Keith Treacy (Burnley 2-2 Watford) — Keith Treacy had a debut to remember at Turf Moor yesterday. With Burnley 2-0 down, the winger was introduced midway through the second half and proceeded to turn the game on its head. It was his shot which Charlie Austin deflected into the net in the 77th minute. Then, with six minutes on the clock, he popped up to head Ross Wallace’s cross past Scott Loach for the equaliser.
Mark Yeates (Burnley 2-2 Watford) — In the same game, Tallaght man Mark Yeates also made his mark on his first appearance for Watford. Signed from Sheffield United in the summer, the winger looked lively throughout and got his reward when he beat Lee Grant from 12 yards out on 70 minutes.
David Connolly (Southampton 3-0 Leeds) — The former Republic of Ireland international showed that he hasn’t lost his eye for goal, even at the age of 34. He combined with England U21 Adam Lallana in the 52nd minute to round off an impressive opening 3-0 win.
Sean Scannell (Peterborough 2-1 Crystal Palace) — London-born Scannell wasted little time in opening his Championship account for 2011/2012. The 20-year-old got Palace off the mark at London Road when he held off the attention of two Posh defenders to lob Paul Jones from close range in the 33rd minute. He was substituted in the 70th minute after picking up a knock and has been withdrawn from Noel King’s U21 squad for tomorrow’s friendly against Croatia.
Billy Clarke (Hull 0-1 Blackpool) — Clarke missed Blackpool’s Premier League adventure last season with a knee injury and was anxious to repay Ian Holloway’s faith when he was introduced with 25 minutes to play at the KC Stadium on Friday night. The 23-year-old was key to Gary Taylor-Fletcher’s 83rd-minute winner, playing a neat one-two which allowed the striker to rifle home the only goal of the game.
Scottish Premier League
Anthony Stokes (Aberdeen 0-1 Celtic) — Stokes’ goal was all that separated the sides at Pittodrie yesterday. The striker linked up with Kris Commons on the edge of the area before side-footing past Gonzalez in the 74th minute.
Jon Daly (Dundee Utd 1-1 St. Mirren) — Daly’s second-half strike earned Dundee United a point, giving the Tannadice outfit a share of top spot in the SPL. He was perfectly positioned to take advantage of Scott Allan’s darting run, finishing the winger’s cut-back from the edge of the six-yard box.
Jonny Hayes (Dunfermline 3-3 Inverness) — The 24-year-old Dubliner grabbed his first of the season in the 3-3 thriller at East End Park, reacting quickest to hammer home Owain Jones’ fumbled shot in the 77th minute.
Darren Randolph (Motherwell 1-0 Hearts) — Randolph made it three clean sheets from three games this season with another assured display to deny Hearts.
Good week for …
Keith Treacy. A goal and an assist on your debut is a nice way to introduce yourself to the home support.
Bad week for …
Sean St. Ledger. Leicester’s summer signing was left on the bench as Sven chose to go with the central defensive partnership of Matt Mills and Sol Bamba for their 1-0 win away to Coventry.