Pienaar, Morris in top form


Steven Pienaar (Everton, England) Result: 3-0 vs Fulham (home) Pienaar was instrumental is stretching Everton’s unbeaten run to 10 games with an excellent display, rivalled only by hat-trick hero Yakubu. Indeed, Pienaar created the third goal for the Nigerian by running half the field to track back, win the ball, show some excellent skill to beat his man, then lay on a defence-splitting pass for the striker. Once they were 3-0 up and cruising, he even had time to do some tricks on the ball PSL-style, much to the delight of the Goodison Park faithful, who are desperate for coach David Moyes to make the 25-year-old’s move to Merseyside permanent.

Benni McCarthy (Blackburn Rovers, England) Result: 0-1 vs West Ham United (home) Played the full 90 minutes but could not get on the scoresheet. It is now six games without a goal for the Bafana Bafana striker, and in truth he never really got going in this one.

Aaron Mokoena (Blackburn Rovers, England) Result: 0-1 vs West Ham United (home) Was replaced at halftime as Rovers boss Mark Hughes went for a more attacking style after the break. But was effective in his midfield holding role, as he has been all season, begging the question of whether Bafana coach Carlos Alberto Parreira will ever try him in that position for the national team.

Burton O’Brien (Sheffield Wednesday, England) Result: Abandoned vs Coventry City (home) Started at the weekend but the game against the Sky Blues was abandoned on 27 minutes after a waterlogged pitch at Hillsborough had made play impossible. The score was 0-0 when referee Graham Laws called a halt.

Matthew Pattison (Norwich City, England, loan) Result: 1-0 vs Sheffield United (home) Pattison is enjoying life on loan under his former Newcastle United boss Glenn Roeder, who has turned the fortunes of struggling Norwich around in recent weeks. The winger put in a solid performance and was denied a goal when United goalkeeper Paddy Kenny brilliantly saved his 20-yard shot that was destined for the top corner.

Rowen Fernandez (Arminia Bielefeld, Germany) Result: 1-6 vs Borussia Dortmund (away) With first choice Matthias Hain out with injury until the new year, Fernandez is assured of a run in the team until the Christmas break, but he will be hoping his defence show a little more application than they managed in this game. Although scarcely at fault for any of the goals, Fernandez will not of enjoyed his afternoon between the sticks as Dortmund ran riot against the defence that has comfortably shipped the most goals in the Bundesliga this season – 38 in 16 matches.

Sibusiso Zuma (Arminia Bielefeld, Germany) Result: 1-6 vs Borussia Dortmund (away) Found little joy going forward and was substituted on the hour-mark having picked up a yellow card beforehand.

Delron Buckley (Borussia Dortmund, Germany) Result: 6-1 vs Arminia Bielefeld (home) Continued the pattern of the last four matches as he came on as a late substitute in the 78th minute. By then the scoring had been done and the home side were cruising to victory.

Nasief Morris (Panathinaikos, Greece) Result: 1-0 vs Iraklis (away) Another excellent display in a three-man Panathinaikos central defence that has conceded just four goals in 11 League matches this season. Is showing the kind of form that saw him linked with a move to La Liga last season.

Pierre Issa (OFI Crete, Greece) Result: 0-1 vs Xanthi (away) Played the full 90 minutes but couldn’t help his side avoid defeat by a single goal.

Glen Salmon (PAOK Salonika, Greece) Result: 2-0 vs Veria (home) Netted just his third goal in 10 starts for PAOK this season before being substituted late in the game.

Elrio van Heerden (Club Brugge, Belgium) Result: 2-1 vs Roeselere (away) Gave another lively display for 90 minutes following his Man of the Match performance last weekend as Club Brugge remain top of the Belgium League. Looks to have finally shaken off the injury concerns that had seen him out of the game for five months.

Asanda Sishuba (Sint-Truiden, Belgium) Result: 4-3 vs Anderlecht (home) Scored the third goal in a memorable 4-3 victory for Sint-Truiden over title contenders Anderlecht after coming on for the final 22 minutes. The home side were 3-2 down with five minutes to play before Sishuba levelled and Adamo Coulibaly netted the winner in injury time.

Those that did not see action: Bally Smart (Norwich City, England), Glynn Hurst (Bury, England), Justin Miller (Port Vale, England), Michael Modubi (Westerlo, Belgium), Jeffrey Ntuka (Westerlo, Belgium), Boy-Boy Mosia (Oud-Heverlee Leuven, Belgium), Siyabonga Nkosi (Arminia Bielefeld, Germany), Bradley Carnell (Karlsruher, Germany), Benedict Vilakazi (Aalborg, Denmark), Siyabonga Nomvete (Aalborg, Denmark)

By Nick Said