Loan Update: September 28
Posted by nickogs20 on September 29, 2010
An eye-catching cameo from Nick Ajose was the highlight as several loanees saw action on a full Tuesday night of Football League fixtures.
After a fleeting ten minute appearance at Cheltenham on Saturday, Ajose was this time given the best part of half an hour at Morecambe to make an impression and didn’t disappoint. With the Shakers holding a precarious 2-1 lead at the Globe Arena, the 18 year-old United youngster replaced top scorer Ryan Lowe and proceeded to set up Andy Howarth and Steven Schumacher with almost identikit assists, beating the full-back to the line with blistering pace and picking his colleagues out with precise low crosses.
After that immediate impact, and post-match praise from boss Alan Knill – “He’s a really clever player. He pulls on people’s shoulders and once he faces them, he is very positive. He should have had a couple of goals himself, but he made a couple of goals for others.” – Ajose will be hoping for a start in what will be his first home game against Rotherham United this weekend.
Another young Red making his second loan appearance was Ritchie de Laet, who was handed a start by Sheffield United boss Gary Speed as the Blades travelled to face Nottingham Forest. De Laet acquitted himself well as his side picked up a creditable point at the City Ground, although a slight ankle knock and a bout of cramp forced him off a few minutes from time. The Belgian was played at right-back, but with another loanee, Arsenal centre-back Kyle Bartley, fracturing a cheekbone in the game, De Laet may be set for a move into the middle as Watford visit Bramall Lane on Saturday.
United loanees were in opposition for the League One clash at Victoria Park, with James Chester and Oliver Norwood in the Carlisle United ranks as they made the journey east to face Hartlepool United, who earlier in the day had brought in Conor Devlin on an emergency loan. As it turned out Devlin was an unused substitute, but that was arguably a blessing in disguise as the home side were hammered 4-0. Chester, who has firmly established himself at the heart of the Carlisle defence, started and played the full ninety, while Norwood was a late substitute for Tom Taiwo.
Another late sub was Cameron Stewart, who made his return for Yeovil Town after his recent rehab from injury back in Manchester. The winger was a 77th minute replacement for Andy Welsh as Yeovil drew 1-1 with Southampton at Huish Park. While he spent the majority of his time on the pitch defending as the Glovers held on for a precious point, getting some valuable minutes under his belt post-injury can only help the 19 year-old, and he’ll be pushing for greater involvement this weekend as Yeovil travel to Walsall looking to climb out of the League One drop zone.
Preston North End were involved in one of the most remarkable games in a long time, although unfortunately both Matt James and Joshua King were still absent with the injuries they picked up against Burnley earlier in the month. North End trailed 4-1 to Leeds at one point but staged an extraordinary comeback, Jon Parkin’s hattrick helping them to a memorable 6-4 win at Elland Road. King is in contention to return from his ankle injury at the weekend, while James is also recovering well and isn’t too far away from full fitness. Danny Drinkwater also sat out Tuesday’s action, his thigh injury ruling him out of Cardiff’s goalless draw at home to Crystal Palace. The October 16th ‘derby’ with Bristol City has apparently been targeted for the Reds midfielder’s comeback.
Cardiff City 0-0 Crystal Palace (Drinkwater out injured)
Leeds United 4-6 Preston North End (James and King out injured)
Nottingham Forest 1-1 Sheffield United (De Laet started, played 87 mins)
Hartlepool United 0-4 Carlisle United (Devlin unused sub for HU; Chester played full 90, Norwood a 77th min sub for CU)
Yeovil Town 1-1 Southampton (Stewart on as a 77th min sub)
Morecambe 1-4 Bury (Ajose on as a 67th min sub, 2 assists)