Loan Watch: Last-gasp goals and Wolves players end up with nothing

Four Wolves players out on-loan in three teams were very unlucky to miss out on points in the last gasps of their games in the Championship played yesterday.

In Peterborough United Mark Little started the match against Donny as he had finished the one against Watford. When the match still young and fresh he fired a shot that went just over the Doncaster goal. Donny had chances at the other end as well, but Posh was the better team throughout the game.

Ten minutes into the second half Peterborough got the reward for good play when Charlie Lee scored from a header. But they could enjoy their lead for only ten minutes  after which Roberts fired home a 20-yard volley. Little displayed good ability on the ball to deliver a pinpoint cross for Rowe just after the hour, but the team mate of Little planted his header just wide past the post.

And then – in the dying minutes of the game – came the grim reaper in the form of  Oster – who tapped home a cross from Billy Sharp. Despite – according to reports – playing their best football for months Posh did not manage to get anything out of the match.

Matt Hill and Carl Ikeme at Queens Park Rangers played local rivals Reading away. They had enjoyed themselves lately as Rangers has played very well and yesterday was no exception. A stable defence has been the Warnock recipe against the teams earlier ailments. Matt and Carl has been part of that cure.

Early on in the game Hill saved the bacon for Rangers by heading off a shot by Sigurdsson from the goal line. Then Simpson came clean through for QPR just before the hour, but could not score. But it was when Stewart was sent out just before half time Rangers chances of getting anything out of the match was diminished.

But the team struggled on very well in the game. Matt Hill, who probably had his best game in a hooped shirt according to a fan site report, made his first and only mistake in the match by tripping Sigurdsson in the penalty area with five minutes remaining for QPR to hold on to a point. A penalty resulted and Ikeme went in the right direction, but could only see the ball go into the net at his right.

Stefan Maierhofer joined Bristol City on loan recently by switching with Chris Iwelumo. Robins played Plymouth Argyle away and the Hoff actually had a ball in the net after 22 minutes when the Argyle goalkeeper saved a shot from Maynard and Steff turned in the rebound. But it was flagged off for offside.

Earlier – in the eights minute – The Hoff passed a ball back to Elliott who fired just outside the post. After half an hour it was instead Plymouth that took the lead when Chris Clarke fired home his first goal for 76 matches for his team. And just before half time Argyle got a second when Wright-Phillips fired in a spectacular overhead kick.

Just before the hour Maynard got Robins back into the game when he scored from a quickly taken free-kick. And he made it a brace with twelve minutes remaining of the game. And not long after his second he almost made a hat-trick – but the ball flew over the crossbar.

Instead – as you probably already have guessed by the outcome of the other games involving Wolves players – it was Plymouth Argyle that scored the decisive goal minutes into injury time when Carl Fletcher fired into the net from 20 yards. Sour grapes!

A Robins fan-report on Vital about The Hoff’s play gives him only a four in ratings and says:

Where do I start? He’s 6’8 and didn’t win a single header until just before the break when we were 2-0 down. He offered no strength, no pace, no aerial threat and was often caught offside. One of the poorest debuts I’ve ever seen.”

Well. Our players out on-loan were very unlucky yesterday, to say the least. But they are getting their match time. The Hoff played for 80 minutes and all the others got 90. Hill, Ikeme and Little are playing very good football at the moment and it was the first match for the Hoff. Hopefully he will get more chances at Bristol and score goals to change the fans opinions.



~ by paddytheflea on March 17, 2010.

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