Scott Hogan illustrated why Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill is so keen to recruit his services by scoring twice in Brentford’s 3-2 Championship defeat at Blackburn on Saturday.
Hogan was sharp as a knife at Ewood Park, opening the scoring after just 33 seconds. He grabbed his second of the day on 30 minutes, his close-range strike making it 2-2.
Hogan’s ninth and 10th goals of the season showed that the Manchester-born player, who qualifies for Ireland through two of his grandparents, would be a useful addition to the Ireland cause.
Last week, O’Neill spoke about his intention to meet Hogan, who has scored 17 goals in his last 21 Championship games, to discuss the possibility of the 24-year-old declaring for Ireland.
Elsewhere, there was more misery for Mick McCarthy as Ipswich conceded after just 17 seconds en route to a 2-0 defeat at home to Nottingham Forest.
“We made unbelievable errors today to give two goals away,” the former Ireland boss said. “They were poor, poor goals and you have no chance of winning games if we give goals away like that.”
In League One, Chris Forrester headed a last-gasp winner as Peterborough won 1-0 at Northampton. “What a moment for me, the team and the fans,” Forrester said.
“Our support away from home was incredible again so it was great to score a winning goal right in front of them in a match that means so much to everyone at the club. I hope they remember it for a long time. I know I will. It was the best moment of my career.”
It was a less joyful weekend for Jay O’Shea, his goal coming in a losing cause as Chesterfield lost 2-1 at Fleetwood Town. There was also frustration for Paul Green, who was sent off for two bookable offences in Oldham’s 1-0 defeat at Scunthorpe.
In League Two, Patrick Hoban scored in Mansfield Town’s 3-1 win over Crawley, Pádraig Amond netted a penalty in Hartlepool’s 2-1 defeat at Doncaster, while Jamie Devitt was sent off as Carlisle beat Exeter City 3-2.
In the Scottish Premiership, an Adam Rooney spot-kick helped Aberdeen to a 3-1 win at Inverness.
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