Loan Watch: Hemmings fix penalty and Halford score (video)
Time to take a look at our players out on-loan and what they have been up to in the weekend.
Danny Batth– loaned out to Sheffield United for a month, I believe – sat on the bench all game against Bristol City.
They lost the game by 3-0 after two penalties, the second because of hand ball by one of their central defenders who was immediately replaced – but not by Danny.
The Blades captain – who has now been examined – is out for the season. If Batth shows his skills in training he will play soon, that’s my guess anyway.
Stefan Maierhofer – loaned out to MSV Duisburg in the German 2:nd Bundesliga for the season – The Hoff was very pleased after their match against Hertha Berlin and said in his cocky manner that Hertha should be glad to only lose with 2-0. (video HERE) Frankfurt next.
With Bellamy and Bothroyd upfront, Keogh was an unused sub. Not good at all that Andy gets so little playing time.
But he would not have got any at Wolves either. But maybe it would have been smarter to go out on-loan to a club not so well equipped with quality strikers?!
Sam Vokes – is on the payroll of Bristol City in the Championship until January 6 – but is still injured (hamstring).
He will be out a couple of more weeks and will probable not play for Bristol before the end of his loan spell.
Not good of course, to be out injured for such a long time in his young age. Hope he can catch up when he gets back. In Bristol, Wolves or elsewhere.
Greg Halford – out on loan to Portsmouth in the Championship for his second month – scored the winning goal against Swansea Saturday with a header.
He said to the Pompey official website after the game:
“We’re very pleased with the result. We desperately needed the three points. It was just a bonus for me that I could pop up and clinch the winner. I was surprised to get so much space in the box. They didn’t defend well from set-pieces all night.”
“We always work hard on set-pieces in training but we worked even harder this week because we knew it was a weakness for them. We tried to exploit that as much as we could. They’re a great passing side but every team has their weakness and we managed to find theirs.“
Here’s the highlights from the game, including the header from an in form Halford:
Carl Ikeme – is back in Wolves after three months at Leicester – with a nice trip to Thailand included, but not much at all of playing time, I’m afraid.
McCarthy commented that they are looking for another club in the Championship interested in the services of Carl.
Matt Hill – on the second month of a loan to Barnsley in the Championship and soon to be injury free – In the weekend they played Watford and managed to get a goalless draw out of it. According to ‘Tykes Mad’ previous Wolves defender Shackell was MoM.
Nathaniel Mendez-Laing – will be in Peterborough in League One until end of season – but he sat on the bench all game when they advanced in the cup with a win against Bury.
They will face Fulham in the next round and Posh manager Greg Johnson is delighted, as he was born just a stone’s throw from Craven Cottage and it was his childhood favorite team.
Ashley Hemmings – on his second month on loan to Torquay in League Two – played for an hour in the FA Cup against Walsall.
Already in the 7th minute he presented himself with a superb cross from the left, but it went across the face of goal without anybody reaching it.
But just before halftime skipper Mansell slotted the ball into the path of Hemmings and – when delaying his shot – a Walsall defender brought him down and United were awarded a penalty.
Billy Kee made no mistake and Torquay proceeded to win the game. Hemmings was replaced just after the hour as he got a knock. I hope his alright. Next stop in the cup for United is Carlisle.
Scott Malone – on his second month of loan to Burton Albions in League Two – met Chesterfield for the second time in a fortnight and they managed to win again. This time in the FA Cup.
Scott played as winger again and after a quarter of an hour he launched a fierce shot at goal from about thirty yards out. It went out close to the right post, but was a scare for the Chesterfield keeper.
But three minutes before that the Brewers had already taken the lead and after twenty minutes they scored their second.
Malone crossed the ball nicely to Webster after an hour gone, but he could only loop the ball. An easy call for the Chesterfield keeper. Chesterfield got a goal in the 90th minute and Burton concluded the game with a strike by Collins in the 94th to make it 3-1.
Burton Albions will play Boro in the next round of the cup. A funny detail is that the Burton keeper Kevin Poole played his first game for Boro in 1987. He is now 47, still standing between the uprights – but now for the Brewers. Will he play against Boro? That would be fantastic!