Kurt Zouma saw out the last six minutes of Everton’s 2-2 draw against Bournemouth. He was called upon to replace Michael Keane, who suffered a neck injury, and will hopefully see a run of starts at least until Keane returns to fitness.
Mason Mount and Fikayo Tomori played well in Derby’s 2-0 win against Preston. Mount, although quiet in the first half, managed to put the Rams ahead with a slightly scuffed finish past Declan Rudd following a counter-attack. He was much better in the latter half, constantly looking to threaten the Preston defence and fashion chances for his teammates, eventually claiming the assist for Derby’s second goal - a Richard Keogh header from a corner. Tomori was imperious in defence alongside the experienced Richard Keogh, and is getting palpably better with every passing game. Frank Lampard is certainly set for some deliberation over his starting defensive pair once club captain, Curtis Davies, is fit.
Lampard’s side have done well to recover from consecutive losses against Leeds and Millwall, with back-to-back victories against Ipswich and Preston at Pride Park. They have every chance to add another next weekend, as they travel to the KCOM Stadium to take on languishing Hull City.
Speaking of Hull City, Todd Kane moved back to left-wing in their 2-0 loss to Stoke, and was replaced by striker Will Keane after 67 minutes.
Kasey Palmer scored his second goal for Blackburn Rovers with a well-taken effort against Brentford, thus giving his side a 1-0 win against the formidable Brentford.
Palmer was taken off after 69 minutes for Craig Conway, as manager Tony Mowbray looked to take steps to see the game out but Mowbray had good things to say about the Chelsea loanee in the aftermath.
‘He’s very technical, but he had to learn his positional play out of possession, to cut off passing lines to wide players.
‘He’s come from Chelsea so they have got the ball all the time.
‘I watched Chelsea’s under-23s against ours the other week. They play with the ball, and so he stands in his position and waits for it to come.
‘When you’re not playing for such a good technical team, you have to run, and tackle, chase, win headers, fight and get back, and he’s learning that I think, and I’m pleased he’s got a goal today.
‘But all of those things, he has to learn to become a better footballer in my mind. He’s trying to pick up very quickly and I’m delighted he’s scored today because he’s had a tough week.
‘He only trained on Friday this week. He’s been in London all week because had a family illness that he’s had to go and deal with, so he trained on one morning and I’m so happy for him that he’s had a good game.’
- Tony Mowbray; source: BT Sport
Lewis Baker was handed a customary substitute appearance in the 90th minute of Leeds United’s 0-3 win against Norwich City, while Jamal Blackman remained unused.
Trevoh Chalobah played another 90 minutes for Ipswich, showing both good moments and bad in their 2-1 loss to Sheffield Wednesday. Paul Hurst’s side are yet to register a win this season.
Tomas Kalas was thrown straight into the mix at Bristol City, starting their 0-1 win against Swansea City. As he usually is at this level, Kalas was impressive at the back and even went close to scoring. Jay Dasilva, however, was resigned to observing proceedings from the substitutes’ bench.
Bristol City manager, Lee Johnson, was appreciative of Kalas’ performance in his post-match press conference.
“I thought he (Kalas) was fantastic. He only did half a day’s training but he came in and looked assured, won his headers and he did the basics well.
You see the class that he has and I really enjoyed his performance today and the effort that his team-mates put in.”
- Lee Johnson; source: Bristol Post
Despite an excellent showing last time out, Reece James was named among the substitutes as Wigan traveled to QPR. Wigan manager, Paul Cook, was understandably wary of causing the youngster to suffer a burn-out but ended up having to use him anyway; James was introduced in the 32nd minute due to an injury to Gavin Massey but could not prevent his side from losing 1-0.
Dujon Sterling was not involved for Coventry, presumably due to injury as his Instagram suggested he was back at Cobham on Saturday.
For the third game running, Charlie Colkett was not involved for Shrewsbury.
Jacob Maddox kept his 100% start record for Cheltenham going in their much-needed 0-1 win against Cambridge United. Elsewhere, Nathan Baxter earned a third successive clean sheet as Yeovil Town overcame Stevenage and by the looks of it, has already become a bit of a fan favourite!
Baba Rahman played the entirety of Schalke’s 2-1 loss to Wolfsburg and was his usual, offensively proficient self down the left.
Kyle Scott was yet again, an unused substitute for Telstar.
Jake Clarke-Salter and Eduardo started Vitesse’s goalless draw against AZ Alkmaar. It was Vitesse’s first clean sheet of the season, and Clarke-Salter was once again rock-solid in defence alongside Maikel van der Werff.
Matt Miazga played an impressive 90 minutes for Nantes, who drew 1-1 with Caen. Miazga won a monstrous 11 out of 14 aerial duels on the day.
After picking up an assist last weekend, Victorien Angban got his name on the score-sheet, finishing with aplomb from inside the area to give Metz a 0-1 win over Troyes.
Kenneth Omeruo did not feature for Leganes, while Michy Batshuayi had an ineffective 16-minute cameo in Valencia’s 2-0 loss to Espanyol.
Josimar Quintero was an unused substitute for Lleida, while Joao Rodriguez was not involved for Tenerife.
Tiemoue Bakayoko replaced Lucas Biglia after 58 minutes to make his AC Milan debut, against Napoli. Milan were leading Napoli 1-2 at the time, but ended up collapsing to a 3-2 loss.
For the second week running, Walter Mazzarri turned to Ola Aina to replace an injured Torino wing-back during the first half of a game. Last week, it was Lorenzo Di Silvestri on the right versus Roma but last night, it was Cristian Ansaldi on the left, versus Inter Milan. Once again, Aina showed no signs of perturbation, played well and must be in line for a start soon.
Speaking after the match, Mazzarri expressed his satisfaction with Aina’s display and praised his intelligence.
“Aina is like a sponge, he absorbs everything and is so intelligent. If he improves physically, he can become a truly important player.”
- Walter Mazzarri; source: Tribal Football
Danilo Pantic scored his third goal of the season, as Partizan Beograd beat Macva Sabac 1-3.
Ruben Sammut was an unused substitute for Falkirk, who lost 0-3 to Queen of South.
Nathan was hauled off at half-time in Atletico Mineiro’s 1-0 loss to Vitoria.