Loan Round-Up

Monday 11 April 2016 10:15

Ben Pringle played the first half of Ipswich Town’s 3-1 defeat by Brentford at Portman Road on Saturday.

After Sam Saunders had put the visitors in front, Town’s Luke Hyam was sent off in first half stoppage time for a second bookable offence.

Brentford – who lost influential midfielder Alan Judge to a broken leg, an incident for which Hyam received his first yellow card – doubled their lead on 64 minutes through Lasse Vibe’s finish.

Vibe made it three shortly after, although Liam Feeney did notch a late consolation for the hosts, who are now eight points adrift of the Sky Bet Championship Play-Off spots.

In League One, Larnell Cole gave Shrewsbury Town the lead in South-East London, but a second half fightback saw Millwall claim a 3-1 win.

The midfielder slotted home confidently with just five minutes played to give the Shrews – for whom Jack Grimmer also played 90 minutes – the lead, but Ben Thompson’s stunning long ranger just before the hour mark restored parity.

Steve Morison headed the Lions in front shortly after, and the result was confirmed through Lee Gregory’s stoppage time penalty, after Town goalkeeper Mark Halstead was sent off for fouling him in the area.

Shrewsbury are now just a point and a place above the drop zone.

Elsewhere, George Williams played 50 minutes of Gillingham’s goalless draw with Sheffield United at Bramall Lane.

The youngster replaced Jake Hessenthaler just after the half hour mark, before making way for Bradley Dack towards the end of the game.

It extended Gills’ unbeaten run to six matches, although they did drop down to fifth in the standings.

In League Two, Jordan Evans played the full 90 as Oxford United came away from Crawley Town with a 5-1 win.

Joe McNerney had put the hosts in front, but Chris Maguire struck to ensure it was honours even at the break.

Efforts from Callum O'Dowda and Liam Sercombe then put the U’s in control of proceedings, and they sewed things up with a Maguire penalty and a late George Waring goal.

The win keeps them second in the standings, four points clear of the Play-Off spots with five games to go.

In the Vanarama National League, Cameron Burgess played the entirety of Cheltenham Town’s 2-0 win at Guiseley.

The league leaders had to wait until the 80th minute for the breakthrough, which arrived when Rob Dickie headed in.

Dan Holman wrapped things up in the dying stages for the Stags, who had Harry Pell sent off for a second bookable offence in stoppage time.

They’re now six points clear at the top, and four points from their remaining three games will guarantee the title.

Elsewhere, Marek Rodák and Welling United were beaten 2-1 at home by Kidderminster Harriers in a battle between the division’s bottom two sides.

Kadell Daniels’ early strike looked like it might win it for Welling, but two goals in the final eight minutes from Kelvin Langmead and James McQuilkin earned Harriers the win, leaving their hosts eight points adrift of safety, and all but relegated.

In Portugal, Kostas Mitroglou was on target in Benfica’s 2-1 win at Academica.

Pedro Nuno had given the second bottom side a surprise lead, but Mitroglou levelled things up with a header six minutes before half-time.

Substitute Raul Jimenez netted late on to ensure his side remained at the top of the league.

In Denmark on Friday, Nikolay Bodurov helped Midtjylland claim a 1-1 draw at Viborg.

Jonas Kamper had put the hosts in front, but Paul Onuachu responded soon after to earn his side a point which keeps them sitting fourth in the Superliga standings.

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