By Scott Taylor
Lawrence Vigouroux made his return for Swindon after disciplinary issues, but it wasn’t a successful one. There were also frustrating afternoons for Danny Ward and Ryan McLaughlin. Sheyi Ojo, Ryan Kent and Samed Yesil also started for their loan sides whilst Sergi Canos impressed after coming off the bench. Allan was part of a SJK team who moved to the top of the Finnish Veikkausliiga, here’s this week’s loan watch.
Ward again featured for Aberdeen as the SPL leaders suffered their third defeat in recent weeks with a 5-1 thrashing at home to St Johnstone. Ward did make a good save from goalscorer Liam Craig, but the Wales International almost spilled a soft shot from Steven MacLean into his own net. It was still a disappointing afternoon for the shot-stopper, who conceded the same amount of goals in one game as he had done all season prior to the game. McLaughlin was again an unused substitute for Derek McInnes’ side.
Ojo continued to cement his place in the Wolves side as he started in their 3-0 win against Huddersfield. The England U19 winger was replaced in the 61st minute but did hit the crossbar ten minutes before that. However, Ojo picked up his second yellow card of the season for a foul on Joel Lynch. Elsewhere in the Championship, Canos came on a half-time for Brentford as they lost 2-0 at Derby. Although making regular substitute appearances, the winger is yet to start a game for the Bees and will be hoping to see that run end sooner rather than later.
Vigouroux made his first start since returning to Swindon, but the Robins suffered a 1-0 defeat at relegation threatened Blackpool. The Chilean also featured for his loan side in their 2-0 defeat at Oxford in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy yesterday. Also, in League One, Kent continued to impress for Coventry as they beat Shrewsbury 3-0 at the Ricoh Arena. Although he didn’t score, Kent created four chances for his side.
In Europe, Yesil again started for FC Luzern as they drew 2-2 at home to FC Lugano. The Turkish forward couldn’t add to his goal last week, and played 61 minutes before being replaced by Joao De Oliveira. Finally, Allan played 90 minutes for loan side SJK as they beat Ilves 2-1. He did pick up a yellow card in the 76th minute, and was substituted in the final seconds for Johannes Laaksonen as they moved to the top of the Finnish Premier League.
By Scott Taylor