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LOAN ROUND-UP: EASTER WEEKEND

8 April 2015

Five Canaries in competitive action

Jacob Murphy scored twice in successive games for Colchester United as they collected maximum points in Sky Bet League One over the course of the Easter weekend.

They began with a 2-1 win away to Port Vale on Good Friday, ahead of a 3-1 success at home to Barnsley three days later.

The U’s displayed impressive character in the second contest especially, having trailed at the interval courtesy of a strike from Barnsley’s George Waring.

They rallied following the break, and levelled shortly after the hour-mark when Murphy crossed for Gavin Massey to convert from close-range.

The pair reversed roles ten minutes from time when Massey’s delivery was headed home by City’s young winger, before George Moncur completed the scoring soon after.

Academy graduate Murphy has now netted three times in five appearances for Tony Humes’ side, helping the Essex strugglers to collect an impressive 10 points from a possible 15.

Meanwhile, twin brother Josh Murphy played the opening half on Good Friday as Wigan Athletic lost 1-0 at Middlesbrough in the Sky Bet Championship.

He then featured as a substitute for the final 25 minutes of the Latics’ 2-0 home defeat to Derby County on Easter Monday, with Wigan having now not won at the DW Stadium since August.

Those results leave the Greater Manchester outfit eight points adrift of safety in the Sky Bet Championship with just five games of the regular season remaining, and culminated in the dismissal of manager Malky Mackay earlier this week.

Another player to feature in the second tier was Michael Turner, who played the entire match as Fulham went down 4-1 at home to Brentford on Good Friday.

The 31-year-old defender enjoyed improved fortunes on Tuesday night however, completing 90 minutes as the Cottagers drew 1-1 at Charlton Athletic in a London derby.

In Sky Bet League Two, Cameron McGeehan had a 20th birthday to remember on Easter Monday as he netted the rebound from Mark Cullen’s saved penalty with 80 minutes gone to give Luton Town an invaluable 1-0 win at Tranmere Rovers.

Victory brought an end to a dismal run of seven consecutive league defeats for the Hatters, who now sit a point outside the play-offs after seeing their automatic promotion charge falter in recent weeks.

Finally, Ricky van Wolfswinkel appeared as a late substitute for St-Etienne in their 1-1 draw away to Monaco at the start of the holiday weekend.

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