Monday 19 Mar
Updated Monday 19 Mar 09:14

Loan watch: Burke defeats Snodgrass in battle of West Ham loanees

Reece Burke


Reece Burke won the battle of the West Ham United loanees as his Bolton Wanderers side defeated Robert Snodgrass’s Aston Villa.

The Trotters upset the promotion-chasing Villans at a snowy Macron Stadium, where Adam Le Fondre scored the only goal of the game midway through the first half.

Burke was at his best defensively, making eight clearances and a tackle and also blocking a shot, helping Bolton claim three points and rise to 19th in the EFL Championship table with eight games remaining.

Snodgrass put in a team-high eleven crosses and made three key passes, but he was also shown a yellow card for an altercation with Bolton midfielder Karl Henry.

Villa fell to fourth, behind Fulham on goal difference and seven points behind Cardiff City in the second automatic promotion place.

Burke returns to action on Good Friday 30 March, when Bolton travel to Leeds United, while Snodgrass and Villa play next at Hull City on Saturday 31 March.

Moses Makasi enjoyed another memorable appearance for loan club Plymouth Argyle as the Pilgrims climbed back into the EFL League One Play-Off places with a thrilling 3-2 win over Bristol Rovers.

Starting his second game in succession for the Devon side in front of a bumper 13,466-strong crowd, central midfielder Makasi helped his team recover from 1-0 and 2-1 down to win through Graham Carey’s 85th-minute penalty.

Argyle’s seventh win in eight league matches took them back above Peterborough United into sixth place with nine games to play, the first of which is at Charlton Athletic this coming Saturday.

In Spain, Toni Martinez played his part as Real Valladolid came from a goal down to defeat Almeria 2-1 in the Segunda Division.

Having fallen behind in the first half, Valladolid levelled through Oscar Plano on the hour-mark before Martinez was introduced with 13 minutes remaining, and the home side were rewarded when Jaime Mata headed home with four minutes remaining to snatch all three points.

Valladolid are ninth in the table, but just two points behind Sporting Gijon in fourth, ahead of a trip to mid-table Lugo on Saturday.

Elsewhere, Reece Oxford was ruled out of Borussia Monchengladbach’s 3-3 Bundesliga draw with Hoffenheim with a hamstring strain.

Likewise, Martin Samuelsen missed Burton Albion’s 3-1 Championship defeat at leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers with an unspecified injury.