Loan Watch: Hannibal impresses

Monday 07 November 2022 16:06

Hannibal continues to shine in a loan spell at Birmingham City, as he picked up another assist for Blues in a 2-1 win against Stoke City.

The Tunisia international started in the midfield for the Midlanders on Saturday afternoon and curled in a perfect corner to find Harlee Dean to double the advantage and, ultimately, earn the win.

Birmingham took the lead early on, through Scott Hogan pouncing on a Phil Jagielka mistake, before Dean's goal in the second half provided some breathing space. Stoke did grab a consolation goal from a Lewis Baker penalty, but it was not enough to topple Hannibal's Birmingham side.

Two other Red loanees were in action in the Championship on Saturday, but were not victorious. Amad started for Sunderland in their 1-0 loss to Cardiff City. The Ivorian had two good chances denied by Perry Ng and Cedric Kipre. Cardiff scored the only goal of the game, when Mark Harris latched on to an attempted shot by Mahlon Romeo.

Meanwhile, Ethan Laird started in Queens Park Rangers' 1-0 loss to West Bromwich Albion, as the promotion-chasers dropped to fifth in the league. The Londoners also lost by a narrow margin, as Kyle Bartley got on the end of a great free-kick from John Swift and guided his header home from close range.

In the Premier League, Dean Henderson started for Nottingham Forest in a dramatic 2-2 draw, when Brentford's Mathias Jorgensen scored in the 96th minute to take a point back to the City Ground.

In Europe, goalkeeper Matej Kovar kept an impressive clean sheet for Sparta Prague, beating Viktoria Plzen 1-0 in the Czech top-flight, while Alex Telles was involved in a stormy local derby between Sevilla and Real Betis. The full-back came on as a substitute for the away team, and picked up a booking, as three players were sent off in the 1-1 draw.

Ethan Galbraith started for Salford City on Saturday in the FA Cup. The Northern Ireland international played the full 90 minutes in the Ammies' first-ever clash against Peterborough in a 0-0 away draw. Before the replay, Salford will play on Tuesday, travelling to Rochdale, in League Two.

Charlie Wellens did not feature on Oldham Athletic's 3-0 cup exit at Wrexham.