In our round-up of loan highlights over the past seven days, there is a maiden Premier League goal, plus Champions League and FA Cup success…
There was a big moment for Conor Gallagher this weekend when he scored his first Premier League goal and it proved to be the winner for his loan club West Bromwich Albion.
The only goal of the match at home to Sheffield United came when the 20-year-old midfielder fired in a cleared corner from the edge of the box in the 13th minute. An open game in which their opponents also had plenty of chances gave West Brom their first win of the season and lifted them out of the relegation zone, while the Blades still look for theirs and are bottom. Ethan Ampadu was missing for them due to injury.
Afterwards, West Brom boss Slaven Bilic spoke about comparisons between Gallager and the Croatian’s former team-mate at West Ham, Frank Lampard.
‘It isn’t going to help the boy to have so much praise and I’m not a big fan of that but you can’t help but notice it,’ Bilic said. ‘He ticks those boxes. He plays in the same position, he has everything, and it’s not a little bit of everything, it’s a lot of everything.’
Another headline result came midweek in the Champions League. Malang Sarr returned to the south of France with Porto and enjoyed a good night, keeping a clean sheet and winning 2-0. It keeps the Portuguese side in second place in their group, three points behind Man City, and extends a rotten run of form in the competition for a Marseille side managed by former Blues boss Andre Villas-Boas. They set a new Champions League record of 13 straight defeats.
Sarr and Porto followed up their win in UEFA competition with a domestic victory on Saturday. It was another clean sheet for the defender as they beat Santa Clara away 1-0. They are third in the Primeira Liga table. Elsewhere in Portugal, Lucas Piazon played the first half of Rio Ave’s 2-0 defeat by Gil Vicente.
In the Netherlands, Armando Broja’s good form continues. He scored the second of Vitesse’s two late goals in a 2-0 win over Fortuna Sittard, meeting a free-kick and the far post and volleying in. It is the striker’s fourth goal in his last six appearances and the result leaves Vitesse second in the Eredivisie table, two points behind Ajax.
Also among the goals was Lewis Baker. He scored the only one of the game for Eddie Newton’s Trabzonspor side at the weekend, netting one of his speciality free-kicks on the stroke of half-time against Ankaragucu. It was the midfielder’s first goal for the Turkish club who are 12th in the table after back-to-back wins
Back in the Premier League
Last Monday night, Michy Batshuayi was in the Crystal Palace side that despite plenty of the play at Turf Moor, allowed Burnley their first three points of the season. Palace were without Wilfried Zaha due to positive Covid test, and it was Batshuayi who had a chance to equalise the only goal of the game after a big defensive mistake, but he could not beat Nick Pope.
He was a substitute when Palace were in action in the Premier League again as soon as Friday, and entered the action at home to Newcastle in the 82nd minute with the game scoreless. Newcastle won the game with goals in the 88th and 90th minutes.
Victor Moses and Spartak Moscow are third in the Russian League, level on points with the two teams above them, after a 2-0 home win over Rotor Volgograd.
In Belgium, Matt Miazga helped Vincent Kompany’s Anderlecht side keep a clean sheet in a 0-0 draw with Standard Liege, but there was a match to forget for Ike Ugbo and his Cercle Bruges team-mates who were defeated 5-1 at home by Genk.
In France, Trevoh Chalobah played in midfield in struggling Lorient’s 1-0 home defeat by in-form Montpellier.
Cukaricki, fourth in the Serbian top flight, won 3-0 at home to Napredak with Danilo Pantic in their midfield.
The English lower divisions
In midweek in the Championship, Jake Clarke-Salter played 75 minutes of Birmingham’s 1-1 draw away at Luton but there was defeat for Jamal Blackman and Rotherham at QPR, our goalie conceding three first-half goals in a 3-2 defeat, two of them in three added-time minutes including one from the penalty spot.
On Saturday, Izzy Brown came on for the final five minutes of Sheffield Wednesday’s 0-0 draw at home to Stoke. Wednesday, who have had their points deduction halved to six on appeal, are one point above bottom club Derby.
The following day, Marc Guehi was in the Swansea side that kept a clean sheet and won 1-0 away against a Nottingham Forest side now managed by Chris Hughton. That victory moves the Welsh side up to fourth in the Championship table, two points off the top.
In League One in midweek, Accrington Stanley were 1-0 winners at home to Crewe with Jon Russell playing the first half.
Ian Maatsen was in the Charlton side that lost heavily away at strugglers Burton Albion midweek. They went down 4-2 on Tuesday but recovered to win 2-0 at Ipswich on Saturday and move up to third in League One. The Chelsea defender played the whole of that game too.
Also playing away from home, Bristol Rovers came back from Wigan with a point from a 0-0 draw. Luke McCormick played 66 minutes. The midfielder made an ambitious attempt to break the deadlock from distance early in the second half but shot a yard over. That was followed by victory in the FA Cup second round this weekend, when Rovers beat non-league Darlington 6-0, with McCormick providing an assist for the second goal.
Goalkeeper reaches FA Cup third round
Jamie Cumming was an FA Cup hero for Stevenage on Sunday when the League Two side beat League One Hull City on penalties after the match had finished 1-1. Having made saves in normal time, the Chelsea goalkeeper then made two good stops in the shoot-out which ended 6-5.
He was also on the winning side in League Two earlier in the week when Stevenage recorded a 2-1 home win over Port Vale. The three points moved his side out of the relegation zone.
In the National League South, Ethan Wady was in goal for Dartford’s 2-1 away win at Hungerford Town.