Pedro Botelho- Salamanca 6 Sevilla Atletico 0
Pedro put in an impressive performance at left-back as Salamanca smashed Sevilla’s ‘B’ side for six.
Salva grabbed two goals inside 15 minutes to put the Union ahead and then Quique Martin notched a brace with a goal either side of the half-time interval. Centre-back Sergio Rodriguez, on loan from Deportivo, went on to make it 5-0 with Miku sealing the win with the sixth 13 minutes from time.
The victory is sure to boost confidence throughout the whole side as Salamanca continue their push towards promotion.
Nacer Barazite- Plymouth 0 Derby 3
Nacer started on the right-wing once more as Derby enjoyed a comprehensive 3-0 victory over Plymouth.
Gary Teale put the Rams ahead just before the break and then a Rob Hulse brace in the second period sealed the win. Nacer was a constant threat with his deep crosses before being replaced by Mile Sterjovski 15 minutes from time.
Kerrea Gilbert- Leicester 0 Oldham 0
Kerrea put in another solid performance at right-back as League One leaders Leicester were held to a dissapointing goalless draw by Oldham at the Walkers Stadium.
The flashpoint of the match game just four minutes into the second half when Oldham ‘keeper Greg Fleming brought Matty Fryatt down in the area. A penalty was awarded and Fleming was sent off.
Without a substitute goalie on the bench, veteran striker Dean Windass volunteered to go in goal. His first task was to stop the in-form Fryatt from converting from five yards. Fryatt missed and Windass wnt on to keep an impressive clean-sheet.
Gilbert was replaced by Max-Alain Gradel with 17 minutes left on the clock.
Rene Steer- Gillingham 0 Bradford 2
Rene finally made his Gillingham debut after coming on as a 78th minute substitute in the 2-0 defeat to Bradford.
By then the game was already over. Omar Daley and Michael Boulding were on target for the Bantams but Steer will be happy just to have got on the pitch after replacing Dennis Oli.
Philippe Senderos- AC Milan 1 Reggina 1
Philippe was an un-used substitute as Milan came from behind to draw 1-1 with Reggina at the San Siro.
Davide De Gennaro put the visitors in the lead before the break but a Kaka penalty three minutes from time earned Milan a much-needed point in their Serie A title push.
Jay Simpson- West Brom 2 Newcastle 3
A hamstring injury picked up in the FA Cup defeat to Burnley in mid-week meant that Jay had a spectator’s role as West Brom were edged out by Newcastle in a pulsating clash at the Hawthorns.
The game began at a frenetic pace with three goals in the first nine minutes. The visitors were determined to give ill manager Joe Kinnear something to smile about with a victory and they took the lead less than two minutes in after Damien Duff capitalised on a mistake by Leon Barnett to slot home. The Baggies were soon back in in through Jay’s replacement Marc-Antoine Fortune, but Newcastle’s new addition Peter Lovenkrands then made it 2-1. Centre-back Steven Taylor extended Newcastle’s lead before the break but Fortune’s second of the afternoon made it a nervy final 17 minutes for the Magpies. Nonetheless, West Brom’s poor form continues and they remain rooted to the bottom of the Premier League.
Armand Traore- Portsmouth 2 Liverpool 3
Armand missed out through injury as Portsmouth twice took the lead against Liverpool in this evening kick-off only to end up losing 3-2.
After a goalless first-half, David Nugent prodded Pompey in to the lead after slotting home Crouch’s ball in. Liverpool then equalised through Fabio Aurelio but Hermann Hreidarsson’s header from Nadir Belhadj’s free-kick restored the hosts’ advantage. But substitute Fernando Torres struck in injury time to snatch all three points at the death and heap yet more pressure on Arsenal legend Tony Adams.
Vincent van den Berg- FC Zwolle 1 VVV Venlo 2
Vincent didn’t feature as Zwolle suffered a 2-1 defeat at home to VVV Venlo.
Kantelburg put the visitors ahead on 29 minutes with El Gaaouri doubling Venlo’s advantage in the second-period. Substitute Bonaficio pulled one back for the hosts seven minutes from time but it had no bearing on the final result.
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Paul Rodgers- Yeovil v Northampton
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