There were some significant victories and some goals for our players out on loan in the past week…
Kurt Zouma was part of the Everton defence that kept a clean sheet and helped the Toffees beat Arsenal 1-0 at Goodison Park. It was Everton's third successive win and they have also kept five clean sheets in the last six matches, although Zouma was ineligible for one of those, the game against Chelsea.
Michy Batshuayi started both of Crystal Palace’s games in the past week as they recovered from a 2-0 loss at Tottenham Hotspur, in the opening first-team match at Spurs’ new stadium, to beat Newcastle United 1-0 and all but secure their Premier League status for another season. Palace are 11 points clear of the drop zone.
Kenedy came on as a second-half substitute when Newcastle lost 2-0 to Arsenal last Monday.
Reece James and Kasey Palmer got their names on the score sheet for opposing sides when Wigan Athletic and Bristol City drew 2-2 in the Championship on Saturday. James (pictured top) opened the scoring with powerful shot into the top corner from 25 yards out for Wigan, before the Robins fought back and took the lead themselves through substitute Palmer, only for an injury-time equaliser to leave matters all square. Tomas Kalas and Jay Dasilva were both also involved, starting that match and Bristol’s 1-0 win at Middlesbrough last Tuesday.
Tammy Abraham and Michael Hector also went head-to-head and it was the striker who ended the day happier. It looked like the spoils would be shared as the match at Hillsborough entered stoppage time tied at 1-1, but Aston Villa scored twice in the added minutes to win 3-1. Abraham got the third in the 94th minute to ensure Sheffield Wednesday would be the Birmingham side’s latest victims in what is now a six-match unbeaten run.
Todd Kane and Hull City kept their play-off chances alive with a 3-1 win over a Reading side including Matt Miazga and Lewis Baker, despite the latter giving the Royals the lead with a powerful effort from outside the box after 16 minutes.
Fikayo Tomori set up the third of Derby County’s goals as they three times took the lead, only to end up drawing 3-3 despite Mason Mount coming close to giving them the extra goal when he hit the woodwork.
Trevoh Chalobah came off the bench for Ipswich Town as they earned a 2-1 win at fellow relegation battlers Bolton Wanderers.
Busy week overseas
Alvaro Morata helped Atletico Madrid hold on to second place in La Liga with a 2-0 win over Girona on Tuesday, but they slipped further behind leaders Barcelona with a 2-0 defeat at Camp Nou.
Mario Pasalic came on as a half-time substitute when Atalanta won 4-1 at home against Bologna in Serie A, before at the weekend taking on Inter away in what was a contest between third and fourth places. Pasalic and his side failed to close the gap as they drew 0-0. Tiemoue Bakayoko started AC Milan’s midweek 1-1 draw with Udinese and their 2-1 loss at Juventus. Lucas Piazon came off the bench in Chievo Verona’s 4-0 defeat at Sassuolo.
In Serbia, Danilo Pantic helped Partizan Belgrade move into third place, leapfrogging Cukaricki by beating them 3-2.
It was a high-scoring week for Kylian Hazard and Cercle Bruges in Belgium. They drew 3-3 with Zulte Waregem before beating Mouscron 3-2.
In the Netherlands, Jake Clarke-Salter played the whole match for Vitesse Arnhem as they recovered from going in at half-time two goals down to draw 2-2 with AZ Alkmaar. He followed that up by playing in a home 3-3 draw with second-place PSV on Sunday.
Fankaty Dabo helped Sparta Rotterdam to a 2-0 win over MVV, but they needed an injury-time equaliser to salvage a 1-1 draw with Den Bosch.
Baba Rahman suffered a 4-0 defeat in Ligue 1 with Reims, away at Strasbourg midweek. On Sunday they drew 1-1 with second-place Lille.
The lower divisions
Bradley Collins and Burton Albion recorded their third win in a row by beating League One’s second-placed side Barnsley 3-1. Dujon Sterling, who spoke to this website at the weekend, was part of the Coventry City side that drew 0-0 at home to Bristol Rovers. Coventry are ninth in the table, eight points off the play-off places.
Nathan Baxter was in the Yeovil Town side which earned a much-needed point at Swindon Town with an injury-time equaliser to make it 1-1. Jacob Maddox came off the bench in Cheltenham Town’s 1-1 draw with Exeter City.