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LOAN ROUND-UP: DEBUTS FOR MURPHY TWINS

19 March 2015

Six City players in action

JACOB Murphy made his Colchester United debut on Saturday as the Sky Bet League One strugglers went down 3-2 at home to Crawley Town.

Despite the defeat, Murphy impressed sufficiently enough to be named as the hosts’ Man of the Match and was subsequently included in the starting line-up for Tuesday night’s game against Yeovil.

Once again, the academy graduate produce a Man of the Match performance, scoring the second goal of the evening as the Us ran out 2-0 winners.

Meanwhile, twin brother Josh Murphy made his Wigan debut as a second half substitute during their midweek loss at home to Watford.

The young winger replaced Jermaine Pennant with 35 minutes remaining, but two goals from Troy Deeney saw the Hornets wrap up an important Sky Bet Championship victory.

Another City player to debut during the past week was Michael Turner, who made his first start for Fulham on Saturday as they drew 1-1 at Sheffield Wednesday.

Turner then played the full 90 minutes on Wednesday night as Fulham hosted Leeds United, but couldn’t prevent his side from slipping to a 3-0 defeat.

Dropping down a division, Harry Toffolo played a central part as Swindon Town picked up a crucial six points with impressive away victories over Port Vale and Doncaster Rovers.

The defender helped his team keep a clean sheet on Saturday as Town edged to a 1-0 success at Vale Park, before Mark Cooper’s side won 2-1 in Yorkshire during midweek.

The Wiltshire outfit have now taken maximum points from their last three matches to reignite their Sky Bet League One promotion challenge.

Meanwhile, fellow Robin Louis Thompson is expected to miss the remainder of the season after undergoing surgery on a serious shoulder injury.

In Sky Bet League Two, Cameron McGeehan played twice as Luton Town fell to consecutive defeats at Portsmouth and Newport County.

The Hatters were beaten 2-0 by Pompey on Saturday, before losing 1-0 in Wales on Tuesday with their bid for automatic promotion faltering somewhat in recent weeks.

Finally, Kyle Lafferty played the last ten minutes as Rizespor secured a 2-1 win over Sivasspor in the Turkish Super Lig on Saturday.

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