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Monday 04 Mar 2024
NI Player Watch | Maxwell & Taylor on target

Striker Dale Taylor scored his eighth goal of the season at the weekend but it was not enough to prevent Wycombe Wanderers falling to a 4-2 home defeat to League One promotion hopefuls Barnsley.

The 20-year-old, who is on a season-long loan at Adams Park from Premier League outfit Nottingham Forest, gave Wanderers a 16th minute lead with his first league goal since January, however that was as good as it got for the home side who eventually conceded three second-half goals and ended the contest with 10 men. 

Elsewhere on-loan midfielder Sean McAllister scored direct from a free-kick to help Inverness Caledonian Thistle to a surprise 2-0 win at Greenock Morton. It was his first goal for the Highlands outfit since arriving on loan from Everton in January. 

Also on target over the weekend was Northern Ireland international Danielle Maxwell who recorded her first goal in her first start for Blackburn Rovers in the 2-2 Championship draw at home to Durham Women, who had Maxwell’s international teammate Sarah McFadden in their starting line-up.

In the Premier League Conor Bradley was again handed a starting role in Liverpool’s injury-time 1-0 victory at Nottingham Forest, while Jonny Evans played his first Manchester derby in nearly 12 years before being substituted with 21 minutes of the 3-1 defeat at the Etihad Stadium remaining. 

“Jonny was playing in that backline brilliantly,” said United boss Erik ten Hag. “He fought to be in this game, but after I think 65-70 minutes it was over and we had to take him off.” 

Meanwhile, in Denmark, goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell was taken to hospital with a suspected broken nose and a head injury following a nasty collision in Aarhus’ Superliga contest with Odense on Sunday. 

The Northern Ireland number one was playing his 16th game for the Danish side since arriving on loan from Burnley back in August.

Rangers winger Ross McCausland also had to be substituted after he sustained a leg injury following a hefty challenge from Motherwell defender Dan Casey. 

Speaking after the 2-1 home defeat to Motherwell, Rangers boss Philippe Clement said: “Ross we will need to see tomorrow. It's serious because he had to come off. He could not walk any more. 

“So there is really, really hard contact. He doesn't come off in the first half for nothing. So it is really clear it was a serious foul.” 

On a more positive note Shane Ferguson made his first start of the season for Rotherham United in their single goal Championship defeat at home to Yorkshire rivals Sheffield Wednesday and Ali McCann starred in Preston’s goalless draw against Hull City at Deepdale. 

“I thought we equipped ourselves really well,” said McCann. “We were on the front foot and were probably unfortunate not to come away with three points. But it’s another step in the right direction and we carry on our good form.” 

In League One goalkeeper Luke Southwood kept his eighth clean sheet of the season for Cheltenham Town in their League One scoreless draw at home to Burton Albion and another keeper, Dylan Berry, made his debut for Hendon in the Southern Premier League following his loan move from Norwich City last week. 

Finally, former Ballymena United and Larne defender Craig Farquhar scored his first goal for Crystal Palace’s U21 side as they progressed to the last eight of the Premier League Cup with a 3-2 win over Leicester City.