Fabio stars in shock
Fabio played a key role in QPR’s determined rearguard action in the London derby at Chelsea as Harry Redknapp’s Rangers pulled off the shock result of the season.
The Brazilian excelled at left-back and helped his side keep a clean sheet against the odds with Shaun Wright-Phillips’ winner putting a severe dent in any hopes the Blues had of becoming involved in the title race.
The highlight of his assured performance was perhaps when he confidently chested the ball to keeper Julio Cesar towards the end but he defended with intelligence and industry all night.
“Fabio’s a good lad,” Redknapp toldLondon24 recently. “He’s a nice lad as well. He’s enthusiastic and has a good attitude. He’s been fine.”
In the Championship, Robbie Bradyplayed the full 90 minutes of Hull City’s goalless draw with Crystal Palace whileBen Amos watched from the bench.
Michael Keane earned plenty of plaudits for his performance at the heart of the Leicester defence in a 6-1 romp against Huddersfield. The young defender impressed in his first Foxes game since picking up a hamstring injury but Jesse Lingard was not in the matchday squad. “Michael’s loan will finish but we will have a chat with Manchester United to see what their thoughts are about that,” City manager Nigel Pearson told theLeicester Mercury. “He played very well.”
John Cofie came on in the second half to help Sheffield United battle back from two goals down to force a 2-2 draw at Yorkshire rivals Doncaster. The striker is keen to extend his temporary stint at Bramall Lane until the end of the campaign.
Reece Brown again did not feature in Coventry’s 1-0 home defeat to Shrewsbury while Sean McGinty was an unused substitute in Carlisle’s loss to Crewe by the same scoreline.
Reds on loan
Barclays Premier League
Fabio – QPR
Ben Amos, Robbie Brady – Hull City
Michael Keane, Jesse Lingard – Leicester City
Reece Brown – Coventry City
John Cofie – Sheffield United
Sean McGinty – Carlisle United
Belgian Second Division
Luke Giverin – Royal Antwerp
Gyliano van Velzen – Royal Antwerp