Loan watch: Frustration for Snodgrass, but joy for Makasi

Robert Snodgrass


West Ham United’s band of loanees are being kept busy over Easter weekend.

Robert Snodgrass’ Aston Villa fell further out of the race for automatic promotion to the Premier League when they drew 0-0 at Hull City on Saturday. Steve Bruce’s side are nine points behind second-place Cardiff City with seven matches left to play, the first of which will see Reading visit Villa Park on Tuesday.

At the other end of the table, Reece Burke started at centre-half as Bolton Wanderers lost 2-1 at Leeds United on Saturday, dropping to 20th in the standings. The Trotters host Birmingham City, who sit one place and three points below them, at the Macron Stadium on Tuesday evening

Elsewhere in the Championship, Martin Samuelsen returned to the Burton Albion squad but was an unused substitute as the Brewers dropped to a 3-1 defeat at promotion-chasing Cardiff. Burton remain bottom of the table, four points from safety ahead of Easter Monday’s home match with Middlesbrough.

In League One, Moses Makasi played the full 90 minutes as Plymouth Argyle climbed back into the Play-Off places with a 4-0 win over Southend United at Home Park. The Pilgrims will hope to make further progress when they travel to fifth-place Scunthorpe United on Monday afternoon.

In Spain, Toni Martinez was a late substitute in Real Valladolid’s 1-0 win over Reus on Saturday. The victory took Valladolid up to seventh, just a point outside the promotion play-off positions and just seven behind leaders Sporting Gijon. In Germany, Reece Oxford missed Borussia Monchengladbach’s 0-0 Bundesliga draw at Mainz on Sunday through injury.