Again there were mixed emotion and hopes following this week’s progress and promise on show by our loan players.
Again there were mixed emotion and hopes following this week’s progress and promise on show by our loan players. For the 2nd week running some players did not take part in their loan clubs’ game, others excelled – playing the entire match.
|“Jos marked Morten and was exceptional – in contrast Morten was poor. Jos won many an aerial challenge and limited Morten to a few tame long range shots”|
Firstly, my update is on small striker Paul McGowan and his progression this week during St.Mirren’s Scottish Cup tie vs Aberdeen. Paul played on the right hand side of midfield but due to Saints’ dominance throughout much of the game he ended up playing the role as more of a winger. This proved to suit him remarkably well and his display was second to none. He looked lively and was a man of the match contender. I have selected 4 key points in which I feel Paul affected the game in a major way. The first way I feel he did this was by supplying a spectacular cross, resulting in a Craig Dargo thundering header crashing the crossbar. The second way he contributed was by using great striking instincts to gamble on a looping cross – the result and simple tap in to put St.Mirren into the lead. Thirdly, Paul produced another brilliant delivery, which ended in a missed 1 on 1 opportunity. Finally, Paul made a costly mistake when he conceded a needless free kick in the final minute, this proved fatal as Aberdeen buried it and the consequence was an undeserved replay.
Secondly, my update is on Darren O’Dea. Darren was given a rare start in a left back role for Ipswich and was up against the pace of Leeds’ Max Gradel. He was very strong in the challenge, more than able in an aerial battle, kept the ball superbly and limited Gradel to half chances. His distribution from the back was tremendous and his part was key in a creditable 0-0 draw away at Leeds; who are chasing automatic promotion.
Thirdly, my report is on Richie Towell. There is no comment to make on Richie as Hibs had no game this weekend.
Next, my update is on Josh Thompson – who I need to tell you nothing on as he didn’t feature in Rochdale’s clash with Exeter City.
Also, needing no update is Jason Marr as Ross County’s match fell victim of the weather.
My next progression tracking is a combination of Morten Rasmussen and Jos Hooiveld. This is because Jos’ Copenhagen visited Morten’s Aab Fodbold in the Danish league. Jos marked Morten and was exceptional – in contrast Morten was poor. Jos won many an aerial challenge and limited Morten to a few tame long range shots. Morten was terrible and it was truly a day to forget for him as he wasn’t given a sniff. On the other hand Jos played a vital role in an important 1-0 victory and it seems these 2 players made 2 very different impressions on their parent clubs this weekend.
Finally my player progress to tell you about is Ben Hutchinson. Benjamin started the game against Southend and he played the entire duration of the match. His passion and effort were evident and it was a display which many fans took to. By no means was it a performance of finesse or class but one of determination and hard work rate. He prevented many long balls from the heart of Southend’s defence. For all Ben’s effort he wasn’t overly rewarded and it wasn’t anything to excite Lincoln or Celtic fans – although he put in a shift and gained a useful 2-1 victory.
This concludes my information for this week’s matches. My following report will be compiled next weekend after each loan player has played their matches this coming week.
Written by afcbliamk
* More expanded details of each players progress and their season’s statistics can be found under the thread with their name on in Liam’s Loan Reports section.
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