Robbie Brady was one of very few livewires in Hull’s dire 0-0 draw with Birmingham. The Irishman was his usual lively self and sent in a number of crosses all afternoon with one of these forcing a fantastic save by Boaz Myhill. He remained a threat until he was replaced by Cameron Stewart after 63 minutes. Joshua King was an unused substitute.
Scott Wootton started for Nottingham Forest in their trip to Middlesbrough but was at fault for the home side’s opener as he allowed Marvin Emnes the room to cut in from the left and slot home on the stroke of half time. Boro scored again straight after the interval which meant Wootton was the casualty as he was substituted for midfielder Andy Reid as Forest continued to chase the game. However, it wasn’t all bad as Wootton played the first half of Forest’s first home win since November over fellow loanne Oliver Norwood’s Coventry City. Wootton had a tough time of it in this half and committed a number of fouls on Gary McSheffery which may be why the defender didn’t make it out of the dressing room after half-time.
Norwood hardly got a kick in the game as Forest bossed the game and left no real mark on the game. This could be due to fatigue as Norwood had also played the full 90 just four days before against managerless Leeds United. He gave a much better account of himself here as he was calm in possession and strong in the tackle. He also had a few direct shots on goal from free kicks while The Sky Blues nicked a late winner through a Gary McSheffery penalty.
It was an unhappy Valentine’s Day for Ryan Tunnicliffe who was on the bench in Peterborough’s 3-1 loss at Cardiff and it didn’t get much better for the 18-year-old as he only managed a 10-minute run-out in Posh’s 3-0 home win against Bristol City whereby he did manage to test goalkeeper David James with a powerful shot. However, due to the lack of game time, Tunnicliffe will return to the Reserve’s fold for Tuesday’s game at Wigan to get some minutes under his belt.
Kiko Macheda had the weekend off as QPR weren’t involved in FA Cup action so he will hope to impress R’s boss Mark Hughes in training this week ahead of Saturday’s West London derby against Fulham.
John Cofie’s Royal Antwerp were back in action against SV Roeselare and ran out 2-1 winners thanks to two goals from new striker Freddy Mombongo. Cofie played the first hour of the game and linked up well with his new strike partner before being substituted as Antwerp looked to stick to their advantage.
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