Hiram Boateng returned to action for Bristol Rovers and helped the Pirates end their five-game search for a win as they beat struggling Bury 4-2 on Saturday.
The midfielder had been out of action for nearly a month but was restored to the Rovers side, and received plenty of praise from manager Darrell Clarke post-match, who said: “He is technically a good player but he has got to have awareness about him – it's an area I have asked him to improve on. What he does in defence duties will mean he plays more football for me."
The victory moved the Pirates up to 9th in the League One table, a long way ahead of Freddie Ladapo’s Oldham Athletic who remain in the relegation spots, however the Eagles striker returned from a slight knee injury to help them into the third round of the Checkatrade Trophy on Tuesday night courtesy of a 3-1 win at Walsall.
Ladapo’s loan deal ends next month, and he is keen to stay, saying: "I am hoping that the manager takes the view of it that he does want to keep me for longer. It's all down to whether he wants me. If he does, then that would be great.”
With Luke Croll and Ryan Inniss out injured, Palace’s other loaness were all in action over the past few days, with Monday night seeing Keshi Anderson get his first taste of action for Bolton Wanderers in over a month as a late substitute in their 4-0 crushing of Gillingham, leaving the Eagles’ FA Cup opponents second in League One.
24 hours later in the Championship, Jonny Williams was once again used off the bench as Ipswich Town lost again, this time to Birmingham City, while Sullay Kaikai played the final five minutes of Brentford’s 1-0 win at Bristol City.