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15 April 2014

Number of loan players chasing promotion

DECLAN Rudd is one of a number of Norwich City loanees looking to get a promotion under their belts with their respective clubs this season.

The 23-year-old goalkeeper was between the sticks for Preston North End as they thrashed Carlisle United 6-1 on Saturday at Deepdale.

Simon Grayson’s side have already secured a spot in the League One play-offs, although they face an uphill task to make the automatic promotion places as they chase Brentford, who currently occupy second place.

They are eight points behind the Bees with four games to go and face Mark Warburton’s outfit this weekend – a game in which Rudd will hope to clock up his 50th appearance of a hugely successful season for the Canaries’ young stopper.

Southend United missed an opportunity to gives themselves more breathing space in the race for the League Two play-off spaces by losing 1-0 to AFC Wimbledon at Roots Hall at the weekend, despite the best efforts of Jamar Loza and Jacob Murphy.

Loza played the full 90 minutes for Phil Brown’s Shrimpers, while Murphy couldn’t make the desired impact as a second-half substitute – they will hope things change on Good Friday, when they make the trip to second-placed Rochdale.

Andrew Surman’s Bournemouth are unbeaten in their last six league games, with Eddie Howe’s team one of a clutch of Championship sides looking to force their way into the play-offs picture over the last weeks of the campaign.

Surman played the full game as the Cherries laboured to a 1-1 draw away at basement club Yeovil Town on Saturday and will hope to do the same when they welcome Sheffield Wednesday on Good Friday.

One Norwich City player who is all but certain to get a medal this season is Cameron McGeehan, who has impressed since joining Skrill Conference Premier leaders Luton Town on loan earlier in the season, scoring twice in 15 games.

Despite a 3-2 loss to Braintree Town at the weekend, John Still’s team are ten points clear at the top of the league and will be promoted as champions if Cambridge United lose at Kidderminster Harriers on Tuesday night.

Adel Gafaiti is more concerned with helping Oldham Athletic get over the line in the battle for survival in League One, meanwhile, with Lee Johnson’s side four points clear of the relegation spots.

Central defender Gafaiti has featured just once since joining the Latics in March.

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