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Loan Round-Up - 22 April

Loan Round-Up - 22 April

Daniel Alston, 22nd April 2013 - 18:36

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It's gone right down to the wire in League One, where two young Blues will go head-to-head in their quest for promotion next weekend.
 
Over the past few months, we've documented the battle unfolding at the top of the division and now John Lundstram and Jake Bidwell are set for a final-day decider – against one another.
 
Lundstram's loan side, Doncaster Rovers, were at the summit until last week, seemingly heading for the Championship as league winners.
 
However, a 1-0 defeat at home to Notts County – a game of which Lundstram played the opening 63 minutes – cost them their position at the top as AFC Bournemouth capitalised to overtake.
 
Eddie Howe's south coast side have now secured one of the two automatic berths – with Donny facing a nerve-wracking final-day trip to Bidwell’s Brentford.
 
The Bees' strong late push has lifted them to third, just two points behind Doncaster, who visit Griffin Park on Saturday.
 
That gap may have been non-existent, including on goal difference, if Uwe Rosler's men had sealed victory against already-relegated Hartlepool United at the weekend.
 
Left-back Bidwell played the full 90 minutes at Victoria Park, helping his side to come from behind to draw 1-1 against the Pools.
 
Brentford now require a win to nick second place, whereas Rovers know that they will secure instant promotion to the second tier by avoiding defeat.
 
With neither side wanting to face the lottery of the play-offs, it's set to be an exciting afternoon in north London.
 
Look out for the thoughts of Lundstram, Bidwell and Under-21s boss Alan Stubbs in the build-up to the decisive match-up on evertonfc.com later this week.
 
Meanwhile, Everton's other player out on loan, Magaye Gueye was not selected for Stade Brest's 1-0 defeat at Olympic Marseille.
 
With five games left to play, the French side find themselves five points from safety in the Ligue 1 relegation zone.

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