The Toffees' new signing assisted their first goal to help them advance in the FA Cup and set up a fifth round tie with Swansea City
By Ronan Murphy
Everton progressed to the fifth round of the FA Cup with a convincing 4-0 away win at Stevenage. New signing Aiden McGeady made his first start for the Toffees, and had an instant impact, crossing for Steven Naismith's opener.
James McClean scored his first goal for Wigan Athletic as they defeated Crystal Palace 2-1. The Derry-born winger provided the cutback for the Latics' first goal and then struck the winner late on to set up a fifth round tie with Cardiff City.
Bournemouth suffered a 2-0 defeat to Liverpool, but put in a strong performance against their Premier League opponents. Former Republic of Ireland under-21 midfielder Eunan O'Kane impressed for the hosts, playing some good passes and showing fine positioning sense to break up the play.
Stephen Hunt put in an impressive performance for Ipswich Town as they moved closer to the playoff positions with a 2-0 win over Reading. Daryl Murphy scored after 62 minutes, driving the ball in off the bar to give the hosts the lead.
Jeff Hendrick was forced off injured after just 35 minutes in Derby County's 1-1 draw with Blackburn Rovers. The Ireland international picked up a knock early on despite a decent start. Conor Sammon came off the bench for the Rams with less than 20 minutes left and set up the equaliser.
Wolverhampton Wanderers moved to within two points of the playoffs with a 3-1 win over Bristol City. Kevin Doyle was left on the bench once again, but compatriot Aaron McCarey made some good saves in the Wolves goal.
Jonathan Douglas helped Brentford return to the top of the table, scoring his side's opener as they defeated Gillingham 2-1. The midfielder headed home after 22 minutes to put the Bees in control of the game.
Alan Bennett put in a solid defensive display as AFC Wimbledon recorded a 2-1 win over Exeter City. Jimmy Keohane helped put the visitors ahead as his shot was turned into the net by a Dons defender, but the hosts came from behind to seal the win.
Eddie Nolan provided the assist for Scunthorpe United's opener as they were held to a 3-3 draw by Dagenham and Redbridge. The three-time Ireland international helped the Iron hold on to top spot, while Rhys Murphy played well for the hosts.
John-Joe O'Toole scored Bristol Rovers' third in their 3-1 win at home to Newport County. The goal takes O'Toole's tally to nine league goals this season, and moves the Pirates up to 18th.
Adam Rooney got his Aberdeen career off to a perfect start with a goal as the Dons drew 2-2 with Motherwell. The striker levelled the tie midway through the second-half heading in a loose ball, while defender Joe O'Shaughnessy also impressed for the visitors.
Teenage defender Eoghan O'Connell made the bench for the fourth time this season as Celtic defeated Hibernian 4-0. Striker Anthony Stokes missed the game through suspension.
|IRISH XI OF THE WEEKEND
Goalkeeper: Aaron McCarey (Wolves)
Defenders: Alan Bennett (AFC Wimbledon), Eddie Nolan (Scunthorpe), Joe Shaughnessy (Aberdeen)
Midfielders: Aiden McGeady (Everton), Eunan O'Kane (Bournemouth), Jonathan Douglas (Brentford), Stephen Hunt (Ipswich), James McClean (Wigan)
Forwards: Daryl Murphy (Ipswich), Conor Sammon (Derby)