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It seems that the players we have sent out on loan to get some first team action have been getting just that this weekend...with mixed results for their teams.

On a high note...Jonathon Douglas scored in injury-time for Leeds aginst Brighton & Hove Albion to snatch a point as they game ended 3-3. Dougals had come on as a substitute in the 57th minute and must have impressed as he was given an 8 out of 10 by The Sunday Times. It seems David Healy had a shot thaat was saved (unlike against England last wedenesday) and Douglas slotted in the rebound.

James McEveley ended up on the losing side as Ipswich went down 2-0 at Sheffield United but played the full ninety minutes. The report from The Sunday Times suggests that he was much more comfortable in the centre than as a full back. To quote -

"Paul Ifill gave James McEveley an uncomfortable opening to his debut on the opposite wing. McEveley, on a season’s loan from Blackburn, took up a more central position later in the game and gave as good a defensive display as any of the Ipswich players. "

Paul Gallagher scored for Scotland Under-21s against Norway during the week and is on loan at Stoke. For some reason here on the official site he doesn't appear to have been given a profile, does that mean that he wasn't given a squad number before he left on loan???Gallagher came on as a sub with half an hour still to go against Watford but could do nothing much to prevent a crushing 3-0 home defeat. In the match reports there is barely a mention of him so it may have been a rather quiet day at the office for the lad from Shad.

Matt Derbyshire has been causing some news at Plymouth with a hat trick on his debut for their reserves but yesterday it wasn't enough for a starting place the first team lost 2-0 to Norwich, the first win in the league this season for the Canaries. Matty was brought on in the 74th minute however as a substitute and almost took his chance according the official Plymouth website. "Scott introduced Derbyshire in the 74th minute and the youngster almost scored within seconds of his arrival, Green grateful to turn his speculative rising long-range shot around the post."

As I don't remember Derbyshire ever having played for the Rovers first team was this actually his senior professional debut?

I was going to post this in the Outgoing Players thread but it's a bit bloated to say the least so maybe we can use this to keep track of how our players are doing on loan? Gone but not forgotten by Hughes I hope, especially as they are all still young.

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rover.gif derbyshire got six minutes against,foolham last season-sparky keeping the -lets give youth a chance#sourpuss style tinykit.gif


Waggy, if you read the contributions from Lee in the young guns thread, you will realise how silly that comment is.

It is worth pointing out that Jay got a full 90 minutes- albeit being shifted from left back to central defense in a losing team. The other three loanees were not judged good enough to get a full 90 minutes in any of the Championship teams they play for.

Quite how that makes them good enough for Premiership starts puzzles me.

Anyway, it is looking promising for the current crop of youngsters coming through.

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Is there any news on how he played? Any reports you have heard?

So....we have...

Matt Derbyshire (Plymouth Argyle)

Jonathon Douglas (Leeds United)

Paul Gallagher (Stoke City)

Luke Jones (Cercle Brugge)

Jay McEveley (Ipswich Town)

Is that the lot out on loan?

Should be some more playing time for them on wednesday when there is...

Hull City v Stoke City

Ipswich Town v Southampton

Plymouth Argyle v Crewe Alexandra

Sheffield Wednesday v Leeds United

The Yorkshire derby in particular should be an interesting game.

Cercle Brugge, bottom of the Belgian league after five games with just the one point, play second-placed Standard Liege at home next Saturday. Cercle Brugge page on the UEFA website is here.

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Is there any news on how he played? Any reports you have heard?


Very well. He's playing regular, which is something that Jerome Watt, Paul Weaver and 3 year contract boy, Sergio Peter, failed to do.

However, the news is that he wants to return to England at the end of 2005 to try and win a contract over here - either at Rovers or elsewhere as his current deal expires in the summer.

Apparently, no-one from Rovers has watched him yet at Cercle. He's more likely to get attention from English clubs playing in Rovers reserves.

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Gallagher got the winning goal for Stoke in a 1-0 win, he must have thought he was still at Rovers as he also got a yellow card  laugh.gif


Was at the match! Gally had a shocking 1st half but gradually grew in confidence in the second and played some good football. The goal was quite a simple finish but he was well positioned at the front post. I coudnt understand the booking, he seemingly did nothing!

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Derbyshire was excellent last night. He set up Scott Taylor's goal, but generally made a nuisance of himself to the Crewe defence.

With Plymouth playing a 4-3-3 formation, the strikers lined up with Nick Chadwick in the middle with Derbyshire and Taylor given lisence to roam around behind him. Derbyshire attacked mostly down the left, show fantastic dribbling skills to get past the two Crewe defenders sent to put him out of the game after Plymouth's equaliser. He had a few shots on goal, one an audacious strike from wide on the right which just went past the far post.

The lad's doing brilliantly, and I for one, am glad he's in Devon where we South West Rovers can see him. rover.gif

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Sorry, will endevour to plough through every post on the site for 7 hours to the detriment of any life in future, in the hope that I find a thread loosely based on my potential post.

Or, just click here and read the Argyle fans' perspective of Derbyshire.  thumbs-up.gif


In fairness a 20 second scan of the topics would've been sufficient tongue.gif

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