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Loan Roundup: September 16-21

Posted by nickogs20 on September 22, 2008

A bumper loan round-up this week, covering the Championship and UEFA Cup fixtures involving our loanees last midweek as well as the usual lowdown on their fortunes in the weekend’s games.

The big news of the week was definitely Fraizer Campbell making his debut for a beleaguered Tottenham. The 21 year-old had had to wait a while to make his first appearance but was introduced from the bench by Juande Ramos with Spurs desperately seeking inspiration against Polish champions Wisla Krakow at White Hart Lane. Fraizer replaced Aaron Lennon on 57 minutes, made an immediate impression with his work-rate and attitude before setting up Darren Bent’s winning goal with a great cross from the right.

Fast-forward three days to Spurs’ clash with Wigan at WHL and Fraizer was again brought on as a sub, this time for Roman Pavlyuchenko at half-time. This time he was unable to help the North Londoners find a win, the game finishing 0-0.

Danny Simpson was the only one of our six loanees whose side only had the one game in the last week. Blackburn were looking to bounce back from their drubbing at the hands of Arsenal last weekend and did just that, edging out Fulham 1-0 thanks to a Matt Derbyshire goal. Danny played the full ninety minutes at right-back, which – along with the clean sheet – will do his confidence and chances of establishing himself at Ewood Park the world of good.

Cardiff City’s unbeaten run continued as the Bluebirds picked up a 1-0 win over Barnsley and a 1-1 draw against Derby on their travels. Tom Heaton remains the starting goalkeeper for Dave Jones’ side and has yet to experience defeat as a Cardiff player – long may that continue.

While Cardiff were on their travels, their South Wales rivals Swansea City entertained Derby County and Burnley at the Liberty Stadium. Both games ended in 1-1 draws, Febian Brandy only featuring for the last couple of minutes of the first of those two games as a replacement for Jason Scotland.

Lee Martin continued to perform well for Nottingham Forest, playing 80 and 65 minutes respectively in their games away at Preston and at home to Charlton. The first game saw Forest fall to a 2-1 defeat despite Martin’s shot forcing an own goal from North End’s Mawene, while the second game ended in a 0-0 draw despite our on-loan winger’s best efforts.

Finally, as we predicted, Craig Cathcart got the chance he’d been waiting for patiently in the Plymouth Argyle side and took it with both hands. With Krisztian Timar suspended, the Ulsterman stepped in for his league debut at Watford last Tuesday and excelled as the Pilgrims picked up a superb 2-1 away win, a result they would then go on to repeat against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Saturday – Cathcart again a key part of a solid Plymouth back four. Promising signs.

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One Response to “Loan Roundup: September 16-21”

  1. Matt said

    was at blackburn for the fulham game and Danny played very well

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