Rangers Wes Foderingham leads the way for 'Next 20' ambassadors with another clean sheet
Kick It Out’s ‘Next 20’ initiative involves 20 young players who represent the organisation as ambassadors and help to spread the key messages of equality and inclusion. Every week, we’ll bring you a round-up of how our ambassadors are doing on the pitch
By Ross Hobart
Goalkeeper Wes Foderingham secured a 17th clean sheet of the Scottish Premiership season for Rangers as they capitalised on Hibernian’s defeat to Dumbarton to extend their lead at the top of the Scottish Championship to 11 points, thanks to a 1-0 victory over St. Mirren.
The Ibrox club had plenty of chances throughout the game, but were left frustrated by a spirited performance from the visitors. Kenny Miller and James Tavernier had come close before substitute Harry Forrester struck late on to earn them the three points.
Nathan Redmond completed 90 minutes for Norwich City as they suffered late heartbreak away at Premier League leaders Leicester City. Leonardo Ulloa slid home Marc Albrighton’s cross in the 89th minute to snatch the points for the Foxes and maintain their lead at the top of the Premier League. The Canaries had chances to win the game through Redmond and Cameron Jerome, but were unable to capitalise on a below-par Leicester performance.
Jack Butland put in a solid performance as Stoke City beat strugglers Aston Villa 2-1 at the Britannia Stadium. Marko Arnautović’s quick-fire double saw the Potters take control of proceedings early in the second-half. Leandro Bacuna pulled one back with ten minutes remaining, but they were unable to complete a comeback. Stoke’s second successive victory sees them move up two places to eighth, whilst Aston Villa remain rooted to the bottom of the Premier League eight points from safety.
Ben Davies was an unused substitute for Tottenham Hotspur as they came from behind to beat Swansea 2-1 at White Hart Lane. Alberto Paloschi put the Swans ahead in the first half, but late goals from Nacer Chadli and Danny Rose keeps Spurs firmly in the title race.
Meanwhile, Romelu Lukaku and Jamaal Lascelles saw their respective matches against Liverpool and Manchester City postponed this weekend because they clashed with the Capital One cup final.
In the Championship, Harry Maguire was an unused substitute as leaders Hull City were held to a goalless draw by play-off chasing Sheffield Wednesday.
Romaine Sawyers played the whole game as Walsall held League One leaders Burton Albion to a 0-0 draw at the Pirelli Stadium. Saddlers duo Sawyers and Paul Downing both had efforts saved in the first half, whilst Stuart Beavon came close to opening the scoring for the hosts but the game finished goalless. Walsall are without a win in four, but remain comfortably in the play-off positions.
Danny Rose came on as a second-half substitute for Bury as they were beaten 3-0 at the DW Stadium by Wigan Athletic, who cut Burton Albion’s lead at the top of the table to only two points. A brace from Will Grigg and a strike from Ryan Colclough was enough to seal the points for the Latics and extend their unbeaten run to twelve matches.
In League Two, Michael Harriman completed 90 minutes as Wycombe Wanderers beat fellow play-off chasers Bristol Rovers 1-0 at Adams Park. Midfielder Luke O’Nien’s fourth goal of the season proved to be decisive as the Chairboys moved above their opponents into sixth place in the league.