Loan Watch: Friend MOM and Ikeme saved QPR a point
Some of our players out on-loan has played in the weekend. In Bristol City, though, Stefan Maierhofer sat on the bench for the third consecutive game with caretaker boss Keith Millen. The Robins played bottom placed Peterborough and won by an only goal. The other forward substitute – Dave Clarkson – came in from the bench after an hour and scored with his head after a corner ten minutes later.
The Hoff seem to be number four in the pecking order at City and his chances to play looks slim. Millen was given four more games to impress the owners. Maybe the best thing for The Hoff would be that a new manager arrives?! Sour grapes, Stefan!
Carl Ikeme is still with Queens Park Rangers as is Matty Hill. They grabbed a point, coming from two goals down, against Preston North End. A few minutes before half time Richard Chaplow launched an outswinging corner from the right that fell to defender Billy Jones who fired high into the net from about six yards. Nothing to do about that one for Ikeme.
Preston’s second goal came from the penalty spot ten minutes into the second half after Parkin had been dragged down by Gorkss. The other full back at PNE – Callum Davidson – doubled the lead for Preston with a shot from the spot that Ikeme had no chance to parry. But just a couple of minutes later he probably saved QPR from losing the game when he blocked a shot from Neill Mellor.
After that it was come back time for QPR and the Tottenham Morroccan loanee Taraabt was the mastermind behind it. In assisting Peter Ramage and Tamas Priskin to a goal each he saved a point to QPR. And if the striking department had been of a better quality he may have helped QPR to all points. The winger is reported to be of interest for QPR to sign come summer and Tottenham wants £4.5 million for him. He may very well be worth it.
Matt Hill got a yellow card after half an hour of the game. Hill got a five rating from a supporter blog and Ikeme seven.
Bristol Rovers against Southend United could have been a match with Wolves players active on both sides, but Scott Malone was on the bench again. Daniel Jones, however, played the 90 for the Rovers.
It was to become a very interesting game. Southend took the lead after only five minutes after a penalty. And only seven minutes later Spencer made it two by a volley.
But Rovers did not give up. They copied the Shrimpers by scoring two quick goals after another. Jo Kuffour lobbed the ball into the net after 34 minutes and after a spot-kick from Jeff Hughes four minutes later the Rovers were level.
In the beginning of the second half Hughes fired Rovers into the lead but only a couple of minutes later Southend retaliated by a goal after a corner from Vernon. In the 62nd minute Shrimpers midfielder Frank Moussa was sent off for kicking out at Byron Anthony in Rovers.
Just as everybody thought that Southend were going to hold out for a point a deflection by Grant gave Rovers all three points in the 93rd minute. Sour grapes with Shrimps! But three points for Jones. One thing about the game I don’t understand is why manager Tilson of Southend didn’t take in any substitutes into the match, despite the sending off of Moussa. Fresh legs may have made a difference in the match.
Our Friend George has played against Walsall with his for now team Exeter. He started very well and played a neat one-two with Stewart after a corner before he drove low to the near post from close range that the Walsall keeper did well to block with his legs
Only three minutes later, after another corner, Matt Taylor found himself with both time and space to butt home a powerful header from close range. City had another good chance a few minutes later, but Walsall were beginning to take more and more part in the game and it was a relief for Exeter when tea time arrived.
In the second half Exeter got a penalty after twelve minutes. Harley scored and City was two goals up.After just three minutes Walsall scored a goal which was described as made of sublime skills by Julian Gray, 2-1. In the middle of the second half Friend and Logan combined to set Harley away in a rare City attack, but Tully failed to score.
Walsall tried to get a point and Exeter had a few more chances as well, but the match ended as a 2-1 victory for Exeter City. In a poll on the City website the visitors have voted our George Friend as Man of the Match. Well done, George!
Danny Batth spent 90 minutes on the bench as usual when Colchester United played a draw against Wycombe Wanderers. The Wycombe goal came when Ainsworth headed home in the third minute of stoppage time. Sour grapes!