Joshua King has settled in at Blackburn and was a 55th minute substitute in the tense local derby with Burnley on Sunday.
The Norwegian’s cameo was impressive as he searched for the winner in the 1-1 draw as he harried Burnley’s defence, not giving them a moment’s peace. His energy and enthusiasm drew large cheers from the Rovers faithful, especially when he glided past Kieran Trippier to tee-up Colin Kazim-Richards who shot wide.
Ben Amos was left out of the Hull squad once again as the Tigers beat Nottingham Forest 2-1 at the City Ground. However, Robbie Brady played 87 minutes of the game but after being booked for dissent, manager Steve Bruce thought he’d remove the Irishman from the fiery finale to save Brady and run down the clock simultaneously. Brady played on the left of a front three and looked good in the first half, putting in a few crosses for Aaron McLean and David Meyler. Brucey was impressed with Brady’s display and told the Hull Daily Mail about the wide man: “There’s never been a question mark about his ability, it’s just like any young player where they need to develop and learn.
“You only get that by playing week in and week out. You only have to look at James Chester as the prime example of that, he’s flourishing with regular football. That’ll be the next step for Robbie, I’m sure.”
John Cofie played the last half-hour of Sheffield United’s 2-1 FA Cup win against Port Vale with Shaun Miller netting twice in stoppage time to set up a third-round tie against either Accrington or Oxford. The Blades were a goal down when Cofie came on and his introduction for central midfielder David McAllister was a signal of intent from manager Micky Adams who deployed Cofie in behind Miller to create an opening which would lead to an equaliser. Cofie hasn’t much football of late and will be hoping his brief but effective appearance will ensure he is in his manager’s thoughts for the trip to Carlisle on Saturday.
Jose Bosingwa was once again preferred over Fabio for QPR as Harry Redknapp’s side picked up another point from a 1-1 home draw with Aston Villa. The 22-year-old did not get on the pitch and with still no win for the West London side, he may be called upon in their must-win game at Wigan on Saturday.
Jesse Lingard and Michael Keane were left out of the Leicester squad which went third in the Championship after defeating Derby in the East Midlands derby.
Sean McGinty remained on the bench for the entirety of Carlisle’s 3-1 defeat to Bournemouth in the second-round of the FA Cup while Reece Brown was not involved in Coventry’s 2-1 FA Cup win over Morecambe.
Luke Giverin played the full 90 minutes of Royal Antwerp’s 2-1 defeat to KSV Oudenaarde but Gyliano van Velzen was sidelined.