We’re back with our ‘Loan Watch’ series, which runs every week to cover how Rovers’ out-on-loan contingent are performing.
There’s been plenty of action since we last caught up, so let’s dive straight into it!
For the second match running, Harry Chapman began the match on the bench as Shrewsbury played out a goalless draw away to Gillingham. The on-loan winger came on as a substitute with just under five minutes to go.
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The result leaves the Shrews all but safe from relegation in League One.
As per usual, Hayden Carter played the full ninety minutes for Burton Albion on Saturday afternoon as they ran out as 2-1 winners away to Portsmouth.
The victory was the eleventh for the Brewers since Carter arrived, leaving them ten points clear of the drop zone – with safety looking very likely.
Saturday was a day to forget for both Harry Pickering and Crewe Alexandra as they fell to a emphatic 6-0 defeat at home to Oxford United.
The Railwaymen sit 15th in the League One table, nine points off the play-offs, meaning a top six finish is unlikely.
Saturday saw Jack Vale make his first appearance for Rochdale in over two months, playing the last 22 minutes off the bench in their 1-0 defeat away to Fleetwood.
The Dale’s sixth defeat in nine games leaves them bottom of the league table, four points off safety.
There was also a return to action for Brad Lyons on Saturday, with the midfielder starting and playing an hour in Morecambe’s 1-0 loss at Port Vale.
The Shrimps sit fifth in the League Two table following the defeat.
Tyler Magloire was not involved in the matchday squad for Motherwell’s 1-0 victory over St Mirren – leaving the Well all but safe from relegation in ninth place – with the reason for his absence not specified.
Joe Grayson was absent from Oxford’s matchday squad on Saturday as they ran out as 6-0 victors away to Crewe Alexandra, leaving the U’s four points off the play-off spots in ninth.
On Saturday, Tom White was an unused substitute for Hartlepool in their 2-0 home victory over Notts County, which helped the Pools move top of the National League.
Due to an Achilles injury, Charlie Mulgrew appears to have played his last match for Fleetwood Town. The on-loan defender also come under criticism recently for attending a party that broke lockdown rules in Dunbartonshire a few weeks ago.
Therefore, Mulgrew missed Fleetwood’s 1-0 home win over Rochdale on Saturday, leaving the Cod Army seven points off the top six with six fixtures left to play.
Joe Hilton is still waiting to make his Ross County debut as he was an unused substitute in their 2-2 away draw to Kilmarnock, leaving the Staggies one point above the drop.
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