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Loan Round-Up: Guedioura Wins On Return

5 March 2015

Adlene Guedioura marked his Watford return by helping them move to within a point of the Championship leaders with a 1-0 win against Fulham.

The Algerian signed for the Hornets last week on loan and played the full 90 minutes as Troy Deeney's early strike was enough to beat the Cottagers at Vicarage Road to put them level on points with second-placed Derby County and one behind leaders Middlesbrough.

It's also been a good few days for Bolton Wanderers and Barry Bannan, who beat Brighton and Hove Albion 1-0 on Saturday before gaining a point against Reading in midweek, although they did concede a last minute Jamie Mackie goal to prevent them claiming back-to-back wins.

The Scottish international played every minute of both games as the four points helped ease the Trotters away from any relegation danger for now, leaving them in 17th position in the table.

After clinching a huge victory against Millwall in a relegation six point on the weekend, Rotherham United duo Zeki Fryers and Jack Hunt couldn't prevent the Miller losing 3-1 to Cardiff City on Tuesday night. 

The win against the south London side gave Rotherham a six point cushion ahead of the relegation zone, but despite conceding three goals in 11 first half minutes, defeat for Millwall at Middlesbrough meant the Palace pair still have some breathing space at the bottom end of the Championship.

Meanwhile Lewis Price's Crawley Town continue to be threatened with the drop from League One after they were beaten 1-0 by Bradford City on Tuesday night. Following a  hard-fought 1-1 draw with Sheffield United on the weekend, the Red Devils travelled to Valley Parade full of optimism but the keeper misjudged a cross which allowed Francois Zoko to score the only goal of the game, a result that leaves Crawley second from bottom but just two points away from safety.

Ryan Inniss tasted defeat for the first time during his Port Vale spell as the Valiants were beaten 1-0 at home to manageress Oldham Athletic. The young defender had managed to keep three successive clean sheets in the first three games of his loan spell, including a 1-0 win against Notts County on Saturday but couldn't make it four, although he has now collected that amount of bookings during his short time in Staffordshire.

Elsewhere in that division, Stephen Dobbie made his first appearance for Fleetwood Town for nearly a month as he played the final 12 minute of their 2-2 draw against Scunthorpe United and Peter Ramage missed both of Barnsley's successive 1-0 wins that helped them leap into 10th in the league.

Both Sullay Kaikai and Jerome Binnom-Williams failed to find any action in League Two over the past week, with being being unused substitutes for their side's two games. Kaikai watched from afar as Cambridge United won their first game in eight at Morecambe on the weekend, but lost 3-0 at home to York City in their following match.

Binnom-Williams sat out both of Southend United's games this week as they lost ground in the race for automatic promotion with a goalless draw against AFC Wimbledon on Tuesday.

In the Conference South, Gus Sow played 70 minutes as a substitute in Farnborough Town's 2-1 defeat to Gosport Town on the weekend, a result that leaves them second from bottom in the table but a single point away from safety.

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