Dan Chesters in action for Colchester United - credit: cu-fc.com

Loan Watch: Chesters grabs assist in Crawley Town draw

A midweek round of EFL League One and League Two matches saw three loaned Hammers involved in Tuesday’s fixtures.

Dan Chesters was named in the starting XI for Colchester United’s home clash with Crawley Town, and the Academy graduate played a crucial role in the 2-2 draw. 

The 20-year-old’s big involvement came on 20 minutes at the JobServe Community Stadium, when he laid the ball off for Alex Newby to strike home from 25 yards with an excellent effort. 

Crawley levelled the game at the end of the first half when Ashley Nadesan headed in unmarked, with the away side then taking the lead just seconds into the second half through James Tilley’s drilled finish. 

Colchester levelled the match on 62 minutes when Junior Tchamadeu superbly finished at the near post after a mazy run at the Crawley defence. 

Chesters was replaced on 88 minutes, with former West Ham United striker Frank Nouble on in his place. Tuesday’s outing saw his second assist in eight League Two matches so far this campaign.

Thierry Nevers in action for Newport County


Also in EFL League Two, Thierry Nevers was involved for Newport County, with the Frenchman coming off the bench in the stalemate away to Mansfield Town. 

A closely contested fixture saw high-flying Mansfield reduced to ten men when James Perch was dismissed for two yellow cards on 59 minutes. 

Nevers was introduced on 70 minutes, in place of Will Evans, how his tenth appearance in League Two so far this season. 

The 0-0 draw means Newport remain undefeated since Graham Coughlan took over as manager last week.

Finally, Mipo Odubeko was also utilised as a substitute for Port Vale in a 3-2 home loss to Ipswich Town.

Mipo Odubeko in action for Port Vale


The Irons loanee was brought on from the bench on 68 minutes, in place of James Wilson, with all five goals being scored prior to Odubeko’s introduction. 

Ipswich stormed into a two-goal lead in the first half through Freddie Lapado and Cameron Humphreys, but Gavin Massey reduced the deficit for Port Vale just before the interval with a well-taken half-volley. 

The home side’s comeback was completed two minutes into the second half when Nathan Smith lashed home an instinctive effort, but Ipswich added their third – and eventual winner – through Lapado’s second on 51 minutes. 

Odubeko’s appearance on Tuesday was his eighth in League One this campaign for Port Vale.