The views in these blogs are those held by the individual blogger and do not necessarily reflect the views of Everton Football Club.
About the authorView articles
There was a remarkable away win, a last-minute equaliser and a defeat to a fallen giant on something of a mixed weekend for Everton's on-loan trio.
The only victory came for Francisco Junior, though any celebrations were tempered by the midfielder having to sit out Vitesse Arnhem's unlikely 1-0 win at Eredivisie champions Ajax.
Vitesse, armed with a number of players they have taken on loan from Chelsea, continued to live up to their reputation as the Netherlands' surprise package this term, moving into second place in the Dutch top flight thanks to Valeri Qazaishvili's 89th-minute winner.
The result also saw Ajax drop to sixth, though Frank de Boer's men remain just three points behind early leaders AZ Alkmaar.
In the Championship, defender Shane Duffy got another 90 minutes under his belt as Leeds United proved too strong for Yeovil Town.
A 2-0 scoreline might suggest that the Glovers' defence was worked hard, but in truth Duffy dealt impressively with numerous high balls lofted towards the Leeds attack and equally played a key role in maintaining possession and starting attacks.
Both Leeds goals from forward Ross McCormack were well worked and the Irishman could have done little to prevent them. His leadership and organisational skills also shone through once more, but he will have been disappointed by a lack of opportunities to show off his aerial prowess as Yeovil failed to make the most of their set pieces at Elland Road.
Duffy, whose stay in the South West was extended by a further month last week, has played every minute since joining the Huish Park outfit at the end of September and can look forward to a home game against FA Cup winners Wigan Athletic this coming Saturday.
Finally, in League Two, Luke Garbutt's Colchester United grabbed a controversial injury-time goal to draw 2-2 at Rotherham.
Garbutt also played the full 90 minutes as Us went ahead through Marcus Bean early on, only to concede goals from Matt Tubbs and former Everton striker Kieran Agard to fall behind before the half-hour mark.
That's how it stayed until the dying moments, when Elliot Lee's header was deemed to have crossed the line by the assistant referee.
The result leaves Colchester 14th in the third tier with the FA Cup visit of League One rivals Sheffield United up next.
Meanwhile, there was a first senior hat-trick for a former Everton Academy star in League Two, as Steven Schumacher's treble fired Fleetwood Town to the top of the table with a 4-1 win against Newport County.
Our thanks to Yeovil fan Ben Barrett for providing insight for this blog.
- Loan Round-Up - 24 February 8 0 24/02/2014
- Loan Round-Up: 20 January 14 0 20/01/2014
- Loan Round-Up: 6 January 12 0 06/01/2014
- Loan Round-Up: 16 December 2013 18 0 16/12/2013
- Loan Round-Up: 25 November 2 0 25/11/2013