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LOAN REPORT: FESTIVE FIXTURE ROUND-UP

29 December 2015

Huws and Jennings stand out over festive fixtures.

  • Loan report looks back over Latics' players over the festive weekend.
  • Jennings and Cheltenham extend lead at the top as Huws makes scoring return.
  • O'Brien, Holt and Taylor feature for Wrexham, Wolves and Reading.

Catch up with Wigan Athletic players out on loan across the Football League, non-league and SPFL over the Christmas period, starting in the Sky Bet Championship as Emyr Huws returned from injury to score straight from a corner as Huddersfield Town beat Preston North End 3-1 on Boxing Day.

HUDDERSFIELD TOWN 3 PRESTON NORTH END 1 - EMYR HUWS
QUEENS PARK RANGERS 1 HUDDERSFIELD TOWN 1 - EMYR HUWS




It was a successful couple of days for Huddersfield Town over the Christmas weekend, starting with a 3-1 victory over Preston North End on Boxing Day, followed by a 1-1 draw away at Queens Park Rangers on Monday.

Emyr Huws made his return from injury on Saturday, assisting Nahki Wells for the Terrier's opening goal against North End.  Wells grabbed his second, before Huws whipped in a bizarre third straight from a corner kick to make it 3-0.  Preston pulled a late goal back through Adam Reach.

Monday's trip to Loftus Road brought about late drama, with Seb Polter giving the hosts the lead 10 minutes from time, before Wells scored his third in two games in the 86th minute to rescue a point.  Huws featured for the full 90 minutes.

Four points from two games lifted Huddersfield into 18th in the Sky Bet Championship, four points clear of the relegation zone.

WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS 1 READING 0 - GRANT HOLT
CHARLTON ATHLETIC 0 WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS 2 - GRANT HOLT


90' Sub for Wolves: Benik Afobe is replaced by Grant Holt.

— Wolves (@OfficialWolves) December 26, 2015

Grant Holt has now returned to Latics (as confirmed this morning), after featuring just four times from the substitutes' bench, the last of which came on Boxing Day, when he was introduced in the 90th minute of Wolves' 1-0 victory against Reading at Molineux Stadium.

Wolves continued their winning ways on Monday, grabbing all three points in a 2-0 win away at Charlton Athletic to lift them into 11th in the Sky Bet Championship, just six points from the play-offs.  Holt wasn't involved in the match day squad.

WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS 1 READING 0 - ANDREW TAYLOR
READING 1 BRENTFORD 2 - ANDREW TAYLOR

SUBS: Two changes. Vydra and McCleary off for John and Taylor. pic.twitter.com/WZMkLeuTkt

— Reading FC (@ReadingFC) December 26, 2015

Defender Andrew Taylor made his return from injury for Reading on Boxing Day, coming on as a 62nd minute substitute away to Wolves, but little could be done to help his side avoid a 1-0 defeat.

It was back-to-back defeats for the Royals who also lost on Monday, this time a 2-1 home defeat to Brentford, with Taylor not involved in the match day squad.

Defeats for Reading leave them in 12th in the table, seven points from the play-offs.

KIDDERMINSTER HARRIERS 1 CHELTENHAM TOWN 2 - RYAN JENNINGS
CHELTENHAM TOWN 1 TORQUAY UNITED 0 - RYAN JENNINGS


46: Cheltenham subs: James Dayton & James Rowe on for Jack Barthram & Ryan Jennings #ctfclive

— Cheltenham Town FC (@CTFCofficial) December 28, 2015

Cheltenham Town continued their impressive form to extend their lead at the top of the Vanarama National League over Christmas with back-to-back wins.

Ryan Jennings featured for 79 minutes in their 2-1 victory over Kidderminster Harriers on Boxing Day, before a 45 minute appearance on Monday in the Robins' 1-0 home win against Torquay United.

Cheltenham top the National League on 59 points, seven ahead of second place Forest Green who have a game in hand.

WREXHAM 0 SOUTHPORT 1 - DANNY O'BRIEN
HALIFAX 2 WREXHAM 0 - DANNY O'BRIEN


It was a difficult couple of days for Wrexham this Christmas, losing 1-0 on Boxing Day at home to Southport, before a 2-0 away defeat to Halifax on Monday.

Danny O'Brien was an unused substitute against Southport, and wasn't involved in the squad against the Shaymen, as the Dragons dropped to 10th in the table, six points behind the final play-off position.

CHORLEY P AFC FYLDE P - SAM COSGROVE
HARROGATE TOWN 2 CHORLEY 4 - SAM COSGROVE


With the majority of Lancashire's Boxing Day matches postponed due to waterlogged pitches and flooding, Chorley's clash with AFC Fylde was called off, leaving them to face just one festive fixture, a 4-2 victory away at Harrogate Town providing some much appreciated cheer.

Striker Sam Cosgrove wasn't involved in the match day squad, but the Magpies' big win leaves them in 11th place in the National League North, 11 points from the play-offs, but with multiple games in hand over a number of teams above them.

DUNDEE UNITED P MOTHERWELL P

The Scottish Premiership was also hit with postponements due to the weather at the weekend, with Billy Mckay's Dundee United not involved in the action after their clash with Motherwell was called off.

United currently sit bottom of the division with just 10 points, 11 adrift of Motherwell who occupy the safety mark in 10th.

UPCOMING FIXTURES

Wednesday 30 December - Hearts v Dundee United (Scottish Premiership)
Saturday 2 January - Reading v Bristol City (Sky Bet Championship) / Bolton Wanderers v Huddersfield Town (Sky Bet Championship) / Southport v Wrexham (Vanarama National League) / Cheltenham Town v Kidderminster Harriers (Vanarama National League) / AFC Fylde v Chorley (Vanarama National League North) / Dundee v Dundee United (Scottish Premiership)

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