City’s loaned midfielder Dewsbury-Hall sends Luton back to victory
A goal and an assist for Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall, who won his fifth Luton Town Man of the Match title in six home games, also earned him a place in the Sky Bet Championship Team of the Week.
– Seven City players on loan presented for their adopted clubs during the holiday season
– Kiernan Dewsbury-Hall has scored another goal and two assists in two games for Luton
– Matty James (Barnsley) and Josh Knight (Wycombe) have both tasted victory since Christmas
– Filip Benkovic, Darnell Johnson, Rachid Ghezzal and Kamal Sowah were also in action for their respective loan teams
The 22-year-old continues to impress at Luton, who sit 14th in the second tier table with a game in hand after their clash with the Queens Park Rangers postponed last weekend.
A Boxing Day loss at Reading, in which Dewsbury-Hall came off the bench at halftime and helped Kazenga Lua-Lua’s late consolation, was followed by an impressive home win three days later .
The Hatters faced Bristol City at Kenilworth Road, another side in the first half of the table, and took the first half advantage thanks to a strike from Glen Rea, once again aided by the loaned midfielder from Leicester.
Sonny Bradley’s goal equalized the scores before Dewsbury-Hall produced the winner, regaining possession in midfield and pulling his weak effort past the outstretched arm of Robins stopper Dan Bentley.
Stay in the championship, Matty james helped Barnsley record back-to-back league wins to end 2020 on a high note, before a 1-0 loss to leaders Norwich City.
The central midfielder played 73 minutes in Boxing Day’s clash with Huddersfield Town, as the Tykes came from behind to take three points, thanks to Michal Helik’s brace, including a winner in the 94th minute .
Another 2-1 victory came three days later at Rotherham United. James started the game at New York Stadium, playing another 74 minutes as Cauley Woodrow and Alex Mowatt wreaked havoc in the first quarter.
Romal Palmer replaced the loaned Leicester player after 63 minutes of the 1-0 defeat at Carrow Road, leaving Barnsley ninth in the Second Division table, three points behind the play-offs.
Central defender Josh Chevalier played the full game as the Wycombe Wanderers beat Cardiff City 2-1 on December 29, a result that ended in two league losses.
Goals from Ryan Tafazolli and David Wheeler helped score the points at Adams Park, although a strike from Junior Hoilett in added time deprived the Chairboys of a clean sheet.
Defender teammate Philippe benkovic came off the bench in the 20th minute, replacing Sean Morrison for the Bluebirds, who are 15th in the standings after 22 games.
Knight also played 90 minutes in Wycombe’s 2-1 away loss to Bristol City on Boxing Day and the 3-1 home loss to Middlesbrough last time around.
In Ligue 1, Darnell johnson was involved in a seven-goal thriller at the Pirelli Stadium that saw Wigan Athletic triumph 4-3 thanks to a hat-trick from Will Joseph and late winner Will Keane.
Johnson played 90 minutes of the game between two clubs currently occupying places in the bottom four, with the Latics leading despite an early delay.
Wigan is 22nd in the third tier and now just two points off safety after drawing 1-1 with Shrewsbury Town on Boxing Day. Johnson also played throughout that clash at DW Stadium in which Keane’s penalty had the home side ahead before Shaun Whalley’s equalizer.
Algerian winger Rachid Ghezzal is in good shape for Beşiktaş, recording six assists so far this season, including five in his last six games. Preparing Güven Yalçin for the opener in a 3-0 home win over Sivasspor, Ghezzal played the full game at Vodafone Arena as the Black Eagles rose to the top of the Süper Lig standings.
In the Belgian Pro League, meanwhile, Kamal sowah started OH Leuven’s Boxing Day loss to Oostende, being substituted 88 minutes after the 2-1 setback at King Power Stadion in Den Dreef. Leuven is now sixth in the top flight, with 29 points in 19 games.