A mixed weekend for Everton’s loanees saw victories, defeats, assists, FA Cup exits and even a managerial departure.
Callum Connolly played the full 90 minutes for Wigan Athletic and again earned widespread plaudits, despite the Latics bowing out of the cup with a 4-0 defeat against Manchester United.
Goals from former Blues midfielder Marouane Fellaini, Chris Smalling, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Bastian Schweinsteiger gave Jose Mourinho’s side a comfortable victory but the youngster still impressed at right-back on his third appearance for the club.
There were also cup exits for both Oumar Niasse and Tom Cleverley as Hull City and Watford were beaten by Championship sides Fulham and Millwall respectively.
Niasse came off the bench with 28 minutes remaining at Craven Cottage but couldn’t prevent the Tigers falling to a 4-1 reverse in a game that saw his strike partner Abel Hernandez have two penalties saved by Fulham goalkeeper Marcus Bettinelli in the space of two minutes.
Cleverley, meanwhile, was an unused substitute as Millwall’s Steve Morison hit the only goal with five minutes remaining at The Den.
In the Championship, Gethin Jones and Aiden McGeady each played 90 minutes as Jones' Barnsley won and McGeady's Preston rescued a late point.
Adam Armstrong’s 70th-minute strike earned the Tykes a 1-0 win at Rotherham United that moved them up to seventh in the table, a point and a place below the play-off positions.
Preston, meanwhile, climbed a place to 10th as Jordan Hugill’s last-minute equaliser cancelled out an early Tom Lawrence effort to earn a 1-1 draw at Ipswich Town.
In League Two, Conor Grant provided the assist for Mathieu Baudry’s opening goal as leaders Doncaster Rovers eased to a 3-0 triumph at Yeovil Town. The midfielder crossed for Baudry to sweep home on 31 minutes, before striker John Marquis added further goals either side of the break. That result leaves Donny top of the table, seven points ahead of closest rivals Plymouth Argyle but having played two games more.
In the same division, Antony Evans’ wait for a Morecambe debut goes on as the Shrimps were without a game, while in Scotland Russell Griffiths was an unused sub for his first match at Motherwell - a 2-0 home defeat against Rangers.
There was no action for Brendan Galloway with West Brom having been knocked out of the FA Cup by Derby County in round three and, in Germany, Shani Tarashaj was introduced during injury-time of Frankfurt’s 1-0 win at Schalke.
Finally, Delial Brewster sat out Southport’s 3-1 defeat at Bromley, a result which saw manager Steve Burr depart his role on Monday with the Sandgrounders 20th of 24 teams in the National League table.