Benik Afobe came off the bench to win a penalty and score a goal for Bolton Wanderers against Peterborough in the Championship yesterday, but it was not enough to prevent his side from losing 5-4. Afobe replaced Jacob Butterfield five minutes into the second half and the 19 year old made an immediate impact, being brought down in the box by Joe Newell. Keith Andrews converted the subsequent spot-kick to reduce Peterborough’s lead to 3-2, before Afobe later headed home Martin Petrov’s cross to make it 5-3 in the closing stages.
Emmanuel Frimpong received another start for Charlton Athletic as the London side lost 2-0 to Sheffield Wednesday yesterday, with the midfielder completing 78 minutes before being replaced by Danny Green. Frimpong’s loan spell at the Valley expires on New Year’s Day.
Joel Campbell started for Real Betis in their home defeat to Mallorca, but the Costa Rican, who operated in his usual position on the right flank, was unable to make a major impact before being withdrawn nine minutes into the second half.
Striker Philip Roberts, as he has often done in recent weeks, was brought on in the dying stages for Inverness Caledonian Thistle yesterday, emerging off the bench for the final three minutes as his side beat Dundee 4-1.
Ryo was ineligible to face Arsenal at the DW Stadium yesterday, but the Japanese youngster would have been unable to feature regardless because of an ankle problem. Wigan Athletic manager Roberto Martinez said yesterday that Ryo, who has started just one game for the Latics this season, is likely to be sidelined for another month.
Wellington came on as a half-time substitute for Ponferradina in their win over Murcia. The Brazilian made several lively runs but was booked. Ju-Young Park was an un-used substitute as Celta Vigo lost to Atletico Madrid, with Samuel Galindo not involved for Lugo.
Midfielder Conor Henderson has returned to Arsenal after his loan spell with Coventry City expired. The 21 year old made just two appearances for the League One side as his playing time was largely restricted by injury and is likely to go on loan again in the New Year. Craig Eastmond and Sanchez Watt, meanwhile, have returned to London Colney for treatment on injuries suffered whilst playing for Colchester United and the pair will officially return to the club when their loan deals expire on Thursday.
There was no action for Chuks Aneke this weekend as Crewe Alexandra’s match with Bournemouth was postponed due to adverse weather conditions, whilst Oxford United’s fixture with Fleetwood was also postponed, but Daniel Boateng would have been unlikely to feature anyway due to injury.
Denilson’s Sao Paulo are not in action again until January, whilst Nicklas Bendtner will be sidelined for at least two months due to injury.
England- Premier League- Ryo (Wigan)
Championship- Benik Afobe (Bolton), Emmanuel Frimpong (Charlton, Jan 1st)
League One- Chuks Aneke (Crewe), Craig Eastmond and Sanchez Watt (both Colchester, Dec 27th)
League Two- Daniel Boateng (Oxford, Jan 1st)
Scotland- Premier League- Philip Roberts (Inverness)
Spain- La Liga- Joel Campbell (Real Betis), Ju-Young Park (Celta Vigo)
Liga Adelante- Wellington (Ponferradina), Samuel Galindo (Lugo)
Italy- Serie A- Nicklas Bendtner (Juventus)
Brazil- Denilson (Sao Paulo)
* All loans until end of season unless stated