In a busy first week in his new surroundings in Norway, Kwesi Appiah has tasted defeat on three occasions as Viking prop up the Tippeligaen table as the only side yet to gain a point.
The striker made his Viking bow in a 1-0 defeat to Valerenga, before coming off the bench three days later in a last-gasp 2-1 loss to Tromso. He then started last weekend against Sarpsborg but the early pace-setters ran out 3-0 victors to leave Appiah still searching for his first win and goal.
There was worse news for Ryan Inniss last week as he was forced off through injury with a recurrence of his shoulder problems after just 16 minutes of Southend United’s 1-0 loss against promotion-chasing Bolton Wanderers, and could have seen his season come to a premature end.
The Shrimpers remain just outside the League One play-off places, but at the other end of the table Freddie Ladapo’s Shrewsbury Town claimed a crucial 1-0 win against Rochdale to climb out of the relegation zone, with the Eagles striker coming on in the 77th minute but unable to end his two-month wait for a goal.
Northampton Town remain just six points above danger after losing 2-1 to promoted Sheffield United last Saturday, with Keshi Anderson an unused substitute and Hiram Boateng not in the matchday squad,
Hoping to join them in the third tier next term is Luke Croll’s Exeter City and they remain in the play-off places despite losing 1-0 to Newport County last weekend with the centre-back playing all 90 minutes, while Noor Husin was replaced at half-time with Accrington Stanley losing 2-0 at home to Crewe Alexandra, but they rallied to win 3-2 to keep their faint promotion hopes intact.
It was also an afternoon to forget for Jordon Mutch who started Reading’s 7-1 defeat at Norwich City, with the Royals incredibly trailing 6-1 after 41 minutes; however they remain fourth in the Championship with five fixtures remaining.