R’s boss, Mark Hughes told the club’s official site: “Fabio has pulled his hamstring and will be out for a number of weeks, which is a blow for us.” Fabio’s side did manage to keep their first league clean sheet of the season with new goalkeeper Julio Cesar between the sticks and the Brazilian will be hoping his replacement Nedum Onuoha will be keeping his spot warm for him as the defender put in a solid display at right-back whilst Portuguese Bosingwa moved to left-back.
John Cofie started for Sheffield United in a tense 1-1 draw with Bury. The 19-year-old was largely uninvolved apart from a headed effort from deep inside the area which went wide. Blades boss Danny Wilson gave the young striker ten minutes to up his game after the interval but was eventually hooked and replaced by the experienced Richard Cresswell as the home side searched for a winner. Cofie was on the bench for Doncaster Rovers’ visit to Bramall Lane and only got on for the last three minutes of normal time as his side looked to open the scoring. It was too little, too late though and the game ended 0-0 with Cofie barely breaking sweat.
Ben Amos had very little to do apart from collect a few crosses in Hull’s 4-1 thrashing of Millwall at the KC Stadium. He didn’t manage to stop one though, as Millwall eventually scored through a Darius Henderson header which gave the visitors a consolation goal. It was a different story at Elland Road where Hull produced an impressive comeback to beat Leeds United at Elland Road for the first time since 1987. The hosts pulled no punches in the early stages and went for the kill immediately and Amos’ first involvement was to pick the ball out of his net after Luciano Becchio scored a penalty after just seven minutes. It could have been a lot worse for Hull as El-Hadji Diouf was in inspired form on the right-hand side and put in a number of crosses for Becchio whose shot was well saved by Amos. This was immediately followed by a drilled left-footed shot by Rodolph Austin which Amos was equal to. Diouf’s crosses were causing problems for the Hull defence and Amos did well to cut most of them out but it eventually worked for Leeds as Becchio headed in a second in injury time. It made for a nervy final moments and Amos was booked for time wasting.
Sean McGinty has returned to United after his loan spell at Oxford was terminated. The left-back joined on a six-month agreement in August, but struggled to settle. The 19-year-old was unable to earn a regular place in the side, making just two appearances, one as a late substitute, in cup competitions.
Reece Brown was an unused substitute in Coventry’s 2-0 loss at Tranmere on Saturday and found himself in the same position for Tuesday’s trip to Shrewsbury. With Coventry still managerless, Brown is in limbo and the sooner the position is filled, the better.