Sunday 22 July 2018

Hogan injury mars O'Neill's Reading trip

Scott Hogan. Photo: Harry Murphy/Getty Images
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Scott Hogan missed out on a chance to impress Martin O'Neill last night with the new Irish recruit struck down by injury in his Aston Villa side's Championship defeat to Reading.

The striker hobbled off in the first half as he was still feeling the effects of an earlier challenge. It meant that part of the reason for O'Neill's trip to the Madejski Stadium was wasted with the 24-year-old unable to make an impact for a misfiring Villa side.

The Irish boss was also there to watch Liam Kelly who started for Reading and he enjoyed a better night with the hosts eking out a 2-1 win with Paul McShane also playing a full part. They were helped on their way by an own goal from Villa's summer recruit Glenn Whelan, although his Irish colleague Conor Hourihane did grab a late consolation.

Elsewhere, Daryl Murphy continued his goalscoring start to life at Nottingham Forest by hitting the target at Barnsley but it was in vain as it sandwiched strikes from the opposition that gave them a home win at Oakwell.

Sean Maguire came off the bench for Preston in a single-goal defeat at the hands of Derby. Daryl Horgan was also a second-half sub, with Greg Cunningham and Alan Browne selected from the start.

Millwall's Aiden O'Brien is another player with an eye for goal - although the former Irish U-21 striker has been used in a wide role by his employer - and he was on target in a dramatic 4-3 defeat to Mick McCarthy's in-form Ipswich at The Den. McCarthy's men are joint top with three wins from three along with Cardiff and Wolves.

Galway's Conor Shaughnessy impressed on his full debut for Leeds at centre-half in a scoreless draw with Fulham.

Irish Independent

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