albion) – Lingard went straight into Brighton’s team wearing No. 35. He played 65 minutes in their 1-0 win over Millwall. He was put under pressure in the penalty area in the 39th minute and won a penalty for his new side which David Lopez converted. Lingard almost added his name to the score sheet on the stroke of half time but he was denied by an excellent block from Shane Lowry. He was replaced in the 65th minute by Jack Forster-Caskey.
Sam Johnstone (Doncaster Rovers) – Johnstone played the full match as Doncaster lost 5-0. He conceded twice in the first half but it could have been more had he not made a host of important saves. In particular, he produced a terrific save to top Ian Harte’s rifled shot over the bar and thwarted Ryan Fraser when he went on-on-one. However, things got worse in the second half and the final score was 5-0. Rovers manager Paul Dickov credited Johnstone for his performance: “It could have been a lot more if it wasn’t for Sam,” he said.
Federico Macheda (Birmingham City) – Macheda played 59 minutes in Birmingham’s 1-0 loss to Ipswich. There weren’t many clear cut chances for Kiko. Arguably his best chance came in the 12th minute when he was sent clear by Nikola Zigic but Christophe Berra got back in time to make a last ditch challenge just as Kiko was about to pull the trigger. He was replaced by Chris Burke in the 59th minute.
Tyler Blackett (Birmingham City) – Blackett was an unused substitute for Birmingham in their 1-0 defeat to Ipswich.
Tom Lawrence (Yeovil Town) – Lawrence played the full match in Yeovil’s 1-1 draw with Reading which saw Yeovil finish the game with only eight players on the pitch. Lawrence had a chance from 25 yards out and forced Alex McCarthy into a brilliant save. Contrary to initial reports on Sky Sports News, Lawrence wasn’t responsible for Yeovil’s own goal – that was Lundstram. He was booked near the half-hour mark for a foul on Garath McCleary and, given the referee’s use of the red card that afternoon, was lucky to stay on the pitch when he fouled McCleary again in the 90th minute.
Sam Byrne (Carlisle United) – Byrne got his first start for Carlisle as they took on third placed Brentford. He was heavily involved in most of Carlisle’s attacking play. He had a few shots which they Brentford keeper managed to block or save. He didn’t restrict himself to working within the box but moved into positions from which he put in good crosses or was able to start a move. Overall, it was a very good performance from Byrne which was marred when he picked up a hamstring injury and had to be substituted off in the 64th minute.
Charni Ekangamene (Carlisle United) – Ekangamene was an unused substitute in Carlisle’s 0-0 draw with Brentford.
Jack Barmby (Hartlepool United) – Barmby returned to the starting line up for Hartlepool’s match against Torquay United. He opened the scoring for the Pools in style after 30 minutes. He got on the end of Jordan Richards cross and showed neat feet to scoop his effort over Michael Poke in Torquay’s goal. He provided the assist for the second goal as Luke James headed his corner into the back of the net. He was subbed off in the 79th minute.
Marnick Vermijl (NEC Nijmegen) – Vermijl played the full match as NEC drew 3-3 with PEC Zwolle. Zwolle took an early lead in the 6th minute. Vermijl had a good chance to level the scores in the 20th minute but a Zwolle defender managed to block the shot. Zwolle doubled their lead but NEC pulled a goal back just before half-time when Marnick Vermijl put in a great cross for Higdon to equalise. Both side scored again as the match finished 3-3.
Wilfried Zaha (Cardiff City) – Zaha was an unused substitute for Cardiff as they lost 1-0 away to Tottenham.
Anderson (Fiorentina) – Anderson came on in the 57th minute of Fiorentina’s match against Lazio. He replaced Massimo Ambrosini as Fiorentina were trailing 1 – 0. However, Fiorentina were unable to get an equaliser and the match ended in a 1-0 defeat.
Bebe (Paços de Ferreira) – Bebe played the full match of Paços 3-1 victory over Marítimo. Marítimo went in at half-time leading 1-0 despite attempts from Paços to get back into the match. However the second half was a different affair. Paços scored four (but one goal was incorrectly disallowed). Bebe scored the final goal of the game with a superb header to seal the victory in the 85th minute. He was yellow carded just one minute after he scored but that didn’t spoil Paços’ afternoon.