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With Everton’s total of loaned-out youngsters rising to nine, eyes were across all of the Football League to monitor their progress.
Tyias Browning joined Wigan Athletic on Friday for an initial month, and he was handed an immediate introduction at the DW Stadium.
Browning played the second half of the 3-0 win over Bournemouth and the 19-year-old admitted he was pleased with his first senior performance.
He said: “I’m really happy to make my debut, it was a good test and I really enjoyed it.
“I didn’t expect to be involved so early on to be honest.
“The gaffer told me to just go out there and enjoy it which I did and it was nice that he congratulated me at full time.”
Meanwhile, fellow loanee Chris Long marked his MK Dons debut with a first professional goal.
The Liverpool-born forward was in the right place at the right time to pounce and aid the Dons' 3-2 win over Shrewsbury Town.
And boss Karl Robinson singled out Long for special praise at full-time.
He said: “Chris was the biggest threat on the pitch today. He was quick, he was brave, he worked hard, he didn’t let anybody come through him and win the ball easily and he’s only 18 years of age.
“It’s a daunting task for an 18-year-old to come down here away from home and perform like he has today against two experienced central defenders.
“He’s not the finished article yet because he’s 18 but he’s been brought up the right way at a very good football club and I’ve seen glimpses today of someone who will be a real player.”
There was also a Football League debut for Matthew Kennedy, who impressed in Tranmere Rovers' 1-1 draw against Walsall and made way to warm applause on 89 minutes.
Blues defender Matthew Pennington played the full 90 for Rovers in his second appearance.
Elsewhere, there was a man of the match performance from Luke Garbutt as Colchester United beat Gillingham 3-0 at home.
Shane Duffy and John Lundstram both featured in Yeovil's 2-1 defeat at home to high-flying Burnley. Defender Duffy played the full 90 minutes, while midfielder Lundstram gained 67 minutes of further Championship experience.
Hallam Hope played 71 minutes of Northampton Town's 2-0 defeat to York. The Cobblers are rooted to the bottom of League Two, four points from safety.
There was no action for Francisco Junior and Vitesse Arnhem, who resume Eredivise fixtures on 18 January.
Keep an eye on evertonfc.com for updates on Everton's loaned-out youngsters.
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