Loan Roundup: August 26-27
Posted by nickogs20 on August 28, 2008
Another midweek round of Carling Cup action saw four of our loanees’ clubs still involved at the second round stage.
Blackburn’s straightforward home draw against Grimsby Town offered Paul Ince the opportunity to rest his stars and give some of his fringe players a run-out and opportunity to impress, with one of those to benefit being Danny Simpson, who made his Rovers debut at right-back. Simpson played the full 90 and was solid, but had little chance to impress defensively as Blackburn bounced back from an early setback to stroll to a 4-1 win.
Another team progressing were Cardiff City, who overcame MK Dons at Ninian Park thanks to goals from Peter Whittingham and Ross McCormack. However, Tom Heaton’s quest for a first clean sheet was prolonged again after an unfortunate slip by the England U21 keeper allowed Sean O’Hanlon to grab a consolation for the Dons.
Up the road at the Liberty Stadium Swansea produced one of the shocks of the round, knocking out Premier League Hull City 2-1 after extra-time, with Febian Brandy making an impact from the bench. The 19 year-old was introduced after 81 minutes with the scores tied at 1-1, and in the last few minutes of normal time he almost won the tie for his side inside the ninety. First his close-range effort was pushed away by Hull keeper Matt Duke with a minute left in the clock, and then deep into injury-time the on-loan forward won the Swans a penalty after a neat one-two with Angel Rangel. Gorka Pintado’s spot-kick was subsequently saved, but when another penalty was awarded in the home team’s favour in extra-time, Jordi Gomez made no mistake.
Nottingham Forest also took a Premier League side to extra-time at home, but without the injured Lee Martin they eventually succumbed to defeat against a Sunderland side whose two goalscorers were both United academy products – Phil Bardsley and David Healy. Martin’s injury should clear up in time to allow him to return for Forest’s trip to Wolves on Saturday.