Cofie wasn’t content with his one goal as he continued to press for a second; he came closest with a right-footed shot from close range which went wide of the right-hand post. In the League encounter against Bournemouth Cofie netted another and it was another screamer too. He beat a defender to find himself in space before powering a drive with his right foot from 25-yards into the back of the net to ensure his side a comfortable half-time lead of 3-1. Sheffield United eventually ran out 5-3 victors. He was substituted after 56 minutes as Blades boss Danny Wilson will want him fit for Saturday’s trip to Scunthorpe.
Fabio got three games under his belt in the past week putting in a much improved performance each time. QPR picked up their first point of the season in a 1-1 draw with Norwich and Fabio’s defensive display ensured his side didn’t concede a winner to the home side. The Brazilian made a number of clearances including one from a centre by Russell Martin and then Simeon Jackson. A League Cup outing followed in which Fabio showed his attacking prowess, starting a move which led to QPR’s second in a 3-0 win over Walsall. Fabio put in a pass to Kieron Dyer who then played a superb ball to Zamora, who found the net with a clever chip. It was Fabio’s first clean sheet at QPR and he’ll have to wait until after the international break for another as his side conceded against Manchester City in a 3-2 loss at Eastlands. Fabio and ex-red Ji Sung Park wore red in Manchester once again and the two of them linked up well on the left hand side. Both were subject to abuse from City fans with their every touched booed but Fabio was calm in possession and made a clearance off the line while the score was still 1-0. QPR were unable to add Michael Dawson and Ricardo Carvalho to their backline which would have brought Fabio’s game on but the consistent run of games will surely see him return to Old Trafford ready to challenge Patrice Evra for a starting berth.
Ben Amos kept his second clean sheets in the opening three matches as Hull drew 0-0 with Charlton. The most he had to deal with was an in-swinging corner taken by Dale Stephens from the left by-line which forced a brilliant save from Amos. He was called upon late on in the game when Johnnie Jackson took a shot which Amos dealt with comfortably. Amos didn’t have much luck in the cup as his team were sent packing after a 3-2 defeat to Doncaster. He could do nothing to stop David Syers’ superb strike as the former Bradford man sent a stunning 25-yarder past Amos after a long ball was headed into his path. The game ran away from Hull after Paul McKenna was sent off for violent conduct and Doncaster capitalised, scoring a late winner through Syers. Hull faced Bolton at the weekend and it was former Red Chris Eagles who gave Amos the most to deal with as he took a few shots which were well-saved. He was, however, beaten by Eagles who put the Trotters ahead with a deflected free-kick. Luckily, his side came back to win 3-1.
Reece Brown’s Coventry City surrendered a two-goal lead as Bury fought back to claim a draw at the Ricoh Arena. Brown played at left-back and was maurauding forward at every opportunity, putting in numerous crosses into the danger area but to no avail. He came closest to creating a goal when his centre was headed wide by Adam Barton from deep inside the penalty area. Coventry City boss Andy Thorn told BBC Coventry & Warwickshire:
“As well as we played in the first half we were equally as bad in the second. Defensively we were poor and there’s no getting away from that.
“At half-time we told the players what to expect and what they would do, and that’s exactly what they did, how we had to go about it and we didn’t do it.”
This was to be Thorn’s last game in charge of the Sky Blues as he was sacked the following day. His assistant Richard Shaw took over their next game against Crewe and they looked a deflated side losing 1-0 at the Alexandra Stadium. Brown was making his fifth appearance of the season for Coventry and was dragged out of position for Clayton’s goal and was later booked for unsporting behaviour as he grew frustrated with the how the game got away from his side.
As predicted in the last Loan Watch post, Sean McGinty got his first start for Oxford United against Leeds in the Capital One Cup. Centre-back McGinty was up against experienced forwards in Andy Gray and El-Hadj Diouf and was at fault for Leeds’ second as fellow rookie, full-back Byram, ran at McGinty before standing up a 10-yard chip that left goalkeeper Ryan Clarke backpedalling and grasping at the air. He was an unused substitute in both their league games against Plymouth and York.