Date: 7th February 2012 at 5:30pm
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Frederico Macheda

Can Kiko get a chance under Mark Hughes

Ryan Tunnicliffe was one of just two loan stars to get minutes on the pitch as the big freeze hit the Football League on the weekend.

The 18-year-old played the final 20 minutes of Peterborough’s 1-1 draw away to Burnley and his only real input into the match was a powerful drive late on to try and steal a winner after Burnley scored late to level the score.

Oliver Norwood replaced David Bell after 65 minutes to make his Coventry debut in the Sky Blues’ 3-2 loss to Ipswich. Norwood tried to make the most of his cameo and put in a number of good crosses into the Ipswich area from both wings, causing uncertainty amongst Ipswich’s back-line. Despite the deliveries not amounting to much, Coventry boss Andy Thorn would have been impressed with the impact Norwood made and his energetic display could well gain him a starting place next time out.

Kiko Macheda was not in the 18-man squad for QPR’s 2-1 loss to Wolves at the weekend. QPR boss Mark Hughes could have done with the Italian after new striker Djibril Cisse was sent off for lashing out at Wolves defender Roger Johnson after a rough tackle on the Frenchman. Macheda may benefit from Cisse’s suspension as he looks to reclaim a starting place in a competitive forward line.

A few of our loanees were affected by the snowfall as Scott Wootton’s Nottingham Forest side’s derby against Derby was postponed. He wasn’t the only one, as Robbie Brady and Joshua King also had the weekend off with Saturday’s Championship fixture between Hull and Portsmouth also being called off due to a frozen pitch. The big freeze didn’t just interrupt these shores though as Belgian side Royal Antwerp’s game against Tubize was postponed too which meant John Cofie was left twiddling his thumbs too.

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