Jon Obika and Dean Parrett made debuts in a busy weekend of action for our players currently out on loan.
Striker Jon went straight into the starting lineup on his return to Yeovil, where he has enjoyed two successful spells over the past two seasons.
And he played a key role in the Glovers’ Westcountry derby win at Exeter in League One, winning the free-kick that led to Sam Williams’ opener and forcing the save that led to Dean Bowditch’s winner in an entertaining 3-2 victory.
Midfielder Dean, meanwhile, made his debut for Charlton in a London derby at Dagenham & Redbridge in the same division. But his bow was less memorable as the Addicks were defeated 2-1 at Victoria Park.
Into the Premier League, and it was Kyle Walker vs Jamie O’Hara as Aston Villa took on Wolves in a massive all-Midlands clash with both teams fighting relegation.
And it was Jamie and co who came out on top – the midfielder delivering the free-kick that led to the only goal of the game from Matt Jarvis. Jamie also went close with a 30-yard effort in the second half.
In the Championship there was a 2-0 win for Steven Caulker and Bristol City at home to Burnley, while Andros Townsend played his part for Millwall in a 3-3 thriller with Cardiff at the New Den.
Kyle Naughton was on the losing side as Leicester were beaten at home by Portsmouth and, despite his best efforts, Ryan Mason could do little to claw back QPR’s 1-0 lead over Doncaster when he came on as a 67th minute substitute for the home side at the Keepmoat Stadium.
There were further defeats in League One for the trio on loan at Leyton Orient, who suffered their first loss since New Year’s Day at Brentford. Paul-Jose M’Poku replaced Tom Carroll with 11 minutes remaining, while Harry Kane was an unused sub. For Brentford, Nathan Byrne remained on their bench.
Adam Smith had a rare sight at goal early on in Bournemouth’s trip to Carlisle, but he was denied by a last ditch tackle as the Cherries’ promotion push faltered in a 1-0 defeat. And David Button was an unused sub as Plymouth lost by the same scoreline at home to Rochdale.
Of our more senior players, Giovani Dos Santos hit the winner with a smart 77th minute finish for Racing Santander in their 2-1 defeat of Real Sociedad in La Liga.
David Bentley came off the bench on the hour mark for Birmingham in a 2-1 Premier League defeat at relegation rivals Wigan.
And Robbie Keane was ineligible for West Ham in their visit to the Lane which, as we all know, ended with the spoils shared in a 0-0 draw.