Loanee round up

  • Josh Cullen once again impressed as Bradford City were 2-0 winners in League One
  • There were sub appearances elsewhere for the likes of Reece Oxford and Toni Martinez
  • Oxford was making his first appearance for Reading after joining in January

The star of the Hammers loanees this weekend was again Josh Cullen, who continues to impress at Bradford City as they look to hold onto their League One play-off spot.

The midfielder, making his 36th Bantams appearance of a superb season, played 90 minutes again for Stuart McCall’s men as they were 2-0 winners at struggling Coventry City, now under the guidance of new boss Mark Robins.

 After a goalless first period, City stormed into the lead after just six second half minutes with substitute Alex Jones finishing off a Tony McMahon corner.

And just five minutes later, the result was put beyond all doubt when Jordy Hiwula’s deflected effort found the back of the net to make it 2-0.

Bradford are now eight points clear of seventh placed Southend United, while they are outside the automatic promotion spots by just a couple of points.

In the Premier League, Enner Valencia was an unused substitute for Everton during their 3-0 home win over West Bromwich Albion, while in the second tier, there was finally an appearance for teenage defender Reece Oxford who joined Reading in January.

The centre-back has been made to wait for his Royals bow, but played the final 17 minutes in the side’s 3-0 defeat to Preston North End on Saturday.

Tom Barkhuizen scored either side of a Daryl Horgan goal to lift Preston into eighth, while Oxford’s Reading remain in fifth place in the Championship.

Back down into League One, George Dobson played 22 minutes for Walsall as the Saddlers picked up a point in south east London against Charlton Athletic.

Simeon Jackson gave the visitors the lead at the Valley but Tony Watt hit back for the Addicks to earn the hosts a share of the spoils.

Martin Samuelsen and Toni Martinez went up against each other at London Road, as the Norwegian’s Peterborough United were beaten 2-1 by Martinez’s Oxford United.

Samuelsen was left on the bench while the Spaniard – signed from Valencia during the summer – was introduced with seven minutes remaining in the clash.

By then, the visitors were 2-0 to the good thanks to Phil Edwards and Tom McAleny goals, though Craig Mackail-Smith did fire in an injury time consolation for Posh.

Struggling Newport County picked up what could be a vital three points at the summit of League Two on Saturday, with Hammer Jaanai Gordon playing the final minutes at Crewe Alexandra.

County, now with Mike Flynn as manager, were made to come from behind after Callum Cooke had opened the scoring for the Alex. Dan Butler equalised and skipper Joss Labadie fired home a late winner.

Finally, Sam Howes kept another clean sheet for Hampton and Richmond Borough in the National League south as his team were 2-0 winners over Hungerford Town.