With some of our talents resting and others in the thick of the action for their national teams, all of Colossal’s stars returned to their club commitments with the season very much in full flow.
There was a dramatic twist in the highly anticipated top two tussle between Alex’s Liverpool and Raheem’s Manchester City side whilst Martell and Cody were involved in a combative clash between Fulham’s U23s and Manchester United’s U23s. All will be summarised in this weekend’s review.
Total Minutes Played (Normal Time): 652
Total Appearances: 9
Player of the Week – Marvin Johnson
• Marvin scored the winner as Middlesbrough secured vital 1-0 home win vs Reading
• Marvin was cheered off by the Riverside faithful, being replaced in 93rd minute
• Middlesbrough have now climbed up to 13th in Championship table
After striking the winner in Middlesbrough’s 1-0 victory over Reading at the Riverside Stadium, Marvin cemented himself as our player of the week.
The 28-year-old’s expertly taken free-kick beat everyone in the box as Rafael Cabral was left helpless watching the ball nestle in the bottom-left corner.
Marvin’s individual display also earnt him a place in WhoScored’s Championship Team of the Week. Hopefully the winger continues this fine form for a Middlesbrough side in the bottom-half of the Championship.
• Alex started for Liverpool in 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle at Anfield
• The last match Alex lost with Liverpool: 2-1 away defeat to Man Utd in March 2018
• The Reds now have a five-point cushion at top of Premier League
After receiving his first England call-up in over a year, Alex put in a commanding performance as Liverpool defeated Newcastle 3-1 at Anfield on Saturday.
The Reds have won all five of their league games this season, topping the Premier League table with Alex becoming an important factor for Jurgen Klopp’s side.
The midfielder will be seeking another start for Liverpool on Tuesday in the first matchday of the Champions League away to Napoli.
• Despite shock 3-2 away defeat to Norwich, Raheem completed all 90 minutes
• At 2-0 down just before half-time, Raheem was desperately unlucky to hit the post
• Man City still remain second in the Premier League with 10 points after five games
In a surprisingly poor team performance from Manchester City, Raheem’s resilient efforts came to no avail in the 3-2 loss to newly promoted Norwich City at Carrow Road.
With the fault lying with the away side’s defending rather than a lack of cutting edge upfront, Raheem, similar to all of his displays this season, gave it his all in the defeat.
Raheem and his City teammates will have the chance to re-discover their winning formula on Wednesday for the trip to Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League on Wednesday.
• Kasey started for visitors Bristol City in 2-1 victory over 10-men Stoke City
• Kasey has played in all of Bristol City’s seven league games so far this season
• The Robins are now third in the Championship, two points behind leaders Swansea
After a frustrating 2-2 draw before the international break against Marvin and Middlesbrough, Bristol City were back on the right-side of the scoreline against Stoke City.
Robins manager Lee Johnson has built his team around Kasey, who once again started in the 2-1 win over their opponents, who have yet to win a game in the Championship this season.
With Bristol City currently third in the second-tier, Kasey is relishing the responsibility that comes with a team pushing for promotion to the Premier League.
• David played pivotal role in Crawley keeping clean sheet after 1-0 win vs Mansfield
• The 20-year-old came off in 68th minute having received treatment for an injury
• Crawley are eighth in League Two, just outside the play-off spots on goal difference
Not for the first time this season, David was integral in his team’s pursuit of a clean sheet as Crawley Town secured a gutsy 1-0 victory against Mansfield on Saturday.
The 20-year-old has certainly come of age this season, earning a starting spot for the Red Devils, who already find themselves in the play-off mix in eighth place.
David will be confident of guiding his side to victory once again as they host out of form Plymouth on Tuesday.
• Albert broke deadlock for Real Salt Lake before Minnesota came back to win 3-1
• It was Albert’s first match since returning from international duty with Slovakia
• Albert has scored 10 goals for Real in the MLS so far this season
Albert hit double figures in goals for this season after scoring Real Salt Lake’s consolation goal in the 3-1 defeat away to Minnesota United.
After a long trip back to America having featured in Slovakia’s European Championship qualifiers against Croatia and Hungary, Albert was determined to feature against Minnesota.
Despite Albert’s consolation strike in the loss, Real Salt Lake are three points ahead of the MLS play-off cut with five games of the regular season remaining.
• Reece came on for final 23 minutes as Augsburg beat Eintracht Frankfurt 2-1
• The 20-year-old has been utilised as a defensive midfielder for his team
• Augsburg have lifted themselves up to 14th in the Bundesliga table
Reece made a valuable contribution in Augsburg holding off Eintracht Frankfurt as the Fuggerstader escaped the Bundesliga relegation zone with a 2-1 win.
After being brought on to consolidate Augbsurg’s commanding position at 2-0 up, Reece provided much-needed energy for his fatigued teammates as the home side earned crucial points.
Reece will now be hopeful of starting for the visit to third-place Freiburg on Saturday.
Martell Taylor-Crossdale & Cody Drameh
• Fulham U23s were beaten 1-0 away to Manchester United in feisty affair
• Martell played 65 minutes of match that saw two red cards and a missed penalty
• Cody completed full 90 minutes of game as Fulham sit 10th in PL2 Division 2 table
Martell and Cody have played starring roles for Fulham’s Development Squad side despite the team’s struggles down the Premier League 2 Division 2 table.
The pair both started in a frantic encounter against Man United, with both teams receiving a red card. The hosts broke the deadlock in the 85th minute before Fulham missed their chance to snatch a point at the death as Matej Kovar saved Timmy Abraham’s penalty.
Despite the agonising loss, these experiences for Martell and Cody will only help their progression as future prospects looking ahead.