With 14 Reds currently out on loan, 12 of them had competitive fixtures and only Kamil Grabara missing out as AGF Aarhus do not restart competitively until next Monday. Ryan Kent’s Rangers had their match suspended. Of the 12 loanees with games to play Herbie Kane missed out through injury as did Allan Rodrigues.
It was the dream return for Taiwo Awoniyi who has returned to Mouscron on loan where he was so successful last season. Coming off the bench with the game level at 1-1, it took the forward just 4 minutes to make an impact as he rifled home a late winner. Lets hope this goal is the first of many as the young striker looks to make up for lost time after a frustrating first half of the season.
Two Reds were in action at Pride Park as Harry Wilson’s Derby played host to Ovie Ejaria’s Reading. Both Reds played the full 90 in what was a lively encounter but it was Wilson who came out on top. Assisting one and scoring the other, the Welshman put Derby into a commanding lead at the half time interval and although Reading pulled one back, to which Ejaria can claim his first Royals assist, it was not enough as Derby took the points in a 2-1 victory.
Wilson was named MOTM.
Danny Ings made a winning return to the Saints line up after missing 3 games through injury. Although the striker did not score himself his lively display contributed to what was a hard fought 2-1 victory over Everton which saw Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men rise to 15th in the table.
Nathaniel Clyne has settled into life at Bournemouth seamlessly starting the last 3 fixtures for the Cherries. At the weekend he tasted his first victory for the club and got the added bonus of a clean sheet as Bournemouth beat West Ham 2-0.
Adam Bogdan and Hibs made a solid start to 2019 with a 4-0 Scottish Cup victory over Elgin City. Bogdan was able to keep a clean sheet on the day and truth be told, he could’ve had a nap as Elgin city gave him very little to worry about.
It was good news for Hertha Berlin as the winter break allowed Marko Grujic to get back to full fitness after an injury lay-off. The young Serbian played for an hour and was instrumental in their 3-1 victory over Nurnberg. Berlin coach Pal Dardai was yet again full of praise for Grujic, describing him as a ‘top shelf player” and the “best midfielder the club has had for 20 years”!
Loris Karius started the year with a win and a good performance as Besiktas beat Akhisarspor 3-1 in an end to end game. He produced a solid performance with several smart saves which helped his team cement the victory.
Sheyi Ojo had a late run out as Reims drew 1-1 with OGC Nice.