Jay Simpson- Portsmouth 2 West Brom 2
Arsenal striker Jay Simpson insists that he will return to the club in the summer when his loan spell with relegation-threatened West Brom comes to a conclusion.
Last month Baggies manager Tony Mowbray revealed that he was in talks with Jay about the possibility of extending his loan to next season, but Simpson is adamant that he will return to Arsenal.
Simpson, who was an un-used substitute as West Brom drew 2-2 with Portsmouth yesterday, said:
“If I was thinking about (coming) back on loan, then what’s the point in going back to Arsenal? It wouldn’t make sense.
“My plan is to go back to Arsenal and get into their first team. Everyone wants to play in the Premier League but I want to go back and make a difference.
“I don’t want to keep going out on loan. That’s not why I signed a deal with Arsenal.”
Rui Fonte- Crystal Palace 0 Cardiff 2
Portuguese striker Rui Fonte played almost all of this controversial match before being withdrawn in second-half stoppage time.
A Ross McCormack brace, the first of which was a penalty, sealed the win for Cardiff, but the energetic Fonte, playing on the right-wing, had a penalty claim turned down.
Fonte was booked after a challenge on former Gunner Jay Bothroyd for persistent fouling and was replaced by Nathaniel Pinney in the dying seconds to avoid being sent-off.
Cardiff centre-back Roger Johnson was sent to hospital after suffering a throat injury following an elbow by Claude Davis.
Henri Lansbury- Scunthorpe 1 Huddersfield 2
The Iron were looking for the perfect response after their Wembley heartbreak last weekend, but even an inspired Henri Lansbury couldn’t prevent defeat at home to Huddersfield which saw them slip out of the play-off places, albeit with two games in hand over their closest rivals.
Martyn Woolford put the hosts ahead with a stunning strike from outside the area, but the visitors soon levelled through Tom Clarke.
Lansbury tried his best to restore the deficit with a couple of drilled efforts, but his attempts were in vain as Huddersfield took the lead through Gary Roberts ten minutes into the second half with what ultimately proved to be the winner.
Lansbury’s frustration was summed up in stoppage time at the end of the second-half when he was booked for dissent.
Pedro Botelho- Alicante v Salamanca (Sun, 5pm)
Pedro will start for Salamanca this evening at left-back after recovering from the throat problem which has kept him out since the Celta Vigo game.
Havard Nordtveit- Lillestrom v Valerenga (Mon)
Havard is expected to start for Lillestrom tomorrow evening.