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Loan Round-Up: Successive Awards For Adlene

7 April 2015


Adlene Guedioura put in back-to-back man of the match displays to help Watford briefly climb to the top of the Championship over the Easter period.

The Algerian midfielder played a starring role in the Hornets' four points in four days by firstly helping his side gain a 2-2 draw at Derby County, assisting Odion Ighalo's equaliser 15 minutes from time, before setting up Troy Deeney's opener in a 2-0 win against automatic promotion rivals Middlesbrough on Monday.

Subsequent results for Bournemouth and Norwich City saw the pair jump above Watford, but with so many teams in the mix for a spot in the Premier League next season there is still plenty for Guedioura to play for at Vicarage Road. 

Jack Hunt also played all 180 minutes of Rotherham United's Easter games, which began with a 2-1 defeat to Birmingham City but ended with a vital 1-0 victory at home to Brighton and Hove Albion. Matt Derbyshire's goal was enough to claim the huge three points, moving seven clear of the bottom three and sucking the Seagulls into the relegation mix, while also condemning Blackpool to relegation.

The Seasiders will face Kwesi Appiah's Reading side tonight with their fate sealed, but the striker made his Royals debut in a 1-1 draw with Cardiff City as a 68th minute substitute. 

Also making their debut for their temporary sides over the Easter break were Ipswich Town duo Zeki Fryers and Jonny Williams, but they didn't have a great start to their spells in Suffolk as they slipped out of the play-off places.

Fryers played the whole game as Bournemouth held the Tractor Boys to a 1-1 draw on Friday, but Huddersfield Town collected their first win in eight games to beat Ipswich 2-1 on Monday, which saw Williams appear from the bench for his first taste of first-team action since picking up an injury during a previous loan spell at the club back in November.

Paddy McCarthy and Barry Bannan also helped Bolton Wanderers remain unbeaten during the bank holiday weekend as the Scot assisted Eidur Gudjohnsen's 90th minute equaliser against Blackpool before the Trotters dismantled Cardiff 3-0.

Bannan was influential again at the Cardiff City Stadium, blocking a shot on the line when the game was still goalless before setting up Craig Davies for his side's third, although McCarthy was rested and remained an unused substitute. Those points move Bolton to 16th in the table, well away from any relegation worries.  

In League One all three Palace loanees failed to see any action. Crawley Town kept two clean sheets as they moved out the relegation zone with a 0-0 draw with Crewe Alexandra before beating Oldham Athletic 2-0, but Lewis Price was named on the bench for both games with Brian Jensen donning the goalkeeping jersey after the Welshman's recent concussion.

Peter Ramage hopes to return soon from injury but missed both of Barnsley's loses to Sheffield United and Colchester United, and Stephen Dobbie also saw no playing time as Fleetwood Town moved four points away from the play-off places with wins against Yeovil Town and Gillingham.

Sullay Kaikai made his 25th appearance for Cambridge United in their 1-0 win against Northampton Town on Monday, bouncing back from a 2-0 defeat to Bury. The winger came on as a 59th minute replacement after playing the full 90 against the Shakers. Jerome Binnom-Williams meanwhile was an unused sub in Southend United's wins against Mansfield and Hartlepool United.

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