Steven Caulker scored a last minute equaliser and Paul-Jose M'Poku his first ever league goal as our on-loan players took centre stage on Monday.
Steven Caulker scored a last minute equaliser and Paul-Jose M’Poku his first ever league goal as our on-loan players took centre stage on Monday.
It was a full Bank Holiday programme in the Football League with six of our young players in action.
In-form defender Caulker came up against Spurs team-mate Kyle Walker as Bristol City visited table-topping QPR in the Championship.
An entertaining clash saw the tables turned on City, who had gone in front in the first half, with former Spur Adel Taarabt putting the home side ahead from the penalty spot with five minutes remaining.
But in the dying seconds, Caulker rose to power home Jamal Campbell-Ryce’s corner for his second goal of the season and a valuable point for Keith Millen’s side.
That was the last game of a successful loan spell at Loftus Road for right-back Kyle, who now returns to the Lane having made 20 appearances for QPR after joining in September.
Staying in the Championship, our other Kyle, Kyle Naughton, continued his good run in the Leicester team as Sven-Goran Eriksson’s men beat Swansea 2-1 at the Walkers Stadium.
And it was a first start in six games for Jake Livermore as Ipswich entertained Nottingham Forest, but the young midfielder was replaced after 52 minutes of the Tractor Boys’ 1-0 defeat.
Into League One and young winger M’Poku dropped out of the Leyton Orient starting lineup for their home game with Colchester.
But the Belgian youth international came off the bench with the scores tight at 2-1 to the O’s on 71 minutes, and had an immediate impact with an excellent strike to settle the nerves on the way to a 4-2 home win.
And Adam Smith completed his successful loan spell at high-flying Bournemouth with another 90 minute stint in their 3-1 home win over Brentford that takes them into third place.