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Loan Eagles: Basement Battle Intensifies

16 April 2014

The month has begun well for Owen Garvan's Millwall who have recorded two wins and a draw to edge towards Championship safety. The on-loan Eagles midfielder played the full 90 minutes as Ian Holloway's men won back-to-back away games against Nottingham Forest and Wigan Athletic, but came off at half-time last weekend as they needed a last-gasp Martyn Woolford goal to snatch a draw at home against Watford.

A point behind the men from The Den are Barnsley, who look set to miss Eagles duo Peter Ramage and Jack Hunt for the rest of the campaign through injury after the latter was forced off in their basement battle defeat at Charlton Athletic last night.

Ramage hasn't featured since limping off late on against Bournemouth last month with a hamstring problem and looks set to be joined on the sidelines by Hunt who, having come on as a half-time substitute last night picked up the same injury just 28 minutes later.

Millwall, Barnsley and Charlton are all aiming to overhaul Stephen Dobbie's Blackpool side who welcomed the Scot back from injury against Derby County last week but couldn't prevent the Tangerines falling to a 3-1 defeat. He was then named on the bench by Barry Ferguson as they continued their alarming slide down the table after succumbing to a 2-0 defeat at Leeds United.

Away from the battle at the bottom, Jonny Williams kept Ipswich Town's promotion hopes on track as the Tractor Boys secured successive wins to move level on points with sixth-placed Reading.

Having lost 2-0 to Blackburn Rovers at the start of the month,the Welsh midfielder has continued to showcase his talents at Championship level by playing a pivotal role in the Suffolk side's victories against Huddersfield Town and Doncaster Rovers to give them a fine chance of a play-off place with four games to go.

Jimmy Kebe is another loan Eagle who is also hamstrung, having not featured for Leeds United since early March having made nine appearances for the Whites so far this season.

In League One Sullay Kaikai and Hiram Boateng's loan spells with Crawley Town have come to an end, with the former making his final appearance in the Red Devils' defeat to Crewe Alexandra on the 5th April. Kaikai made five appearances in total while Boateng had to settle for just the two games in a Crawley shirt.

Ryan Inniss' time at Gillingham has been blighted by injury and he is also currently undergoing treatment for a hamstring injury after coming off just 15 minutes into the Gill's 2-0 loss to Peterborough at the start of the month. That was only the teenager's third appearance for Peter Taylor's men since signing on loan back in February.

Last weekend saw Alex Wynter register his first win as a Colchester United player as he played the whole 90 minutes in their victory at Stevenage on Saturday, with former Eagle Freddie Sears grabbing two goals. Sears also notched on Wynter's debut the week before as he appeared as a 69th minute substitute in a 2-1 defeat to Tranmere Rovers.

Down in League Two Kwesi Appiah has made three appearance since signing for AFC Wimbledon and finished on the winning side for the first time last weekend as a Jack Midsun penalty was enough to see off Southend, and Lewis Price kept a clean sheet on his Mansfield Town debut after signing on a one-week emergency loan last week.

In the Conference Conor Dymond's Barnet saw their play-off hopes take a fatal blow as they lost 4-0 at home to Halifax Town on Saturday with the development midfielder seeing just 26 minutes of action before coming off with his side two goals down at Underhill.

There was better news for Quade Taylor though who scored his first professional goal as his Welling United side picked up a 2-2 draw at Alfreton Town at the start of the month, but since then defeats to Hereford United and Kidderminster have curtailed their slim play-off chances.

Jose Campana's efforts to try and keep Nuremberg in the Bundesliga continue in vain after they suffered a third straight defeat to Champions League-chasing Wolfsberg last weekend. The Spaniard came on as 25th minute substitute to make his ninth appearance with his side already trailing 3-0 but they eventually lost 4-1. 

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