There can be no doubt over which Palace loanee had the most eventful weekend after Jonny Williams and Sunderland took a share of the spoils in a ding-dong battle with Tony Pulis’ Middlesbrough at The Stadium Of Light.
Having only recently recovered from injury, Williams started the game on the bench but was thrown into the action on 42 minutes when Chris Coleman brought him on in place of Paddy McNair. At that stage, the hosts were holding a 1-0 lead thanks to Joel Asoro’s 11th minute opener, which had been followed by both Jake Clarke-Salter and Adama Traore receiving their marching orders from the referee in the 24th and 37th minutes respectively.
Shortly after the interval, the visitors raced into a 2-1 lead thanks to a strike from former Palace loanee Patrick Bamford and a penalty from Grant Leadbitter before that man Williams popped up to level the scores at 2-2 on 58 minutes. The goal came about after some neat play in the final third from the Black Cats saw the ball arrive at the Welsh international’s feet, allowing him to stroke a low first-time shot into the back of Darren Randolph’s net.
The drama was far from over, with Bamford once again giving Boro the lead on 68 minutes before Callum McManaman tucked away a last-minute Sunderland equaliser, sprinting to goad former boss Tony Pulis in the immediate aftermath. As games go, it had everything a neutral could have wanted, including a goal for the boy we call “Joniesta”.
Sullay Kaikai played the vast majority of Charlton’s 2-0 home defeat to League One high-flyers Shrewsbury; a result which leaves the Addicks one place and two points outside the play-off positions following Plymouth’s win at home to Bradford.
Down in League Two, Ryan Inniss played for the whole of Colchester’s 1-0 home loss to rock bottom Barnet, prompting plenty of U’s fans to start seriously questioning their chances of making into into the play-off picture by May. Down in 12th place and seven points off 7th placed Swindon Town with 11 games to go, they’ll need to hit a real purple patch to have any real hope of making it to Wembley and beyond.