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Loan Round-Up: 6 January
evertonfc.com , 6th January 2014 - 17:43
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Shane Duffy and John Lundstram can look forward to an FA Cup trip to Premier League Southampton after helping loan club Yeovil Town overcome League One high-fliers Leyton Orient in round three this weekend.
The duo had endured a difficult Christmas with the Somerset outfit as three league games brought three defeats in just nine days.
But the Championship strugglers bounced back in style, with Duffy even collecting an assist as they thumped Orient 4-0 to earn a deserved trip to Manuel Pochettino's Saints.
Both Duffy and Lundstram saw their contracts at Huish Park extended until the end of the season last week and their attention will now return to helping Gary Johnson's side maintain their status in the second tier.
Yeovil currently sit 23rd in the Championship table, five points from safety and with a home game against second-placed Burnley up next on Saturday.
Elsewhere, in League One, Luke Garbutt was among the goals over Christmas as Colchester United enjoyed mixed festive fortunes.
It started well, with Garbutt playing the full 90 minutes in a 2-0 win at Oldham Athletic and then again in a 4-0 rout of Everton's FA Cup fourth round opponents, Stevenage.
Garbutt then got himself on the scoresheet during another 90-minute display against Crewe Alexandra, only for two second-half goals to inflict a surprise home defeat on the Us.
However, 2014 began with a clean sheet and a point for the left-back, a goalless draw at MK Dons on New Year's Day leaving Joe Dunne's side 15th in the League One table, four points clear of the relegation zone, with Gillingham up next at the Colchester Community Stadium on Saturday.
Meanwhile, defender Matthew Pennington kicked off his spell in the third tier by helping Tranmere Rovers to a 1-1 draw against title-chasing Wolverhampton Wanderers on New Year's Day.
The Prenton Park side had looked set for a noteworthy win when Ryan Lowe put them ahead shortly after Richard Stearman had seen red for the visitors.
However, the numbers were levelled up on the stroke of half-time when former Everton midfielder James Wallace was sent off for a high tackle, paving the way for a second-half David Edwards equaliser. Tranmere's next outing is a trip to play-off contenders Walsall on Saturday.
There was better news for striker Hallam Hope in League Two as he notched on his debut to help Northampton Town record only their second away league win of the campaign.
The 19-year-old introduced himself to Cobblers fans by steering home the opener in a 2-1 victory at Newport County after goalkeeper Lenny Pidgeley – playing with a fractured hand - had parried his initial shot.
A home bow now beckons for Hope when Northampton - currently under the caretaker stewardship of former Blues midfielder Andy King - welcome York City this weekend.
Finally, in the Netherlands, Francisco Junior was not involved as Eredivisie title hopefuls Vitesse Arnhem signed off for their winter break with a 2-2 draw at Heracles Almelo.
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