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Loan Roundup: September 13-15

Posted by nickogs20 on September 16, 2008

Danny Simpson‘s league debut for Blackburn Rovers wasn’t a particularly happy one. Indeed, none of our loanees were on the winning side this past weekend.

Simpson was drafted in at right-back in the absence of injury victim Andre Ooijer for the visit of Arsenal, and it proved to be something of a baptism of fire for the 21 year-old defender. The visitors took an early lead through Robin van Persie and eventually ran out 4-0 winners thanks to an Emmanuel Adebayor hattrick. In mitigation, Danny was withdrawn after 74 minutes with the score at 2-0 as Paul Ince threw on attackers to chase the game.

Tom Heaton was the only loanee to get anything vaguely resembling a decent result. His Cardiff side were held to a second successive goalless draw, this time at home to Bristol City, but the England U21 keeper will be pleased with another clean sheet.

Also getting another ninety minutes under his belt was Lee Martin, who played a big part in Robert Earnshaw’s equalising goal at the City Ground. Unfortunately for him and his team-mates, Burnley’s Graham Alexander bagged a goal either side of that to inflict Forest’s first home defeat of the season. Meanwhile Febian Brandy got just seven minutes as a replacement for Jason Scotland and was unable to prevent Swansea slipping to a 2-0 defeat against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.

Our other two loanees had to watch from the sidelines as their teams slipped to 2-1 home defeats. Fraizer Campbell was an unused substitute last night as Aston Villa beat Spurs at White Hart Lane, while Craig Cathcart didn’t make the matchday 16 for Plymouth’s defeat at the hands of Norwich City. One glimmer of hope for the Ulsterman was that Plymouth centre-back Krisztian Timar was sent off, which should hopefully lead to an increased chance of some first-team action for Craig over the next few weeks.

There’s a full Football League programme this midweek while Spurs are in UEFA Cup action on Thursday, so we’ll have another round-up later in the week.

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