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Patrik Gunnarsson helps Southend United to win on unbeaten weekend for loanees

The action for our four players away from Griffin Park

9 March 2020

Patrik Gunnarsson helped Southend United end a six-game losing run with a 3-1 victory over Bristol Rovers at Roots Hall on Saturday.

The Icelandic goalkeeper's emergency loan was extended on Saturday meaning he lined up for a third time in United colours. Charlie Kelman opened the scoring for the hosts early on but Rovers levelled through Jayden Mitchell-Lawson a minute after the restart. However, Sol Campbell's side weren't to be denied as Terrell Egbri and an Alfie Kilgour own-goal wrapped up the points. Should Patrik's loan be extended again, he could feature for United away at second-placed Rotherham United next Saturday with The Shrimpers 16 points from safety heading into their final nine matches. 

Also in the League One relegation battle, Mads Bech Sorensen helped AFC Wimbledon keep a second clean sheet in three unbeaten games. The Dons would have hoped for more, entertaining bottom-of-the-table Bolton Wanderers at Kingsmeadow, but a point was probably fair as the two sides mustered just one shot on target between them. Back-to-back wins for Tranmere mean AFC are now just six points above the drop zone and head to ninth-placed Doncaster Rovers next Saturday. 

Elsewhere, Justin Shaibu was a late substitute as Boreham Wood ended a four-game winless run with victory at home to struggling Maidenhead United. Kabongo Tshimanga scored the only goal after 22 minutes as Wood, who ended the game with ten men following the injury-time dismissal of keeper Nathan Ashmore, moved up to fourth in the National League. Mid-table Torquay United make the trip to Meadow Park next Saturday. 

In Scotland, Reece Cole played the full 90 minutes as Partick Thistle took a surprise point on the road at runaway Scottish Championship leaders Dundee United. The game looked to be going to form as Dillon Powers gave United a 19th minute lead but Stuart Bannigan netted from the spot after the break to earn Thistle a vital point. The Jags host Dunfermline Athletic on Tuesday night looking to move to within three points of safety with victory. 


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