Our boys on loan at Leyton Orient took centre stage again this weekend as the League One side triumphed over Notts County at Brisbane Road.
Tom Carroll continued his run in the team and was joined in the starting line-up by Harry Kane, back from the suspension that ruled him out of the trip to the Emirates in the FA Cup last week.
But it was midfielder Tom who shone, setting up the O’s’ opener with an excellent through-ball for Dean Cox on their way to a 2-0 victory.
Paul-Jose M’Poku also came off the bench late on to make sure the whole trio played their part in a victory that extends the East London club’s unbeaten league run to 10 games.
Staying in that division, Bournemouth went to within four points of leaders Brighton with a 3-0 home victory against Oldham that Adam Smith played his part in.
The full-back set the tone early on with a cross-shot that forced on loan Manchester United goalkeeper Ben Amos into an excellent save.
Jon Obika was also close to getting on the scoresheet for Swindon at the weekend, but he could only hit the under-side of the bar with a shot late on as the deadlock remained unbroken between them and Walsall at the County Ground.
Into the Championship, it was a bittersweet day for Steven Caulker, who started Bristol City’s excellent 4-1 win at Coventry but limped off 10 minutes from half-time.
And there was further disappointment for Kyle Naughton as Leicester conceded a late winner in a 1-0 defeat at leaders QPR.
In the Premier League, Kyle Walker put in another impressive shift for Aston Villa, setting up the opener for Darren Bent, but could not prevent Gerard Houllier’s men slipping to a 3-2 defeat.
Also in the Midlands, David Bentley tested Scott Carson with his usual range of shooting but to no avail as Birmingham’s Carling Cup hangover was evident in a 3-1 defeat at home to West Brom.
Staying with our more senior players, Giovani Dos Santos made his full debut for Racing Santander at home to Real Madrid in La Liga and won a penalty, but it was missed as Jose Mourinho’s side ran out 3-1 winners.
Ben Alnwick (Doncaster), Nathan Byrne (Brentford), and David Button (Plymouth) were all unused substitutes for their sides.