With Federico Macheda on a different planet to the other prospects this week, attentions elsewhere focus primarily on Arsenal’s Henri Lansbury, who lined up for Scunthorpe United at Wembley on Sunday to take on Luton in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Final. That’s where we begin the weekend round-up.
Scunthorpe went into the game as favourites against their cash-strapped foes, but after a gruelling 120 mins the Hatters came out victors 3-2 courtest of a Claude Gnakpa winner in extra time. Lansbury played throughout, only to end up trudging up the famous stadium’s steps to collect a loser’s medal.
Whilst Macheda was making Monday’s back pages, team-mate Daniel Welbeck could so easily have been in his place. A late replacement in the same game, Welbeck had a glorious opportunity to win the game minutes before Macheda did. However, he was foiled by Brad Friedel, and watched his Italian team-mate score a stunning winner. Watching from the touchline, powerless to aid a response, was Aston Villa’s Nathan Delfouneso. Earlier in the afternoon, Jack Rodwell played 25 minutes as a sub for Everton, who were already 4-0 up over Wigan at Goodison Park.
In the Championship, Jake Thomson slotted back into Southampton’s first team at right-back – not a preferred position but one he has played in. He was substituted after 80 mins as the Saints went to a more attacking formation but were unable to get the goal that would have avoided a 3-2 defeat to rock-bottom Charlton, one which makes their own survival hopes that much trickier. At Derby County, Nacer Barazite was missing but Barry Bannan was an influential figure in the midfield in a 1-1 draw with Burnley. Paul Connolly’s injury-time equaliser and ensuing celebrations saw Bannan booked.
Jonathan Obika was kept off of Yeovil’s scoresheet this week and the Glovers missed his goals, drawing 0-0 at Stockport County. At Cheltenham, two of his Tottenham loanee team-mates fell to a 1-0 defeat to Leyton Orient, where Jordan Spence was impressive at the back.
Jacob Mellis made a rare return to Under-18 football for Chelsea, running the show in midfield despite some rough tackling from Charlton as the Blues walked out 3-1 victors. Steve Bould’s Arsenal sent a poor Portsmouth team packing 5-0, as Jay Emmanuel-Thomas captained the team to a comprehensive win through goals from Luke Freeman and Benik Afobe, who grabbed a brace each.