Loan Watch: Nathan Holland produces key assist for Oxford United
Four West Ham United loanees featured for their respective clubs over the weekend, with Nathan Holland picking up a crucial assist for Oxford United.
The 23-year-old helped the U’s to a second successive draw in League One as Karl Robinson’s team took a point away from a trip to Sunderland AFC and the Stadium of Light.
After the Black Cats, who were without Frederik Alves in their squad, had taken the lead inside ten minutes through Leon Dajaku, Holland – nine minutes before half-time – created his seventh goal contribution in 21 games this season.
The winger showcased a more physical side to his game in brushing off Sunderland defender Bailey Wright and, looking up, he smartly picked out Matt Taylor for a sweeping finish.
Oxford and Holland – who sit seventh in the table – will be hoping to keep their unbeaten run of seven league games going when they visit lowly Doncaster Rovers on Tuesday evening.
In the Championship, wearing Huddersfield Town colours, Mipo Odubeko continued his recent resurgence with a 35-minute appearance against Barnsley in a 1-1 draw.
The 19-year-old has found game time hard to come by in recent months, but was handed a further opportunity to impress manager Carlos Corberan for the Terriers against the Tykes.
On his sixth Championship appearance of the season, Odubeko replaced Fraizer Campbell early in the second half after both sides had exchanged goals late in the first period at Oakwell.
And although the forward was not able to get off the mark in the Football League, his second appearance in as many weeks demonstrates that Corberan has been pleased with the clinical forward’s recent development.
Now eleventh in the Championship and in contention for a play-off place, Huddersfield are back in action on Saturday at home to Coventry.
Elsewhere in the Championship, Conor Coventry played the final quarter of Peterborough United’s 2-0 defeat away at Nottingham Forest.
The Republic of Ireland U21s captain was unable to prevent his side – who remain 22nd in the table – from conceding two late goals at the City Ground, but will hope for better fortunes when the Posh host Millwall at the Weston Homes Stadium on Saturday.
In France’s Ligue 2, goalkeeper Nathan Trott was on the losing side as ten-man AS Nancy lost 2-1 away at relegation rivals Quevilly-Rouen.
Nancy struck inside three minutes but conceded an equaliser just three minutes later and, despite dominating possession, lost out to a second goal – a thunderous finish which gave Trott little chance – midway through the latter half.
Trott’s team finished a man down for the fifth occasion in Ligue 2 this season after Abdelhamid El Kaoutari received a red card deep into injury time. An away trip to midtable Nimes is up next at the weekend.
And in League Two, Joseph Anang was an unused substitute for Stevenage in their 1-0 loss to Yeovil Town in the FA Cup second round.