It was a Boxing Day to forget for one of Manchester United’s young loanees as Jesse Lingard was sent off in Birmingham City’s clash at Wigan Athletic.
The Warrington-born midfielder, who has been in fine form this season, was dismissed just after the hour mark following a late challenge on Jordi Gomez. One positive for Jesse was that his departure did not stop the Blues from holding out for a 0-0 draw against a Wigan side for whom United's Will Keane came on as substitute in the 72nd minute. Nick Powell, who is also on loan with the Latics, was not involved.
Elsewhere, Will’s brother Michael Keane played the full 90 minutes for Derby County at Huddersfield Town. Playing in the heart of defence, Keane came agonisingly close to notching a clean sheet and helping the Rams to claim an eighth straight win, but Martin Paterson’s 86th-minute equaliser put paid to that as Derby had to settle for a 1-1 draw.
Ryan Tunnicliffe again started as Ipswich Town took on Kiko Macheda's Doncaster Rovers in a game that was to finish in favour of the former. In a 3-0 win for the Tractor Boys, the combative Mancunian midfielder turned creator-in-chief as he set-up the second goal with a pinpoint cross to Luke Chambers. Macheda left the proceedings on 53 minutes, replaced by fellow forward Alex Peterson.
Two other Reds on loan, Ben Amos and Tom Lawrence, both turned out for Carlisle United in League One’s early kick-off on Boxing Day but were unable to prevent a 1-0 reverse against Preston North End. Finally, in an evening match, Tyler Blackett