Loan Roundup: August 16-17
Posted by nickogs20 on August 19, 2008
As the Premier League kicked off and Football League sides played their second games of the season this past weekend, just two of the five United youngsters out on loan so far took to the field.
Lee Martin was one of those, following up his impressive debut performance for Nottingham Forest in the Carling Cup with another stand-out showing, albeit in a losing cause away to Swansea City. Martin played a major part in Forest levelling the game at 1-1, his wicked low right-wing cross being bundled in by James Perch. Along with Robert Earnshaw the winger was a threat on the counter as the visitors sought to snatch all three points, only to eventually succumb to two late Swans’ goals. Febian Brandy was named on the substitutes bench for the home side but was unused.
The other player to see action was Tom Heaton, who saw his Cardiff side score a vital late goal for the second successive week. Ross McCormack’s 87th minute equaliser earned the Bluebirds a point at Doncaster’s Keepmoat Stadium, Heaton having been given no chance by Lewis Guy’s deadlock-breaking strike. The Chester-born keeper continues to keep Finnish international Peter Enckelman out of the starting line-up.
Danny Simpson spent the entirety of Blackburn’s dramatic 3-2 opening day win over Everton on the bench at Goodison Park, while Craig Cathcart missed out on Plymouth’s 2-0 defeat at Reading after a tricky Carling Cup debut.