Date: 21st September 2011 at 2:40pm
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Ryan Tunnicliffe

Posh are reaping the rewards of the 'Fergie' connection

Our only Premier League loan star Ritchie paid for his costly mistake against West Brom last week by finding himself on the bench for the trip to Bolton.

┬áThe Trotters were torn apart last week by United and Paul Lambert’s side had no problem kicking them while they were still down as the promoted side ran out 2-1 winners, securing their first win of the season and the East Anglian club’s first away win in the top flight in 17 years.
The Canaries’ first-half pressure paid off when Anthony Pilkington prodded home from close range on 37 minutes, followed five minutes later by a classy header from Bradley Johnson. Bolton were down to 10 when Ivan Klasnic saw red for headbutting full-back Marc Tierney. Martin Petrov’s penalty reduced the deficit but Norwich held on. It was the fifth conceded by the side in as many games – a Premier League record – and deftly converted by Petrov after second-half substitute David Ngog was barged in the back by Leon Barnett.

In the Championship, Ryan Tunnicliffe followed up last week’s Man of The Match performance with a starting berth as Peterborough hosted Burnley. The 18-year-old was on the winning side as Emile Sinclair scored his first two goals for Peterborough to beat Burnley in a pulsating game. He opened the scoring from the edge of the area within three minutes when he collected Lee Tomlin’s pass to find the bottom corner. Sinclair then added a second when David Edgar lost the ball and he fired past substitute keeper Lee Grant. Keith Treacy pulled one back with a 25-yard piledriver but Burnley could not find a leveller.

Their final ball let them down again and again and when they did find a way through, Posh keeper Paul was in inspired form. He made a quartet of impressive saves in quick succession from Charlie Austin, Jay Rodriguez, Chris McCann and Edgar as winger Ross Wallace shone for the visitors. Scott Wooton was on the bench for Peterborough and came on for the last five minutes to hold onto a valuable three points for Darren Ferguson’s side.

Danny Drinkwater was another loan starter as Barnsley hosted Watford. Barnsley are still searching for their first home win of the season after being held by Watford at Oakwell. David Perkins’ drive from the edge of the box hit the post inside 60 seconds for the Tykes while skipper Jacob Butterfield fired over from close in. But it was Watford who took the lead before half-time, Marvin Sordell tapping in after Adrian Mariappa’s long ball was headed on by Mark Yeates. But Barnsley levelled when Andy Gray (not that one) nodded in Jim O’Brien’s centre.

Robbie Brady started for Hull in their home game against Portsmouth. Robert Koren’s superb goal earned Hull City victory against a Portsmouth side who had Luke Varney sent off. Koren scored with a stunning long-range effort after just 11 minutes to give Hull a deserved win. Pompey’s hopes of turning things around suffered a major blow in the 78th minute when Varney was dismissed for a foul on ex-Red James Chester. Hull held firm to earn a third-straight 1-0 victory and climb to eighth place. Other United graduates in Joe Dudgeon and Corry Evans were also on the bench for the Tigers.

Down in League One, and Sam Johnstone started for Scunthorpe in their 1-1 draw with Walsall. Jimmy Ryan salvaged a point for Scunthorpe in the final minute of stoppage time at Walsall. Richard Taundry’s free-kick was headed in by Adam Chambers to give the Saddlers the lead. Garry Thompson equalised from close range for the Iron before Will Grigg edged the hosts back in front with a superb back-post volley. The visitors were not be denied though and Ryan’s low strike from Mark Duffy’s pass got them the point they deserved.

Our kid Joshua King is having no luck in Germany as he is struggling to break into Borussia Monchengladbach’s first team due to their great start to the season. M’gladbach climbed to third in the Bundesliga standings with a narrow victory at rock-bottom Hamburg. Igor de Camargo headed home the game’s only goal in the 66th minute to send Lucien Favre’s side level on 13 points with Werder Bremen at the summit while Bayern Munich held onto top spot by beating United’s League Semi-Final opponents, Schalke.

The result was a fourth win in six games this term for Monchengladbach, who only avoided relegation last season courtesy of their play-off victory over Bochum, while for HSV it was a fifth defeat.

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