An academy head-to-head…
It was another good week for George Miller, coming off the back of the victory over Oxford last week – in which he scored the equaliser – the 19-year-old found himself on the score sheet again.
Miller came off the bench for Bury to net an 83rd-minute equaliser against the Blackpool to ensure the Shakers didn’t go home empty handed. That’s now two in two for the striker since his return.
Connor Ripley made his fifth start sine joining the League One side in that very match, further cementing his position as Bury’s number one goalkeeper.
On the opposing side, Callum Cooke played the full 90 minutes for a struggling Blackpool side who now find themselves on a five game winless run.
Wing is flying at Yeovil…
Lewis Wing made his sixth start for Yeovil since joining the League Two side – and he scored his second goal for the Glovers against Grimbsy in midweek.
A starter from the off, Wing received the ball from Jordan Green and slotted home from close-range to kick off a comprehensive 3-0 win – that was his second goal in as many games.
In the following league game against Cambridge, Wing played the full 90 minutes as Yeovil picked up a valuable three points that moves them seven points away from the relegation places.
Huish Park were treated to another clean sheet in the 2-0 win, which gives Darren Way’s side back-to-back wins.
Wycombe on a roll…
A huge two wins for Nathan McGinley and Wycombe Wanders this week. They defeated league leaders Luton Town 3-2 before coming from 3-2 down to win 4-3 against Carlisle United on Saturday.
McGinley was left on the bench for the win over Luton, and was a 83rd sub in the visit of Carlisle. Both wins help the Chairboys move up to second in League Two.
Wow what a crazy game and what a win, absolutely buzzing!! @wwfcofficial
— Nathan McGinley (@mcginley_nathan) February 3, 2018
A few debuts made…
Ashley Fletcher went straight into Sunderland’s starting line up for their weekend fixture against Ipswich. The result? A defeat, of course.
But Fletcher gained a vital 90 minutes as he looks to get his season back on track after failing to impress at Boro since his summer move from West Ham.
Over in France, Martin Braithwaite had to wait a little bit longer for his debut, as Bordeaux boss Gus Poyet named him on the bench against Strasbourg.
The Dane was subbed on 68 minutes into the game and received a late booking in the 2-0 win, in which reported Boro target Younousse Sankhare scored the opener.
It was, or would have been, a meeting between past and present academy products as Stevenage faced Accrington Stanley on Saturday.
Former Boro youth player Callum Johnson, who left the club in January, started for the hosts – but for Joe Fryer, it was another game on the bench. He was benched for the previous game on Tuesday Swindon too.
Aynsley Pears made his second start for Darlington and kept a clean sheet in an impressive 3-0 win against Blyth Spartans.
Zulte Waregem face Oostende later today. Julien de Sart is expected to start as the Belgium side look to extend their unbeaten run to four games.
Winger Marcus Tavernier played just over 80 minutes for MK Dons in their 1-0 defeat to Walsall – their third successive loss in all competitions.
In Spain, Real Betis defeated Villarreal in La Liga on Saturday. Antonio Barragan played the full match and received a 79th minute booking.
- Fryer – left on the bench vs. Accrington Stanley and Swindon
- Cooke – Played 90 minutes vs. Bury
- de Sart – N/A
- McGinley – left on the bench vs. Luton, played 3 minutes vs. Carlsile
- Wing – Played 90 minutes and scored vs. Grimbsy, played 90 minutes vs. Cambridge
- Ripley – Played 90 minutes vs. Blackpool
- Miller – Played 33 minutes and scored vs. Blackpool
- Tavernier – Played 90 minutes vs. Walsall
- Pears – Played 90 minutes vs. Blyth Spartans
- Fletcher – Played 90 minutes vs. Ipswich
- Braithwaite – Played 22 minutes vs. Strasbourg