Flynn Downes playing on loan at Southampton

Loan Watch: Downes returns for Saints as Kehrer & Trott earn impressive points

Our weekly look at how West Ham United’s loanees fared for their Clubs at home and across Europe... 

Flynn Downes returned to the Southampton squad to make his first appearance in three weeks, playing 84 minutes as Russell Martin’s side came from behind twice to edge Birmingham City in a seven-goal thriller in the EFL Championship.

Koji Miyoshi put the Blues ahead inside two minutes before Adam Armstrong cancelled it out, only for Jay Stansfield to restore the hosts’ lead against the run of play.

David Brooks scored the second equaliser for Saints and Ché Adams put the visitors ahead, with Dion Sanderson’s red card appearing to end the clash as a contest.

Juninho Bacuna did level on 77 minutes for Birmingham, but Joe Aribo struck in the 96th minute to seal a vital win for Southampton.

Southampton stay fourth in the table, three points behind third-placed Leeds United and eight behind Leicester City.

Freddie Potts

In League One, Freddie Potts and Gideon Kodua both came off the bench as Wycombe Wanderers fell to a 4-2 defeat at home to Barnsley.

Dale Taylor’s opener put the Chairboys ahead, but Sam Cosgrove levelled on the stroke of half-time.

Wycombe restored their lead through former Academy of Football graduate Kieran Sadlier, but three goals in a remarkable 16-minute spell, added to by David Wheeler’s red card, condemned the Adams Park side to defeat.

Further down the EFL, and it was more disappointment as Daniel Chesters’ Salford City suffered a home defeat at the hands of Gillingham.

Chesters, who played 90 minutes, saw his side fall behind shortly before half-time through Shadrach Ogie’s close-range header, before Timothée Dieng sealed the points for the Gills after capitalising on a defensive mix-up.

In the National League, Keenan Appiah-Forson helped Dagenham & Redbridge to a 3-1 victory over promotion-chasing Altrincham.

Thilo Kehrer Monaco

The Daggers took the lead after 42 minutes when Ryan Hill converted from the spot, only for it to be instantly cancelled out by a penalty at the other end.

But second-half goals from Josh Rees and Harry Phipps sealed victory for the hosts.

Heading to Europe, and Thilo Kehrer’s AS Monaco registered a clean sheet and a point in a 0-0 draw with PSG on Friday evening, while further north, Saïd Benrahma played 76 minutes as Lyon fell to defeat at home to Lens.

Florian Sotoca beat the offside trap to break the deadlock before half-time, and the European hopefuls extended their advantage through Elye Wahi’s penalty.

Kevin Danso added a third near the end to leave Lyon looking nervously over their shoulder in the middle of a testing run of games.

Nathan Trott, meanwhile, played 90 minutes as Vejle picked up an impressive point at Denmark Superliga leaders Brøndby.

The visitors thought they had won it when Oliver Provstgaard opened the scoring after 83 minutes, but Daniel Wass ensured the spoils were shared as he levelled from the penalty spot five minutes later.

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