Loan Round-Up: Dowell Downs Wolves

Kieran Dowell struck his 10th goal of the season as Nottingham Forest dispatched Championship leaders Wolves at Molineux.

The hosts had not been beaten on their own patch since an August meeting with Cardiff City but Dowell’s deflected 25-yard drive and fellow youngster Ben Osborn’s strike late in the first half helped Aitor Karanka earn his first win as Forest boss.

The 2-0 result sees Wolves’ lead at the top cut to nine points following second-place Derby’s draw with Bristol City, while Forest sit in 14th place, 11 points off the play-offs.

Loanees Antonee Robinson and Callum Connolly squared off at the Macron Stadium as Bolton Wanderers hosted Ipswich Town. Robinson laid on the first goal of the game for Gary Madine but it ended all square thanks to Joe Garner’s late strike for the Tractor Boys. 

Harry Charsley was not involved in the matchday squad for the Trotters.

Matthew Pennington made his first appearance since Boxing Day in Leeds United’s seven-goal thriller against Millwall. Aiden O’Brien and Lee Gregory had given the Lions a commanding lead, scoring either side of Leeds captain Liam Cooper’s red card.

But Pierre-Michel Lasogga and Kemar Roofe brought the hosts level, before the former lifted the roof off Elland Road by completing the turnaround. However, it was the Londoners who would snatch the points in the final three minutes as striker Tom Elliott restored parity and Jed Wallace fired home a late, late winner in a 4-3 Millwall triumph.

Pennington was introduced as a first-half substitute in arguably the standout game of the day.

There was better news for Tyias Browning who played the full 90 minutes of a priceless 1-0 win for Sunderland over fellow second-tier strugglers Hull City. With Brendan Galloway an unused sub, young striker Joel Asoro scored his first senior goal to move the Black Cats on to 25 points, level with the Tigers who sit just above them out of the drop zone.

Joe Williams sat out Barnsley’s 3-1 defeat at Aston Villa, but Kevin Mirallas played the third match of his loan spell at Olympiakos. Having featured in their midweek win over Lamia, the Belgium international was once again named in the starting line-up and helped the Greek giants see off Xanthi 3-0. Those results meant Olympiakos took over from AEK Athens at the summit of the Super League.

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