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Originally posted by Hotlips_Hoolahan Hotlips_Hoolahan wrote:

Originally posted by Mr Brick Mr Brick wrote:

Good service, YTM. Thanks for it. 

If it wasn't for you, boring old scorers like Hogan would barely get a mention. But the earth will tremor when Parrott finally scores. And did you notice, the walking tattoo got, as one poster informed us, an "assist to an assist" somewhere in Italy? 

I was too young to remember Italia 90 but I imagine it'll be like that on the streets of small town Ireland when Parrott scores a Championship goal. People hanging out of cars waving Preston flags, people hanging off lampposts, people singing and such.

It will be nothing compared to the scenes in Mr. Bricks head when Connolly nets his first for Venezia!
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30/8/22

Scottish League Cup

Liam Scales 8

Scales loves having a go at playing a killer ball forward, and that was the same once again, but the highlights came in defence as he swatted almost every threat clear.

Aberdeen need to tie him down permanently because it's becoming evident that he is the make-or-break man in defence.

Jonny Hayes 8

Bagging the assist for Besuijen's second, Hayes was the difference maker in this Aberdeen side after coming on for the second-half.

A true monster for Annan to deal with and a real leader on the park as he brought the experience that was needed to see out the result.

31/8/22

Premier League

Nathan Collins 8

Collins was very impressive in the heart of Wolves' back-line and his partnership with Kilman is going from strength to strength. The Irishman mopped up at the back and played out with class and precision.

Championship

Greg Cunningham 8

Saw a fizzed shot saved in the first half from distance and played a big part in the defensive effort. Rarely put a foot wrong one-versus-one and looked assured in the main.

Robbie Brady 8

Brilliant set piece delivery throughout and whipped in some wonderful crosses. Ran his socks off for the cause and showed his quality and experience in the closing stages. Switched to the right and did a job for the team after Fernandez replaced Potts.

Troy Parrott 7

Constantly on the move in the final third and showed his ability to naturally drive forward with the ball again. Carried a threat but lacked the killer instinct on one or two occasions. His trickery led to the goal and he was brought down by the goalkeeper in the first half. Mature display again up top for the team.

Alan Browne 6

Had to get used to pace of game off the bench but battled away in there and helped see the win over the line. Linked play together in the final third in the build up for the goal.

Jack Bonham 6

Continued chance to stake his claim to be number one. Decent save low down from Piroe in second half.

Will Smallbone 8 

Helped to change the game with a couple of clever crosses, including for the equaliser.

Mark Sykes 8

Played with excellent intensity throughout, tenacious in the tackle and a constant threat behind Josh Ruffels. Provided a number of threatening crosses into the Terriers box.

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Jamie McGrath 6

His corner led to the first goal but was pretty quiet in general play.


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2/9/22

Championship

Dara O'Shea 4

Part of the high line which got Albion into trouble with Tella and allowed Rodriguez to open the scoring. Missed a sitter when teed up by Yokuslu and got away with what looked like a strong hand-ball shout.

Jayson Molumby 6

Gives his all in each game, of that there is no doubt. Heeded the call of the Brummie Road to shoot when on the edge of the box, but they'll wish they'd never bothered.

Josh Cullen 5

Wasn't able to offer enough protection with Clarets second best in midfield but kept at it.

3/9/22

Premier League 

Nathan Collins 7.5

Collins was a little bit lax in possession on a couple of occasions, but there can be no doubting his defensive qualities. We must remember that Collins hasn’t long turned 21 and is still learning the game, even if the early signs suggest Wolves have a potential star on their hands.

Gavin Bazunu 5

Not his best game in a Southampton shirt. Didn't look comfortable dealing with Sasa Kalajdzic and stayed on his line for most corners and free-kicks in the first half.

Championship

Mark Sykes 8

Another performance to show why he is keeping Kane Wilson on the bench. Worked so hard out on the right. Dropped deeper in the second half but another excellent showing.

Callum Robinson 5 

Looked bright when he first came on after the break and was a willing runner, but couldn't make that telling impact.

Andrew Omobamidele 8

Greg Cunningham 5

Napping for the goal and Birmingham caused problems down that side in the first half. Was more on the ball and front foot in the second half, winning his 50-50s and playing the ball forwards.

Robbie Brady 5

Put another big shift in for the team and the responsibility to find the answer, again, seemed to always be on him. North End kept getting it to him wide, but his crossing was hot and cold and the Irishman sometimes took too long in possession. Saw a second half shot saved from the edge of the box. Questionable for the goal too.

Alan Browne 5

Played Riis through on goal early on but struggled to get himself into the rest of the half. Upped his energy at the start of the second half and won the ball back well a few times, but then drifted in and out of play. Replaced on 73 minutes.

Troy Parrott 5

Threatened again in the final third but lacked the conviction and confidence when the chances came along. No clear-cut, glaring opportunities, but you wanted him to do more in the final third. Worked hard once again; his display didn't lack any graft.

Scott Hogan 7

Played his part in the goal, making the run and feeding Graham to cross the ball. He continued in that vein, working hard off the ball. Subbed late on having put in a real shift for his team.

Ryan Manning 8

Against his former club, the Irishman made some important interceptions and linked up nicely with Jamie Paterson on the left. Did well in his battle with former Swan Ethan Laird.

Armstrong Oko-Flex 6 

Making his debut for the club, the West Ham loanee work tirelessly and helped Swansea to see out the game away from their own goal.

Jimmy Dunne 6

Adjudged to have hand-balled a Ryan Manning cross to concede a penalty, which was saved by Dieng. With Rangers dominant in the second half he had little to do defensively but did look more confident bringing the ball out than in previous games.

League 1

Marcus Harness 8

Looked the most-likely of the starting attackers to make something happen during the 90 minutes, with his hard work, clever touches and drive an important element of the Ipswich performance. He freed Kayden Jackson well to fire in a shot which should have hit the net. He was overshadowed by Chaplin in the end, but this was a very good display from the Ipswich attacker. 

Trevor Clarke 6

Unlucky to see his volley denied by Ripley.

Paudie O'Connor 3

Really poor first half. Lacked physicality, made lazy passes and committed some silly fouls. Second half wasn't much better and picked up a yellow card to top it off.

Sean Roughan 4

Some good moments of defending but overall, poor set-piece taking and passing was off the mark.

Jason Knight 7 (Star Man)

Looked to have provided the game's turning point in the first half when he made an incredible goalline block to deny Joe Edwards only for Plymouth to hit back strongly. The best Derby player.

Eiran Cashin 4

Had a brilliant opening 45 minutes but was forced onto the back foot in the second half as Plymouth assumed control of the game and it was his mistake that led to the winner. 

Conor Hourihane 4

There were a couple of glorious passes in the first half that showcased what the Republic of Ireland international is about, but couldn't influence the game. 

David McGoldrick 7

Has the ability to remain calm and composed in the most frenetic of situations. The pass which allowed James Collins to score his first goal for the club was perfect.

James Collins 6

Took his goal brilliantly and, as expected, Pride Park erupted when he netted his first goal of the season. Looked a bit weary in the second half and was replaced.

Mipo Odubeko 7

Tested keeper Luke Southwood with a viciously swerving effort from the edge of the area before beating the keeper with a fine header. Impressive league debut for the on-loan West Ham striker.

Joe Rafferty 8

Oozes quality at right-back and uses the ball so well. Rock solid and brings such composure, with a knack of balling testing balls into the box.

Sean Raggett 8

Another towering display, epitomised by throwing himself on the ball and blocking it during one stoppage-time scramble in Pompey’s box. Over his injury concerns and as good as ever.

Ronan Curtis 8

Went close with great early shot and almost scored with header from close range in really good first half. Bit quieter after the break but can be pleased with showing.

Jack Taylor 8

The central midfielder continues to look strong and classy at this level. A couple of late strikes at goal were disappointingly wayward though.

Mark McGuinness 5

Probably the pick of the bunch in defence. Did his job with a minimum of fuss. Came off just after the hour mark as Wednesday threw caution to the wind.

Conor McCarthy 7

Linked well with Aitchison and could be pleased with his efforts. 

Luca Connell 8

Impressive in the middle. Copped a first-half booking. Set up second goal. 


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4/9/22

Championship

Jack Bonham 4

Diabolical mistake for opening goal changed whole match. Brave to dive at Ince’s feet in second half.

Will Smallbone 5

Drifted in and out of the game. Shifted from right of midfield three to number 10 but chances were limited in final third. 

Jeff Hendrick 8

Ran his socks off in the middle of the park. Clever at finding spaces to make himself available for passes and pressed the Stoke players hard.

Shane Long 7

Back in the starting 11 for the first time in three matches. Missed a glorious opportunity towards the end of the first half when he guided the ball over the bar when it looked easier to score.

CJ Hamilton 6 

Provided a direct outball but could've made better decisions when he had the ball.

Sean McLoughlin 5 

A big moment for McLoughlin having not played much recently, and will have been pleased to get a few minutes, at least.

John Egan 7

Had the Championship's leading scorer to contend with and other than the chance from Norwood's mistake Estupinan didn't see much of goal. Egan then used his experience well to apply pressure on Longman when he had a chance in the second half and did enough to force him to fire wide.
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13/9/22

Championship

Will Smallbone 7

Played a useful role in the final third with some clever passes and he should have been on scoresheet early in second half.

Callum O'Dowda 7

An absolute terror out wide in the first half, but just appeared to run out of steam a little in the second half. Fitness perhaps not quite there yet. Took his goal nicely. 

Callum Robinson 7

Absolutely superb on the edge of the box with his back to goal. Can't argue with two assists. Constantly looked like he wanted the ball at every possible opportunity. Looked a little isolated after the break, mind.

Ryan Manning 7

The Irishman was a real bundle of energy on the left flank and impressed both defensively and in attack. Good shift.

John Egan 7

In a defence that looked unsure at times, Egan was the one constant in the middle. Appeared to win every header, got in some crucial blocks and defended well.

Greg Cunningham 6

Gave it his all up against dangerous and powerful forward players. Did okay. Couldn't really utilise his technical ability to help PNE play out from the back.

Robbie Brady 6

Started quite brightly but struggled defensively on a few occasions with the pace of Benson. His quality of delivery led to the goal and had a couple of forays down the left, but spent most of his hour defending.

Troy Parrott 4

Kept running up there but just couldn't get into the game. His poorest outing so far but the service to him and Riis was pretty much non-existent.

Alan Browne 6

Had a volley from distance saved and a header from Evans' cross after attacking the box. Impacted the game a little bit.

Josh Cullen 7

Started most Burnley attacks and found space at will.

League 1

Mipo Odubeko 5.5

Had two decent chances before the break but fired too close to the keeper with the first and sent the second just wide of the far post.

Sean Raggett 8

Won absolutely everything in the air and an absolute rock. Another magnificent season brewing from the outstanding defender.

Ronan Curtis 8

Couldn’t buy a foul first half as Burton targeted him, but showed maturity to carry on and produce another good display.

Marcus Harness 7

Always available when Town were purring during the early stages, as balls were popped into his feet in open space, allowing him to turn and drive at goal. Showed his ability in tight situations as he played a clever one-two with skipper Morsy for the opening goal and was part of the move which led to Ipswich’s second. Replaced with 20 minutes remaining.

Trevor Clarke 6

Played on the left of midfield but found himself as an extra full-back in the opening quarter with Ipswich dominant, but he became more effective as the half wore on and went close to equalising in first-half stoppage time, but he was denied by Christian Walton's fingertips. Delivered a dangerous cross in the direction of Saunders that led to a chance for Hoole on the follow-up before the Irishman was substituted.

Glenn Whelan 6

The game was beyond Rovers when Whelan was brought on for Evans with Saturday in mind.

Jason Knight 3

Diamond proved too quick for him inside the box. Debate will rage over the penalty, but Derby put themselves in that position because of a careless pass in midfield. Had a volley saved by Carl Rushworth.

Eiran Cashin 3

Like Davies, didn't really enjoy being pressed and Lincoln smelled blood when the centre-backs had it. Made a fine tackle to deny Diamond in the first half. 

Conor Hourihane 4

Had a shot saved by Carl Rushworth and the midfielder had one or two moments when he showed his quality, but Derby have to find a way to get him on the ball more. 

James Collins 3

Had a goal disallowed for offside which he took really well but never had a sniff after that. Had desire to win possession but that did lead to some needless free-kicks. Needs to be smarter in that respect.

David McGoldrick 3 

Struggled to get up to the speed of the game.

Warren O'Hora 7

Stepped in at the right times, made some good interceptions and read play well.

Dawson Devoy 4.5

Was always an available option, but wasn't forceful enough. Gave away the penalty somewhat needlessly, and couldn't spark anything meaningful thereafter.

Josh Kayode 5.5

Suffered the same fate as Dennis and Grigg really - didn't see enough of the ball to be able to make much difference.

Darragh Burns 5.5

Took a couple of heavy hits in his short time on the field, again, with no reward or joy.

Kieran Sadlier 6

Played in the final third after coming on. Saw goal chalked off for offside.

Mark McGuinness 7

Another steady performance from McGuinness. Marked the dangerous Stockdale out of the game. Won the majority of his aerial duels. Booked.

Jack Taylor 5

A huge disappointment. Given so much time and space on the ball, particularly in the first half, and yet passed poorly and shot wildly.

Finn Azaz 7 

Almost opened the scoring in the first half when he got on the end of a corner from Adam Randell which had clearly been worked upon on the training ground but his drive was beaten away by the Oxford 'keeper.

Jordan Shipley 6

As always, battled and tried to get on the ball at every opportunity - but tired before coming off. Caused a few issues for Exeter and is forming a decent partnership with Bayliss in midfield.

14/9/22

Championship

Jimmy Dunne 8

A game that the big Irishman revels in. Dominated in the air, as Milwall struggled to build anything of note, and was a delighted figure at the final whistle after helping his side to first clean sheet.

Andrew Omobamidele 7

Mark Sykes 8

Took a while for him to grow into the game but was excellent overall. Was busy in and out of possession and was a constant threat down the right side.

Chiedozie Ogbene 9 (Star Man)

Searing burst of pace announced himself. Soon after, he scored a deft touch with his head to notch his fifth goal of a handsome season. Irrepressible. 

Georgie Kelly 7

First Championship goal.

Jeff Hendrick 3

Did very little to impact the game. A player of his experience needed to give the team a lot more defensive cover and attacking threat.

Dara O'Shea 4

Nutmegged by Bacuna as Hogan hit the front early doors. Struggled to cope with the mobility of Hogan and the physicality of Deeney for most of the evening.

Jayson Molumby 7

His kind of atmosphere. Tenacity in abundance, but it didn't spill over and he channelled his energy. Delivered a superb through ball, balanced perfectly, for Wallace's equaliser.

Scott Hogan 10 (Star Man)

Not normally a word you'd associate with Hogan - but he was clinical. But the goals were just the icing on a cake laced with energy and commitment. His best performance in a Blues shirt and played like an international striker.

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16/9/22

Premier League

Gavin Bazunu - 5

Didn't have much to do early on in the first half though was called into action more as the game wore on. Pulled off some good saves at close range but was beaten when Jacob Ramsey fired home from inside the box after a corner.

More worryingly will be the Irishman's distribution though, which was poor for much of the game at Villa Park.

17/9/22

Premier League

Nathan Collins 3

Collins actually defended reasonably well in the opening exchanges and positioned himself well to clear a couple of City crosses. But the awfully timed challenge on Grealish which led to his needless red card cannot be excused.

Championship

Ryan Manning 9 (Star Man)

Made a mockery of his Ireland snub with another impressive display. Defensively sound and caused plenty of problems in attack, playing a key role in some big Swansea chances. Got the goal to put the Swans ahead as part of what was a brilliant display.

Cyrus Christie 5 

The bright spot for him was the warm reception he got from his former fans.

Scott Hogan 7.5

The one outfield player who looked as bright as he did the other night, making runs, winning duels and using the ball well. No service in front of goal in the first 45 though. His one opening after the break came from a Bacuna cross. Got it on target but well saved. He goes on international duty in good form.

Josh Cullen 6

Mops up well and made a vital block in the closing stages.

Mark Sykes 6

Similar to Dasilva, found it tough in the opening stages against Tella but gave Vyner better protection later in the first half. Almost assisted Wells with a cross from deep.

Callum O'Dowda 6

Was a reasonable threat all afternoon. Moved to wingback after Nkounkou's withdrawal, which actually made Cardiff look better defensively.

Callum Robinson 6

A really, really poor penalty miss, but recovered quite well. Was the focal point in attack for much of the afternoon, although he seldom looked like scoring. Looked desperate to get on the ball and rectify his earlier miss, and that in itself deserves credit.

Danny McNamara 6

On for Honeyman after 78 minutes. Put in a curling cross that Styles couldn’t quite get enough on.

CJ Hamilton 6

Limited chance to make an impression.

Andrew Omobamidele 5

Dara O'Shea 7

Mightily inventive way of getting his second goal of the season, pitching up at the back post with not a yellow shirt in sight. Talked through the game with partner Conor Townsend, and occasionally received a telling off from Bruce for the odd poor decision when in possession.

Jayson Molumby 7

Found Furlong on the run with one superb angled ball over the top of the Norwich defence. Ball carrying in the second half was very impressive. Another very sound shift from Albion's unsung hero this season.

Alan Browne 6

Put himself about and looked right up for it in the opening exchanges. Sent crosses into the box and got himself into final third while tracking back too. Drifted out of the game after the first goal, but saw a powerful shot well saved by Foderingham in the closing stages.

Troy Parrott 5

Busy in attack again and dropped in to try and link things up. Set up a chance for Whiteman in the first half, but didn't look overly dangerous in the final third - one deflected shot aside. A little bit confidence shot in front of goal, it seems.

Robbie Brady 5

Came on with 20 minutes to go but couldn't impact the game in the final third.

Sean Maguire 5

Played a few passes in the final third and had a shout for a penalty turned down.

John Egan 8

Strong in the middle of the back three. Had a lot to deal with but dealt with it well. Won his headers, produced a couple of blocks and deflected an effort that was heading for the target wide. Only mark against his name was when Johnson sold him a clean pair of heels and he had no choice but to pull him back and take the booking.

Will Smallbone 7

A couple of bright moments with neat control of the ball to create opportunities. Restricted more so after the break. 

Jeff Hendrick 6

A better first half than in the loss to Sunderland, with calm passing and defending on display. Unfortunately though he wasted Reading’s first great chance of the match, slicing Yiadom’s dangerous cutback over from less than five yards.

Stepped up defensively in the second half when Reading held strong to win the three points, and made several clearances.

League 1

Kieran Sadlier - 5.5

Went to left wing-back after coming on. Booked before full-time.

Jack Taylor 6.5

Competed well, but Posh lost their grip on midfield towards the end of the first half and never regained it. Taken off late on.

Glenn Whelan 3

Asked to do a job at centre-back by his manager and he endured a really difficult start, with Jack Diamond speeding away from him before crossing for the opener, and then he was adjudged to have fouled Ben House for the penalty that made it 2-0. Whelen thought he was hard done by and it will be interesting to see the footage. As the game wore on, Rovers' defensive structure collapsed and although Whelan made a couple of interventions to prevent further damage, this afternoon went from bad to worse for the Gas. Not a specialist in the position, of course, but a really difficult afternoon.

Trevor Clarke 6

Offered good width on the left and delivered one or two crosses that led to chances. He could have done more with his opportunities to create. But he was a bright spark.

Eiran Cashin 7

Made a brilliant challenge on Mehmeti just before half-time and the back four dealt with the Wycombe attack well given Wildsmith was rarely troubled. Went close with a long-range effort Played a key role for the second goal.

Conor Hourihane 8 (Star Man)

Had that composure on the ball in the final third when he had the chance and his skills are so much better suited to the attacking third than a defensive position. His two goals were a masterclass in finishing.

Jason Knight 7

Was moved from right-back into a more advanced role in midfield. Showed one or two neat touches and was busy. Tried to lead the press on occasions.

David McGoldrick 7

Led the line up front and was denied by Stryjek in the second half. Almost caught out the goalkeeper with a lob in the first half, but it was tipped over the bar. Possesses such a good brain.

James Collins 6

Put himself about as soon as he entered the fray. Dropped into some good positions.

Sean Raggett 7

Denied a goal at one end by a handball and then the linesman, only to score own goal at the other. Solid game, though.

Ronan Curtis 6

Couldn't get involved in the game as Pompey suddenly found themselves behind.

Marcus Harness 6

On for Chaplin and saw the ball in some good areas but, notably, couldn’t latch onto a Freddie Ladapo flick-on on the edge of the Wednesday box. Gave away a few niggly fouls as he helped Ipswich try and see the game out.

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Liam Scales 4

Scales had a brilliant game up until the end of the first-half, but he has been done harshly by the referee for the penalty. It was a tough day at the office for the Irishman, but the two yellow cards hurt the side as a gaping hole was left in the defence when he went off.

Jonny Hayes 7

Hayes started brightly in the attack during the first-half but was then pushed deep by the Hibs attack when they gained the man advantage. He ecame a part of the collective group that struggled during the second-half but was on hand on occasions to push the attack on.

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17/9/22

Championship

Jimmy Dunne 6

Not the most convincing in the first half against a physical Stoke side and struggled with the movement of the wily Dwight Gayle. Better after the restart and should have scored what would have been the winner but he headed an Ilias Chair cross straight at Bursik despite being unmarked in the box.

Chiedozie Ogbene 6

Not at his stellar best, but Boro were still wary.

League 1

Finn Azaz 6 

His goal celebrations were cut short in the 31st minute after he was denied by an offside flag when he tucked away Joe Edwards's cross shot. Other than that, he was not too involved in Argyle's attacking play.

Warren O'Hora 7

Solid at the back, but let his eye off Joseph on a few occasions, allowing the striker too many sights of goal.

Dawson Devoy 7

Showed a lot of endeavour and determination in the centre of the park. Still getting to grips with the pace and force of the game but put in a tenacious performance.

Conor Grant 7

A lot of his work was done off-the-ball, pulling away and making runs to create space for others. Got stuck in when he needed too as well.

Josh Kayode 6

Was used as a runner more than anything with balls played over the top for him to chase with little gain.

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30/9/22

Championship

Cyrus Christie 6

Curled one over the bar with 20 minutes go and helped lift a flat performance early on.

1/9/22

Premier League

Seamus Coleman 7

Recalled for his first Premier League outing of the season due to Nathan Patterson’s injury on Scotland duty, the evergreen captain got straight back to work like he’d never been away, marauding up the flank and defending resolutely.

Gavin Bazunu 6

Got down well to stop a cross from Demarai Gray midway through the first half that Conor Coady threatened to get on the end of. Held onto a shot from Gray well soon after that was straight at him but hit with power.

Needs to command his box better from set-pieces as shown by Conor Coady's goal but did well to stop Gray from making it 3-1 from a one-vs-one chance later on.

Matt Doherty 5

Tried to get Spurs going down the right but it was a tough ask with the numerical disadvantage. 

Championship 

Sam Szmodics 6

Came back into the matchday squad and will be happy to have found himself back on the pitch.

Andrew Omobamidele 6

Mark Sykes 6

Full of running and looked a threat down the right hand side.

Jimmy Dunne 7

Can feel somewhat hard done by to be dropped, but was called upon to close out the victory for the final 25 minutes after Clarke-Salter limped off, and did a good job.

Callum O'Dowda 6

A typically assured performance from the winger. He always looks capable of producing something when in possession and was more than helpful at the other end of the pitch.

Callum Robinson 7 (Star Man)

Had a number of chances early on but just couldn't find the net. Atoned for that, though, when he scored in the final minute to earn his side the point. Ran everywhere from minute one.

Josh Cullen 5

Started slowly and didn't have the influence we know he can.

Jeff Hendrick 8.5

Probably his best performance so far in a Reading shirt. Played a key role in the second role and almost got on the scoresheet late on when he fired narrowly wide from about 25 yards out.

Chiedozie Ogbene 6

James McClean denied him what looked a goal, other than that he ran the channels enthusiastically but to little effect.

John Egan 6

Solid at the back, won plenty of headers and was in the right position to clear from Graham in the first half with Hogan ready to pounce.

Scott Hogan 6.5

Put in what is now a typically industrious display, almost barged his way clean through on the half hour but the angle to cross for Deeney never opened up. Had a chance from Deeney's knockdown just after the break but couldn't apply a finish. All round a good effort though.

Greg Cunningham 6

Swept up and used the ball pretty well but Roberts caused him some problems on a handful of occasions.

Alan Browne 6

Put in a shift up and down the right flank and did combine well with midfielders on occasions. Wanted to get forward and ask questions - just lacked the killer final cross or pass.

Robbie Brady 6

Central. Good quality on the ball. Crossing. Tempo.

Troy Parrott 5

Came on and linked play up but couldn't provide the goal PNE were searching for.

Dara O'Shea 5

Might've scored very early - even before Swansea's opener - but his header was straight at Benda. Committed as ever but he's been at the heart of a defence which has conceded six goals in the last two Hawthorns outings.

Ryan Manning 8

the Irishman started very well and was pivotal to his side's best attacking play. Got the assist for his fellow wing-back's opener from a corner too. Good game management at the end.

Michael Obafemi 7

What an impact. So composed to rifle home the winner. 

League 1

Eiran Cashin 8

Composed and diligent defensively in the first half and the young centre-back continues to grow in stature with every game he plays. 

Jason Knight 7

Restored to the heart of midfield where his legs and energy make him a perfect fit for what Warne wants from this team moving forwards. Looked very sharp.

Conor Hourihane 7

Set-piece quality was decent and he had a shot saved by Dimi Mitov in the first half. Getting him into advanced positions on to that left foot adds so much to the Derby attack.

James Collins 9 (Star Man)

A brilliant performance from the striker who was here, there and everywhere. Was rewarded with his second and third goals of the season. The first was a lovely finish too, the second clinical. Outstanding from start to finish. 

Marcus Harness 7

The attacker produced the calmest of finishes to give his side the lead against his old club, as he slotted home Chaplin’s through-ball. Battled away throughout his time on the pitch, keeping it well at times and losing it at others before being replaced.

Sean Raggett 8

The pick of the defence and an absolute colossus throughout, while also used the ball well on the ground including nice bit of skill in second half.

Ronan Curtis 7
 
Good introduction from the bench with energy and pressing and won the second penalty with his persistence.

Jack Taylor 8.5 (Star Man)

Oozed class throughout the game. The dominant player on the pitch. Took control of midfield with his positioning, his movement, his forward runs, his ball-winning and his passing.

Mipo Odubeko 6

Back from international duty and used up front with Harrison as Vale tried to get back into the game.


Finally, the local paper/website in Wigan doesn't usually do game by game player ratings, so there are never any to post for Keane and McClean, but they have this week done a report card for each player for the season so far. Here's what they said for the Irish lads.

JAMES McCLEAN: B - Mostly played out of position at left-back, curtailing his attacking instincts, but let no-one down, and near the top of the divisional tackling stats.

ANTHONY SCULLY: N/A - Made his debut off the bench against Reading, still very much an unknown quantity.

WILL KEANE: B - Last year's Golden Boot winner has undoubtedly found it tougher this time, but three goals already - which could have been more - underlines his importance and output.

(In terms of context, they didn't give out any A's at all.)

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Originally posted by John Nice John Nice wrote:

Jazzy Jeff ripping it up for high flying Reading! Smile

Paul Ince has historically been good for Irish players. Remember when he brought Keith Andrews with him from League Two to the Premiership when he was appointed Blackburn manager?!

Can you imagine something like that happening nowadays when we're lucky to have three players starting on a PL match day? 

What a sliding doors moment that is BTW. We could've had a completely different midfield partnership under Trapattoni only for that huge show of faith. 

Begs the question: who would've been Whelan's partner if Andrews stayed with MK Dons when they were promoted to League One? 
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1/10/22

League 1

Warren O'Hora 5

An unusually off-colour afternoon for the skipper on the day, struggling to keep tabs on any of the Peterborough front line.

Conor Grant 5

Had little to work with all afternoon but not for want of trying. Nothing worked out for him.

Dawson Devoy 5

Could do little to stem the tide of Peterborough attacks as they flowed forward with ease.

Josh Kayode 5

Still yet to really show what he can do in a Dons shirt. Balls were aimed near him, never to him.

Finn Azaz 6 

Tried to make things happen for Argyle going forward when they did get the ball on the ground but it did not come off for him too often. Still, he played his part for 70 minutes in the Pilgrims negating the strengths of Wycombe before being substituted.

Scottish Premiership

Jonny Hayes 7

Decent outing for Hayes who is enjoying life with Coulson on the left-hand side of the pitch. Found himself in a brief tussle before being subbed, but was excellent in assisting Stewart for his first Reds goal.

2/10/22

Championship

Will Smallbone 5 

Some ambitious shots but couldn’t feed the strikers.

4/10/22

Championship

Mark Sykes 6

Perhaps fortunate to keep his place and improved on Saturday's performance. Wasted a couple of good crosses but a lot more assured from a defensive perspective. Could have offered more going forward.

John Egan 5

Caught out of position in the first half after bringing the ball out from the back and had to take a booking when QPR broke. That meant he was unable to challenge Chair moments later when he skipped past him on his way to goal. Not strong enough moments later when Chair again got in behind but Berge came to the rescue.

Jimmy Dunne 9

A Herculean performance from the big Irishman. Completely vindicated Mick Beale’s decision to start him ahead of the fit-again Jake Clarke-Salter and Rob Dickie as he dominated in the air and defended superbly to help close out a fine victory for his side.

Callum O'Dowda 8

Another really positive outing for the winger. Defensively so sound and so trustworthy with the ball going forward. Was key to City's drive upfield.

Callum Robinson 8

Like a whippet running about that forward line and comfortably looked City's biggest scoring threat. A number of first-half chances were squandered though.

Sammie Szmodics 4

A rare start for Sammie. He struggled to have an impact, but not for a lack of trying. Was withdrawn for Bradley Dack around the midway point of the second half.

Jeff Hendrick 9

Terrific, hard-working display by the Irishman who scored his first goal for the club in brilliant fashion. Almost got on the scoresheet in the first half too when he skimmed the post with a fantastic half volley.

Andrew Omobamidele 6

League 1

Kieran Sadlier 3

Lost the ball to set up the Cheltenham goal but can't take all the blame with no one offering an option.

Marcus Harness 7

Had a quiet start to the match, but really began to impose himself as the first half wore on, especially and became more influential as the game continued.

Finn Azaz 7 

Had the assist for Ryan Hardie's third minute opening goal with an excellent long pass for the striker to race onto and apply a clinical finish. Azaz also set up Hardie for a shot later in the first half which he blazed over the bar.

5/10/22

Champions League

James McCarthy 3

Was reportedly one Celtic were open to let leave on deadline day but a lack of midfield options saw him thrust in here late on.

Championship

Josh Cullen 6

Came close with driven effort just before half time and always neat and tidy on the ball.

Will Smallbone 6

Threw himself into a couple of challenges and tried to set Stoke breaks when possible. 

Cyrus Christie 7

Looked a bit lost at times in an attacking midfield role early on but was always keen to stretch play and run his socks off and saw more involvement second half. Gave the side a different dimension on the flank and Wigan something different to think about. 

Scott Hogan 5.5

Escaped with an excellent run and pass from Bielik on the quarter hour before being fouled. He had two chances to level though, one when he was clean through and another from Graham's centre - and wasted both. After being so clinical at West Brom, he was wasteful tonight.

Chiedozie Ogbene 5

Did not rule the roost as he has done in several home games this season. No lack of effort, just not his night.

Ryan Manning 8

Not his most accurate showing in possession in the first-half, although the Irishman was always a threat in attacking positions and pressed so well in the first-half. Great pass for Joel Piroe late on but got the assist he deserved for Cabango.

Michael Obafemi 7

On his first start for the Swans in more than a month, Obafemi pressed from the front and thought he had equalised in the first-half, only to be denied by the offside flag. Didn't really get any chances other than that but worked tirelessly, winning possession in good areas over and over again.

Greg Cunningham 6

Plenty of commitment and heart in his display but loose at times win possession and a little ropey with some of his defending. Saw the points home though and clean sheet too. Bust a gut to get his team up the pitch in the closing stages.

Alan Browne 5

Combined with Brady well early on and was positive with his passing down right. A little sluggish with some of his decision making and Diangana did cause him real problems.

Robbie Brady 6

Started the game well and created a couple of opportunities with his creativity and quality of delivery. Managed 75 minutes and gave it his all in a central role once again. Can be better on the ball.

Sean Maguire 7

Saw a header saved early on which he will have been disappointed not to convert, but he started the move for the goal a few minutes later. Sent a shot wide from 20 yards and linked PNE's play together well, like always. His first start of the season and 75 minutes in the tank.

Dara O'Shea 4

There was some dreadful defending on show in the opening ten minutes from Albion and O'Shea sadly was right at the heart of it, as McCann and Maguire both had attempts on Palmer's goal before Riis escaped him and Townsend to score.

Jayson Molumby 4

Particularly slow start and was turned too easily by McCann in the build up to Riis' goal. Conceded possession when miscontrolling the ball on the touch-line in the first half, but he did tee up a Grant half chance early on.


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Is that really necessary for McCarthy? If he's not on the pitch long enough to be rated, just mark him N/A. 3 FFS. 
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Originally posted by You Tell Me You Tell Me wrote:

1/10/22

League 1

Warren O'Hora 5

An unusually off-colour afternoon for the skipper on the day, struggling to keep tabs on any of the Peterborough front line.

Conor Grant 5

Had little to work with all afternoon but not for want of trying. Nothing worked out for him.

Dawson Devoy 5

Could do little to stem the tide of Peterborough attacks as they flowed forward with ease.

Josh Kayode 5

Still yet to really show what he can do in a Dons shirt. Balls were aimed near him, never to him.

Finn Azaz 6 

Tried to make things happen for Argyle going forward when they did get the ball on the ground but it did not come off for him too often. Still, he played his part for 70 minutes in the Pilgrims negating the strengths of Wycombe before being substituted.

Scottish Premiership

Jonny Hayes 7

Decent outing for Hayes who is enjoying life with Coulson on the left-hand side of the pitch. Found himself in a brief tussle before being subbed, but was excellent in assisting Stewart for his first Reds goal.

2/10/22

Championship

Will Smallbone 5 

Some ambitious shots but couldn’t feed the strikers.

4/10/22

Championship

Mark Sykes 6

Perhaps fortunate to keep his place and improved on Saturday's performance. Wasted a couple of good crosses but a lot more assured from a defensive perspective. Could have offered more going forward.

John Egan 5

Caught out of position in the first half after bringing the ball out from the back and had to take a booking when QPR broke. That meant he was unable to challenge Chair moments later when he skipped past him on his way to goal. Not strong enough moments later when Chair again got in behind but Berge came to the rescue.

Jimmy Dunne 9

A Herculean performance from the big Irishman. Completely vindicated Mick Beale’s decision to start him ahead of the fit-again Jake Clarke-Salter and Rob Dickie as he dominated in the air and defended superbly to help close out a fine victory for his side.

Callum O'Dowda 8

Another really positive outing for the winger. Defensively so sound and so trustworthy with the ball going forward. Was key to City's drive upfield.

Callum Robinson 8

Like a whippet running about that forward line and comfortably looked City's biggest scoring threat. A number of first-half chances were squandered though.

Sammie Szmodics 4

A rare start for Sammie. He struggled to have an impact, but not for a lack of trying. Was withdrawn for Bradley Dack around the midway point of the second half.

Jeff Hendrick 9

Terrific, hard-working display by the Irishman who scored his first goal for the club in brilliant fashion. Almost got on the scoresheet in the first half too when he skimmed the post with a fantastic half volley.

Andrew Omobamidele 6

League 1

Kieran Sadlier 3

Lost the ball to set up the Cheltenham goal but can't take all the blame with no one offering an option.

Marcus Harness 7

Had a quiet start to the match, but really began to impose himself as the first half wore on, especially and became more influential as the game continued.

Finn Azaz 7 

Had the assist for Ryan Hardie's third minute opening goal with an excellent long pass for the striker to race onto and apply a clinical finish. Azaz also set up Hardie for a shot later in the first half which he blazed over the bar.

5/10/22

Champions League

James McCarthy 3

Was reportedly one Celtic were open to let leave on deadline day but a lack of midfield options saw him thrust in here late on.

Championship

Josh Cullen 6

Came close with driven effort just before half time and always neat and tidy on the ball.

Will Smallbone 6

Threw himself into a couple of challenges and tried to set Stoke breaks when possible. 

Cyrus Christie 7

Looked a bit lost at times in an attacking midfield role early on but was always keen to stretch play and run his socks off and saw more involvement second half. Gave the side a different dimension on the flank and Wigan something different to think about. 

Scott Hogan 5.5

Escaped with an excellent run and pass from Bielik on the quarter hour before being fouled. He had two chances to level though, one when he was clean through and another from Graham's centre - and wasted both. After being so clinical at West Brom, he was wasteful tonight.

Chiedozie Ogbene 5

Did not rule the roost as he has done in several home games this season. No lack of effort, just not his night.

Ryan Manning 8

Not his most accurate showing in possession in the first-half, although the Irishman was always a threat in attacking positions and pressed so well in the first-half. Great pass for Joel Piroe late on but got the assist he deserved for Cabango.

Michael Obafemi 7

On his first start for the Swans in more than a month, Obafemi pressed from the front and thought he had equalised in the first-half, only to be denied by the offside flag. Didn't really get any chances other than that but worked tirelessly, winning possession in good areas over and over again.

Greg Cunningham 6

Plenty of commitment and heart in his display but loose at times win possession and a little ropey with some of his defending. Saw the points home though and clean sheet too. Bust a gut to get his team up the pitch in the closing stages.

Alan Browne 5

Combined with Brady well early on and was positive with his passing down right. A little sluggish with some of his decision making and Diangana did cause him real problems.

Robbie Brady 6

Started the game well and created a couple of opportunities with his creativity and quality of delivery. Managed 75 minutes and gave it his all in a central role once again. Can be better on the ball.

Sean Maguire 7

Saw a header saved early on which he will have been disappointed not to convert, but he started the move for the goal a few minutes later. Sent a shot wide from 20 yards and linked PNE's play together well, like always. His first start of the season and 75 minutes in the tank.

Dara O'Shea 4

There was some dreadful defending on show in the opening ten minutes from Albion and O'Shea sadly was right at the heart of it, as McCann and Maguire both had attempts on Palmer's goal before Riis escaped him and Townsend to score.

Jayson Molumby 4

Particularly slow start and was turned too easily by McCann in the build up to Riis' goal. Conceded possession when miscontrolling the ball on the touch-line in the first half, but he did tee up a Grant half chance early on.


I' ve asked before, but would you kindly list each player's respective team? 

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A reasonable request Sherminator, but did you have to quote the post to ask it? 

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7/10/22

Championship

Jimmy Dunne - QPR 8

Another strong display. Dovetailed well with Clarke-Salter to deal with Reading’s direct approach and needed to be alert during the opening 20 minutes of the second half when the visitors were on top.

Jeff Hendrick - Reading 7

Unable to repeat his midweek heroics, sadly. Gave the midfield some presence and energy without making any impact on the game.

8/10/22

Premier League

Joe Hodge - Wolves 6

A very comfortable Premier League debut in difficult circumstances for Hodge. He has jumped up the pecking order with a solid performance.

Gavin Bazunu - Southampton 5

Immediately called into action to deny Riyad Mahrez from close range. Could do little to stop the opening goal going in. Made a good stop to deny Phil Foden but was then chipped by the England international moments later for City's second. Pulled off an excellent stop to deny Erling Haaland midway through the second half as the striker tried to knock it round him. His hunt for a first clean sheet in Saints colours continues.

Matt Doherty - Tottenham 7

Rusty to begin with but plenty of good movement down the right and he bounced an early volley over from Sessegnon's cross. An important 90 minutes in his legs and he made a huge tackle to stop Trossard shooting from eight yards for what likely would have been a goal. He got a big hug from Dier after the challenge. 

Championship

Scott Hogan - Birmingham 7

Looked as lively as ever, particularly sharp on the press and put Chong through with a well-weighted pass. Again the ball didn't find him in the box but that wasn't his fault he was in the right place nearly all of the time.

Mark Sykes - Bristol City 5

Form is starting to become a worry. Did manage to get some space out on the right but couldn't find the right delivery. Caught out positionally and came off at half-time.

Sam Szmodics - Blackburn 7

Didn't see much of the ball in the first half but was far more involved after the break. Could have scored with a header but put that disappointment behind him to set up Brereton Diaz's goal. Eventually got his own with a cool finish.

Chiedozie Ogbene - Rotherham 7

CJ Hamilton - Blackpool 6

Direct running caused issues at times.

Josh Cullen - Burnley 8

Lovely scooped pass for Tella opener and seemed to always have time on the ball, a strong showing.

Danny McNamara - Millwall 7

Did well defensively but just like Wallace on the left, his attacking output left a little bit to be desired. A back four should suit him but he can contribute more in the final third.

Darragh Lenihan - Middlesbrough 6

Solid defensively without being spectacular. Some clever balls out of the defence.

Andrew Omobamidele - Norwich 5

Greg Cunningham - Preston 7

Another big shift from him and he did a solid job back there. Tidy on the ball and linked up well with Fernandez and also Whiteman, to help PNE play out from the back.

Alan Browne - Preston 7

Battled on after Byram's horror challenge and played the full game. Carried a threat down the right, was involved in the first goal and was aggressive in his play down the right side.

Robbie Brady - Preston 8

Positive in his passing from the first minute and provided a terrific assist for Riis' first goal. His experience and calmness helped the team no doubt and it was gutting to see him forced off in the second half.

Sean Maguire - Preston 7

Solid first half display before being replaced at the break - surely as a precaution. Picked up clever pockets of space, made smart movement across the Norwich defenders and worked well with Riis, and the wing-backs, once again.

Troy Parrott - Preston 7

Replaced Maguire, who was playing well, but helped maintain PNE's threat and level of performance. Tested Krul with a volley and his strike led to the winning goal. Gutting hamstring injury when celebrating.

Will Smallbone - Stoke 7

Some neat play helped set up the first goal and a couple of other clever passes.

John Egan - Sheffield United 4

Beaten far too easily for Jagielka's goal. Outjumped by the former Blades' defender and didn't get off the ground. Had been down with an injury moments before then and was in real discomfort, hard to know if he was caught flat-footed or if he was struggling to jump, but either way the fact he didn't get off the ground allowed Jagielka to get his header in. Third goal came with both Egan and Basham cut apart and Delap had acres of space.

Ryan Manning - Swansea 8 

The Irishman was a constant menace on the left wing and played a huge part in Swansea's opener. Good delivery in the build-up to Darling's goal too. In the form of his life right now.

Michael Obafemi - Swansea 6 

Couldn't get on the ball as often as he'd have liked. Did his defensive duties well though.

Callum O'Dowda - Cardiff 8

A bit more of a defensive display at the start but then grew into it more as the game went on. Fantastic cross for Ojo's goal. A great player to have.

Callum Robinson - Cardiff 8

Displayed his quality again with a tremendous finish and set Harris up for his big chance. A blow when he came off before the break.

Dara O'Shea - West Brom 7

Saw an early free header from a corner go just wide. Kept Adebayo in check one-on-one and took the sting out of a potentially dangerous-looking effort in the second half which was tipped behind for a corner. That standout at the back beside his two more experienced teammates.

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Eiran Cashin - Derby 6

Was unfortunate to lose out in the tackle that led to Vale's second goal which could have been avoided if Derby had just cleared their lines.

Conor Hourihane - Derby 5

Joined the attack when he could and had a header saved in the second half as Derby hunted a second goal before the game got completely turned on its head. 

Jason Knight - Derby 5

Produced one cross that almost led to a goal for Lewis Dobbin and there was plenty of effort. Should have cleared his lines in the build-up to Vale's second goal.

James Collins - Derby 5

His third goal in two games and it was a hell of a finish too. Never easy striking a cross first-time, but technique was there for all to see. Was sent off in the second half. Got sucked in by Nathan Smith and paid for it. Shame because he was excellent until that point.

Paudie O’Connor - Lincoln 6

The Irishman was strong and committed in his challenges – solid game.

Sean Roughan - Lincoln 5

He was caught out a few times down the left of the Imps’ defence.

Danny Mandroiu - Lincoln 6

In his first start of the season, Mandroiu showed glimpses of the player he could be, however he is still a raw talent.

Richard Keogh - Ipswich 7

Making his full league debut for Town, Keogh was vocal in his organisation and was strong in defence. Reads the game so well as you would expect from such an experienced campaigner and was a key player in Town's second half revival.

Jack Taylor - Peterborough 8 (Star Man)

Looked the most impressive of the midfield. Showed his class at both ends of the pitch, stopping a couple of counters in the first half and also driving the side forward. Played a brilliant through ball that led to the goal.

Finn Azaz - Plymouth 6 

Replaced Morgan Whittaker in one of the 'number 10 roles' in the 66th minute and played his part in Argyle's strong finish to the game.

Sean Raggett - Portsmouth 8

Gobbled up everything in the air without fail and also provided some good moments in distribution.

Ronan Curtis - Portsmouth 6

Tried to inject a bit of energy and urgency, yet made little impact.

Jordan Shipley - Shrewsbury 7

Good afternoon’s work for Shipley, got an important goal to double Town’s lead and put in a couple of good crosses which looked really threatening.

Warren O'Hora - MK Dons 5.5

Looked off-colour in the first-half as Dons defence looked frail. Recovered in the second period.

Dawson Devoy - MK Dons 4

Looked as though he was growing into the game in the second-half but his red card cost Dons the chance to get back into it.

Darragh Burns - MK Dons 5

By no means the worst player on the pitch, but was sacrificed at the break to change the system. Gave Dons a threat going forward.

Conor Grant - MK Dons 5.5

Pitched in with a few set-pieces to no avail.

Scottish Premiership

Liam Scales - Aberdeen 6

As a whole, the team struggled defensively in dealing with the likes of Watt. It wasn't a bad showing when shunted out to the left-back area, but not one to remember for the Celtic loanee.

Jonny Hayes - Aberdeen 6

Made a stellar run to try and tee up Miovski for a goal, but after the ending of the first 45 was unable to bring any significant influence into the game.

Jamie McGrath - Dundee United 9 (Star Man)

Arguably the Irishman’s best game for Dundee United so far. McGrath was everywhere in the first half and caused the Aberdeen backline countless problems. He continued to beaver away in the second half and topped off his evening, bagging his first goal for the club from the spot.

James McCarthy - Celtic 5

An often lamented figure was a huge factor in this match in just eight minutes. His unseen run and tackle played in Bernabei for Giakoumakis' cross. There's a player there yet.

9/10/22

Premier League

Seamus Coleman - Everton 6

Had his work cut out trying to shackle Marcus Rashford and found himself going backwards rather than forwards much more than at St Mary’s but this was still a determined Goodison Park return for the captain on a tough night.

Championship

Cyrus Christie - Hull 5

Found it difficult to get into the first half and the second was at right-back after the change. Not an afternoon he'll remember too fondly. 


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11/10/22

Championship 

Sam Szmodics (Blackburn) 4

Played down the centre of the three-man attack and was totally dominated by the three centre-backs. His touch let him down as the half went on. Little surprise that he was hooked at the break. 

12/10/22

Championship

Max O'Leary (Bristol City) 7

Alert to the danger in the first half when he came off his line to snuff out Maguire's chance. Brilliant save just after City's opener to deny Riis' effort with a strong right hand. Had no chance with the equaliser.

Mark Sykes (Bristol City) 7

Got into some really good crossing positions but his final ball let him down in the first half - that was until he played a pinpoint delivery for Atkinson to grab his first assist of the season.

Preston seemed happy to allow him to bomb forward and wasn't really troubled defensively. Justified keeping his place in the team.

Greg Cunningham (Preston) 6

Committed in his defending and no glaring errors over the piece, but will be frustrated by both goals. Helped Fernandez out in the early exchanges. Another 90 minutes in the tank.

Robbie Brady (Preston) 6

Started at right wing-back and then moved centrally. Had more of an impact in the middle and showed some nice touches after a slow start. His cross led to the goal. A bit erratic in some of his tackling.

Sean Maguire (Preston) 5

Inches away from latching on to a first-half through ball and sent an ambitious volley over, but fairly quiet other than that. Needed him to get hold of the ball a little bit more and provide the focal point he is capable of. Taken off at the same time as Johnson.

Alan Browne (Preston) 5

Came on at right wing-back but didn't get many touches. Lost Atkinson for the winner.

15/10/22

Premier League

Matt Doherty (Tottenham) 8

Could have pushed on more in the first half and did so in the second half, having the shot that Pickford spilled before bringing down Kane for the penalty. Much improved as the game wore on with plenty of runs forward, winning free-kicks and earning yellow cards for Everton players. Was involved in most things Spurs did well in the second half. Came off to a big hug from Conte and everyone on the Spurs bench.

Seamus Coleman (Everton) 6

The now 34-year-old Everton captain was up against it, operating on a flank where he faced both Heung-Min Son and Ivan Perisic and while he dealt with their dual threat manfully, he made way shortly after Kane’s penalty as the visitors chased the game.

Championship

Jimmy Dunne (QPR) 5

Had his hands full against the physical Carlton Morris and the Luton pressing game and should have done a lot better to stop the cross for Luton’s opener. Sustained a worrying-looking injury when he collided heavily with Dieng for Luton’s killer second goal which appeared to go in off his back.

Georgie Kelly (Rotherham) 8

What an introduction.

Max O'Leary (Bristol City) 6

Showed nice composure to come out his area to deal with a dangerous diagonal. Made a superb stop before the goal but had little chance with the rebound. Having re-watched the second, felt sympathy for his role having come off his line and was impacted by a marauding Tomas Kalas. A great penalty save at the end.

Mark Sykes (Bristol City) 6

Most notable contribution in the first half came when he cleared a goalbound header off the line. Almost assisted Semenyo in the opening couple of minutes.

Josh Cullen (Burnley) 8

Ticks the game over in the middle and set up fourth with a lovely pass. Stamped on by Piroe for striker's red card.

Michael Obafemi (Swansea) 4

Remarkably isolated throughout and was limited to pressing from the front, such was the lack of service to him.

Callum O'Dowda (Cardiff) 6

Plenty of energy, but little in the way of end product. Had a couple of sloppy moments, particularly defensively. Was inches away from giving his side the lead.

Callum Robinson (Cardiff) 6

Didn't show many signs of rustiness following his recent knock, but this was nevertheless a frustrating afternoon. Had the ball in the net. Not given. Thought he'd won a penalty. Not given. Should have scored late on. Fired over. Movement was brilliant at times, though.

Sam Szmodics (Blackburn) 6

Dropped into the midfield to help out and worked hard defensively.

Alan Browne (Preston) 6

Started the game well and put in a pretty solid first half, with his energy and aggression at the right level. Showed some sharp touches but drifted in the second half and made way after 70 minutes.

Robbie Brady (Preston) 5

Buzzed around in midfield and tried things, but a bit erratic in some of his play and couldn't provide that creative touch.

Sean Maguire (Preston) 5 

Received the ball and looked after it a few times, but quiet on the whole and didn't really cause Stoke any problems.

Will Smallbone (Stoke) 8

Well-timed run into area to crack home first senior goal of his career.

Jeff Hendrick (Reading) 5

Costly mistake for Albion's second goal as his slip was pounced upon by Gardner-Hickman who went on to blast the ball home. Nearly grabbed a consolation shortly afterwards but stabbed his shot wide.

Dara O'Shea (West Brom) 8

Acquitted himself really well. Adopted his no nonsense approach which is usual and dominated compatriot Jeff Hendrick. A really good outing.

John Egan (Sheffield United) 5

Unfortunate to gift the third goal to Kenny Dougall after trying to intercept Charlie Patino's through ball.

League 1

Eiran Cashin (Derby) 7

Had a header in the first half that he should have at least hit the target with, but other than that defended with his usual composure and aggression. Excellent.

Jason Knight (Derby) 7

Plenty of energy in the middle of the pitch and got through a lot of work as Derby enjoyed the bulk of the possession particularly in the first half. 

David McGoldrick (Derby) 6

Good to see him back and showed one or two neat touches.

Kieran Sadlier (Bolton) 5.5

Given chance in number 10 role. The odd spark in position.

Mark McGuinness (Sheffield Weds) 6

On for Smith on 68 minutes, prompting a system change and the same one they went with later on in the Cheltenham win; to a 3-5-2.

Comfortable in possession and shored things up.

Marcus Harness (Ipswich) 6

The best of Ipswich’s attacking trio, behind Freddie Ladapo, Harness was able to get himself in some good positions to turn and then drive towards the box. He won a couple of free-kicks in dangerous positions and linked well on the edge of the box. His big chance of the afternoon saw him fire over in the second half. 

Paudie O'Connor (Lincoln) 8

Like his fellow defenders, O’Connor helped in delivering a simply outstanding display of grit and determination to hold Ipswich off.

Sean Roughan (Lincoln) 8

Roughan was fantastic, particularly in the first half. The left-back shackled Burns extremely well and provided an outlet down the flank.

Daniel Mandroiu (Lincoln) 7

Played well on the wing and linked up a couple of attacks. Found it hard to make an impact in the second half with Ipswich dominating much of the possession.

Mipo Odubeko (Port Vale) 6.5

Smart finish to get the Vale back into the game 12 minutes from time. 


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