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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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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.


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.


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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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.


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.


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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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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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.



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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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.


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.


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.

Scottish Premiership

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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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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