How the Irish fared: David Meyler strikes again for Hull

David Meyler’s second goal in two games put Hull City on course for a 2-0 victory over Birmingham that lifted the Tigers to second in the Championship on Saturday.
How the Irish fared: David Meyler strikes again for Hull

Meyler marked his return to the starting line-up by scoring in the 3-0 win over Ipswich last Tuesday and followed up by netting the opener with a tidy finish on Saturday.

He tweeted: “Great to get another home win today. Lads were brilliant Nice to get another goal.”

Alan Judge is the most in-form Irish player outside the Premier League at present and his latest sparkling display inspired Brentford to a 3-0 win at Charlton.

Judge made the first and the third goals and exquisitely curled home the second himself to secure the points.

Alan McCormack, Judge’s Brentford team-mate and fellow Irishman, was quick to pay tribute. McCormack said: “Judgey’s a step above everybody; he’s brewing with confidence. Going away with the Ireland team has helped him because he’s come back from that and stepped up a level.”

While Lee Carsley was celebrating Hull’s third win on the bounce, it was a frustrating day for the Championship’s other Irish managers as Mick McCarthy’s Ipswich dropped two points after conceding a late equaliser in the 1-1 draw at Nottingham Forest while Chris Hughton’s Brighton were held to a goalless draw by Preston.

Paddy Madden is now the leading marksman in League One after his brace – which took his tally to nine for the season – helped Scunthorpe to a 3-0 win at Chesterfield.

Aiden O’Brien also doubled up; his goals earning Millwall a 2-1 win at Sheffield United.

Millwall boss Neil Harris said: “The biggest compliment I can give Aiden is that he never stands still. He is always on the move, such an important quality in a striker.”

Owen Garvan was one of eight different scorers as Colchester drew 4-4 at home to Walsall while Stephen McLaughlin scored as Southend drew1-1 at Gillingham.

In League Two, Rory Gaffney scored twice as Cambridge won 3-2 at Yeovil, Carl McHugh netted in Plymouth’s 2-1 win over Luton and Rhys Murphy was on the mark in Crawley’s win at Luton.

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