Loan Roundup: December 28-29
Posted by nickogs20 on December 30, 2010
The weather may be continuing to wreak havoc with the festive fixture calendar, but United’s loanees can’t be kept off the goal trail…
Mame Biram Diouf has had to watch on as fellow Premier League loanees Danny Welbeck and Tom Cleverley have hogged the headlines with their goalscoring antics in recent weeks but he got in on the action at the Hawthorns as he grabbed his sixth goal of the season in a much-needed 3-1 for Blackburn against West Bromwich Albion. Strike partner Nikola Kalinic’s double had put Rovers in a strong position, and when Diouf reacted quickest in the six-yard box to nod home a dangerous cross from his namesake El-Hadji, he ensured that Jerome Thomas’ strike for the Baggies would merely be a consolation and that the Ewood Park side would have their first win under new manager Steve Kean. That goal was Diouf’s sixth of the campaign and he looked poised to add number seven when bearing down on goal late on, only be scythed down by Gabriel Tamas, who left referee Phil Dowd no option but to show the red card.
Messrs Welbeck and Cleverley had to make do without hitting the net on this occasion, although in the former’s case it wasn’t for want of trying – Sunderland rained over thirty shots in on the goal of visitors Blackpool but Steve Bruce’s side and the Stadium of Light crowd were left frustrated and exasperated as the Tangerines not only kept them out but also grabbed two goals on the break through DJ Campbell to earn another famous win. Cleverley’s Wigan meanwhile had an altogether more satisfying result, holding United’s title rivals Arsenal to a 2-2 draw at the DW Stadium thanks to a late Sebastian Squillaci own goal, the United youngster continuing to impress in the Latics’ midfield.
The lower league games involving Tranmere, Carlisle and Bury all fell victim to the weather once again, meaning an extended Christmas break for Scott Wootton, James Chester and Nicky Ajose. The Reds’ five Championship loanees did have games however, although only three played any part in the on-field action. Danny Drinkwater missed Cardiff’s 4-1 humbling at the hands of Watford due to illness, while Matty James remained on the sidelines for Preston due to his ankle injury. Ritchie de Laet and Joshua King did play the full game for North End but were unable to stop Middlesbrough taking all three points away from Deepdale and ultimately calling time on Darren Ferguson’s spell in charges of the Lilywhites (more on that to come later). Completing the roundup is Cameron Stewart, whose Hull side were held at home by Reading – the young winger continues to impress on Humberside and is already being linked with a permanent switch to the KC Stadium.
Mame Biram Diouf (West Bromwich Albion 1-3 Blackburn Rovers) – 90 mins, 1 goal
Danny Welbeck (Sunderland 0-2 Blackpool) – 90 mins
Ritchie de Laet (Preston North End 1-3 Middlesbrough) – 90 mins
Danny Drinkwater (Watford 4-1 Cardiff City) – Out due to illness
Matty James (Preston North End 1-3 Middlesbrough) – Out injured
Joshua King (Preston North End 1-3 Middlesbrough) – 90 mins
Cameron Stewart (Hull City 1-1 Reading) – 90 mins
James Chester (Carlisle United vs Exeter City) – Game postponed
Scott Wootton (Brentford vs Tranmere Rovers) – Game postponed
Nicky Ajose (Bury vs Torquay United) – Game postponed
Tom Cleverley (Wigan Athletic 2-2 Arsenal) – 90 mins