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Loan Eagles: Garvan's Lions Drop Points

2 April 2014

A host of Crystal Palace's loan Eagles have been in action again over the past five days, with Owen Garvan's Millwall dropping what could prove to be two valuable points in the scrap to avoid relegation from the Championship.

Garvan would have been pleased by getting another 90 minutes under his belt, if not the result, as the Bermondsey outfit drew with Blackburn Rovers in a thriller at The Den.

Despite plenty of chances, the game was deadlocked at 0-0 at half time, but the Lions took the lead when Grant Hanley committed a foul inside his own box and was sent off. Shaun Williams duly converted the spot kick on 57 minutes, but Blackburn drew level through Michael Keane eight minutes later.

Simeon Jackson looked to have given the Lions a vital three points by slotting home another penalty two minutes from time, but 10-man Rovers equalised at the death through Josh King to put a huge dent in Ian Holloway’s side’s survival hopes and leave them five points from safety. 

At the other end of the Championship, Jonny Williams impressed again for Ipswich Town, playing 85 minutes of their 1-1 draw against fellow play-off hopefuls Nottingham Forest. 

The Welsh international has been in sparkling form since moving to Portman Road and has seen his temporary stay in Suffolk extended until the end of the season. 

He’ll now be hoping to finish this season in a similar manner to the 2012/13 campaign – with a play-off final trip to Wembley. The Tractor Boys are currently two points off the top six with seven games to go. 

In League One, Eagles development duo Hiram Boateng and Sullay Kaikai have failed to taste any further first team action this week at Crawley Town, having been unused substitutes in both of their recent matches.

The Red Devils were beaten 1-0 at Preston North End at the weekend, but looked set to make amends having led 1-0 at half time away to Port Vale on Tuesday night.

But a second half rally from the home side, aided by the sending off of Crawley’s Dannie Bulman, saw Vale come back to win 2-1. 

Another Palace under-21 star Ryan Inniss is back to full fitness, but his Gillingham side have not been in League One action this week, although his development teammates Connor Dymond and Quade Taylor have both impressed further down the football pyramid. 

Dymond bagged a valuable 69th equaliser for Barnet against Cambridge United on Saturday, having come off the bench in the first half to help secure the Bees a 1-1 draw at the Abbey Stadium.

The result leaves Barnet sitting 9th in the Skrill Premier and eyeing a late push for the play-off places. 

That scenario looks an unlikely one for Taylor’s Welling United, who are nine points adrift of the top six with just six games to go. 

Taylor though played a key part in Welling’s 2-0 win over Chester at the weekend – which was achieved despite going down to 10 men after 31 minutes. 

Over in Germany, our final loan star Jose Campana was involved in another goal-fest, as his Nuremburg side lost a 2-1 half time to go down 3-2 at another relegation threatened side Freiburg.

Nuremburg now sit just two points above the Bundesliga relegation zone.

Check out again next week for the latest update on our Loan Eagles. 

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