Loan Watch: Hugill on target, Cullen makes winning return
Jordan Hugill bagged his seventh goal of the season to rescue a point for EFL Championship promotion-chasing Middlesbrough on Saturday.
Boro looked on course for a home defeat by Millwall before Steve Morison was penalised for a push on Daniel Ayala while the pair waited for Stewart Downing’s cross to arrive, and referee Keith Stroud awarded a penalty.
Hugill stepped up and coolly rolled the ball past Jordan Archer to secure a draw that keeps Middlesbrough fifth in the table ahead of their Emirates FA Cup fourth-round tie with Newport County at the Riverside Stadium on Saturday.
There, he could face fellow West Ham United loanee Vashon Neufville, who was an unused substitute for the Exiles’ 1-0 League Two win over Exeter City at Rodney Parade at the weekend.
In the same division, Moses Makasi marked his second appearance for Stevenage by winning the penalty, which was converted by Ben Kennedy, which set the Hertfordshire club on their way to a 2-1 win at Morecambe.
That victory means Stevenage are now ninth, level on points with Forest Green Rovers in the final promotion Play-Off position, with the two clubs to meet at The Lamex Stadium this coming Saturday afternoon.
In League One, Josh Cullen made his return from ten weeks out with a dislocated shoulder as Charlton Athletic beat Accrington Stanley 1-0 at The Valley.
The midfielder completed the full 90 minutes as Karlan Grant’s last-gasp penalty secured a victory that keeps Charlton fourth in the table, three points behind Luton Town in the second automatic promotion position. Cullen and company will travel to sixth-place Peterborough United on Saturday afternoon.
At the other end of the table, Marcus Browne appeared for the final 14 minutes as a substitute in Oxford United’s 2-1 win over leaders Portsmouth – a victory that lifted them out of the relegation zone ahead of Tuesday’s Checkatrade Trophy quarter-final trip to Bury.
In Italy, Edimilson Fernandes was sent-off six minutes before half-time as Fiorentina drew 3-3 with Sampdoria in Serie A, leaving them tenth in the table ahead of Sunday’s visit to bottom club Chievo in Verona.
In the Netherlands, Martin Samuelsen was an unused substitute as VVV-Venlo scored a 4-2 victory at Den Haag in the Eredivisie. Venlo are seventh and host Emmen next Saturday.
Sead Haksabanovic’s IFK Norrkoping do not kick-off their Swedish Allsvenskan season until the end of March, while Toni Martinez was not involved in Lugo’s 2-1 defeat at Malaga in Spain’s Segunda Division at the weekend.