There were minutes for seven of our eight loanees over the weekend, with the results abroad not matched by the ones on home soil.
Jan Žambůrek’s Sky Bet League One debut with Shrewsbury Town ended in a dramatic injury-time victory over Jaakko Oksanen and AFC Wimbledon. Both Jan and Jaakko started at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium with Jan withdrawn after an hour. The winner came in the 91st minute; Leon Clarke heading home to give The Shrews their first victory of the campaign.
Also in the third tier, Luka Racic came off the bench as Northampton Town conceded an 86th minute winner away at Plymouth Argyle. Luka was introduced with 25 minutes to play and the score at 1-1. Town looked set to take a point from their long trip to the south west until Kelland Watts netted four minutes from time to leave them back in the bottom four.
Stevenage and Arthur Read were another to suffer defeat this weekend, losing 1-0 away at Forest Green Rovers in Sky Bet League Two. Arthur played the full 90 minutes as Jake Young’s 23rd minute goal proved the difference. The defeat leaves Stevenage in 17th and without a win in four league games.
It was a much better weekend for our continental loanees with three wins and a draw for the four.
In Holland, Halil Dervişoğlu made his FC Twente bow during a 3-0 Eredivisie victory away at Willem II. Danilo’s double, either side of Jayden Oosterwolde’s effort, extended Twente’s unbeaten start to the campaign to five games. Halil played the final six minutes at the Koning Willem II Stadion in Tilburg.
Joel Valencia was another to have a late run-out in victory. The winger played the final five minutes for Legia Warsaw as they beat Zagłębie Lubin 2-1 thanks to a Tomas Pekhart double. The three points moved Legia up to seventh in the Ekstraklasa with games in hand on many of the teams above them.
Julian Jeanvier played the full game in Turkey as Kasımpaşa drew 1-1 away at Fatih Karagümrük S.K. Both goals came in a three-minute spell around the interval; Artur Sobiech giving the home side a lead which Aytaç Kara cancelled out straight after the restart. The points leaves Julian and his teammates eighth in the early league table.
The only one of our players not to see any action over the weekend was Patrik Gunnarsson. The young goalkeeper watched on as VFF maintained their lead at the top of the Nordic BetLiga with a 3-1 win over Fremad Amager.