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Loan Watch

Posted on 29 December 2009  - 12:00

It has been a busy Christmas period for our players out on loan with mixed fortunes for the lads across four divisions.

It has been a busy Christmas period for our players out on loan with mixed fortunes for the lads across four divisions.

Jamie O'Hara faced a proverbial relegation six-pointer with Portsmouth against West Ham at Upton Park on Boxing Day, but Avram Grant's side were on the wrong end of a 2-0 defeat that keeps them bottom of the Barclays Premier League.

The midfielder played 90 minutes in East London, and he and his team-mates will get the chance to make up for the defeat when they take on Arsenal at Fratton Park on Wednesday.

In the Championship, it was an unfortunate couple of days for both Adel Taarabt and Kyle Walker as they missed out on wins for their sides.

As new QPR boss Paul Hart rotated his squad over the two festive games, midfielder Adel sat out the Boxing Day win over Bristol City but came back into the starting lineup for Monday's 3-0 defeat at Ipswich.

Defender Kyle, meanwhile, started Sheffield United's Boxing Day game at Leicester only to limp off just after half-time with the scores at 1-1.

The Blades ended up losing that game 2-1, but Kyle remained sidelined for Monday's 1-0 home win over Preston.

Jake Livermore, on loan at Derby, was an unused substitute in the 2-0 home defeat against Blackpool on Boxing Day but came on as a late replacement as the Rams redeemed themselves with a hard-earned 0-0 draw at leaders Newcastle on Monday.

The goals continue to flow for striker Jon Obika in League One has he netted his seventh of the season in Yeovil's 4-0 Boxing Day win over Wycombe.

The 19-year-old came off the bench on 67 minutes to join fellow Spurs loanees Steven Caulker and Ryan Mason in the side.

After just four minutes on the pitch, Jon made an instant impact by laying on the all-important second goal for Jean-Paul Kalala before adding the third himself.

The impressive cameo meant Jon joined the other two lads in the starting lineup for Monday's visit to in-form Swindon, but they were sent crashing back down to earth with a 3-1 defeat.

It wasn't the best weekend overall for winger Andros Townsend at Leyton Orient, although he did play the full 120 minutes as the O's ground out a 0-0 draw at Brighton on Boxing Day before a 2-1 home defeat at the hands of Southend on Monday.

John Bostock, on loan at Brentford, was an unused sub during their 1-0 win at Gillingham on Boxing Day but came back into the starting lineup for Monday's home game with high-flying Charlton.

The midfielder's corner led to Carl Cort's opener just after half-time, but the visitors were soon level through a Nicky Bailey penalty before John was replaced just after the hour mark.

Meanwhile, it was a short-lived festive period for defender Troy Archibald-Henville, who was sent off just before half-time in Exeter's 3-1 defeat at in-form Southampton, therefore missing Monday's 1-1 home draw with Gillingham through suspension.

In League Two, goalkeeper David Button played his part in a bizarre Boxing Day encounter as Shrewsbury drew 2-2 against Macclesfield with all four goals coming in injury time at the end of each half!

However, David's key contribution in the match was a first half penalty save as Dave Hibbert's late equaliser rescued the Shrews a point before a comfortable 3-1 win at Bradford on Monday, in which the 20-year-old stopper once again played the full 90 minutes.

It could have been a Christmas to remember for full-back Adam Smith at Torquay, who beat Hereford 1-0 on Boxing Day before being cruelly denied a valuable point at table-toppers Bournemouth on Monday when a controversial late penalty award gave the Cherries a 2-1 victory.

Adam played the full 90 minutes in both games, as did fellow defender Calum Butcher in Barnet's Boxing Day trip to in-form Aldershot.

However, that proved to be a day to forget for the 18-year-old as the Bees were comprehensively beaten 4-0. Calum did not feature in their 0-0 home draw with Northampton on Monday.