By Scott Taylor
Danny Ward contribued to Aberdeen recording five wins in a row for the second time in their history whilst Sheyi Ojo earned his first assist in the Championship for Wolves. There was an injury worry for Kevin Stewart, whilst Lawrence Vigouroux and Jordan Williams suffered defeats this weekend. Lloyd Jones continued to be left out of the Blackpool line-up whilst Harry Wilson was left to wait to make his Crewe debut. There was also a first taste of professional football for Joe Maguire, here’s this week’s Academy Loan Watch.
Ward kept yet another clean sheet for Aberdeen as they made it five wins out of five with a 2-0 win at Partick Thistle. Ward had a outstanding game between the sticks, and made several important stops including a stunning save from Sean Welsh. The Dons are just one point behind leaders Celtic with a game in hand, with Ward only conceding one goal so far this season.
Swindon trio Vigouroux, Williams and Stewart all featured for their new club but they suffered a 2-0 defeat to Sheffield United. Goalkeeper Vigouroux, who has been linked with a permanent transfer to the Robins, was booked in the 78th minute for a foul on Billy Sharp. Wales youngster Williams was also booked for a foul on Sharp, but his challenge came in the 38th minute. Stewart was the only Liverpool loanee not to be booked for Swindon, but he had a quiet game, registering just one shot. The midfielder was the only Reds loanee to feature in Swindon’s Johnstone Paint Trophy win on Tuesday. However, Stewart limped off in the 79th minute before being replaced by Ellis Iandolo.
After scoring his first Wolves goal last week, Ojo came on as a 62nd minute substitute in their 2-1 win over Charlton. The winger set up Adam Le Fondre to scored an 85th minute winner for his first assist in the Championship. Moments before, Ojo and Le Fondre combined, but the former Reading forward’s shot went over the crossbar.
Jones was again an unused substitute for Blackpool as they moved to the bottom of League One with a 4-0 thrashing at home to Walsall. After a spell out of the side, he will be hoping that their latest defeat will make manager Neil McDonald consider recalling the England U20.
Maguire was also an unused substitute for his new side Leyton Orient as they moved to the top of League Two with a 2-0 win at home to Bristol Rovers. However, he made his first start for the O’s as they lost 2-1 at Luton in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy first round. Despite his side losing, the young left-back reportedly impressed on his debut, which may lead to opportunities in League Two in the future.
Finally, Wilson was also an unused substitute for new side Crewe as they lost 1-0 at Wigan. With the international break looming, Wilson will now go on Wales U21 duty before returning to Crewe in the hope that he’ll make his debut in the near future.
By Scott Taylor