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news Mon 12 Mar 2018
We review recent loan action, including players on the scoresheet more than once, and list matches to come…
Kenedy set Newcastle United on their way to an important victory over Southampton at the weekend, opening his account for the club by scoring twice in the Premier League on Saturday. His first goal came after just 63 seconds, latching onto Jonjo Shelvey's looping pass to control the ball on his chest and steer it into the back of the net. He struck again to finish off a fine counter-attack, as the Magpies claimed a 3-0 win.
Tammy Abraham came off the bench for Swansea who battled to a hard-earned 0-0 draw at Huddersfield, having gone down to 10 men early on.
Michy Batshuayi continued his excellent start to life with Borussia Dortmund, coming off the bench to play a crucial role in a dramatic 3-2 win over Eintracht Frankfurt to keep them just one point from second place in the Bundesliga. He first gave Dortmund the lead in the second half before Eintracht seemed to snatch a draw with an injury-time equaliser.
However, Batshuayi had the last word, netting a 94th minute-winner, making it seven goals in nine games for the Belgian since his January loan move. He also featured for the first hour of Dortmund's 2-1 home loss to Salzburg in the Europa League on Thursday (pictured below).
In the Netherlands, Vitesse Arnhem's hopes of European qualification were dealt a blow by 5-1 defeat at Utrecht, with Fankaty Dabo, Matt Miazga and Mason Mount all in the starting line-up, and Marco van Ginkel's PSV Eindhoven suffered a shock 5-0 loss to Willem II. Kenneth Omeruo and Kasimpasa drew 2-2 with Sivasspor in Turkey. In Belgium, Bekanty Victorien Angban and Waasland-Beveren suffered a 2-0 defeat to Mechelen.
Back in England in the Championship, Ola Aina helped Hull to a thrilling 4-3 win over Norwich, with Michael Hector also involved as a late substitute. Having taken an early lead, the Tigers were rocked by a first-half James Maddison hat-trick, but penalties either side of the break took it to 3-3 before regaining the lead through Harry Wilson. Aina also played the full 90 minutes of Hull’s narrow 2-1 home defeat to Millwall earlier in the week.
Lewis Baker came off the bench in back-to-back wins for Middlesbrough, with his former Chelsea Academy team-mate Patrick Bamford scoring in both their 1-0 win at Birmingham and 3-1 victory over Barnsley to keep their play-off push on track. Jeremie Boga came off the bench for Birmingham in the first of those games, as well as their 3-2 defeat at Cardiff.
Lucas Piazon came on as Fulham boosted their promotion chances with a 3-0 home win over fellow play-off hopefuls Sheffield United on Tuesday, who had Jamal Blackman in goal. That saw the Cottagers extend their advantage over Derby County to four points as the Rams drew 1-1 at Queens Park Rangers, despite Kasey Palmer setting up the opening goal of the game with a clever run followed by a pin-point through ball to set Andreas Weimann clear to score.
It was more of the same on Saturday, Piazon coming on in a 2-1 win at Preston, and Blackman fared better, keeping a clean sheet for the Blades in a 0-0 draw at Ipswich. Jordan Houghton was also involved in a goalless fixture, for Doncaster Rovers at Southend in League One.
Todd Kane had an eventful day with Oxford, as he returned to west London to face Wimbledon. He was unlucky to concede a penalty for the Dons' opener, having slipped and fallen, inadvertently bringing an opponent down with him, but made amends by getting the equaliser, turning in the rebound after a shot was parried by the goalkeeper. However, Oxford could not hold on and lost the match 2-1.
Bradley Collins was involved in a frantic 3-3 draw with Forest Green Rovers at Newport County earlier in the week but could not prevent them going down 2-1 to Notts County at the weekend.
In the National League, Nathan Baxter and Woking lost 2-0 at Sutton United and 3-1 to Halifax.
The week ahead
European football in Spain fills the midweek with the Blues in Barcelona for Wednesday evening’s second leg which kicks off at 7.45pm.
Earlier the same day, our Under-19s take on their counterparts from Real Madrid in a one-legged UEFA Youth League encounter. That is at 3pm UK time with the match to be streamed live on uefa.com. The venue is the Alfredo di Stefano Stadium.
Back in London on Saturday, there is 12 noon start to a PL2 away game against Arsenal for our development squad before on Sunday, domestic cup football takes over. Chelsea Ladies play away at Liverpool in a Women’s FA Cup quarter-final and our Academy’s youth team play Tottenham in an augural final of the Under-18 Premier League Cup. Both those games start at 2pm.
At 4.30pm, it is the turn of the senior men’s team whose FA Cup quarter-final is away at Leicester.