Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic) – Powell started on the bench for Wigan as they took on Crystal Palace in the FA Cup Fourth Round. He came on in the 74th minute when the game was tied 1-1. Not long after his introduction, Wigan retook the lead. Nick Powell didn’t have many opportunities but was on the receiving end of a lot of attention from the Palace defenders.
Michael Keane (Derby County) – Michael Keane was an unused substitute in Derby’s 1-1 draw with Blackburn Rovers.
Marnick Vermijl (NEC Nijmegen) – Vermijl played the full match for NEC in the quarter-final of the KVNB Cup against Utrecht. Utrecht had the better of the opening stages of the match but NEC opened the scoring. Vermijl linked up with Soren Rieks down the right flank and scored his fourth goal in seven games for NEC. His goal proved the difference between the sides and saw NEC progress into the semi-finals.
Vermijl played the full match as NEC took on second placed Vitesse in the Eredivise away from home. He had yet another good match in a game which saw plenty of attacking play. Given the quality of the opposition, NEC did well to get a result with a 1-1 draw.
Jack Barmby (Hartlepool United) – Barmby made his senior debut coming on in the 79th minute. He gave Hartlepool a lift after coming on showing quick feet and clever movement which tested York City’s defence. He was brought down for the free-kick that lead to Hartlepool’s first goal and scored their second with a fantastic curling effort from outside the box.
Anderson (Fiorentina) – Anderson started on the bench for Fiorentina in their fixture against Genoa. He came on in the 75th minute to replace hat-trick hero Alberto Aquilani as Fiorentina were leading 3 – 2. Genoa won a rare corner and made their chance count to equalise. Moments later Anderson was involved as Fernandez almost restores Fiorentina’s lead. He laid the ball off for him on the edge of the box but Fernandez’s volley went wide. The game ended 3 – 3. Anderson looked lively in his first appearance.
Ryan Tunnicliffe (Ipswich Town) – Tunnicliffe played the full match for Ipswich as they took on Reading. Ipswich had an anxious moment after 16 minutes when Tunnicliffe went in rashly on Jobi McAnuff and was lucky not to give away a penalty. Tunnicliffe was involved in a good move which saw him float a ball into the far post but Smith’s header went wide. Overall, he had a good game in the centre of midfield as Ipswich won 2-0.
Angelo Henriquez (Real Zaragoza) – Henriquez was an unused substitute in Zaragoza’s 1-0 win over Mirandés.
Bébé (Paços de Ferreira) – Bébé played the full match in Paços 2-0 win over Vitória de Setúbal in the Cup. Bébé’s effort in the 11th minute created the opening for Buval to score Paços first goal. On the stroke of half-time, Bébé almost doubled the lead but the keeper made a great save to deny him. Vitória de Setúbal took control of the second half even though they were reduced to ten men but Paços grabbed a goal in added time to seal a 2-0 win. However due to the result of the other teams, the victory was not enough to send Paços through to the semi-finals.
Anderson (Fiorentina) – Anderson started on the bench for Fiorentina in their fixture against Genoa. He came on in the 75th minute to replace hat-trick hero Alberto Aquilani as Fiorentina were leading 3-2. Soon after coming on, Genoa won a rare corner and made their chance count to equalise. Moments later Anderson was involved as Fernandez almost restored Fiorentina’s lead. He laid the ball off for him on the edge of the box but Fernandez’s volley went wide. The game ended 3-3. Anderson looked lively in his first appearance.