On a weekend dominated by Championship performers, it was Mason Mount who took home the most plaudits, and that took some doing as Chelsea’s best and brightest youngsters pressed their claims for greater consideration at Stamford Bridge next season.
It wasn’t the best start to the week for Derby County after they suffered defeat away to Blackburn on Tuesday, and put in a poor performance to go along with it, but they bounced back well on Saturday with a 4-0 win at home to Bolton Wanderers in which Mount scored his second career hat-trick. Movement, opportunism, confidence; all of the best hallmarks of a modern midfield goalscorer were on display as he moved onto double figures for goals this season.
There was also cause for celebration for Fikayo Tomori as he was named Derby’s Supporters’ Player of the Season. In a herculean effort that will likely see him reach the 50-game mark in all competitions, the young centre-back has been the beating heart of an injury-ravaged squad at times and, while he hasn’t been flawless, he has at the very least asserted himself as one of the finest young centre-backs this country has to offer.
And there was plenty more where that came from. Tammy Abraham missed a penalty for Aston Villa on Wednesday but was spot-on when tasked with the same responsibility against Bristol City on Saturday, slotting home for his 24th goal of the season, putting him three behind Championship Player of the Season Teemu Pukki, while the duo share an almost identical goals-to-minutes return (129-128).
It was Villa’s eighth win on the bounce, and a big blow to Bristol City’s own playoff aspirations, not least after a brilliant midweek win against West Brom. Jay Dasilva stole the show in that one, turning in a talismanic performance that had the pundits purring, and Chelsea fans ruing the idea that he looks set for a permanent departure this summer as the Robins have agreed a fee with the Blues for his services if he wants to stay at Ashton Gate.
— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) April 9, 2019
Tomas Kalas played at the heart of the City defence on both occasions, while Kasey Palmer was a second-half substitute at Villa.
Reece James, meanwhile, scored for the second week running as he too found the back of the net from the penalty spot in Wigan’s 1-1 draw against league leaders Norwich. Named Man of the Match himself, he is the sole Latic to feature in all 42 of their league matches so far this season, and at this point could probably have his pick of Premier League club to play at next season, with the caveat that the one that owns him might not be that bothered about involving him.
⭐️ Man of the Match, Reece James
⚽️ Scored Wigan's goal from penalty
3️⃣ chances created
Only @LaticsOfficial player to feature in all 4️⃣2️⃣ @SkyBetChamp games this season pic.twitter.com/E4cVJJdpbl
— Sky Sports Statto (@SkySportsStatto) April 14, 2019
Overseas, Alvaro Morata matched his 2018-19 Chelsea league goal return in Atlético Madrid colours with his fifth strike in Spain, coming off the bench to secure three more points against struggling Celta Vigo.
Kurt Zouma’s Everton lost 2-0 to an already-relegated Fulham, Michy Batshuayi was an unused substitute for Crystal Palace in defeat to Manchester City, and Kenedy didn’t make the trip to Leicester with Newcastle on Friday night. Not the best weekend for top-flight loanees.
Of the remaining Championship players, Michael Hector’s Sheffield Wednesday beat Nottingham Forest 3-0 before losing 1-0 away to an Izzy Brown-less Leeds, while Todd Kane played 164 of 180 minutes for Hull against Wigan (won) and Middlesbrough (lost). Kane, one of the older loanees now at the age of 25, is approaching the 40-match mark in an understated but very dependable season for the Tigers.
Trevoh Chalobah played 80 minutes for Ipswich in defeat at Brentford on Wednesday and, as the Tractor Boys look forward to next season, he was left on the bench for the 1-1 draw against Birmingham that confirmed their relegation to League One.
Lewis Baker and Reading, however, are leading their own charge away from the drop zone. A well-earned draw away to Norwich on Wednesday was followed by a 2-1 win over that same Brentford team, where our man Baker laid on the second goal with a typically well-taken free-kick. His performances of late have earned rave reviews among Royals fans, who would very much like to keep him and Matt Miazga at the Madejski Stadium beyond the end of this campaign.
In a quite unbelievable game, Dujon Sterling and Coventry won 5-4 at Sunderland on Saturday to keep their faint playoff hopes alive, where the winning goal was assisted by former Chelsea youngster Charlie Wakefield. Sterling had a lot of work on his plate down the right, but stuck to his task well overall, and emerged on the winning side.
If Coventry’s hopes are faint, Burton’s aspirations are even more fleeting, but they took a point away from Sunderland on Tuesday before beating Scunthorpe 3-0 on Saturday to stay in touch. Brad Collins kept his eleventh clean sheet of the season but, with their final four matches featuring fixtures against three of the top seven, they’re up against it.
As League One’s loanees battle for promotion, the fight is very much on to avoid relegation from the Football League for two of our three League Two prospects. Josh Grant’s injury kept him out for a second successive week but Nathan Baxter was in goal as Yeovil lost 1-0 to Crawley Town to drop into the relegation zone with just four matches left.
Jacob Maddox was an unused substitute as Cheltenham drew 1-1 at Lincoln, who became the first Football League team to secure promotion.
Jack Wakely played ninety minutes as Basingstoke lost 3-2 away to Poole Town, while Ethan Wady and Tooting & Mitcham United won 2-1 at Ashford Town to keep their playoff hopes alive.
Kenneth Omeruo is back and available for Leganés, who host Real Madrid on Monday night. Josi Quintero played ninety minutes as Lleida lost to Sabadell in Segunda B.
Tiémoué Bakayoko was embroiled in some minor controversy at the end of Milan’s 1-0 win over Lazio when he and Franck Kessie took Francesco Acerbi’s shirt and claimed it as some sort of ‘trophy’ in the moments immediately after their victory. The overreaction was palpable, and everyone should move on accordingly.
The head of the FIGC federal prosecutor, Giuseppe Pecoraro has decided to request TV evidence from the Sporting Judge regarding the gesture by Bakayoko and Kessie mocking Acerbi. [ANSA] pic.twitter.com/GYQbjA2uE8
— TheMilanBible (@TheMilanBible) April 14, 2019
The win leaves Milan three points (and a tie-breaker) ahead of Mario Pašalić and Atalanta, who host Empoli on Monday night knowing they must do their part to keep the Champions League race alive.
Ola Aina made his return from suspension for Torino as a late first-half substitute for the injured Lorenzo De Silvestri, while Lucas Piazon was once again an unused substitute for Chievo against Napoli. Did you even watch Napoli this season?
Christian Pulisic is still injured. In his absence, Jadon Sancho scored twice as Dortmund beat Mainz.
Vitesse’s goalless draw at Utrecht saw them fall to seventh in the Eredivisie standings and just a point ahead of Willem II in the last Europa League playoff spot. Their day would have been much better had Jake Clarke-Salter’s late headed goal not been ruled out by VAR. Eduardo was on the bench.
Fankaty Dabo and Sparta Rotterdam were surprisingly beaten 4-1 at home by TOP Oss to leave them almost certainly involved in the Eerste Divisie promotion playoffs, rather than challenging Twente for the title.
Baba Rahman got all ninety minutes as Reims drew 0-0 at Monaco in Ligue 1, but there were just seven minutes from the bench for Victorien Angban as Metz beat Chateauroux 2-1. They could be promoted as early as next weekend and, if pre-season reports are true, such an event would trigger their obligation to sign the Ivorian midfielder on a permanent basis.
There was no Kylian Hazard as Cercle Brugge beat Waasland-Beveren 3-2.
Victor Moses played almost all of a typically heated Istanbul derby against Galatasaray, being substituted in stoppage time at the end of the match.
Danilo Pantic played a long overdue ninety minutes in Partizan’s 3-0 win over Cukaricki.
Jared Thompson’s nine-man Warrenpoint Town lost 4-1 to Newry City.
Nathan played a quarter of an hour of Atlético-MG’s 4-1 Copa Libertadores defeat to Cerro Porteño and was an unused substitute against Cruzeiro on Sunday.
Started: July 14th
Final: May 29th
|Player||Club||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Europe/Cont||Other||Mins|
|Tammy Abraham||Aston Villa||40||26||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||3450||40||26|
|Lewis Baker||Leeds United||11||0||1||0||2||0||0||0||0||0||491||14||0|
|Michy Batshuayi||Crystal Palace||11||5||2||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||923||12||6|
|Isaiah Brown||Leeds United||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||11||2||0|
|Trevoh Chalobah||Ipswich Town||43||2||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||3273||44||2|
|Charlie Colkett||Shrewsbury Town||1||0||1||0||1||0||0||0||3||0||306||6||0|
|Fankaty Dabo||Sparta Rotterdam||24||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1625||24||0|
|Jay Dasilva||Bristol City||28||0||3||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||2383||32||0|
|Kylian Hazard||Cercle Brugge||21||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1116||21||4|
|Michael Hector||Sheffield Wednesday||36||2||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||3242||37||2|
|Reece James||Wigan Athletic||45||3||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||4005||46||3|
|Tomas Kalas||Bristol City||39||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||3586||40||0|
|Todd Kane||Hull City||39||3||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||3363||40||3|
|Jacob Maddox||Cheltenham Town||38||1||2||0||1||0||0||0||2||3||3077||43||4|
|Mason Mount||Derby County||37||9||2||0||4||2||0||0||0||0||3745||42||11|
|Alvaro Morata||Atlético Madrid||15||6||0||0||0||0||2||0||0||0||1245||17||6|
|Charly Musonda||Vitesse Arnhem||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||14||1||0|
|Kasey Palmer||Blackburn Rovers||15||1||0||0||2||2||0||0||0||0||984||17||3|
|Kasey Palmer||Bristol City||15||2||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||538||16||2|
|Danilo Pantic||Partizan Belgrade||29||6||3||1||0||0||7||1||0||0||3043||40||8|
|Dujon Sterling||Coventry City||38||0||0||0||1||0||0||0||0||0||3307||39||0|
|Fikayo Tomori||Derby County||46||1||4||0||4||1||0||0||0||0||4692||54||2|
|Iké Ugbo||Scunthorpe United||15||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||936||16||1|
|Jack Wakely||Basingstoke Town||15||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0||1355||16||0|
|Player||Club||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Europe||Other||Mins|
|Apps||Cln Sht||Apps||Cln Sht||Apps||Cln Sht||Apps||Cln Sht||Apps||Cln Sht||Apps||Cln Sht|
|Nathan Baxter||Yeovil Town||35||10||1||0||1||0||0||0||1||1||3420||38||11|
|Jamal Blackman||Leeds United||0||0||0||0||2||0||0||0||0||0||180||2||0|
|Brad Collins||Burton Albion||31||10||1||0||3||1||0||0||0||0||3115||35||11|
|Ethan Wady||Tooting & Mitcham United||7||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||2||1||810||9||3|
|Karlo Ziger||Sutton United||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||1||0||90||1||0|