By Ronan Murphy
Giovanni Trapattoni was at Carrow Road on Saturday to watch Anthony Pilkington and Wes Hoolahan guide Norwich City to a 2-1 win over Wigan Athletic. Hoolahan set up Pilkington for the opener with a fine run from midfield, while Pilkington returned the favour as Hoolahan headed in the winner. James McCarthy was taken off at half-time after picking up a knock, but it was a precautionary measure and he should be fit for the Latic's trip to Arsenal next weekend.
Everton remained in the top four thanks to a 1-1 draw with Stoke City. Once again, Darron Gibson put in an impressive performance in midfield, while Seamus Coleman was a constant threat down the right. The two linked up well early on, and created a great chance for Nikita Jelavic.
For the second weekend in a row, on-loan David Meyler found the net for Hull City, inspiring them to a 2-0 win over Huddersfield Town. Northern Ireland's Alex Bruce was sent off against his former club for a clash with former Ireland international Alan Lee.
Mick McCarthy's Ipswich Town went down to Leeds United, losing 2-0 with Ireland midfielder Paul Green on target for his third goal of the season.
A Jeff Hendrick volley opened the scoring as Derby County beat Bristol City 2-0 at Ashton Gate. Full-back Greg Cunningham returned for the Robins, coming off the bench to play his first game in three months having been ruled out with an ankle injury.
Adam Barton ended all hopes of a Doncaster Rovers comeback, netting Coventry City's fourth late on in a 4-1 victory to see them climb up to 13th in the table.
Sam Foley also left it late for Yeovil Town, providing an assist and then a stoppage time goal to snatch a 2-2 draw with Walsall. The former Ireland under-18 international has been in fine form for Yeovil since signing from Newport County in May.
Barnet remain rooted to the bottom of League Two despite Graham Stack pulling off a couple of good saves to give them a chance against Dagenham and Redbridge. Player-manager Edgar Davids almost equalised for the Bees, but the home side stood strong to grab a 1-0 victory.
Alan Bennett captained Cheltenham Town to a 1-1 draw with Port Vale to keep the Robins in the top three. Two-time Ireland international Bennett put in an impressive display in defence as the two promotion-chasing sides played out an entertaining tie.
Jon Daly scored twice for Dundee United in a thrilling 4-4 draw with Inverness Caledonian Thistle. Daly put the Terrors two-up in the sixth minute, and after a Billy McKay hat-trick, Daly struck again to level the game in extra time.
Pat Fenlon's Hibernian slipped up once again, losing 3-2 to Motherwell despite being 2-0 ahead with half an hour left. Eoin Doyle got both of Hibs' goals, but a red card for James McPake turned the tide in Motherwell's favour.
Barry Maguire played 66 minutes as VVV Venlo drew 0-0 with Groningen to move out of the relegation zone in the Eredivisie. The game was Maguire's sixth start of the season after missing the start of the campaign through injury.
Liam Miller was instrumental in Perth Glory's 3-0 win over Newcastle Jets, with former Aston Villa goalkeeper Mark Bosnich naming the Irishman as his man of the match after the game.
|IRISH XI OF THE WEEKEND
Goalkeeper: Graham Stack (Barnet)
Defenders: Seamus Coleman (Everton), Mark O'Brien (Derby), Alan Bennett (Cheltenham), Greg Cunningham (Bristol City)
Midfielders: Wes Hoolahan (Norwich), Sam Foley (Yeovil), Liam Miller (Perth), Anthony Pilkington (Norwich)
Forwards: Eoin Doyle (Hibernian), Jon Daly (Dundee Utd)