Winger Connor Mahoney was in the thick of it during Birmingham City’s eventful 3-2 defeat by Championship neighbours West Brom at the Hawthorns on Friday.
Mahoney made his 27th league appearance for the Blues and provided the assists for goals for Gary Gardner and Lukas Jutkiewicz to put the visitors ahead on two occasions.
Referee David Webb pointed to the penalty spot after Mahoney had fouled Conor Townsend, even though the contact appeared to have been made outside the area.
Jay Rodriguez netted the spot-kick to make it 2-2 after Dwight Gayle had earlier restored parity before Jake Livermore bagged the winner 16 minutes from time.
Tyrone Mings notched his second goal for Aston Villa in their 2-1 win over Championship rivals Blackburn Rovers at Villa Park.
Mings headed home a John McGinn free-kick to double the Villans’ lead in the second half after Tammy Abraham had opened the scoring.
Although Amari Bell halved the deficit, Villa held on to make it five wins on the trot as they look to reach the play-offs for the second season in succession.
Marc Pugh made his 10th appearance for Hull City in their 2-0 victory over Championship strugglers Ipswich Town at Portman Road with Kamil Grosicki bagging a double for the Tigers.
Harry Arter provided the assist for Victor Camarasa to fire Cardiff City ahead in their 2-1 defeat by Chelsea in the Premier League yesterday.
Camarasa volleyed home Arter’s cross at the start of the second half before late goals from Cesar Azpilicueta and Ruben Loftus-Cheek turned the tide in Chelsea’s favour.
Arter, who made his 24th appearance for the Bluebirds, was replaced by Joe Ralls 10 minutes from time and before Azpilicueta’s equaliser sparked the comeback.
Brad Smith started for Seattle Sounders in their 0-0 draw at Vancouver Whitecaps in Major League Soccer. Sounders, with three wins and a draw, have made their best start to a MLS season.
Jermain Defoe replaced Daniel Candeias seven minutes from the end of Rangers’ 2-1 defeat by Celtic in the Scottish Premiership at Celtic Park yesterday.
Defoe made his 13th appearance for the Gers in an Old Firm derby which saw James Forrest net a late winner for Celtic as they moved 13 points clear at the summit.
Mikael Ndjoli came off the bench to complete the scoring in Kilmarnock’s 5-0 victory over Hamilton Academical in the Scottish Premiership.
Ndjoli, on as an 83rd-minute replacement for Rory McKenzie, bagged his fifth goal of the season in injury-time as Killie maintained third place in the table.
Charlie Seaman was replaced by Ian Harkes in the 67th-minute of Dundee United’s 2-1 defeat by Queen of the South in the Scottish Championship, while Keelan O’Connell came on for Kerr Waddell at half-time in Greenock Morton’s 3-0 reverse at the hands of Partick Thistle.
Jordan Holmes was an unused substitute in St Mirren’s 2-1 win over fellow Scottish Premiership strugglers Dundee at the Simple Digital Arena.
Aaron Ramsdale played his part as AFC Wimbledon continued their League One great escape bid with a 2-1 win over Scunthorpe United.
Ramsdale and the Dons defence kept the Iron at bay after James Hanson’s first-half double had given the visitors a 2-0 lead at Glanford Park.
The goalkeeper also had a hand in Hanson’s second goal when his huge clearance eventually fell to the striker who finished emphatically.
Although Ramsdale was beaten by Lee Novak’s 78th-minute goal, the Dons held on to secure a sixth win in their past nine games.
Having been 10 points adrift of safety following a 2-0 defeat by Burton on February 9th, third-bottom Wimbledon are now level on 42 points with Southend, Walsall and Rochdale.
Alex Dobre made his 15th appearance for Yeovil Town in their 3-1 defeat by League Two rivals Newport County at Huish Park.
Shaun Hobson capped his full debut for Eastleigh by grabbing what proved to be the winner in their 3-2 victory over National League rivals Hartlepool United at the Silverlake Stadium.
Hobson calmly slotted home to make it 3-1 following great build-up play between Mark Yeates and former Cherries midfielder Sam Matthews two minutes into the second half.
Earlier, goals from Ben Williamson and Alex Wynter had sandwiched a Mark Kitching effort to put the Spitfires into a 2-1 lead. Nicke Kabamba netted late on to set up a grandstand finale.
Tyler Cordner was named in the National League team of the week after starring in Havant & Waterlooville’s 2-2 draw at Sutton United.
Cordner recovered his composure having conceded an early penalty and netted two finely-taken goals to earn the Hawks a share of the spoils.
His excellent header cancelled out Jamie Collins’s spot-kick before Cordner gave the Hawks the lead with a well-executed free-kick from 20 yards.
Lee Bradbury’s team were denied victory when Dean Beckwith back-heeled an equaliser through a crowded goalmouth eight minutes from time.
Frank Vincent replaced man of the match Kalvin Kalala five minutes from the end of Torquay United’s 3-2 win over Wealdstone in National South.
The Gulls have a four-point lead at the top of the table and host fourth-placed Chelmsford City at Plainmoor tomorrow (7.45pm).
Defender Corey Jordan played 90 minutes for Eastbourne Borough in their 3-2 defeat at Hemel Hempstead Town.
Sam Sherring played a starring role in Weymouth’s 3-0 win at Hartley Wintney as the Terras remained two points clear at the top of Southern Premier South.
Sherring and former Cherries defender Stephane Zubar continued their solid central defensive partnership as Weymouth guaranteed themselves at least a place in the play-offs.
However, Mark Molesley’s men will be targeting automatic promotion and face a crucial clash against third-placed Metropolitan Police at the Bob Lucas Stadium tomorrow (7.45pm).
Jake Scrimshaw replaced Sam House at half-time during Poole Town’s 2-0 defeat by Hendon at the Black Gold Stadium.
Late goals from Ryan Hope and Ogo Obi dented Poole’s play-off hopes, the reverse leaving them six points adrift of fifth place. James Boote and Tom Hanfrey were both unused substitutes for the Dolphins.
- Shaun Hobson picture courtesy of Eastleigh FC/Graham Scambler