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Wales Watch: The Welsh wingers are on fire

It was a third goal in four games for Bournemouth winger David Brooks, who scored the second in a 3-0 victory against Fulham. The playmaker has been something of a revelation in recent times for Eddie Howe’s side after a goalless start to the season.

Paul Dummett kept a clean sheet at the back for Newcastle in a 0-0 draw with Southampton, as did Ashley Williams for Stoke as they beat Bristol City 1-0 away from home. Joe Allen assisted the only goal of the game with a headed pass.

There wasn’t much action for Aaron Ramsey, who only came on for the last 15 minutes of Arsenal’s 2-2 draw with Wayne Hennessey‘s Crystal Palace. Sam Vokes, who played an hour for Burnley, was part of the team that lost 4-0 at home to Chelsea.

Dan James continued his very impressive form on the left wing for Swansea, grabbing an assist for a second goal to seal a 2-0 win at home. Connor Roberts played in an advanced role on the right, Joe Rodon kept another clean sheet at the back and Declan John came on for the final few minutes in a rare appearance since joining in August.

Tom Lawrence and Harry Wilson played 90 minutes for Derby, but were unable to impact the scoreline of 1-1 with Tony Pulis’ Middlesborough side. Chris Maxwell and Andrew Hughes both played 90 minutes for Preston, as did Chris Mepham for Brentford, but neither could keep a clean sheet.

Ben Woodburn returned to the bench for Sheffield United and didn’t make an appearance, however, Keiron Freeman played 90 minutes in their 4-2 win against Wigan. Another Welsh full-back, Morgan Fox popped up with an assist for his club Sheffield Wednesday, but they lost the game 3-1 against Birmingham.

Wes Burns netted his fourth of the season for Fleetwood, and 24-year-old right-back Liam Shepherd scored his second goal of the week for League Two team Forest Green.

Although coming close to scoring on Sunday, Gareth Bale‘s Real Madrid were beat emphatically in El Clasico at the Nou Camp 5-1. Another Welsh expat, Matt Smith, is having a much better time with FC Twente. The Dutch side won again on Friday, taking them to third place in the league table.

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• Match Report: Rep. of Ireland 0-1 Wales 
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Wales watch for the matches in midweek

A rare thunderous 20 yard strike from Joe Ledley saw Derby on their way to a 2-0 win over Ipswich. Tom Lawrence has been on dead balls for The Rams this season and saw another of his free kicks hit the back of the net for the second goal, helped by some poor goalkeeping from Bartosz Białkowski.

The Welsh Stoke boys, Ashley Williams and Joe Allen had a torrid time against Wigan at the bet365 Stadium. Williams was sent off in the 78th minute for a second bookable offence, while Allen conceded the penalty that made it 0-3 to Wigan. Lee Evans was happy to be on the winning side; his second spell at the club has been nothing but positive and he’ll be utilised by Giggs in upcoming matches if his performances stay at this level.

James Chester and Chris Mepham played 90 minutes against each other on Wednesday night but neither were able to keep a clean sheet in a match that finished 2-2 at Villa Park.

Fleetwood Town’s dramatic 5-0 win away from home against Scunthorpe saw both Welsh forwards, Wes Burns and Ched Evans, bag a brace each in the first half. Incredibly all 4 goals were scored within 13 minutes! George Thomas was on the receiving end and came off after the hour mark.

Connor Roberts put in another hardworking performance on the right in Swansea’s 2-2 draw with Championship rivals, Leeds. Joe Rodon kept his place at centre half.

Mark Harris grabbed his second goal of the week in a 3-2 win over Notts County.

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