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Loan Round-Up - 9 December

Loan Round-Up - 9 December

Liam Porter, 9th December 2013 - 14:06

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Shane Duffy and John Lundstram both featured in Yeovil’s spirited 2-2 draw with Charlton Athletic this weekend.

Searching for a third successive win, Glovers manager Gary Johnson named an unchanged side for the relegation-zone battle.

Lundstram looked energetic and lively in the game’s opening. His long-range volley - the first
real effort of the game - brought Yeovil close to the lead.

Having scored fewer than any other teams in the Championship this season, the two teams looked set to finish the first half with the goals tally at zero. Charlton, however, bagged a quick double in the final eight minutes of the first half.

Lundstram was substituted at the break for the slightly older and more experienced Kevin Dawson.

Duffy on the other hand played the full 90 minutes at the heart of Yeovil’s defence, and will be pleased with the resilience of his side as they fought back to claim a draw.

A Michael Morrison own goal and Ishmael Miller's penalty saw Yeovil claim a point.

It was another learning curve for the Everton youngsters – one in which manager Gary Johnson was happy with the character shown to salvage a point, but unhappy with the time it took to settle into the game.

“I’m pleased we didn’t lose and the boys did show character, but if you show that character from the first minute then you won’t lose many football matches” reflected Johnson.

Unfortunately, 21-year-old midfielder Francisco Junior didn’t feature in Vitesse Arnhem’s accomplished 6-2 win over PSV Eindhoven. This important victory ensures Vitesse stay at the top of the Eredivisie - two points ahead of second-placed Ajax.

Colchester, and on-loan Everton defender Luke Garbutt, were out of action this weekend due to their first round FA Cup defeat to Sheffield United.

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