Loan Update: October 2
Posted by nickogs20 on October 2, 2010
As far as senior debuts go, scoring late on to earn your side a point against the league leaders isn’t too shabby – especially if you’re a defender. Step forward Scott Wootton…
Yes, the big centre-back made a dream start to his loan spell with Tranmere Rovers. Despite only completing his move on Thursday, Wootton went straight into the side at centre-back for the visit of table-topping Brighton to Prenton Park. The 19 year-old acquitted himself admirably against strong opposition and put in a performance that belied his inexperience, capping things off superbly with a thumping header from Aaron Cresswell’s freekick to earn Rovers a deserved share of the points.
For a fans’ eye view of the goal, have a look at the video below:
Wootton is arguably the only one of United’s fifteen loanees who’ll be happy with how their Saturday went. Wigan, Cardiff, Hartlepool and Yeovil all picked up wins, but Tom Cleverley (knee injury), Danny Drinkwater (thigh injury), Conor Devlin (unused substitute) and Cameron Stewart (not selected) were all left on their respective sidelines. Similarly, while Sunderland (against United, sadly) and Preston picked up useful points at home, Danny Welbeck was ineligible to play for the former and both Matt James and Joshua King were still ruled out through injury for the latter.
Elsewhere, it was a pretty miserable afternoon. Mame Biram Diouf led the line for Blackburn at the Britannia Stadium but was unable to make much of an impression as Rovers fell to a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Stoke, and Ritchie de Laet performed well at centre-back for Sheffield United, making a number of crucial blocks, but couldn’t prevent the struggling Blades losing at home to Watford.
At Carlisle, James Chester continued to impress and Oliver Norwood was pressed into action at half-time, but their efforts were in vain as Peterborough consigned the Cumbrians to a first home defeat of the season thanks to Craig Mackail-Smith’s first-half strike. Nick Ajose caught the eye once again in another half-hour cameo for Bury at home to Rotherham but couldn’t quite find the bit of magic to earn his side three points they felt they should have had.
Probably the toughest afternoon was had by Reece Brown and Oliver Gill, who moved to Bradford City on a month’s loan in midweek. The young duo started at right-back and left-back respectively as Peter Taylor looked to freshen up his underperforming Bantams side, but a 1-0 defeat at home to fellow strugglers Morecambe wasn’t exactly the ideal start to either of their senior careers. By all accounts Brown was one of the better performers for Bradford, but Gill struggled a little to adapt to the physical demands of competitive league football. With Taylor’s men having scored just four times in their ten games so far and the Valley Parade faithful losing patience, the United duo might be in for a tough few weeks in Yorkshire.
Stoke City 1-0 Blackburn Rovers (Diouf completed full 90)
Sunderland 0-0 Manchester United (Welbeck ineligible)
Wigan Athletic 2-0 Wolves (Cleverley out injured)
Barnsley 1-2 Cardiff City (Drinkwater out with thigh injury)
Preston North End 1-1 Reading (James and King out injured)
Sheffield United 0-1 Watford (De Laet completed full 90)
Carlisle United 0-1 Peterborough United (Chester completed full 90, Norwood on as half-time sub)
Tranmere Rovers 1-1 Brighton & Hove Albion (Wootton completed full 90, scored 1)
Walsall 0-1 Yeovil Town (Stewart not in squad)
Plymouth Argyle 0-1 Hartlepool United (Devlin an unused substitute)
Bury 1-1 Rotherham United (Ajose on as 60th min sub)
Bradford City 0-1 Morecambe (Brown, Gill both complete full 90)