Crystal Palace youngsters Sullay Kaikai and Kwesi Appiah are impressing in their loan spell at Cambridge United, both getting their names on the score sheet in recent matches. The two enjoyed FA Cup success on Tuesday night as Cambridge beat Mansfield Town away, moving into the next round where they will face Luton Town at home. The two sides drew 2-2 last week at the Abbey Stadium where Appiah salvaged a replay for his side, calmly controlling the ball on his chest then firing home a volley under the keeper in the nineteenth minute. In this week's replay it was the turn of Kaikai to grab the headlines. Appiah set him up and Kaikai's deflected shot wrong-footed the keeper to help United progress into the next stage of the competition.
In the Championship Reading continue to plummet down the table, the former Premier League side sitting 16th. Nigel Adkins was sacked on Monday, being replace by Steve Clarke, after his side were thumped 6-1 by an unforgiving Birmingham City who moved above the Royals in the table. On loan striker Glenn Murray has been the one positive for the Royals during their slump in form, scoring his sixth goal of the campaign against the Blues. His current loan spell comes to an end shortly when a further decision will be made on his immediate future.
Adlène Guedioura started Watford’s 2-1 win against faltering Wigan on the bench but came on in the dying embers of the game, his experience key in seeing the result though. Despite being part of the important win, which ensured that Watford stayed in the play-off places, the Algerian will perhaps remember the day for different reasons after meeting Elton John who was there as on of the stands at Vicarage Road was named after him. The midfielder described the singer as a “legend” on twitter and posted a photo of himself with the multiple Grammy-winning star.
In League One 19 year old Jerome Binnom-Williams endured a day to forget for Southend United as the promising youngster saw red for a tackle on Josh Scowan. His side were being beaten 2-1 by Wycombe Wanderers at the time but the match finished 4-1 as Southend struggled to the finish with 10 men. The referee’s decision was a little controversial, Southend’s goal scorer Jack Payne was in disagreement with the official stating that he, “didn’t think it was a sending off or even a foul.”
Elsewhere in League One Lewis Price had one of his best games for League One side Crawley. Crawley lost 1-0 to Bristol City, conceding in the 87th minute but Price’s sharp reflexes kept his side in the game until that point. There was little he could do about the goal, a low volley drilled in at a tight angle left him little time to make a save.
In League Two, Paddy McCarthy turned in a solid performance for his Sheffield United side in their 1-1 away draw against mid-table Fleetwood Town. However, the Palace defender was cup-tied for Sheffield United's midweek Capital One Cup win against Premier League opposition Southampton.
Bishop’s Stortford were knocked out of the FA Trophy by a clinical Torquay United, one of the best teams in the competition. Palace goalkeeper David Gregory was certainly kept busy in a 5-0 defeat that could have been a lot more if it wasn't for the 19 year old shot stopper. The youngster will be pleased with his own performance on a difficult afternoon for his side.