Javier Hernandez made a cameo appearance for Real Madrid in their 4-1 win over David Moyes’ Real Sociedad. The diminutive Mexican has been confined to the bench in recent matches but finally saw ten minutes of playing time in Madrid’s routine victory over Sociedad. Hernandez did not manage to get on the score-sheet but will be hopeful that he sees an increasing amount of game time as the season goes on.
Tom Cleverley’s miserable time at Aston Villa continued as Paul Lambert’s side were on the receiving end of a 5-0 thrashing from Arsenal. Cleverley started the game and struggled from the off, as did the whole Villa side. Cleverley was put out of his misery when he was replaced after 66 minutes by Gabriel Agbonlahor but Villa were already 3-0 down at this stage.
Ben Pearson scored his first ever senior goal as Barnsley ran out 2-1 winners over Port Vale. Pearson scored a deflected effort after a superb run from his own half to put Barnsley 2-0 up. Pearson completed 90 minutes and picked up a yellow card along the way. The 20-year-old is making a good impression in the early days of his loan spell with the Tykes. He was also in action on Tuesday and had his performance labelled as ‘outstanding‘ by Barnsley’s boss.
Will Keane played the full 90 minutes for Sheffield Wednesday as they were defeated 2-0 by Reading. Keane has drawn praise from Wednesday manager Stuart Grey since his arrival at the club. Keane had some good moments in the game against Reading but ultimately Wednesday could not overcome Reading’s superiority.
Angelo Henriquez was on the score-sheet for Dinamo Zagreb as they played out a 1-1 draw in a friendly game against Shakhtar Donetsk. Henriquez continued his fine goal-scoring form for Zagreb to put them 1-0 up after only seven minutes. Henriquez is the top goal-scorer for the Croatian side this season.
Joe Rothwell and Ben Amos remained on the bench for Blackpool and Bolton respectively whilst Sam Johnstone, Guillermo Varela and Nani did not play. Youngsters Saidy Janko and Jesse Lingard are now out on loan to Bolton and Derby until the end of the season and could make their debuts for their loan clubs this coming weekend. Wilfried Zaha, who was on loan at Crystal Palace, has completed a permanent move back to Selhurst Park.