Jonny Williams continued his comeback from injury as he pulled on the blue shirt of Ipswich Town for the first time during his latest loan spell at the club and played for their development side against Liverpool last weekend.
The Welsh international was injured when representing the Eagles in pre-season against Farnborough, but stepped up his latest recovery against the Reds in the U23 Premier League Cup, however the Tractor Boys were defeated 3-0 at Portman Road thanks to a hat-trick by Danny Ings, although Williams got a vital 45 minutes under his belt.
Afterwards, manager Mick McCarthy told the club’s official website: “We are looking to get another friendly arranged this week and we’ve another U23 game before we play Blackburn so we will look to get Jonny involved in one or both of those games.
“Jonny is injury free but being fit and being fit to play Championship football is a different thing altogether. If he comes through okay then we hope to have him in the squad for Blackburn.”
Elsewhere, Sullay Kaikai helped maintain Brentford’s unbeaten home record on Saturday as he played the final 25 minutes of their goalless draw against struggling Wigan Athletic, which was his fifth appearance since moving to west London in August. Despite not being able break down the Latics’ defence, the Bees remain seventh in the Championship table, just outside the play-off places.
In League One Ryan Inniss played his third game for Southend United in the space of a week, and he completed a full set of a win, draw and a loss after the Shrimpers were denied victory against Peterborough United thanks to a last minute Marcus Maddison strike. Inniss featured for the full 90 minutes, but Phil Brown’s men occupy a place in the relegation zone in what is a very congested bottom half.
Bolton Wanderers’ recent downturn in fortunes continued last weekend as they lost 2-0 at home to Oxford United, who sent on Keshi Anderson in the 68th minute to try and win the game when it was still goalless, however he couldn’t prevent Oxford scoring two late goals as the Trotters slid out of the top six to eighth place, after failing to score in their previous four matches.
All in all it was a frustrating afternoon for all four of the Eagles’ representatives in the division, with Freddie Ladapo unable to get off the mark for Oldham Athletic as he started their 2-0 defeat to MK Dons, a result that leaves them rock bottom of the table, and Hiram Boateng sat out Bristol Rovers’ 3-2 win against Northampton Town.
Another side struggling at the wrong end are Exeter City, and a late Adebayo Akinfenwa goal ensured a miserable afternoon for Luke Croll’s side as they were beaten 1-0 by Wycombe Wanderers, with the Palace defender playing the whole of the match but the Grecians remain in 23rd position in League Two.