Loan Watch: Own goal by Batth and howler by Ikeme
Sometimes fleas are up early in the morning. Especially when our lads out on-loan has played.
I thought Scott Malone would play yesterday for Southend against Gillingham, but no. According to a fan report the Shrimpers was abysmal and he thanks God for the Magic Bus cider in the Frog & Toad. The Shrimpers are now in deep shit after losing to Gills with 3-0. Will they play in League Two next season? And why don’t they play Scott Malone?
Exeter City – with George Friend as one of five in the rearguard – did better in the relegation fight and secured a goalless draw against Brentford away. Friend was voted – together with team mate Duffy – as Man Of The Match by the fans again.
Play-off hopefuls Bristol Rovers – with Daniel Jones in the team – managed to win against MK Dons with Paul Ince in charge. Ince was very unlucky not to get anything out of the game as his player Easter (!) missed a penalty in the second half and the had several other chances to score. But the goal by Rovers Jo Koffour just before the hour – deflected in after a strike by Chris Lines – made the day. No happy Easter for Dons, though.
I almost forgot Colchester United. Donny Batth actually played in their meet with high flying Millwall at home. He came in after new signing Quedrue got injured after ten minutes gone in the second half. But before that – two minutes before half time – Millwall took the lead when Steve
Morison got past Quedrue and fired low into the net. But the U’s and Lisbie was ready right after tea and scored after an error from the Millwall keeper Forde.
With fifteen minutes left of the game Batth blocked the ball twice after a corner and all looked good and well. But a few minutes later a cross from a Millwall player into the area and as Batth stuck his head out, it diverted and looped the ball over Williams in the U’s goal and into the smallest of gaps in the top corner. Sour lemons! But the young Wolves defender did a good match overall. The own goal was just a fluke, I guess. Millwall went on to win the match by 2-1.
If we step up to the Championship now, Bristol City had a lucky day winning with an only goal away against Sheffield Wednesday. The Owls were the better team – especially in the second half when only good goaltending by standing in keeper Henderson saved their day.
Stefan ‘the Hoff’ Maierhofer came on in the 90th minute to waste time, but that was after Maynard collected the ball outside the area and went on a long run, which saw him beat several defenders, before coolly slotting home. With strikers as Maynard and the team on a good run, the Hoff will not play many minutes for Bristol City.
Carl Ikeme did his last match on-loan to Queens Park Rangers after going out to the press in a so called ‘come and get me plea’. He wants to play first team football in the future and that is understandable. But his display against Leicester City away was no good advertiser for his cause. Matt Hill was also in the starting eleven as usual.
Leicester opened up scoring after only five minutes. Nothing to do about that one from Carl, but just before half time Waghorn could score in an empty net after a howler by Ikeme. He failed to control a long punt forward outside his area and Waghorn could simply roll the ball into and unguarded net. Sour lemons!
But Carl did atone for his error a few minutes later by tipping a shot over the crossbar before a free-kick struck the angle of post and crossbar and Ikeme saved Waghorn`s second attempt from the rebound of that one as well. Waghorn could, though, score a third for Millwall and a fourth was scored from a header by Howard and the match was over for QPR.