By Ronan Murphy
Hull City winger Robbie Brady took his tally for the 2013-14 season to three league goals with a penalty against West Ham United. Brady went down under pressure from fellow Irishman Joey O'Brien, and converted from the spot to give the Tigers a 1-0 win.
Ireland interim manager Noel King was in attendance as Norwich City climbed to 14th in the table with a 1-0 away victory over Stoke City. Anthony Pilkington impressed for the Canaries, working hard before being taken off with seven minutes remaining as Chris Hughton tried to protect his side's lead.
Leon Best scored one and assisted another as Blackburn Rovers easily defeated Bournemouth 3-1 to record their first away win of the season. Best provided the cross for Jordan Rhodes opener, before added Rovers' second with a shot from the edge of the area.
Richard Dunne put in another commanding performance for Queens Park Rangers to help them defeat Middlesbrough 2-0 and keep their seventh successive clean sheet. Rangers are three points clear of Burnley at the top of the Championship table, and have conceded just two goals so far this season.
Ireland Under-21 captain Shane Duffy made his debut for Yeovil Town, and was confident in defence despite Bolton Wanderers scoring a stoppage time equaliser to take a share of the points at the Reebok Stadium. Paddy Madden and Kevin Dawson also featured for the Glovers.
Andy Reid was once again on form for Nottingham Forest as they triumphed 1-0 over rivals Derby County. The midfielder supplied the corner for the winning goal and should have had a goal of his own only to be denied by Grant. Richard Keogh received his marching orders when he conceded a penalty for a challenge on Chris Cohen, while Conor Sammon was lively when he was introduced on the hour mark.
Leyton Orient's perfect start came to an end as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Walsall, but took the lead through Dave Mooney's first-half finish, the Dubliner's ninth goal of the season. Mooney sits at the top of the goalscoring charts for the division, while the O's are three points clear at the top of the table.
Milton Keynes Dons moved into the playoff positions with a 4-1 win over Stevenage. Darren Potter put the ball into his own net just before half-time to give the visitors a way back into the game, but Shaun Williams sealed the victory with a second-half penalty.
Former Ireland Under-21 striker Rhys Murphy scored his fourth goal of the season to help Dagenham and Redbridge defeat Bury 2-1, helping his side move to within three points of a playoff spot.
Scunthorpe United sit just one place above the Daggers in the table, and could only draw 2-2 with Burton Albion on Saturday afternoon. Niall Canavan headed in to give the Iron a second-half lead, but the hosts equalised to earn a share of the spoils.
Inverness Caledonian Thistle remained top of the Scottish Premiership table thanks to a 3-0 win over Pat Fenlon's Hibernian. Richie Foran was on target for the fourth time this season, netting from close range after teammate Ben Greenhalgh had hit the crossbar.
In the Scottish League One, Rangers made it seven wins from their first seven games with an 8-0 win over Stenhousemuir. Jon Daly scored four times for the Gers, who now have an impressive +30 overall goal difference as well as a five point lead over second-placed Dunfermline.
Aiden McGeady provided the assist for Kim Kallstrom's first-half equaliser against Zenit St Petersburg, but could not inspire his side to victory as Spartak Moscow lost 4-2 in the top of the table clash in the Russian Premier League. Zenit climbed into first with the win, but Spartak remain in contention, just three points adrift.
Darren O'Dea was made to work hard in defence as Metalurh Donetsk held rivals Shakhtar Donetsk to a 2-2 draw in the Ukrainian Premier League. The Irish defender was withdrawn after 50 minutes with his side leading 2-0, and watched as former Arsenal striker Eduardo came off the bench to seal a late draw.
|IRISH XI OF THE WEEKEND
Goalkeeper: David Forde (Millwall)
Defenders: Richard Dunne (QPR), Niall Canavan (Scunthorpe), Alex Pearce (Reading), Shane Duffy (Yeovil)
Midfielders: Robbie Brady (Hull), Richie Foran (Inverness), Anthony Pilkington (Norwich)
Forwards: Jon Daly (Rangers), Leon Best (Blackburn), Rhys Murphy (Dagenham & Redbridge)