Loan Roundup: August 30-31
Posted by nickogs20 on September 2, 2008
Tom Heaton finally kept a long-awaited first clean sheet for Cardiff as the Bluebirds maintained their unbeaten record with a point at Bramall Lane.
Heaton and his Cardiff teammates put in a solid defensive effort away to Sheffield United and never looked unduly threatened, but ultimately weren’t able to overly trouble Paddy Kenny in the other goal as the game ended 0-0 – Cardiff’s third league draw on the spin.
Lee Martin had a weekend to forget, or rather his Nottingham Forest side did. After a steady, reasonably encouraging start to life in the Championship, Forest were brought back down to earth with a sizeable bump as Wolves ran riot in the first half at Molineux. The on-loan United winger did create the away side’s consolation goal and was generally involved whenever the Reds’ managed to mount attacks, but his team ended up on the wrong end of a 5-1 hammering. Former Reds’ reserve skipper David Jones opened the scoring for Wolves.
Febian Brandy was only given the last four minutes to impress in Swansea’s home clash with Sheffield Wednesday but came closer than anyone to bagging a winner and handing the Roberto Martinez’s side a fifth straight win, heading against the foot of the post in injury-time. 1-1 it finished.
Danny Simpson (perhaps fortunately) was an unused sub as Blackburn suffered the first defeat of Paul Ince’s reign, going down 4-1 at West Ham. Craig Cathcart was also left on the bench for the full ninety of Plymouth’s 0-0 bore-draw (by the Argyle official site’s own admission) at Burnley, a match that saw former Red Chris Eagles sent off for the home side late on.