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Posted on 30 December 2010  - 12:00

Kyle Walker takes top billing with QPR as we look at how our loan players have fared so far over the festive period.

Loan watch

Kyle Walker picked up the Man of the Match award in front of the Sky Sports cameras on Tuesday as QPR extended their lead at the top of the Championship table.

The England Under-21 defender was in fine form and caught the eye with his bursts up and down the right flank.

He created QPR's opener when he beat his man, got to the byline and fired in an effort to the near post that Coventry keeper Kieran Westwood could only palm into his own net. Tommy Smith secured the 2-0 win at the Ricoh Arena.

That made it two wins, two clean sheets and a maximum six points for Kyle over over Christmas after QPR beat Swansea 4-0 on Boxing Day to top the Championship by seven points going into 2011.

Spurs team-mates Jon Obika and Steven Caulker came face-to-face for a few minutes as Bristol City drew 1-1 against Palace on Tuesday.

Striker Jon entered the fray as a late substitute with his Palace side 1-0 up but it was the third Spurs loanee on show who helped City grab a late, late equaliser.

Danny Rose came off the bench in the 76th minute and was upended by Palace goalkeeper Julien Speroni, allowing fellow substitute Brett Pitman to slot home from the spot for a 1-1 draw.

The news wasn't as good for the Robins on Boxing Day. Steven played the full 90 minutes again and Danny played 82 minutes in a 4-1 defeat at Reading. Steven played his part in his side's goal, his fine effort came back off the crossbar and Jon Stead tapped home the rebound.

Kyle Naughton had mixed fortunes with Leicester City. The full-back played 90 minutes as his side battled back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 against Leeds on Boxing Day before another full shift but a 2-0 loss at Millwall on Tuesday.

Kyle had the Foxes best effort at the Den, his low drive just wide in the first half.

In League One, David Button played in Plymouth's 1-1 draw against Notts County on Tuesday and Adam Smith was in the Bournemouth line-up in a 2-0 loss at MK Dons.

Meanwhile, John Bostock has returned to the club from his loan spell at Hull City. The midfielder made 11 appearances for the Tigers including eight starts and scored two goals.