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Loan Round-Up: Naismith makes Hearts debut

22 January 2018

Steven Naismith made his Hearts debut on Sunday as they edged their way to an Edinburgh derby success in the Scottish Cup fourth round.

The forward had an early chance, but spurned the opportunity by firing wide having rounded the goalkeeper.

However, the hosts secured a 1-0 victory three minutes from time when Christoph Berra's header spun in off Don Cowie.

Back in England, Yanic Wildschut played 71 minutes for Cardiff City as they drew 0-0 at Sheffield Wednesday in the Sky Bet Championship.

In Sky Bet League One, Carlton Morris scored Shrewsbury's second following Mat Sadler's opener to give his side a 2-0 lead at home to Doncaster on Saturday.

The visitors fought back however, with goals from Mathieu Baudry and Issam Ben ensuring a share of the spoils.

Morris completed 90 minutes, as did midfielder Ben Godfrey as Salop dropped out of the automatic promotion positions behind Blackburn Rovers.

In the same division, Remi Matthews could do little to stop Plymouth Argyle falling to a 3-1 defeat at the hands of high-flying Wigan Athletic.

Argyle had taken an early lead through Graham Carey's penalty, but strikes from Wigan's Will Grigg, Gavin Massey and Dan Burn turned the game around.

Fellow goalkeeper Paul Jones was an unused substitute for Exeter City in the fourth tier, as the Grecians claimed a 2-1 win at Notts County to boost their promotion hopes.

Diallang Jaiyesimi also remained on the bench for Grimsby Town, who ended a four match losing run by earning a 1-1 draw at Colchester United.

Town rose to 16th in the standings, despite Charles Vernam's first half effort being cancelled out by Colchester's Sean Murray.

Elsehwere, Adam Philips started for Cambridge United in their 5-2 defeat to Forest Green Rovers.

The midfielder played 73 minutes, with his side twice being pegged back from winning positions before eventually going down to a convincing loss.

In the National League, Louis Ramsay played 90 minutes for Woking but couldn't help his side avoid a 3-0 defeat by improving Solihull Moors.

Michee Efete's Torquay suffered a similar outcome, with a 4-0 home loss to Bromley leaving them rooted to the bottom of the table.

Three games involving City players fell foul to the weather over the course of the weekend, with Ebou Adams, Russell Martin and Jake Hallett all missing out on action as a result.

Adams' Leyton Orient saw their game at Halifax Town postponed, while Martin will have to wait for his Rangers debut after their cup tie at minnows Fraserburgh was called off.

More locally, the clash between Mildenhall Town - where youngster Hallett is currently on loan - and Withham Town was deemed unplayable by the officials.


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