Full Loan Watch Report: Ikeme back, The Hoff scores brace and Little injured

Many of our out on-loan players has played when yours flea has been without connection to the outer world. Here follows short reports about their games in the week.

QPR played a battling Derby County at home.  With Carl Ikeme between the uprights, of course. Matty Hill came on after half an hour instead of Connolly, unsure of why. Carl seem to have behaved well as usual and he first saved a header from Barker and then stopped a curl on a free-kick from Robbie Savage launched just outside the penalty area.

Just before half time QPR took the lead by Lee Cock, but Derby fought back and after another Savage free-kick in the 67th minute the Barker found the net after a goal scramble. Ikeme had no chance of stopping that from happening. The match ended one all.

As Queens Park Rangers are not allowed to have more than six loan players playing Ikeme will probably head back to Wolves now. His loan time is out on April 4th anyway, but now QPR has signed Serbian defender Tosic from Portsmouth, so Carl will have to go because of the rules. He told Kilburn Times:

If Wolves wanted me to go out and play somewhere else again, I’d love to come back to QPR. It’s a good club with great fans, I’ve been happy to be here and I’ve really enjoyed working with everyone, especially Rousey [coach David Rouse]. It’s been tough at times but it’s been good to keep playing and not be disrupted by injuries. I think the West Brom game was the highlight because we needed a little lift then, the fans got right behind us and that game kick-started things.

My loan finishes in April and I’d have to go back then regardless. They can’t renew the deal because of League regulations, so there’s no choice and that’s unfortunate. My goalkeeping coach at Wolves, Pat Mountain, has been to watch a few games here, but I’ve not really spoken to the club about the situation – I’ve just been concentrating on playing and trying to do well. I totally understand the reasons if I go back a bit earlier – it’s been made clear it’d be for the good of the team. Obviously I’ll be disappointed if I can’t play any more but I respect the decision.”

Our man in Bristol City Stefan “The Hoff” Maierhofer – scored a brace on Wednesday! But he did that in the Robins Reserves instead of in the first team, who won against Barnsley with 5-3 while The Hoff sat firmly on the bench during a match that is described as a thriller by the media.

Maynard and Haynes scored two each, so the way back to the first team in Bristol may prove to be as hard as it was at Wolves. But he was taken off after 75 minutes. That may be a good sign?! Actually Stefan had a chance on a hat-trick after 65 minutes, but the free kick went just outside the post. His first goal came when he  advanced with one touch into the box and finished well under Saints keeper Tommy Forecast. The second by him was a header (pictured). The end result was 5-1 to Robins with two goals by Plummer as well and one by Akinde. So there is plenty of competition among the Bristol City strikers.

Peterborough – with Mark Little from start – lost with 4-0 to Scunthorpe. The hope is lost to make a last push is over and Posh will go down for sure. Manager Gannon has declared that he will resign at the end of the season. But the worst thing from a Wolves perspective – and a bad one for Posh as well – is that Mark Little got injured after half an hour of the game. It was a hamstring injury and he will be sidelined for a month (picture).

Southend beat Walsall with three goals to nothing Tuesday. But Scott Malone stayed on the bench all game long. Sour grapes! They will play Bristol Rovers with Daniel Jones on Saturday.

Colchester United played 3-3 against Brentford at home with Danny Batth on the bench. Now they have taken Birmingham City defender Franck Quedrue on loan, so the chances for Batth to play will become even slimmer. I believe it was a mistake to sign him for all season at Colchester. Maybe some money for the club, but he only were a regular the first two months.

Kyle Bennett has – rather abruptly – been released by Wolves. He is now on trail by Leicester City for two weeks. I really don’t know what to say about that and it is very quiet about it at Wolves. Maybe they don’t want another Mark Davies debate.

I’m not sure that this was the right decision for Wolves. But maybe for Kyle Bennett. He is probably good enough to play in the Championship, but not in the Premier League yet. But it’s hard to know how he will develop in the future. Good luck to Kyle, anyway. I will keep an eye on how he’s doing.



~ by paddytheflea on March 25, 2010.

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