Robbie Brady started in an advanced wide position for Hull in the Tigers’ 3-0 win over relegation-threatened Bristol City. The Irishman grabbed an assist by crossing well to Robert Koren who headed in the home side’s second and was a continuous threat throughout with his in-swinging balls into the penalty area.
He had an opportunity to find the net himself but for his shot to be blocked by Liam Fontaine. Brady was also on free kick duty, as usual, and produced a good strike on goal which was tipped over by veteran ‘keeper David James.
Joshua King played the last 20 minutes of the game and managed to get a couple of shots off which were well saved by James. King was also involved in the Manchester Senior Cup game on Thursday against City to get him additional game-time.
Scott Wootton was heavily involved in Nottingham Forest’s 1-1 draw with Watford and looked very much like a young Gary Neville as he made advanced runs from the right full-back position to provide crosses and generally aid Forest’s attacks. He worked hard all afternoon even taking a shot which was saved by Scott Loach. His centres into the area were causing chaos amongst the Watford back line, especially when one of his balls in was cleared nervously by Joe Garner. Watford’s left-back Nyron Nosworthy couldn’t deal with the combination play of Wootton and Adlène Guedioura until Wootton was replaced by Andy Reid with three minutes to go.
Kiko Macheda was left out of the QPR squad that lost 3-2 at Blackburn. With Djibril Cisse serving a three-match ban it would be the ideal opportunity for the Italian to get a chance to prove his worth in QPR’s relegation fight. However, he wasn’t even in the 18-man squad and with no reports of an injury it appears he may have lost the trust of boss Mark Hughes.
Ryan Tunnicliffe was unable to lock horns with old teammate Ravel Morrison as the Championship game between Peterborough and West Ham was postponed because of a frozen pitch at London Road. No date has yet been confirmed for the rearranged fixture.
The fixtures are also piling up in Belgium as John Cofie had a second consecutive game called off due to the weather as FC Tienen’s pitch was not deemed playable.