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18 January 2016

Seven City players in action

GARY Hooper ended his loan spell at Sheffield Wednesday on a high by scoring their two goals in victory over Leeds United.

Hooper took his overall tally for the Owls to six as Carlos Carvalhal's side moved into the play-off places with a 2-0 win over their Yorkshire rivals.

The striker, who also netted a brace four days earlier against Bolton Wanderers, is now back with the Canaries following the expiration of his temporary deal on Sunday.

Michael Turner, also on loan at Hillsborough, didn't feature in their matchday squad on Saturday.

Elsewhere in the Sky Bet Championship, Josh Murphy's MK Dons earned a vital win in their battle to retain their status in the division.

Murphy featured for 89 minutes for the Dons, who beat Reading 1-0 at Stadium mk thanks to Joe Walsh's goal.

Mixed emotions this week but yday result was sweet!We will always keep fighting!Big game Tuesday now @MKDonsFC ⚪️⚫️🔴

— Josh Murphy (@joshmurphy65) January 17, 2016
Harry Toffolo wasn't involved for Rotherham United on the final day of his loan spell - the Millers were beaten 3-0 at home by Queens Park Rangers, and he is now back at Colney.

In Sky Bet League One, Jacob Murphy's Coventry City came out second best in their promotion battle with Burton Albion.

The Sky Blues were the better team in the first half but didn't capitalise, and Burton took advantage with second half strikes from Calum Butcher and Stuart Beavon to win 2-0. Murphy played the full 90 minutes.

Goalkeeper Jake Kean started his second game for Colchester United - but the strugglers were beaten 2-1 by Sheffield United on home turf and are now five points from safety.

Cameron Norman was in FA Trophy action for Woking and they stormed to a 6-1 Second Round triumph over Maidenhead United, with the on-loan midfielder completing the match.

North of the border , Carlton Morris came on as a second half substitute for Hamilton Academical but the striker couldn't break the deadlock against St Johnstone, with the Scottish Premiership contest eventually finishing 0-0.

In the Championship, Conor McGrandles made his first appearance since returning on loan to boyhood club Falkirk. He replaced Lee Miller in the 70th minute as the Bairns were held to a 1-1 draw by Hibernian.

Finally, Ricky van Wolfswinkel was an unused substitute for Real Betis on Saturday, who drew 0-0 away to Villarreal.

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