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Loan Round-Up - 22 April

Loan Round-Up - 22 April

Robert Urbani, 22nd April 2014 - 11:25

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It was a double-header for Everton’s loanees throughout the Football League as the picture for promotion and relegation became clearer following the Easter weekend results.

We start this week’s round-up in the Championship where Shane Duffy completed back-to-back 90 minutes for Yeovil Town.

But it was a desperate weekend for the Glovers who are now all but relegated after taking just one point from their meetings with Blackburn Rovers and Huddersfield Town.

Gary Johnson’s side earned a respectable goalless draw at Ewood Park but a 2-1 home defeat to the Terriers on Easter Monday leaves bottom-placed Yeovil needing to make up a six-point deficit on 21st-placed Birmingham City with just two games remaining.

Another Everton man on loan in the Championship is Apostolos Vellios but the Greek forward was not named in the matchday 18 for either their 1-0 defeat to Burnley or the 1-1 draw at Brighton & Hove Albion.

These results saw the Tangerines slip into the relegation zone on goal difference. The defeat at home to Lancashire rivals Burnley was particularly galling for the Bloomfield Road faithful who expressed their displeasure at Blackpool’s current plight by hurling dozens of tennis balls onto the pitch in protest.

John Lundstram is still in with a decent chance of earning a second successive promotion out of League One, this time with Leyton Orient who suffered two defeats over the Easter period.

Having helped Doncaster Rovers climb into the Championship last term, he could repeat this feat with the East London outfit – albeit through the play-offs.

Lundstram came on as a second-half substitute in Leyton Orient’s 2-1 defeat away at Crawley and completed the full game in the 3-1 home loss to champions Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Orient now sit in fifth place but could still finish third with two games left.

MK Dons are destined for a mid-table finish in League One – but Matthew Kennedy is gaining plenty of experience with Karl Robinson’s side.

The winger played 80 minutes as they were beaten 1-0 at Port Vale on Monday before this was followed up with a 2-2 draw against Brentford. MK Dons now occupy 10th place, 13 points above the drop zone but 11 adrift of the play-offs.

Matthew Pennington is on loan at Tranmere Rovers who are in danger of being relegated to League Two after losing 2-0 at Gillingham and then holding Sheffield United to a goalless draw three days later.

Pennington completed two full games for 19th-placed Rovers, who sit just two points above the bottom three.

In League Two, Hallam Hope played in Bury’s 4-0 win over Plymouth Argyle and then the Shakers’ 1-0 loss at York City. The young striker has scored twice in six appearances since joining on a temporary deal last month.

And in Norway, Francisco Junior didn’t feature in Stromgodset’s 3-1 win over Sogndal – a result which puts them top of the table after recouping 10 points from their opening four matches.

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