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Loan Round-up: Week 36

Justin Shaibu in League One action this week, Ilias Chatzitheodoridis starts in League Two

9 March 2018

Justin Shaibu was in action this week as Walsall took on Rochdale, while Ilias Chatzitheodoridis played for Cheltenham. We also look ahead to another round of weekend fixtures in England and Germany.

On Tuesday night, Walsall had a game to forget against Rochdale as The Saddlers fell to a 3-0 defeat at home. 

The away side, fighting for their lives at the bottom of the table, came out strong against a team that are sitting mid-table in Sky Bet League One. Rochdale are still nine points from safety in 23rd despite the midweek win.

Shaibu was a second-half substitute for Maz Kouhyar with the squad trailing by a single goal. Despite an improved performance in the early stages, The Dale scored a second with 18 minutes to go. 

Walsall had the chance to get back into the game with a penalty after 76 minutes, but Josh Lillis saved Erhun Oztumer's attempt. The visitors then finished the game with three minutes to go, Mihai Dobre scoring from the edge of the box.

The next game for Shaibu and his teammates comes away to Shrewsbury Town on Saturday, somewhat of a local encounter in the West Midlands. It'll be a tough match against The Shrews, who currently occupy second place behind Blackburn Rovers in the table.

Further South, Cheltenham Town played out a 1-1 draw with Notts County as Ilias Chatzitheodoridis started in the Town XI. 

He was a threat down the left, on one occassion setting up a cross for Mo Eisa that was blocked on its way towards the forward in space in the penalty area. 

Just three minutes from the break, Terry Hawkridge put Notts ahead and that may have had an impact on the changes from Gary Johnson. The Robins' manager replaced both his fullbacks at half-time, including Ilias as he tried a different approach to the match in the second 45.

Joe Morrell eventually got the home side level and they saw out the game to rescue a point from what was a hard-fought match.

This weekend sees the return to action of Konstantin Kerschbaumer and Jack Bonham. The pair get back to league action in Germany and England with fixtures against top league opposition.

In the 2. Bundesliga, Kerschbaumer's Arminia Bielefeld host second-place Nürnburg on Saturday afternoon. The visitors haven't picked up a win since mid-February and surrendered top spot in the table to Fortuna Düsseldorf last week. Only two points behind them, Nürnberg will be itching to get a win to get back on track. The home side are in seventh, following a run of only one defeat in seven games, and could move as high as fourth with three points.

Kerschbaumer has played 23 games for Bielefeld so far this season, scoring 7 goals, and they will need him to be in form as they face tough opposition in a 16:30 BST kick-off at the SchücoArena.

In League Two, Jack Bonham's Carlisle United head to promotion hopefuls Exeter City in a 694-mile round trip on Saturday. Bonham and the team have won four on the bounce and go in search of a fifth that could see them rise into a Play-Off spot if other results go their way.

Elsewhere, Cheltenham Town will travel to Swindon Town who currently occupy a Play-Off spot in that division. A win for Ilias and his side at 3pm could help Bonham's Carlisle jump up the table.

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