20 April 2011 2,294 views No Comment Written by Michael
Disappointingly Keith Fahey only saw two minutes of action as Birmingham beat Sunderland 2-0. In much better news for Irish fans, David Meyler was on the Sunderland bench as he makes his recovery from injury.
In Blackpool’s relegation 6 pointer with Wigan, there was no Irish playing for the Tangerines as Andy Reid was not in the match day squad. Wigan dominated the game and James McCarthy was again impressive and he helped to expose what was a dreadfully poor Blackpool side. Connor Sammon saw 15 minutes of action with Wigan already 3 up by that stage.
Just the one Irish player on show during Everton’s victory over Blackburn. Seamus Coleman was carrying an injury and did not start the game. He replaced Gueye just past the hour mark and his energy and direct runs caused problems straight away for Blackburn. After 75 minutes, Coleman cut in from the right flank and got his toe to the ball just before a rash tackle from Phil Jones, resulting in a penalty which was dispatched by Leighton Baines. Keith Andrews is still out of action due to a groin strain.
Stephen Reid continued at right back for a bang in form West Brom side who welcomed Chelsea to the Hawthorns. Reid has been in fantastic form recently but endured a long afternoon yesterday, particularly in the first half when he was quite poor. Very lucky not to give away a penalty for a foul on Torres.
In FA Cup action John O’Shea started at right back for Man Utd in the Manchester derby at Wembley. O’Shea was defensively sound and never put a foot wrong. However he offered noting going forward. Darron Gibson will be disappointed not to have started given he has started every in every other round of the cup. Scholes red may help him in the coming weeks though.
A simply fantastic and memorable weekend for the Irish contingent at Stoke City. Glen Whelan who has struggled for form this season was immense throughout. Broke down numerous Bolton attacks pinpoint passing and a model of consistency throughout. Marc Wilson played well in is defensive role despite being rarely tested. Rory Delap was decent throughout while Jonathon Walters found the net twice, the first involving a great run from the half way line.
Robbie Keane started the game in great form, scoring after a good turn I the box. However West Ham struggled to control the game and Keane was working off scraps after his goal. Richard Dunne was in defence for Villa.
In the Championship, the Irish contingent at Reading continued their good run after a 3-1 victory over Leicester. Automatic promotion is still within their grasp. Sean Scanall, who has endured a difficult season due to injury netted for Crystal Palace but it was not enough to stop them getting defeated by Scunthorpe (who had Joe Murphy in their team) Keith Tracey helped Preston to an impressive win with two goals, and kept Preston in he race to avoid relegation. Tracey made it onto the Championship team of the week.
In Russia, Aiden McGeady’s manager Valeriy Karpin resigned his post following Saturdays defeat to Anzhi Makhachkala.