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LOAN ROUND-UP

15 December 2014

The latest weekly update on City's loan exports

ELLIOTT Bennett started for Brighton & Hove Albion against Millwall on Friday night, and was arguably their most promising outlet before being replaced by Paddy McCourt with just over 15 minutes remaining.

Operating primarily in a roaming central role, Bennett was unable to prevent his side from falling to a 1-0 home defeat against the Lions as they remained in the Sky Bet Championship relegation zone.

Fellow winger Jacob Murphy played 49 minutes during Blackpool’s 2-2 draw away to Charlton, and was only denied his third goal for the Seasiders when his early free-kick was expertly saved by goalkeeper Nick Pope.

Since joining the Club at the start of November, struggling Pool have improved their league fortunes having lost just once in their last six outings – racking up seven points in the process.

A further player currently plying his trade in the same division as the Canaries is Sebastien Bassong, who agreed a temporary switch to Watford in October.

The 28-year-old has since featured regularly for the Hornets, and continued that theme on Saturday as he played the full match as his side beat Wigan Athletic 2-1 at Vicarage Road.

Louis Thompson played just over an hour during Swindon Town’s impressive 3-0 victory away at Notts County, as they registered their fifth straight League One win to further boost their promotion bid.

The midfielder has played a key role for Town this season, making a total of 24 appearances in all competitions having agreed terms to join the Canaries at the end of the summer transfer window before being loaned back to his original Club.

Meanwhile, defender Harry Toffolo missed the match with a medial knee ligament injury, but is expected to be available for the Robins’ Tuesday night friendly against Swindon Supermarine.

In League Two, Carlton Morris made his second appearance for York City when he came on as a replacement for Wes Fletcher midway through the second half of their game against AFC Wimbledon.

Although the Minstermen eventually fell to a 3-2 home defeat, their fortunes improved with Morris on the pitch, and the 18-year-old came close to levelling late on as the hosts piled on the pressure.

Also currently on loan in the fourth tier is Remi Matthews, who was an unused substitute for Burton Albion during their 4-0 win over Hartlepool United.

The 20-year-old goalkeeper is still awaiting his competitive debut for the Brewers, but has been named on the bench for every game since joining the Club at the end of November.

Further afield, striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel played the full match during St-Etienne’s 0-0 draw away to Nice on Sunday, which left them in fourth position in the French top-flight.

The twice-capped Dutch international also completed 90 minutes on Thursday as Les Verts fell to a narrow 1-0 defeat against Ukrainian side Dnipro in the Europa League as they failed to qualify for the next stage of the continental competition.

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