It was a frantic day of Championship action on Friday as Sheffield United overtook Leeds United in the automatic promotion places.
Marcelo Bielsa’s men suffered a shock 1-2 defeat to relegation-threatened Wigan Athletic despite the away side going down to ten men.
Leeds knew that they had to avoid defeat to overtake Sheffield United who jumped into second after an excellent 2-0 win over Martin O’Neill’s Nottingham Forest in Friday’s early kick-off.
They started off excellently and soon found themselves with a massive advantage as Cedric Kipre saw red for a handball on the Wigan line, preventing a certain Leeds goal.
Pablo Hernandez missed the resulting spot kick, but the Whites found themselves one up shortly after thanks to a goal from potential Irish recruit Patrick Bamford.
Wigan however drew level before the break thanks to Gavin Massey and it was the winger who struck again in the second half as the away side took a shock lead.
Leeds hadn’t lost a game they had taken the lead in this season and despite pushing against the ten men they could not find an equaliser as their promotion aspirations suffered a huge blow.
Sheffield United’s Irish contingent had a massive part to play in their victory over Forest as David McGoldrick and Enda Stevens linked up for their second to send the Blades back into second place.
Elsewhere, Irish striker Callum Robinson was back amongst the goals as Preston defeated Ipswich by 4-1 at Deepdale.
Robinson, who had started the season well before an injury setback in November, scored his first goal after a lovely touch and turn on the edge of the area before rifling the ball past the Ipswich keeper.
His second was equally as impressive, a beautifully taken volley from inside the area as he looks to find form ahead of Ireland’s next set of qualifiers in June.
Richard Keogh found himself on the scoresheet for Derby County in their 2-2 draw with Birmingham while it was a momentous day for 17-year old defender Nathan Collins who was handed his first start for Stoke City in their 1-0 defeat to Middlesbrough.