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Loan Roundup – April 12-15

Posted by nickogs20 on April 18, 2008

Fraizer Campbell (picture c/o www.thisishullandeastriding.co.uk)

An extended loan roundup this week as two of our Championship loanees play Saturday-Tuesday after their week off due to the FA Cup Semis…

Fraizer Campbell made up for a below-par performance in Hull’s 1-1 home draw with QPR on the Saturday (including a late missed sitter) with a Man of the Match performance in front of the Sky cameras at Oakwell as Hull moved back into the automatic promotion places with a 3-1 win over Barnsley. Fraizer won the penalty for the first goal with a burst of pace that Tykes centre-half Denis Souza couldn’t handle, and then won the corner that eventually led to the second goal with another dangerous run into the box. He capped his performance off with a clever backheel to set up Dean Windass for Hull’s third, and exited soon after to a standing ovation from the travelling support and a bottle of bubbly from Sky Sports. It’s surely becoming increasingly hard for Fergie to not give Fraizer a chance with the first-team next season – at worst he’s nicely boosting his transfer value, but let’s hope it doesn’t come to that. Kieran Lee was on the bench for QPR in the first of the above two games but wasn’t called upon.

Sunderland’s recent fine run of form was interrupted by a rare home defeat at the hands of Manchester City, a Jonny Evans mistake unfortunately contributing towards Darius Vassell’s scuffed late winner. That error did nothing to stop a rash of news stories this week concerning a permanent move to Wearside for Jonny this summer – certainly the new contract for Wes Brown suggests something has to give with regards to one of our pair of outstanding young centre-backs. Both Piqué and Evans will be in serious demand come the transfer window, it’s hard to see both still being United players come September unfortunately.

Darron Gibson was the other loanee to play twice this week. Karl Henry’s absence saw Darron given a long overdue opportunity in his favoured central midfield position, but results didn’t go Wolves’ way – a 0-0 draw at Bristol City at the weekend was followed by a 1-0 defeat to Black Country rivals WBA at Molineux. Gibson played the full 90 minutes in both games, coming the closest of any Wolves player to finding an equaliser against the Baggies with a late long-range effort that was well saved by Dean Kiely.

Danny Simpson enjoyed a far more fruitful local derby, playing the full ninety at right-back as Ipswich came from behind to beat Norwich 2-1 at Portman Road. Febian Brandy also enjoyed his weekend, as Swansea confirmed their promotion to the Championship with a 2-1 win at Gillingham. Febian replaced Swans’ top scorer Jason Scotland on 77 minutes.

The remaining pair of loanees saw no action – the positive news about Lee Martin‘s knee injury a couple of weeks ago appears to have been something of a red herring, with the South Yorkshire Post reporting the winger looks unlikely to play again this season. The reasons for Michael Barnes‘ absence from the Shrewsbury line-up are less clear – no explanation was given for his absence from the squad for Shrewsbury’s 3-0 win over Wrexham.

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