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LOAN ROUND-UP: HOOPER AIDS OWLS COMEBACK

14 December 2015

13 Canaries currently away from Carrow Road

GARY Hooper's introduction as a substitute helped Sheffield Wednesday come from behind to draw at Cardiff City in the Sky Bet Championship on Saturday.

The hosts led 2-0 at the interval following goals from Craig Noone and Anthony Pilkington, with Hooper replacing Kieran Lee at half-time.

Wednesday eventually took a point from the contest, after Fernando Forestieri and Barry Bannan struck during the second half.

Defender Michael Turner played the full match for the Owls to complete his return from a significant injury lay-off, having last featured for the side in mid-October.

Another Canary to complete 90 minutes on Saturday was Elliott Bennett, who featured in Bristol City's invaluable 2-1 win at fellow strugglers Huddersfield Town.

Headed finishes from Jonathan Kodjia and Aden Flint put City in control at the break, with Emyr Huws also missing a penalty for the home side.

Huddersfield's Harry Bunn netted with six minutes remaining but the Robins held on to leapfrog their opponents and move up to 19th.

Elsewhere, Josh Murphy played 90 minutes for MK Dons as Karl Robinson's side were beaten 1-0 at home by Ipswich Town.

An early goal from Brett Pitman proved the difference, with the Dons dropping into the bottom three.


Meanwhile, Harry Toffolo was an unused substitute for Rotherham United, who fell to a narrow 1-0 defeat away to Blackburn Rovers.

The game was settled by an own-goal from Ipswich Town loanee Luke Hyam on the half-hour mark, with Tony Andreu missing out on the Millers' matchday squad.

In Sky Bet League One, Louis Thompson played the full match as Swindon Town continued their recent resurgence with a 2-1 home victory over ten-man Rochdale.

The visitors saw John O'Sullivan dismissed on 11 minutes, and Swindon took full advantage through two goals in quick succession from Fabien Robert and Ben Gladwin before half-time.

Rochdale's Oliver Lancashire pulled a goal back after an hour, but Martin Ling's men eased through to record their fourth win in five outings.


Another team in the same division in fine form are Burton Albion, who extended their lead at the top of the table to five points with a 3-0 win at promotion rivals Gillingham.

The home side had Doug Loft sent off in the first half, with Albion eventually going in front through Damien McCrory just before the hour-mark.

Although the score remained at 1-0 for much of the second period, two late goals from Lucas Akins and Anthony O'Connor ultimately sealed victory for Burton.

City Academy goalkeeper Remi Matthews was an unused substitute for the Brewers, with their nearest challengers Coventry City not in action until the following day.

The Sky Blues were ultimately unable to keep pace with Burton, going down to a controversial 1-0 defeat at Sheffield United in their televised clash on Sunday.

November's Player of the Month Jacob Murphy saw an effort ruled out when his cross was spilled by Blades goalkeeper George Long, with the officials deeming the ball hadn't crossed the line.


United then secured victory 11 minutes from time through Billy Sharp's header, before Sam Ricketts was sent off late on for Tony Mowbray's side.

Fellow 2013 FA Youth Cup winner Cameron Norman played 90 minutes for Woking as they came from behind away to Boreham Wood to progress in the FA Trophy on Saturday.

Mustafa Tiryaki had put the home side in front early on, but goals from Brian Saah and Giuseppe Sole took The Cards into Round Two.

Over the border, Carlton Morris played 75 minutes for Hamilton Academical as they went down to a 3-1 defeat at home to Ross County.

Accies led at the break courtesy of Gramoz Kurtaj's goal, but were pegged back with just under an hour played when Craig Curran drove low into the net.

With Morris off the pitch, County then struck twice in the final four minutes to move above Martin Canning's side in Scottish Premiership standings.

Finally, Ricky van Wolfswinkel came on as an 89th minute substitute in Real Betis' 1-0 defeat at Las Palmas in La Liga.



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