Bébé (Paços de Ferreira) – Bébé played the full match as Paços drew 1-1 with Belenenses. Bébé tormented Belenenses’ defence with several shots and scored Paços only goal of the game from a free-kick in the 53rd minute. It was yet another top quality goal from Bébé who is in a rich vein of form scoring eight goals in his last 14 games. He picked up a yellow card in the 84th minute. It was an important point for Paços as they maintained a five point gap over their opposition.
Wilfried Zaha (Cardiff City) – Zaha came on in the 34th minute as they scores were 2-1 to West Brom. His introduction in place of Fabio made the team more balanced as he yet again showed his skill and helped his team retain possession for longer spells. His influence grew in the second half and it was a decent performance from him.
Tom Thorpe (Birmingham City) – Thorpe wasn’t available for Birmingham’s weekend fixture as he had only just returned to training following a bout of tonsillitis.
Tyler Blackett (Birmingham City) – Blackett played the full match as Birmingham slumped to a 4-2 defeat against Bournemouth. He was supposed to be marking Ritchie but left his man, who was then able to open the scoring for Bournemouth. Sloppy defending was the cause of the second goal and a penalty saw Bournemouth with a comfortable lead before 30 minutes were played. Blackett was missing from his position on quite a few occasions which didn’t help.
Federico Macheda (Birmingham City) – Kiko was brought on in the 34th minute as Birmingham were trailing 3-0. Ian Harte claimed another goal before Kiko sparked a mini-resurgence. He pulled a goal back for the Blues in the 57th minute coolly slotting home after Ibe headed on Reilly’s cross. Kiko then made the scoreline look more respectable when in the 73rd minute he grabbed his second with a sweet low strike from 25 yards. Kiko’s goalscoring and performances have seen him nominated for Birmingham’s Player of the Month.
Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic) – Powell was a 70th minute substitute for Wigan at the weekend as they trailed 1-0 to Bolton. He scored Wigan’s equaliser with just two minutes left on the clock. Waghorn delivered a low cross into the box, Fortune stepped over the ball and Powell smashed the ball in from eight yards at the far post to score his 12th of the season. He had a late header saved by Bogdan who also saved Jordi Gomez’s penalty to deny Wigan the victory.
Powell also played 66 minutes as Wigan drew 2-2 with Championship leaders Leicester. His first real involvement was a clearance off the line. He saw a header denied by the post. He later had a shot from 22 yards which went high. He was replaced by Fortune in the 66th minute.
Jesse Lingard (Brighton & Hove Albion) – Lingard played the full match as Brighton lost 2-0 to Middlesbrough at the weekend. He almost gave Brighton the lead after receiving the ball from Stephen Ward’s clever backheel but his effort curled just wide. Middlesbrough took the lead in the second half. Lingard came close to equalising but his effort was saved. He had a couple more attempts but they too were saved.
Lingard played the full match again as Brighton drew 3-3 with Blackburn Rovers. He bagged two assists. Firstly by slipping in David Rodriguez who fired home from the near post to give Brighton the lead. It was his cross that lead to Brighton’s late equaliser in the 88th minute, as his floated ball in was guided home by Stephens.
Michael Keane (Blackburn Rovers) – Michael played the full match for Blackburn as they drew 2-2 with Millwall at the weekend. He started at right back. He switched into central defence after Grant Hanley got sent off in the second half. Millwall took the lead from the penalty spot but Michael equalised not long after, scoring with his head from a corner. However, he undid his good work when he took Jackson down in the penalty area in the 88th minute, which allowed Millwall the chance to retake the lead. Luckily for Michael former United striker Joshua King equalised for Blackburn in the 91st minute.
Keane also played the full match for Blackburn as they drew 3-3 with Brighton. He once again played in the right back position. He generally played well but could have done much better for Brighton’s third goal. He failed to properly close down Lingard and then when back up arrived for both United men he didn’t move to close down the overlapping defender which allowed Brighton and Lingard too much space.
Davidé Petrucci (Charlton Athletic) – Petrucci came on in the 81st minute for Charlton. He didn’t have enough time to spur a comeback and Charlton lost 3 – 0 to Derby County.
He came on as a substitute in the 84th minute in their midweek match, a 1-0 win over Leeds United. He only got six minutes so didn’t have much time to make an impact but looked comfortable on the ball.
Sam Johnstone (Doncaster Rovers) – Johnstone played the full match of Doncaster’s 2-1 win over Leeds. It was another good performance from the young stopper. Doncaster raced to a 2 – 0 lead. Leeds thought that they had pulled a goal back late in the first half, but Johnstone was on hand to deny them, blocked with his legs before the ball was put out for a corner. He was beaten by McCormack in the second half, McCormack’s touch taking the ball away from Johnstone. Leeds looked to push on for an equaliser but sterling work from Johnstone and his defence denied them. He was booked in the 74th minute following a foul on McCormack.
Will Keane (Queen’s Park Rangers) – Will played the full match in QPR’s 1-1 draw with Blackpool. He played up front alongside Bobby Zamora. It was a frustrating match for QPR but Will got himself into decent positions but he wasn’t always found by his teammates.
Tom Lawrence (Yeovil Town) – Lawrence played 84 minutes as Yeovil suffered a heavy 4-1 defeat against Barnsley. Yeovil’s main threats came from set-pieces which Lawrence was in charge of delivering. He saw an effort palmed away by Luke Steele. He was replaced in the 84th minute by Adam Morgan.
Sam Byrne (Carlisle United) – Byrne came on in the 65th minute as the match between Carlisle and Tranmere Rovers was goalless. He didn’t have much of a chance to impose himself on the match and the game ended in a 0 – 0 draw.
Liam Grimshaw (Morecambe) – Grimshaw wasn’t in Morecambe’s squad for their 1-0 loss to Bristol Rovers.
Jack Barmby (Hartlepool United) – Barmby played 58 minutes in Hartlepool’s 1-0 defeat to Cheltenham Town. He had a few chances on goal but each time Cheltenham’s goalkeeper, Scott Brown, denied him. He was booked in the 38th minute for a foul on Sam Deering. He was replaced in the 58th minute by James Poole. Overall March was a good month for Barmby, who has two goals nominated in Hartlepool’s Goal of the Month competition.
Marnick Vermijl (NEC Nijmegen) – Vermijl played the full match for NEC Nijmegen as they lost 2-1 to Heracles. NEC scored in the 20th minute and were leading until the 81st but Heracles equalised. It looked like the match might end in a draw but unfortunately Heracles scored the winner in the 95th minute.
Jonny Sutherland (Stafford Rangers) – Sutherland wasn’t in Stafford Rangers’ squad as they drew 2 – 2 with Buxton.