Loanee round up

  • Enner Valencia was introduced in the second half of Everton’s 2-0 win over Sunderland on Saturday
  • Josh Cullen and Toni Martinez both helped their sides to victories in League One
  • It was a day to forget for Newport County’s Jaanai Gordon in the fourth tier

A mixed bag would best describe the results picked up this weekend by West Ham United’s band of loanees at their various temporary clubs.

Starting with the one Hammer on loan in the Premier League, Enner Valencia made his 15th appearance for Everton on Saturday as the Toffees overcame Sunderland at Goodison Park.

The Ecuador international was introduced with 20 minutes remaining on Merseyside, with the hosts 1-0 to the good thanks to Idrissa Gueye’s first half strike.

And the result was confirmed with ten minutes to go as Romelu Lukaku scored his 60th Premier League goal for the Blues, finding the back of the net with the aid of a deflection.

Down in the third tier, Josh Cullen was again on hand to complete 90 minutes for Bradford City and help them pick up another vital three points at Port Vale.

The Bantams, who remain in the play-off spots in League One, took the lead through Romain Vincelot four minutes before the break, but they were pegged back in the second half when JJ Hooper equalised.

Alex Jones popped up to haunt his former side in the 74th minute however, converting Alex Gilliead’s cross to make it 2-1.

There was also a start and full match for Spaniard Toni Martinez, who played in Oxford United’s 4-0 thrashing of Chesterfield away from home.

Ex-Hammer Rob Hall got the scoring underway just 17 minutes in when Martinez raced clear to square for his teammate, and Conor McAleny bagged a hat-trick to boost the Us play-off ambitions.

George Dobson and Martin Samuelsen were both unused substitutes as their respective sides Walsall and Peterborough United played in League One. The Saddlers were beaten by AFC Wimbledon while Posh were 3-1 winners over Rochdale.

And things didn’t get much better for a Hammer in League Two. Jaanai Gordon was sent off after receiving his second yellow card in basement club Newport County’s defeat at Mansfield Town.

Finally, goalkeeper Sam Howes played for Hampton and Richmond Borough in the National League South, but Weston-Super-Mare were 2-0 winners away from home.