Kevin Kilbane was the main man in the Championship as his 6th minute goal led the way for Derby County to go joint top with a 3-0 demolition of bottom placed Doncaster Rovers.
Kilbane may be feeling the lack of love from Giovanni Trappatoni at national level but there few better players at this level. Mark O’Brien also played a full game for the Rams. Fellow table toppers Southampton won again, 1-0 against Millwall and David Connolly failed to score for the first time in four games. Alan Dunne captained the Lions and David Forde surprisingly was left on the bench.
Marcos Painter and Gary Dicker helped Brighton to a 2-2 draw against Blackpool with this game getting a bit heated and seeing 8 yellow cards. Below them in fourth place, Sean Scannell and Paddy McCarthy helped Palace to a fine 1-0 win over Robbie Brady’s Hull.
Five Irish players shared the points at the Ricoh as Coventry gained their first point against fellow strugglers Watford for whom Mark Yates again impressed.
You would normally put your house on Ian Harte to score from the spot but he missed one at home to Barnsley and to make it a miserable day, Noel Hunt also missed later from the spot in a 1-2 loss. It was a disaster day for the hapless Dean Delaney as 9 man Ipswich were hammered 7-1 at Peterborough. Mark Kennedy was introduced at 6-1.
Paul Jewell isn’t the only manager under pressure as Russell Slade saw Leyton Orient dissected at bitter rivals Brentford, 5-0. This was the O’s 4th loss in a row and they prop up League One. Steve Dawson and Dave Mooney couldn’t stop the goals and indeed Mooney was lucky to escape when he clattered into a Brentford forward in the box. Neil McGinn started the ball rolling with a fine shot after 6 minutes for the Bees.
Jon Macken got his third of the season for Walsall in a 1-1 draw with Yeovil as Irish scorers were thin on the ground.
Stephen Gleeson led MK Dons to a fine 6-2 win over John Sheridan’s Chesterfield, who had Dwayne Mattis in their side. The Dons top the table on goal difference from Rob Elliott’s Charlton who drew with Eddie Nolan’s Scunthorpe at the Valley 2-2.
Stephen Quinn and Sheffield Utd sit third after drawing at Tranmere 1-1 who had former Derry player Mark McCrystal in their side.
Clinton Morrison helped Wednesday back to winning ways over Alan Sheehan’s Notts County 2-1 at Hillsborough. Sheehan at least will be lining up against Juventus when the Italian giants open their new stadium with County the first visitors. Juve of course used to play in Pink until an Englishman convinced them to play in Notts Black and White strip.
In League Two it really was a story of two Irish keepers. Dan Connor made his bow as Hereford picked their first point away at Wimbledon. Up in sunny Lancashire, Barry Roche continues to attract attention as Morecombe move into fourth place beating Aldershot 2-0.
Mark Byrne again inspired Lawrie Sanchez’s Barnet to an excellent 2-2 draw at table toppers Rotherham.
Kevin Thornton was a late sub for Northampton who lost at home to Cheltenham 2-3 and John McGrath enjoyed his trip to Kane Ferdinand’s Southend as Burton won 1-0.