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Eirik Johansen makes league debut

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Eirik Johansen

Eirik Johansen made his league debut on Saturday after agreeing a loan deal with Scunthorpe last week.

Although the Iron lost 2-1 to Coventry, his manager Brian Laws was full of praise for the 20-year-old Norwegian.

“I was delighted with his performance,” said Laws.

“He was gutted because he wanted to keep a clean sheet, obviously, but I see good, positive signs.

“I think he’ll give us some strength at the back as well.

“What bits he had to do he did them cleanly, but he didn’t have a lot to do.”

Elsewhere, it was another successful weekend for Ryan McGivern as he chalked up another 90 minutes as part of the Hibernian defence which kept a clean sheet against Edinburgh rivals Hearts.

The match ended goalless but Hibs were denied a first derby victory since 2009 when the officials failed to award a goal despite the ball clearly crossing the line. 

Jeremy Helan enjoyed 90 minutes for Sheffield Wednesday, who pulled off an impressive victory away at high-flying Leicester City.

Wayne Bridge was substituted after 65 minutes in Brighton’s 1-0 loss to Bolton, while Karim Rekik was on the bench for Blackburn during their 0-0 FA Cup draw with Millwall but was not called upon.  

Alex Nimely continues to be absent for Crystal Palace with a hamstring injury.

There was frustration for City’s youngsters on loan in League Two, with both Adam Drury and Alex Henshall unused substitutes as Burton Albion and Chesterfield respectively both recorded victories this weekend.

On the continent there was better news, with three City players seeing action for their loan clubs.

Omar Elabdellaoui led the way with another 90 minutes for Eintracht Braunschweiger, where he continues to enjoy a successful spell.

The German side drew 1-1 with Kaiserslautern and remain second in 2.Bundesliga, three points off top spot.

Roque Santa Cruz also completed a full game for Malaga in La Liga, where they also drew 1-1 away at Real Valladolid.

In Italy, Luca Scapuzzi started for Varese and was replaced after an hour as part of the Italian club’s eventual 4-3 loss to Sassuolo.

However, Mohammed Abu was ruled out out of Lorient's loss to Ajaccio with unspecified injury, and there is still no news of Abdi Ibrahim, who continues to wait for the start of the Norwegian season with Stromsgodset.

Reece Wabara has now returned to City after a frustrating period with Blackpool in the Championship.

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Edin Dzeko has had some terrific moments for the Blues and scored some fantastic goals. Against Barnsley he chalked up his 100th appearance in all competitions for the City - here are his best moments so far...

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Infographic: Edin Dzeko's 100 City games