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Loan watch

Posted on 30 September 2013  - 11:05

Jake Livermore was once again a key figure in midfield for Hull City on another busy weekend for our lads out on loan.

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The Tigers ensured West Ham United remain without a goal on the road this term, claiming a 1-0 victory.

Jake played 90 minutes, and even hit the post in the second period, in a game settled by an early penalty converted by Robbie Brady.

Elsewhere, Adam Smith will soon have a new manager at Derby County after the Rams parted company with manager Nigel Clough at the weekend.

Full-back Adam, on loan with the Rams for the season, played 90 minutes in Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at the hands of rivals Nottingham Forest in the Championship – a result that spelled the end of Clough’s four-and-a-half year reign as Derby boss.

Elsewhere in the second tier, Tom Carroll and Benoit Assou-Ekotto helped Queens Park Rangers secure their record-equalling seventh consecutive clean sheet with a routine 2-0 win at home to Middlesbrough.

Bongani Khumalo also tasted victory, playing the full game once again as his Doncaster Rovers side secured a 1-0 win at Sheffield Wednesday.

Meanwhile, a late strike from Dany N’Guessan wasn’t enough for Swindon Town to do anything about Preston North End’s unbeaten start to the League One season, as the Robins slipped to a 2-1 defeat.

With Ryan Mason sidelined with injury, Grant Hall and Alex Pritchard started the game, Alex being withdrawn with 14 minutes remaining as Town shuffled their pack in a bid to claw their way back into the game.

In Portugual, Cristian Ceballos maintained a watching brief from the bench as FC Arouca battled to a goalless draw at Academica.