Loan Roundup: August 23-24
Posted by nickogs20 on August 25, 2008
Lee Martin was the first of our loanees to hit the goal trail this season, helping Nottingham Forest to their first win of the season with one of the Championship goals of the weekend.
Forest took on Aidy Boothroyd’s Watford at the City Ground and the on-loan United winger gave the home side the lead, cutting in off the left wing and letting fly from 25 yards with a shot that curled and dipped just inside the far post, giving the Hornets’ keeper no chance. Watford’s Tommy Smith cancelled out that opener and did the same again after Robert Earnshaw had restored the Reds’ lead, but Forest weren’t to be denied and Nathan Tyson’s second half strike gave them a well-deserved three points. Martin was at the heart of Forest’s best attacking play until he was replaced with three minutes remaining by United legend Andrew Cole, and recieved a standing ovation for his efforts.
For the second week running, Martin and Tom Heaton were the only two of our loanees to take to the field. Heaton continued between the sticks for Cardiff City and watched on happily as the Bluebirds took a commanding 2-0 lead over Norwich City at Ninian Park, only to find himself picking the ball out of his net twice as the Canaries stormed back to claim a point. By all accounts the first goal was unstoppable and the second one was far from Heaton’s fault, but the England U21 stopper will be increasingly keen to get a first clean sheet for his new club under his belt.
Elsewhere in the Championship, Plymouth’s clash with Swansea at Home Park could have seen two of our loanees in direct opposition, but Febian Brandy was only an unused sub for the ultimately victorious visitors, while Craig Cathcart was no part of the matchday squad (possibly due to playing twice for Northern Ireland’s U21’s in midweek). Meanwhile Danny Simpson was again an unused sub for Blackburn Rovers as they failed to overcome newly-promoted Hull at Ewood Park.
Midweek sees the Carling Cup reach the second round stage, and with Blackburn, Cardiff, Swansea and Forest all in action we’ll have a round-up of how Messrs Simpson, Heaton, Brandy and Martin fare up on Thursday.