Sears starts with victory

Freddie Sears enjoyed a winning start to his Coventry City career on Saturday as they won 1-0 against Queen's Park Rangers while it was a quiet day for Frank Nouble and Josh Payne.

Sears moved to Coventry on a three-month loan on Thursday and was named on the bench by Chris Coleman. He entered the fray at the Ricoh Arena as a 67th-minute replacement for Clinton Morrison with Coventry already in front at that point. He linked up with former Hammers trainee Freddy Eastwood in attack and helped see out a win that moved the Championship club up to tenth.


Elsewhere, Nouble was cup-tied as his loan club West Bromwich Albion drew 2-2 at Reading in the FA Cup fifth round to earn a replay at the Hawthorns. Payne was an unused substitute for Wycombe Wanderers away to Brentford as a goalless draw secured them a precious point in their League One relegation fight. They remain six points from safety.

Finally, Holmar Orn Eyjolfsson was in Belgian top-flight action later on Saturday with his loan club KSV Roeselare losing 2-0 to visitors KV Kortrijk. Roeselare remain in 14th-place in the 15-team division, the relegation play-off spot. R. Excelsior Mouscron have already forfeited their season because of financial problems and are confirmed in 16th spot.