Date: 26th October 2011 at 5:50pm
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The United loanee has settled in well at Cardiff

Danny Drinkwater is our star performer this week as he shone for Barnsley despite their 5-3 loss at Cardiff. Kenny Miller opened the scoring for Cardiff on 10 minutes before substitute Joe Mason’s rebound made it 2-0.

Drinkwater pulled one back with a deflected free-kick only for Aron Gunnarsson to volley Cardiff two goals ahead once more. But that didn’t deter Drinkwater who started up-front for the Tykes as he started counter-attacks and chased dead causes all day.
Drinkwater, who spent last season on loan at Cardiff, also struck the bar with a free-kick shortly after the interval but his battling performance was no consolation for Barnsley as they dropped to 17th in the table.

Joshua King managed 15 minutes for M’gladbach in their 1-0 loss at the hands of Hoffenheim. The Norweigan forward was brought in to make a late impact for his side like a certain Norweigan we all now and love but Hoffebnheim’s defensive unit were difficult to break down and no real chances were created. King has recovered well from injury and may get more game time now M’gladbach have lost their amazing early-season form.

Ryan Tunnicliffe played the second half of Peterborough’s 2-3 loss at home to Leeds while Scott Wooton wasn’t involved for the Posh. Tunnicliffe couldn’t stamp his authority on the game as his side were a man down due to striker Lee Tomlin seeing red for a challenge on Andy Keogh. The midfielder tweeted before the game that he was excited to play against “Dirty Leeds” but he wouldn’t have enjoyed The Whites’ winner deep into injury time which left Fergie Jr raging. A Ferguson aggrieved about time added on? Well, I never.

Robbie Brady lasted 76 minutes as Hull secured a late win to take their winning run to four games. The Irishman lacked defensive nous as he allowed Mark Yates to cross for Iwelumo’s goal but he could breathe a sigh of relief when Robert Koren struck in injury time to continue the Tigers’ great form. Should they win their game in hand, Nigel Pearson’ side could go up to third.

Ritchie De Laet was an unused substitute for Norwich against Liverpool in their shock 1-1 draw at Anfield. With the Canaries sitting pretty in eighth place, manager Paul Lambert may not want to tinker with his winning (and drawing) formula so De Laet will have to be patient to get another chance in the first team.

Last week’s stand-out performer Sam Johnstone was unable to continue his great run in the Scunthorpe team as the 18-year-old goalkeeper suffered a dislocated finger in training. Johnstone was signed as cover for first-choice keeper Josh Lillis who is out with knee ligament damage and may have to fight for the number one jersey as Sam Slocombe kept a clean sheet during their 0-0 draw with MK Dons. Oliver Norwood was The Iron’s best player and almost broke trhe deadlock with a looping free-kick but David Martin managed to get finger-tips to deny the midfielder. The Englishman had another effort at goal but put it wide.


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