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Loan Round-Up: Murray On Target For Reading

28 October 2014


Glenn Murray netted his fourth goal in eight games to help Reading finally achieve their first win since mid-September at the expense of rock-bottom Blackpool on Saturday.

The on-loan Eagles striker notched the game's opening goal as he headed home a Jordan Obita cross to put the Royals on their way to a convincing victory against the beleaguered Seasiders, and help his side to 14th position in the Championship table in the process.

Further up the table, Jack Hunt's Nottingham Forest continue to wobble as their winless run was extended to seven games as they were beaten 3-1 at home to Blackburn Rovers. The right-back played the full game as Stuart Pearce's men slipped out of the play-off places for the first time since August.

Elsewhere in the second tier, Jonny Williams sat out Ipswich Town's 2-2 draw with Huddersfield Town after picking up a knock in their midweek encounter with Cardiff City the previous Tuesday, and Owen Garvan was once absent from the Bolton Wanderers side who continue their improvement under Neil Lennon as they ran out 3-1 winners against Brentford.

Another side who have shown a vast improvement in recent weeks in Sheffield United, thanks in part to Paddy McCarthy's arrival at Bramall Lane. He once again helped the Blades keep a clean sheet as they won their third straight game as they beat Crewe Alexandra 1-0 to move into the top six in League One.

However Peter Ramage wasn't so fortunate as his Barnsley side looked to have ended Bristol City's unbeaten start to the season, but a late screamer from former team-mate Aaron Wilbraham earned the Robins a share of the spoils at Oakwell as the sides played out a 2-2 draw.

There was also disappointment for teenage defender Ryan Inniss as his Yeovil Town side were picked apart by Rochdale at Huish Park. The centre-back completed the whole game for the third time since signing on loan a fortnight ago but the Glovers were beaten 3-0 on their own patch and currently reside in the division's relegation zone.

Stephen Dobbie failed to add to his tally this season as Fleetwood Town saw a two goal lead slip away as they were beaten 3-2 by Preston North End in a Lancashire derby. The Scot is the Fishermen's top scorer this season with four goals but only played the final eight minutes of a thriller at Deepdale.

Dropping down a level, Kwesi Appiah continues to impress during his stint at Cambridge United, and assisted their first goal in the Us' 2-1 win against Hartlepool, having scored his fifth goal of the season in their previous outing against Cheltenham Town.

After picking up four straight wins in September, Jerome Binnom-Williams' Southend United are now winless in their last five, and were forced to settle for a point against Bury on Saturday with the left-back playing all 90 minutes in what was his ninth appearance for the Shrimpers.

However Alex Wynter missed Portsmouth's 2-1 defeat to Shrewsbury with a hamstring strain, which also caused him to sit out their midweek win over Stevenage.

Outside of the Football League, Michael Chambers made his debut for Welling United but couldn't prevent them being knocked out of the FA Cup as they lost 2-1 to Maidstone United in the final qualifying round, and David Gregory's Bishop's Stortford drew 2-2 with Sutton United in the Conference South.

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