Billy Koumetio (Austria Wien II)
Koumetio appears to have fallen out of favour for Austria Wien, and into favor for Austria Wien II. Not exactly ideal. Koumetio played the full 90, but as a left back for Austria Wien II as they lost 2-0 to Rapid Wien II. So, Koumetio went from starting at centre back in the League Cup quarterfinals against Leicester to playing as a left back in the Austrian second tier. Wow. Either way, the loss moved Austria Wien into 15th in the 16 team table, 2 points away from safety.
Tyler Morton (Blackburn)
Despite having a good season, Morton and Blackburn hit a rough spot on Sunday, losing 3-0 to league-leaders Burnley. Morton struggled more than usual, which could be accredited to him facing a real Premier League midfield made up of Jack Cork and Josh Brownhill. Even though the match was scoreless at the break, Ashley Barnes led the way with a second-half brace, and Blackburn was bumped into 3rd place, 5 points back from Burnley at the top.
Adam Lewis (Newport County)
Lewis only played 8 minutes in Newport’s 2-1 loss to Stockport County, as the in-form Aaron Lewis was preferred over Adam. Aaron backed that decision up nicely, scoring Newport’s only goal before being replaced in the 82nd, However, the wrong A. Lewis scoring means absolutely nothing for the Reds. Newport’s loss has moved them into 19th place, 4 points from the drop zone and non-league football.
Vitezlav Jaros (Stockport County)
Jaros remained sidelined while recovering from a serious lower back injury. As I’m sure you could infer from the above text, Stockport beat Newport County 2-1, powered by goals from Chris Hussey and Paddy Madden. Despite Jaros leaving big shoes to fill, his backup Ben Hinchliffe did well today, facing 1.3 expected goals and making 5 saves. Stockport’s win moves them into 12th in League 2, 5 points from a playoff spot.
Fidel O’Rourke (Caernarfon Town)
A new experience for O’Rourke in the Welsh Cup, as he started and played 90 minutes in the centre of the park. Unfortunately, Caernarfon Town lost 2-1 to The New Saints, with Daniel Redmond providing the winner in the 76th minute. Late pressure did force the Saint’s Dan Davies to turn in a own goal to make it 2-1, but the effort wasn’t enough to equalise. The loss unfortunately removes Caernarfon Town from the Welsh Cup, but it was still a positive experience for O’Rourke.
Anderson Arroyo (Alaves)
Despite Arroyo now being picked as a second-choice right back, he still gets all 90 minutes in the Copa Del Rey. Alaves beat Lleida Esportiu 1-0 to move on in the Copa, with Taicha Hara’s goal being enough to seal the deal. Arroyo now faces a chance to work his way back into the first eleven, with a valuable training stretch ahead of him as Colombia failed to qualify for the World Cup.
Sepp Van Den Berg (Schalke)
Van Den Berg remains out until January with a ligament injury. In the meantime, Schalke lost again, but this time it was a pretty solid result. Only losing 2-0 to Bayern Munich could definitely be considered progress for Schalke, despite the Bayern team being pretty handicapped at the moment. Serge Gnabry and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting provided the goals, Bayern remains in first, and Schalke remains in last, 5 points from safety.
Rhys Williams (Blackpool)
Well, Rhys finally started, and played the full 90 against Wigan Athletic. In fact, after Marvin Ekpiteta was sent off in the 17th minute, Rhys played as the only centre back for 73 minutes, a feat that cannot be overstated. Blackpool dominated the proceedings (in fact Williams only got 24 touches, that’s how one sided the game was), and everything looked good when Gary Madine scored to take the lead in the 34th minute. However, Wigan fought back, with James McClean equalising in the 54th, and Curtis Tilt knocking in a last-gasp winner in the 88th. Michael Appleton’s decision not to substitute in an extra centre back after Madine’s goal will be under heavy scrutiny, as will Blackpool’s performance. Either way, it’s disappointing from both Blackpool’s attack and Williams, as a game dominated that much should be a 5-0 win, not a 2-1 loss.
Marcelo Pitaluga (Macclesfield)
Pitaluga continued his excellent form for Macclesfield, keeping a clean sheet in a 1-0 win over Trafford. It was a pretty comfortable game for the young Spaniard, but he was forced into a couple of easy saves. Nicky Maynard’s unbelievable bicycle kick was enough for all 3 points, and enough to keep the Macc in 1st in the Non-League Division One, with Leek Town trailing them by 4 points.
Max Woltman (Doncaster)
Woltman was unexplainably absent from Danny Schofield’s squad for the 3-1 win over Grimsby – hopefully not an injury concern for the young Red. Doncaster was powered by a brace from George Miller, a fairly young but bright English forward. The win moves Doncaster into 10th, which is 2 points back from a playoff spot in a very cramped League 2.
James Balagizi (Crawley Town)
Balagizi remains sidelined with a groin injury, and apparently Crawley have called in YouTubers to fill his void. Yes, YouTubers. Tbjzl and his brothers Manny and Jed Brown have all been training with Crawley’s first team, but none of the three featured in Saturday’s 1-0 win over Barrow. Ashley Nadesan scored in the 6th minute, and Crawley hung on for dear life, and the massive win was enough to propel them into 17th, now 5 points from the dangerous waters of non-league football.
Conor Bradley and Owen Beck (Bolton)
Once again, Bradley played the full 90 for Bolton, and Beck appeared in the 78th minute. This time around, Bolton played to a goalless stalemate with Cambridge. Bradley remains in-form and playing well, and Beck is enjoying his longest run of good health. The Scouse full-back duo were both booked in today’s feisty draw (2 of 7), and I’m sure their buddy Bobby Clark would be proud. The draw keeps Bolton in 7th, 2 points back from a playoff spot.
Jakub Ojrzynski (Radioaktywnych Radom)
Ojrzynski was predictably an unused substitute, this time during Radom’s 2-1 loss to Pogon Szczecin. Radom saw two of their three starting centre backs sent off, which probably didn’t help their chances in an important game. Damian Dabrowski won it for Pogon in the 90th minute, a heartbreaking loss which moves Radom into 10th, 6 points back from a spot in ECL qualifying.
Paul Glatzel (Tranmere)
Glatzel remains out with a persistent hamstring issue, and in the meantime, Tranmere drew 1-1 with Swindon Town. After taking the lead through Josh Hawkes in the 9th minute, Tranmere saw Jacob Wakeling equalize for Swindon in the 30th. The draw moves Tranmere into the 11th spot, which is only 4 points from a playoff spot in an extremely claustrophobic League 2 table.
Jack Bearne (Kidderminster)
For the second consecutive week, Bearne came off the bench for the Harriers, this time in a 3-0 loss to the King Lynn’s Town. All seemed well until Josh Coulson scored a crushing goal right before half, which was followed by goals from Theo Widdrington and Gold Omotayo after the break. Bearne appeared in the 70th, and was unable to make an impact at all. The loss moves Kidderminster into 16th in the National League North, 8 points up from the relegation zone.
Leighton Clarkson (Aberdeen)
Clarkson started and played 88 minutes for Aberdeen in their 1-0 win over Dundee United. Clarkson showed how proficient he is defensively, winning the ball countless times, but was not creative enough in the final third. Bojan Miovski scored the lone goal from the spot, as the win keeps Aberdeen in third, 8 points back from second-placed Rangers, and 15 back from league leaders Celtic.