Loan Round-Up - 9 March

Conor McAleny and Chris Long were unable to add to their midweek strikes in Saturday's Championship action.

The Blues forwards had been on target for Cardiff City and Brentford respectively on Tuesday evening.

McAleny started the Bluebirds' home game against Charlton Athletic, but was withdrawn just after the hour-mark for former Toffee Matt Kennedy.

By that point, Federico Macheda had put the hosts ahead but two goals for the Addicks inside the last 16 minutes condemned Russell Slade's side to defeat.

Long, meanwhile, was named on the bench as the Bees travelled to Ipswich. With the game delicately poised at 1-1, the young striker was handed a 15-minute cameo but there was to be no late winner for either of the play-off hopefuls.

Elsewhere, Matthew Pennington gained another 90 minutes but couldn't help new Coventry City boss Tony Mowbray celebrate his first game in charge with victory.

The Sky Blues went 1-0 up inside the first five minutes but Port Vale hit back twice just before the interval. Coventry then levelled with 20 minutes to go before the visitors grabbed the winner to leave Coventry sitting a solitary point above the League One dropzone.

North of the border, Motherwell moved of the foot of the Scottish Premiership table with a 1-1 draw at home to Kilmarnock.

Blues midfielder Conor Grant played the first 56 minutes of the contest at Fir Park as he continues to pick up valuable competitive experience.

Lastly, there was no action for Ben McLaughlin who has seen his loan spell at AFC Telford United curtailed by injury.

Telford manager Steve Kittrick confirmed the right-back would be returning to Finch Farm with a groin injury.

He said: “Ben is going to be out now for the rest of the season.

“He is going to be out for 12 weeks in rehab and he is back at Everton. It is his tendon that has come off on the bone.

“It is a blow because he’s a good lad to have in the dressing room and around the place, he’s a good player."

The Bucks beat Torquay United 1-0 away on Saturday, but they remain bottom of the Vanorama Conference table and 11 points from safety.

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