Jake Hesketh’s Burton Albion fell at the first hurdle in the FA Cup at the weekend, succumbing to a 2-1 defeat to League One rivals Scunthorpe.
Hesketh’s superbly-taken volley had secured the Brewers’ place in the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup a fortnight previously but was unable to conjure the same cup magic at Glanford Park on Saturday afternoon for his team after being replaced on the hour mark.
James Perch and Lee Novak struck during a first half of few chances to give the hosts a 2-0 lead. Liam Boyce pulled one back for the Brewers with 11 minutes to play but the Iron held on for victory.
Elsewhere in knockout competition, goalkeeper Kingsley Latham starred as Dorchester Town advanced past AFC Totton in the FA Trophy Second Qualifying Round following a 3-1 win at the Clayson Stadium.
In the Championship, Harrison Reed’s Blackburn made it just one defeat from their last nine league matches with a 1-1 home draw against Rotherham.
The midfielder - substituted at half time – watched on as the hosts were made to settle for a point at Ewood Park despite dominating for vast periods of the game.
Paul Warne’s visitors nonetheless looked to have grabbed an unlikely first away in of the season when Michael Smith headed them in front with 15 minutes to play only for Bradley Dack to turn home Ben Brereton’s near-post cross to level moments later. Rovers remain in ninth and sit two points off the play-offs.
North of the border, defender Alfie Jones played the duration of St Mirren's 1-1 draw at Dundee in the Scottish Premiership. Simeon Jackson put Jones's loan club ahead from the spot against the run of play but Kenny Miller levelled with his first Dundee goal as the division's bottom two cancelled each other out.
In Spain, Sofiane Boufal was unable to help Celta Vigo avoid a 4-2 defeat at the hands of a resurgent Real Madrid in La Liga.
The Moroccan featured for 63 minutes at the Balaídos where a Karim Benzema brace and Sergio Ramos penalty set up a fourth consecutive league win for Los Blancos under the guidance of caretaker coach Santiago Solari.
Further down the table, Guido Carrillo’s Leganes were unfortunate to leave Girona with a solitary point after a goalless draw.
The on-loan Saints striker played for the full 90 minutes once more as Mauricio Pellegrino’s men drew level with 17th-place Athletic Bilbao on 10 points.
Jordy Clasie and Feyenoord meanwhile enter the international break on a high after a 2-0 away win at Heracles Almelo in the Dutch Eredivise. Clasie played from start to finish for the Rotterdam club who remain on the coat-tails of rivals Ajax in third place after an own goal from Janis Blanswich and a further strike from Jens Toornstra in the space of four second-half minutes.