Harry Souttar scored an own goal on his English Premier League debut with new club Leicester City but earned a 6/10 rating with boss Brendan Rodgers labelling him “excellent”.
Souttar started and played the full 90 minutes in Leicester’s 4-2 win at Aston Villa which moved them away from the drop zone.
Rodgers said: “Harry at centre-back was excellent. He was unlucky with the own goal, but he gives us a presence, he can attack the ball and he was very good for us.”
Leicestershire Live wrote: “He was unfortunate for the own goal in what was actually a quiet first half for the big man. That’s not necessarily a bad thing for a centre-back though.
“In the second period, he won some big headers and made one excellent block to deny Watkins, although looked a little shaky when players dribbled right at him.”
Tyrese Francois wasn’t in Fulham’s squad for their 0-0 draw with Chelsea on Friday having been recalled from his season-long loan with Croatian club HNK Gorica late last week and named in the club’s 25-man Premier League for the remainder of the season.
Elsewhere in England, Riley McGree got an assist with a clever pass and an 8/10 rating as Middlesbrough boosted their promotion hopes with a 3-0 home win over Kenny Dougall‘s Blackpool in the English Championship.
Teesside Live rated McGree, who played a full game, 8/10 and wrote: “Another brilliant, all-action display. He just seemed to cover every blade of grass in the final third of the pitch. Wherever the ball was, he was. Lovely reverse pass into Akpom for the important second goal.”
Dougall was a 60th minute substitute for Blackpool, while Bailey Wright only lasted a few minutes in his Rotherham United debut due to concussion.
Wright, who moved on loan from Sunderland to Rotherham in midweek, came on in the 69th minute but was replaced four minutes later in the 0-0 draw with Sheffield United.
Rotherham boss Matt Taylor said: “Bailey had a clash of heads on the far side, the other lad didn’t seem too injured by it, so I think it was just the area of his head that has made him concussed.
“I don’t think he quite knew where he was when Lee [Peltier] and the physios spoke to him and he is as tough as they come. The big issue now is what we do in terms of concussion protocols.”
74 | Wright is substituted for what we assume is concussion, Harding replaces him.
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Connor Metcalfe scored his second St Pauli goal in a 2-0 victory over Hannover 96 in the German 2.Bundesliga on Sunday.
Metcalfe curled in a right-footed shot in the 27th minute, although the assistant referee initially disallowed it for offside which was overturned.
Metcalfe started and played 83 minutes while Jackson Irvine put in a full shift.
Aaron Mooy maintained his scoring form with his fourth goal in four games as Celtic won 4-1 at St Johnstone in the Scottish Premiership on Sunday.
Mooy, who started and played 78 minutes, added Celtic’s third goal in the 39th minute with a cool finish after getting in behind the St Johnstone defence.
The Celtic Way rated Mooy 9/10 and wrote: “He was restored to the side in place of Matt O’Riley and threaded a neat pass into Daizen Maeda’s path that led to the first goal. The Australian’s influence grew stronger from that moment onwards and pulled the strings in midfield.
“He shunted a fine ball to Jota who raced down the right wing and squared for Kyogo to make it 2-0. He is fast becoming prolific in front of goal as he dinked a thing of beauty following Jota’s filthy assist over Remi Matthews to make it 3-1. Another Daddy Cool performance.”
Mat Ryan was in goal, playing a full game, as AZ Alkmaar missed the chance to go top of the Dutch Eredivisie after a 1-1 draw at 10-man FC Volendam. Ryan was beaten by a header from a free-kick for Volendam’s goal.
Denis Genreau remained sidelined with a groin injury as Toulouse lost 2-1 at Paris Saint-Germain in the French Ligue 1 on Saturday.
Jason Davidson put in a full shift as KAS Eupen drew 1-1 at home with Charleroi in the Belgian First Division A.
Cristian Volpato was an unused substitute as AS Roma triumphed 2-0 over Empoli to move up to third in Italy’s Serie A.
Fran Karacic was sent off early as Brescia lost 4-0 to Perugia in Italy’s Serie B, continuing their slide towards the drop zone.
Karacic picked up an early yellow card and was booked for a second time in the 16th minute, with a late tackle on Francesco Lisi on Perugia’s left flank. The result means Brescia are 16th after four straight losses.
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