Aiden McGeady helped Sheffield Wednesday’s promotion push by playing in Saturday’s 4-0 demolition of Brentford.
The winger, who moved to Hillsborough on a deal until the end of the season at the start of the month, came off the bench to play the final half-hour.
The win saw the Owls climb to fifth in the table, just four points adrift of the automatic promotion spots.
Conor McAleny played the first 81 minutes for Wigan Athletic's home game against Oldham, but was unable to follow up his goalscoring debut as the two sides shared a goalless draw.
Luke Garbutt came off the bench early on in Fulham’s 3-1 victory at Queens Park Rangers, also in the Championship. It was a welcome three points for the Cottagers, moving them away from the relegation zone.
It was a good afternoon too for Jonjoe Kenny as he put in another 90 minute’s work in Oxford United’s 4-2 win away at Morecambe.
The youngster made the fourth appearance of his loan stint as the U’s picked up an important three points on the road to consolidate third place in the League Two standings.
However, it was a disappointing weekend for two other young midfielders.
Ryan Ledson, who last Monday had his stay at Cambridge United extended, got through another full game, although it was in a 2-0 away defeat to Stevenage.
It was a similar story for Liam Walsh, another youngster gaining experience in English football’s fourth tier. The teenager was on the losing side as his temporary club Yeovil Town were beaten 2-1 by fellow strugglers Hartlepool United.
Over in Switzerland, Grasshopper Zurich played their second match since the league resumed following the mid-season break. January recruit Shani Tarashaj started in attack but was replaced on 58 minutes in a 4-0 defeat to Basel.
Meanwhile, a combination of injuries and the weather conditions prevented Everton’s other loanees from playing this weekend.
A rib problem kept Conor Grant out of Doncaster Rovers’ 1-0 home defeat to Sheffield United and David Henen’s hamstring strain prevented him from featuring in Fleetwood Town’s goalless draw at Port Vale.
Michael Donohue signed for Barrow last week but his debut was put on hold after the Cumbrian’s trip to Eastleigh was postponed to due a waterlogged pitch.