Matthew Pennington helped Coventry City record a vital 1-0 win over Colchester United to ease the Sky Blues’ relegation fears this weekend.
The Warrington-born defender completed 90 minutes for Tony Mowbray’s side as Jim O’Brien’s strike nine minutes before the half-time interval proved enough to lift Coventry to 16th and three points clear of the League One drop zone.
Meanwhile, in the Championship, Conor McAleny started for Cardiff City – but was forced off just after the half-hour mark after picking up an injury with the scores locked at 1-1 against Leeds United.
The Bluebirds went on to register a 2-1 win courtesy of Aron Gunnarson’s close-range effort after a goalmouth scramble in the second period.
In League Two, Gethin Jones was introduced as a 70th-minute substitute to ensure Plymouth Argyle secured a 2-1 home victory over Mansfield.
Elsewhere, it was a disappointing weekend for the six other young Toffees, who were not involved for their temporary clubs this weekend.
Chris Long missed Brentford’s trip to Derby County as Darren Bent’s last-gasp strike earned the Rams a 1-1 draw with Mark Warburton’s side.
In League One, a hamstring complaint ruled out Francisco Junior as Port Vale played out a goalless draw with MK Dons and John Lundstram missed Leyton Orient’s 1-1 draw with Crewe Alexandra.
After three impressive performances, George Green was not available for Tranmere Rovers as the Prenton Park outfit slipped to a 1-0 defeat against Southend to leave them one point from safety in League Two.
Ben McLaughlin has been ruled out of for the season with a groin injury but AFC Telford’s relegation from the Football League has already been confirmed, while, north of the border, Conor Grant was not involved as Motherwell fell to a 2-0 defeat against Partick Thistle.
In Wednesday’s action, both McAleny and Long missed their respective Championship fixtures with injury.
McAleny’s Cardiff lost 3-1 away at play-off chasing Ipswich Town, while Brentford drew 1-1 at Sheffield Wednesday.
Down in League One, Pennington played the full 90 minutes and picked up a booking in Coventry 1-1 draw with Oldham Athletic. Tony Mowbray’s men scored an extra time equaliser to leave them four points away from the drop zone.
Two other strugglers met at Scunthorpe United’s Glanford Park as the Iron faced Port Vale. While Junior missed out for Vale, Lundstram was at least in the home side’s squad but was left on the bench.
Finally, in League Two, Jones played the full game for Plymouth Argyle as they edged closer to securing a play-off place with a 1-1 draw with Wimbledon.
It wasn’t so good for Green, who couldn’t help Tranmere Rovers avoid defeat against Mansfield Town, the 1-0 loss leaving them bottom of the Football League.