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LOAN REPORT: LAVERCOMBE AND O'DONNELL STAR WITH CLEAN SHEETS

18 January 2016

Catch up with Latics' players out on loan.

  • Six of Latics' player feature out on loan.
  • O'Donnell and Lavercombe help teams to victories with clean sheets.
  • Whitehead, Jennings, Huws and Taylor also feature.

It was a relatively successful week for Latics players out on loan across the Football League, non-league and SPFL, with wins in three fixtures, draws in four and defeats in just two.

Dan Lavercombe and Richard O'Donnell proved to have excellent weekends for their respective teams, with Lavercombe's Torquay United 1-0 winners in the FA Trophy at home to Wrexham, whilst O'Donnell's Bristol City won 1-0 against Sky Bet Championship leaders Middlesbrough.

We take a look at the action, starting in the FA Trophy, with three players representing their loan clubs.

TORQUAY UNITED 1 WREXHAM 0 - DAN LAVERCOMBE

Goalkeeping coach, Kevin Miller, full of praise for Dan Lavercombe: https://t.co/TyYnGKPBLZpic.twitter.com/tXlTDcICRh

— Torquay United FC (@TUFC1899) January 18, 2016

Following the postponement of another league fixture last Tuesday against Welling, Torquay United were back in action on Saturday, booking a place in the third round of the FA Trophy with a narrow 1-0 victory over fellow National League side Wrexham.

Lavercombe was making his first appearance for Torquay since his switch to Latics and subsequent loan back to the the Gulls, keeping a clean sheet and impressing Torquay goalkeeping coach Kevin Miller as seen above.

OXFORD CITY 2 CHELTENHAM TOWN 2 - RYAN JENNINGS

Read the match report from today's FA Trophy tie at @OxCityFC here: https://t.co/OoqKv7WOpG#ctfcpic.twitter.com/ibP99to1Hm

— Cheltenham Town FC (@CTFCofficial) January 16, 2016

Cheltenham Town earned themselves a replay in the FA Trophy second round thanks to a 90th minute equaliser from Bobbie Dale away to Oxford City.  Ryan Jennings (in action above left) featured for the full 90 minutes in the 2-2 draw, with the replay set to take place on Wednesday, a day after their scheduled National League match against Kidderminster Harriers.

TRURO CITY 2 MACCLESFIELD TOWN 2 - DANNY WHITEHEAD, ADAM ANSON & LOUIS ROBLES

Another 2-2 draw for Latics' representatives in the FA Trophy, with Macclesfield Town now facing a replay against Truro City on Tuesday evening back at Moss Rose.

Midfielder Danny Whitehead played the full 90 minutes for the Silkmen, with Adam Anson and Louis Robles not involved in the match day squad.

BRISTOL CITY 1 MIDDLESBROUGH 0 - RICHARD O'DONNELL

What a result. Lads were quality, got to keep the standards like that going forward. Unbelievable support, thanks for the messages #bcfc 🔴⚪️

— Richard O'Donnell (@RichODonnell23) January 16, 2016

One of three players in Sky Bet Championship action on Saturday, Richard O'Donnell was impressive as Bristol City held out for a 1-0 victory over league leaders Middlesbrough.

O'Donnell's clean sheet helped Bristol City up to 24 points, level now with fourth bottom Rotherham United.

Earlier in the week O'Donnell made his debut for the club in a 2-1 home defeat to Preston North End.

HUDDERSFIELD TOWN 1 FULHAM 1 - EMYR HUWS

GOAL! 20' #htafc 1-1 #ffc: equaliser from a Huws free-kick scored by @M_Hudson5 (DTS) pic.twitter.com/56agLHbF7D

— Huddersfield Town (@htafcdotcom) January 16, 2016

It was a good week for Emyr Huws and Huddersfield Town, collecting four points from two games, including a 5-0 victory at home to Charlton Athletic on Tuesday.

Huws featured for 54 minutes in that match, before 90 minutes against Fulham on Saturday as he provided the assist for Mark Hudson to score in a 1-1 draw at the John Smith's Stadium.

Huddersfield now sit 16th on 32 points in the Championship, eight above the relegation zone and 13 behind the final play-off spot.

MK DONS 1 READING 0 - ANDREW TAYLOR

WATCH: Defender Andrew Taylor speaks about defeat in Milton Keynes this afternoon. https://t.co/RRTGr57x8h

— Reading FC (@ReadingFC) January 16, 2016

It was a tougher weekend for Andrew Taylor and Reading as they fell to a 1-0 defeat away at MK Dons, following on from a well earned point on Tuesday in a 1-1 draw at Derby County.

Taylor featured for 90 minutes in both games, with Reading now 14th in the Championship on 34 points, 11 from the play-offs.

DUNDEE UNITED 1 CELTIC 4 - BILLY MCKAY

The on loan striker was not involved for Dundee United at the weekend after a family bereavement.

United fell to a 4-1 defeat at the hands of Scottish Premiership leaders Celtic, leaving them 14 points behind the relegation play-off place and safety mark at the foot of the division.

UPCOMING MATCHES

Tuesday 19 January:Macclesfield Town v Truro City (FA Trophy) / Cheltenham Town v Kidderminster Harriers (National League)
Wednesday 20 January:Cheltenham Town v Oxford City (FA Trophy)
Saturday 23 January: Leeds United v Bristol City (Sky Bet Championship) / Brighton & Hove Albion v Huddersfield Town (Sky Bet Championship) / Reading v Sheffield Wednesday (Sky Bet Championship) / Dundee United v Kilmarnock (Scottish Premiership) / Torquay United v Gateshead (National League) / Macclesfield Town v Aldershot Town (National League)
Sunday 24 January: Dover Athletic v Cheltenham Town (National League)

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