There was significant game time for four of our players in the EFL on Easter Monday.
Starting in Sky Bet League One, AFC Wimbledon were denied a point against Fleetwood at home as the away side struck a later winner. Jaakko Oksanen played the full 90 minutes, and though it looked like it could be heading for a goalless draw, Barrie McKay netted in the 88th minute to snatch the points.The Dons are one point from safety and they have two important games in hand which could prove crucial going into the final weeks of the campaign.
In the same division, Ellery Balcombe was back in the starting XI for Doncaster Rovers, though they were unable to halt their difficult run of form as they lost 2-1 away at Bristol Rovers. James Coppinger actually put Doncaster ahead but two strikes from Luke McCormick in each half gave Bristol the points. Ellery and his teammates will look to bounce back at home to Wigan Athletic on Saturday having dropped to 10th in the league table.
As for Dom Thompson and Swindon Town, Easter Monday saw Swindon fall to a 2-1 defeat at Burton Albion. Tom Hamer netted the opener before Town hit back through Jack Payne shortly after. John Brayford headed home the winner seven minutes from time in a game where Dom played 93 minutes before being substituted very late in the game. The side are at home to Peterborough on Saturday and currently sit 20th in the table.
In Sky Bet League Two, Arthur Read got more minutes as he helped Stevenage to a 1-1 draw with Bradford City. He too was substituted in stoppage time in the game having played 90 minutes in a game where both goals came in the first half. Luke Norris had put Stevenage ahead before Clayton Donaldson found the net just before the half hour mark. Stevenage are 13th in the table and head to Salford City on Saturday.
Joe Adams wasn’t involved for Grimsby Town as they held promotion-chasing Cheltenham Town to a 1-1 draw at home. Lennel John-Lewis scored on eight minutes for The Mariners but the away side hit back on 34 minutes through William Boyle. Grimsby are still bottom of the table having picked up another draw.
The only recent game time for our players abroad came for Patrik Gunnarsson as he played the whole game in Silkeborg’s Play-Off win over Helsingør. Nicolai Vallys scored both goals just six minutes apart with the first coming in the 75th minute. That win makes it nine consecutive victories for Patrik and his side and they will now prepare for their next Play-Off game with Esbjerg on Saturday.
Halil Dervişoğlu will be hoping for more minutes when Galatasaray return to action on Saturday against Fatih Karagümrük S.K whilst Julian Jeanvier’s Kasımpaşa S.K. take on Denizlispor on Thursday. Joel Valencia’s Legia Warsaw are next in action on Sunday against Lech Poznan and they still sit top of the Ekstraklasa.