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LOAN ROUND-UP: FESTIVE REVIEW

29 December 2015

13 Canaries currently away from Carrow Road

JOSH Murphy struck in the final minute for MK Dons on Boxing Day to secure a 2-1 home win over Cardiff City in the Sky Bet Championship.

The Dons went in front shortly after half-time when Nicky Maynard netted against his former Club, before Craig Noone levelled with nine minutes remaining.

With the game heading towards a stalemate, Murphy buried a low effort which wrapped up a vital three points for Karl Robinson's side as they battle against the prospect of relegation.

Unreal afternoon!!Nothin better than 3 points! Fans were class today wow🙌. Thanks for messages.On to Monday now⚪️⚫️🔴 pic.twitter.com/MXYoFSiOiP

— Josh Murphy (@joshmurphy65) December 26, 2015
A packed festive schedule saw the young winger settle for a place on the bench two days later, when the Dons visited Birmingham City.

Murphy came on with just over half an hour played, but couldn't prevent a 1-0 defeat as Jacques Maghoma's goal settled the contest.

Another side to collect a crucial victory over the Christmas period was Rotherham United, who won 4-0 against Bolton Wanderers on Saturday.

All four Millers goals came in the second half, with Grant Ward, Darren Ward, Joe Newell and Jonson Clarke-Harris on target in a convincing display.

Tony Andreu played a pivotal role in the outcome of the game, providing two assists as United moved out of the relegation zone.

Fellow City player Harry Toffolo missed out on the matchday squad, with Rotherham's next game seeing them travel to Fulham on Tuesday, December 29 (7:45pm).

Sheffield Wednesday were also in action on Boxing Day, cruising to a 3-0 win over Birmingham City at Hillsborough.

A brace from Fernando Forestieri, either side of a strike from Kieran Lee, saw the Owls continue an impressive run of having avoided defeat at home since August.

Gary Hooper played 90 minutes in the match, with Michael Turner not included in the matchday squad.


The Canaries pair were then both absent from Wednesday's 1-0 defeat at Middlesbrough on Monday night.

Improved fortunes for both MK Dons and Rotherham came at a cost for another Norwich loanee, as Elliott Bennett's Bristol City dropped into the bottom three.

The Robins came within moments of taking all three points at home to Charlton Athletic on Boxing Day, with Nathan Baker's header opening the scoring at Ashton Gate.

However, a first Addicks goal for youngster Harry Lennon in injury-time ensured Steve Cotterill's men were held to a draw in a game which Bennett completed 90 minutes in.

Bennett then played 75 minutes two days later as City were comprehensively beaten 4-0 at promotion-chasing Burnley.

In Sky Bet League One, Swindon Town's recent resurgence was brought to an end on Boxing Day as they went down 3-1 at home to Gillingham.

The hosts had gone in front after 18 minutes through Jon Obika, only for Bradley Dack to equalise almost immediately before Jake Hessenthaler put the Gills in front.

Ryan Jackson then added a third for the visitors, before Swindon's Raphael Branco was dismissed late on.

Louis Thompson completed the full match for the Robins, and was also included in their starting XI for the trip to Burton Albion on Monday.

Swindon again found themselves on the wrong end of the scoreline, with Lucas Akins' late penalty proving the difference between the two sides.

City Academy goalkeeper Remi Matthews was an unused substitute for Burton, who remain unbeaten since the return of manager Nigel Clough.

Elsewhere, Jacob Murphy started for Coventry City on Boxing Day as the Sky Blues edged to a 1-0 victory over Port Vale.

Substitute James Maddison's strike sealed the win seven minutes from time, helping to ensure Coventry extended their run of having avoided defeat in the league at home all season.

Back to winning ways!! Delighted for @Madders_10 grabbing his goal!💥 17,000 @ the Ricoh!. Great turnout👏🏽👏🏽 #pusbpic.twitter.com/vnEkaoSpb6

— Jacob Murphy (@JacobMurphy95) December 26, 2015
Tony Mowbray's men then backed up that result with a 1-1 draw at Chesterfield on Monday, with Maddison again netting late on to rescue a valuable point for his side.

Over the border, Carlton Morris completed the full game for Hamilton Academical as they were beaten 1-0 at home by Kilmarnock on Saturday.

A solitary goal from Tope Obadeyi decided the outcome of the match, with the festive results seeing Hamilton drop down to ninth in the Scottish Premiership.

Accies are next in action on Wednesday, December 30 when they host Inverness Caledonian Thistle (3pm).

In the Vanarama National League, Cameron Norman played 90 minutes on Boxing Day as he helped guide Woking to a 1-0 win at Aldershot.

John Goddard's goal was enough to earn The Cards a derby win, before they were held to a 0-0 draw at home to Boreham Wood on Monday.

What an atmosphere ... What a win ... What a day #derbyday 🚀👏♦️

— Cameron Norman (@CameronNorman95) December 26, 2015
Norman completed an hour in the latter game, with the result ensuring Woking remained unbeaten throughout the whole of December. 

Fellow City Academy player Ben Killip featured for Lowestoft Town on Boxing Day, keeping a clean sheet in their 3-0 Vanarama National League North victory over high-flying Boston United.

The Trawler Boys then picked up a second win in succession two days later, eventually triumphing 5-3 at Corby Town after twice coming from behind.



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