Two Eagles loanees went toe-to-toe in League One last Saturday and it was the returning Hiram Boateng who came out on top as his Bristol Rovers side beat Freddie Ladapo’s Oldham Athletic.
The midfielder hadn’t featured for the Pirates for three weeks after picking up an injury, but played 73 minutes of the game at Boundary Park as the visitors ran-out 2-0 winners to climb into the top five of the table. Ladapo meanwhile came off two minutes after his fellow Palace teammate, but the defeat leaves Oldham third from bottom at the other end of the division.
Elsewhere in League One, Ryan Inniss was an unused substitute as Southend United claimed a 3-0 win at MK Dons to reach 15th spot as the defender continues his comeback from a short lay-off, and Keshi Anderson also remained on the bench for the duration of Bolton Wanderers’ 2-0 win in a local derby against Bury that sent them up to second spot in the league via two Zach Clough penalties.
In the Championship last weekend, Sullay Kaikai played just under an hour for Brentford as they lost 2-0 to Barnsley at Griffin Park. The winger missed a good opportunity to take the lead in the first half before the eventual defeat, but the Bees are just four points off the play-off places.
It’s a different story for Ipswich Town however who have won just one of their last seven games after they were beaten 3-0 by Newcastle United at St James’ Park, where Jonny Williams came on for his second appearance in his fourth spell with the Tractor Boys.
Dropping into League Two, Luke Croll had an afternoon to forget for Exeter City as he was withdrawn at half-time against Cambridge United after being at fault for at least one of the U’s early goals that ultimately clinched a 2-1 win, a result that leaves the Grecians in the bottom two.