In the Championship, Michael Keane’s Leicester drew 1-1 at fellow play-off hopefuls Brighton. The centre-back went close with a volley over the bar and a header wide. Injured pair Davide Petrucci, Scott Wootton and also Ipswich’s Reece Brown were not involved in their teams’ matches.
Meanwhile, January signing Wilfried Zaha was involved in a bizarre situation as Crystal Palace drew 0-0 with Barnsley.
The Tykes ended up wearing Palace’s away kit after the intervention of the referee to prevent a clash. David Flitcroft explained afterwards to The Sheffield Star: “There was a bit of a stand-off with the kit before the game because I didn’t want my team not to have the Barnsley badge. But then you realise the sense is to listen to the referee. We decided to go with Crystal Palace’s kit in the end. We have done everything they could before the game to make sure the situation was right and professional.” As for the game, Zaha was lively but the Eagles were unable to break down a side battling hard to beat the drop.
Sam Johnstone conceded his first goal since joining Walsall but a 1-1 scoreline with Sheffield United represents a good result. Chris Porter netted for the Blades as the Saddlers extended their unbeaten run to 13 games. Sean McGinty played 74 minutes of Tranmere’s 1-0 loss to leaders Doncaster, picking up a yellow card and setting up a good chance for Akpa Akpro.
In Portugal, Bebe helped Rio Ave pick up a 2-1 success against out-of-form Vitoria Setubal. While in Germany, Federico Macheda was a 79th-minute substitute in Stuttgart’s goalless stalemate at Hannover.
Angelo Henriquez was an unused substitute again for Wigan during their 1-1 draw at QPR. Fabio did not feature for the hosts, who conceded a last-gasp equaliser to Shaun Maloney and remain odds-on for relegation.