Loan Roundup – April 5-6
Posted by nickogs20 on April 8, 2008
Michael Barnes had a point to prove this weekend as his Shrewsbury side travelled to Chesterfield, where Barnes of course spent an unsuccessful and prematurely terminated loan spell earlier in the year. Having made a bright start to his career with The Shrews he was given a start at Saltergate, but it wasn’t to prove a happy return – having reached half-time at 0-0, Shrewsbury collapsed to lose 4-1, with Barnes being replaced on the hour mark after a largely ineffective display. Shrewsbury are now in real danger of relegation from League Two, quite a test for the 19 year old given he’s also very much playing for a permanent contract.
Sunderland notched up a third straight win and climbed even further away from the Premier League drop zone, thanks in no small part to Jonny Evans once more. The Ulsterman was unlucky to have what would have been a first Premier League goal chalked off, but otherwise starred as the Black Cats were only denied another clean sheet by a great strike from United Academy graduate David Healy. That goal did little to affect the final result, with Sunderland running out convincing 3-1 winners at Craven Cottage.
Danny Simpson played the full ninety as Ipswich’s playoff hopes took a severe dent at the hands of local rivals Colchester. The unexpected 2-0 defeat leaves the Tractor Boys two points outside the top six, and while Danny still thinks a playoff place is well with reach, dropping three points against the bottom side in the division was a major setback.
Febian Brandy returned from suspension as a 59th minute substitute with Swansea seemingly in control of their home game against lowly Bournemouth. The Swans had just taken the lead and at that point looked set to clinch not just promotion but also the League One title, only for a Doncaster equaliser in their game at Huddersfield to put the title party on hold. Worse news was to follow as Bournemouth then produced a comeback United would be proud of, scoring two goals in injury time to ensure the Liberty Stadium faithful had nothing to celebrate just yet. Febian will be in contention for a starting place as Swansea travel to second placed Carlisle in midweek, and he will be fully aware that Sir Alex is keeping an eye on his progress.
The remaining quartet of United loanees all had the weekend off for various reasons. Kieran Lee was named in the matchday squad but was an unused substitute as QPR were held to a home draw by Preston, Lee Martin was again missing through injury as Sheffield United beat Leicester 3-0 to give themselves an outside shot of making the playoffs, while the strong Championship involvement in the FA Cup Semi-finals meant Fraizer Campbell‘s Hull and Darron Gibson‘s Wolves were without a fixture.