It might have been an international fortnight, but domestic football doesn’t shut down. Players on the list featured across senior and youth levels, including a goal for Jonathan Obika.
Fresh off his England Under-19 debut a few days before, Obika, a new arrival on loan at League One Yeovil, scored the only goal of the game to seal a 1-0 win over Swindon. Elsewhere in the same division, Jordan Spence also returned from Under-19 duty to the heart of the Leyton Orient defence and played the full 90 minutes in a crucial 2-1 victory against Oldham Athletic, and Henri Lansbury recovered from a knock to play for 76 minutes in Scunthorpe’s 3-0 win against Colchester. Sam Hewson missed Hereford’s 0-1 defeat at home to Huddersfield through injury.
At academy level, Dean Parrett and Tottenham continued their fabulous season with four more goals in a 4-1 mauling of Fulham away from home. The all-action midfielder was booked before coming off after 81 minutes, the game well in the bag for Spurs. John Bostock was not involved as he is with the England Under-17 squad.
Manchester United’s Matthew James, Davide Petrucci and Federico Macheda skipped their Under-18 trip to Sheffield Wednesday ahead of Monday night’s Reserve clash with Newcastle, whilst Kieran Trippier captained cross-town rivals Manchester City to a 1-1 draw against Sheffield United which secured them the Academy Group C title. Trippier provided the corner for Abdi Ibrahim’s goal, Robbie Mak played well in attack, but Alex Nimely didn’t feature.
Gauthier Mahoto’s corner for Portsmouth provided Tom Kilbey’s goal in a 1-1 draw at Birmingham and he twice went close to scoring himself. Gael N’Lundulu was quieter on the right wing.