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Loan watch - midweek update

Posted on 18 September 2013  - 09:10

It was a busy night of action in the Football League on Tuesday, with some of our loanees to the fore.

Adam Smith in action for Derby at Bolton on TuesdayAdam Smith in action for Derby at Millwall on Saturday

Full-back Adam Smith came close to securing a winner for Derby County as they held Bolton Wanderers to a 2-2 draw in the Championship.

Striker Johnny Russell bagged both the Rams’ goals in the first half, overturning an early deficit inflicted by Bolton’s Alex Baptiste. Chris Eagles levelled for Bolton, but Smith was denied the chance to scoop all three points for the visitors when his goalbound effort was cleared off the line by Matt Mills.

Elsewhere, Bongani Khumalo played 90 minutes for Doncaster as they slipped to a 2-1 defeat at Watford.

Staying in the Championship, Queens Park Rangers – where Benoit Assou-Ekotto and Tom Carroll are currently on loan – play host to Brighton & Hove Albion tonight (Wednesday).

Tom made his debut for QPR on Saturday.

The midfielder, who started last week in good form for England Under-21s during their 1-1 draw in Finland, played his part as Harry Redknapp’s side secured a 1-0 home win over Birmingham City to remain second in the Championship table, behind leaders Blackpool on goal difference.

Tom was replaced after 82 minutes by former Spur Jermaine Jenas, while fellow Tottenham loanee Benoit Assou-Ekotto was an unused substitute.

Elsewhere in the Championship, full-back Adam Smith played the first hour for Derby County in their 5-1 mauling of Millwall, while Bongani Khumalo helped Doncaster Rovers hold Huddersfield Town to a goalless draw.

In the Premier League, Jake Livermore played the full game as Hull City were held to a 1-1 draw at home by Cardiff City.

Curtis Davies put Hull into a first half lead when he nodded home a cross from former Spurs midfielder Tom Huddlestone, but Peter Whittingham volleyed in Cardiff’s leveller just before the hour mark.

Elsewhere, Grant Hall, Alex Pritchard and Ryan Mason all played 90 minutes as Swindon Town lost narrowly at Wolves in League One.

Wolves looked to have wrapped the game up as they went 3-1 up in the closing stages, but Pritchard combined with Mason to set up a grandstand finish, with Mason lashing home from long range in stoppage time to make it 3-2. Wolves, though, held on for the win.

In the Portuguese Primeira Liga on Sunday, Cristian Ceballos was on the bench as FC Arouca secured a 1-0 victory at Nacional.