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Loan Round-Up: Murray At the Double For Royals

15 September 2014


Glenn Murray got off to the perfect start to his loan spell at Reading by marking his debut with two goals in their 3-0 victory against Fulham on Saturday.

Having arrived at the Madejski Stadium on transfer deadline day on loan until the new year, Murray wasted little time in finding his goalscoring touch once again by scoring a diving header after just 15 minutes against the beleaguered Cottagers.

Then in the second half, Murray added a second for the Royals after former Eagles keeper Gabor Kiraly missed an attempted punch from a corner and the striker once again used to head to steer the ball home to get off to a dream start to his temporary move to Berkshire.

Last weekend also saw Owen Garvan make his Bolton Wanderers debut, having signed on a three-month deal from Palace three days earlier. However in his 66 minutes on the field he couldn't inspire the Trotters to their first victory of the season as they drew 0-0 at home to Sheffield Wednesday, and currently occupy a Championship relegation zone spot.

Having much more luck at the other end of the table is Jack Hunt, who experienced a derby-day atmosphere for league leaders Nottingham Forest against Derby County yesterday. Making his eighth appearance for Stuart Pearce's side during his year-long move, Hunt played the full 90 minutes but Leon Best's 80th minute goal for the Rams held the table toppers to a 1-1 draw

Another Palace player who made a loan move last week was Jerome Binnom-Williams, and he helped Southend United to pick up their first victory in six games by keeping a clean sheet in their 2-0 victory against Portsmouth. 

Facing Binnom-Williams was a familiar face in the form of fellow academy graduate Alex Wynter, who is spending the season on the south-coast from SE25. Saturday's game was the fourth of his Pompey career to date, but only his second in League Two where Portsmouth currently occupy 11th position.

In League One, Stephen Dobbie couldn't prevent his Fleetwood Town side slipping to a second-consecutive defeat at the hands of Crawley Town as they slipped out of the top six. The Scot has scored once in four appearances for the Lancashire side which came in a 1-1 draw against Leyton Orient last month.

After scoring twice in his opening three games for League Two new-boys Cambridge United, Kwesi Appiah picked up a thigh injury and missed their 3-2 victory against Dagenham and Redbridge on Saturday, but the Us continue to shine after returning to the Football League and currently sit sixth in the table.

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