Irish Abroad: 6th December
Stoke will be the filling up most of the back pages tomorrow, having proven again that they are Arsenals bogey team with a 3-2 win. Glen Whelan started on the bench on his comeback from injury. He came on just after the hour as Stoke tried to hold on to their lead. Jon Walters was a constant threat throughout, using his physicality to bully the Arsenal defence. Direct throughout and came in well from the right to net his goal.
Rob Elliott deputised for the injured Tim Krul in Newcastles victory over Chelsea. Having kept a clean sheet in the first half against the Premier league’s highest scorers, Elliot was taken off at half time with an injury.
Of Hull’s Irish contingent, Stephen Quinn and David Meyler started. Meyler was carrying a knock from Hulls midweek game but still completed the full 90 minutes and was defensively sound. Quinn had a great opportunity to break the deadlock in the second half but saw his header well saved by Foster. Robbie Brady came on with 30 minutes left to give Hull some more attacking impetus.
Sunderland captain John O’Shea had another excellent defensive display. Despite Liverpool creating little, O’Shea looked assured throughout. Richard Dunne also kept his recent good form going with a full 90 minutes and a clean sheet in QPR’s victory over Burnley.
For Crystal Palace, Damien Delaney may struggle to get back into the starting 11 following his recent sending off. Crystal Palace kept a clean sheet away to Spurs without him.
In the late kick off, Seamus Coleman played on the right hand of midfield. This is a position Coleman played a lot in the beginning of his career but not so much over the past two seasons. Apart from an early booking Coleman added little to the game. Mcgeady remained on the bench for the entire game.
Kieran Westwood continued his fine form for Sheffield Wednesday bu helping them to an impressive 2-1 victory away to Blackburn. Sheffield Wednesday have conceded the least goals in the Championship, thanks in no small part to Westwoods excellent performances. Shane Duffy completed the full 90 minutes for Blackburn.
Elsewhere, Darron Randolph kept a clean sheet for a resurgent Birmingham side. Stephen Gleeson also played.
The Irish contingent at derby enjoyed a fine afternoon for the league toppers. Hendrick played a great part in Derbys first goal while recently capped Cyrus Christie set up the third goal. Leon Best came on in stoppage time.
In Huddersfield 2-1 victory over Brentford there were two Irish scorers. Sean Scannall and Jonathon Douglas both found the net.
Portman Park was home to arguably the best Irish story of the day. Irish partnership Darryl Murphy and David McGoldrick continued their great form and linked up excellent throughout. Murphy netted twice while McGoldrick found the net once. Muprhy is now the Championship top goalscorer. New signing Sean st ledger remained on the bench while Stephen Hunt was taken off for Conor Sammon late on.
David Forde, Williams and Dunne had a day to forget in London as Millwall suffered an embarrassing 5-1 loss to Middlesborough. Stephen Kelly played the full 90 minutes as Reading kept a clean sheet against Bolton while Simon Cox had a 20 minute cameo. Irish duo McClean and McCann both started for Wigan in their home defeat to Norwich.
Youngster Matt Doherty received a stoppage time red card in Wolves 2-1 defeat to Bournemouth.
Anthony Stokes found the net for Celtic in their 1-0 victory over Motherwell. Adam Rooney netted a penalty for Aberdeen. John Egan found the net for Gillingham to keep his good run of form going.