There was game time for some of our loan players in midweek and they could well gain more ahead of lots of fixtures across the weekend at home and abroad.
Dom Thompson played the first 71 minutes for Swindon Town as they travelled to Sunderland earlier this week. It was a narrow defeat for Town against their promotion-chasing opponents as Charlie Wyke grabbed the game’s only goal when he headed home 20 minutes from time. Swindon are back on the road on Saturday as they travel to Accrington Stanley.
Also in Sky Bet League One there was game time from the bench for Jaakko Oksanen as he helped AFC Wimbledon to a 1-1 draw away at Shrewsbury Town. Harry Chapman had put the Shropshire side ahead but teenager Ayoub Assal scored six minutes from time so seal The Dons a point. They will travel to Blackpool this weekend.
As for Doncaster Rovers, Ellery Balcombe was an unused substitute as they beat Portsmouth 2-1 at home. In Andy Butler’s first match in charge of the side, they went ahead early through Reece James before Fejiri Okenabirhie found the net 20 minutes from time to further their advantage. John Marquis hit back in stoppage time for Portsmouth but Rovers held out for three points. They will host Plymouth Argyle this weekend.
In Sky Bet League Two there was another start for Joe Adams as he played 73 minutes for Grimsby Town at home to Leyton Orient. The London side claimed the win with Dan Happe getting the game's only goal. Town will face Forest Green Rovers this weekend.
As for Stevenage, they impressed with a 3-0 win over promotion chasing Forest Green as Danny Newton grabbed two goals in the first half before Elliot List furthered their lead shortly after the hour. Arthur Read was an unused substitute on the night, and he will be hoping for game time when they host Harrogate on Saturday.
In Denmark, Patrik Gunnarsson will be looking to keep up the good run with Silkeborg when they take on HB Køge at home on Sunday. They are currently third in the Danish First Division; seven points off top place Viborg.
In Turkey, Galatasaray slipped up in their title challenge as they were beaten 2-1 away at Ankaragücü, who are currently 19th. Two goals either side of half-time gave the home side the win, despite a late goal from a 10-man Galatasaray in injury time. Halil Dervişoğlu wasn't involved for the side. They are at home to Sivasspor on Sunday. Also in the same division Kasımpaşa S.K. lost at home to Trabzonspor on Thursday evening. Julian Jeanvier was still absent through long-term injury, and the side will look to bounce back at Alanyaspor on Monday.
In Poland Joel Valencia wasn't involved for Legia Warsaw when they were beaten 2-1 earlier this week by Last Gliwice. The side are still top of the Ekstraklasa by four points, though, and they travel to Śląsk Wrocław on Sunday.