Two of our players were in action for their loan clubs over the weekend with both involved in victories in the Football League.
In Sky Bet League One, Jaakko Oksanen played the full 90 minutes as he helped AFC Wimbledon battle to an important 1-0 win over Northampton Town.
Jaakko, who remained with The Dons instead of going on international duty with Finland Under-21s for two friendly matches, played the full 90 minutes as the game ended in dramatic circumstances. The winning goal didn’t come until the 88th minute when Joe Pigott found the net, but The Dons then had a huge scare when the referee pointed to the penalty spot after Nik Tsanev fouled Sam Hoskins in the dying seconds of the game. Tsanev then saved the penalty to confirm all three points for Wimbledon. They are now 21st in the table, as they occupy the final relegation spot, but they have two games in hand on Town who sit one place above them and level on points.
Arthur Read was the other Bee in action this weekend as he played 84 minutes as Stevenage kept up their impressive run with a 2-1 home win against Barrow. Stevenage went ahead when Elliott List found the net at the near post shortly before the break. Barrow may have thought they’d salvaged a draw when they levelled through Calvin Andrew 12 minutes from time but Luke Norris was on hand to give Stevenage the points when he found the net from a penalty in the 87th minute.
Ellery Balcombe was part of the match day squad for Doncaster Rovers but was an unused substitute in their 1-0 defeat away at MK Dons. Daniel Harvie grabbed the game’s only goal on 76 minutes to leave Rovers outside of the play-off place in seventh. As for Swindon, they didn’t have a fixture so Dom Thompson was not in action.
League Two’s Grimsby Town were in action but without Joe Adams as he had represented Wales Under-21s the day before in Wrexham. Town drew 1-1 with Walsall and James Hanson’s early goal was cancelled out by Caolan Lavery. Grimsby are bottom of the table, six points behind Barrow who occupy the final safety spot but they also have a game in hand on the Lincolnshire side.
There was no club action in Europe for our loan players with Galatasaray and Halil Dervişoğlu not in action until 3 April, likewise Joel Valencia and his Legia Warsaw side. Julian Jeanvier's Kasımpaşa S.K return to action on 4 April, and Patrik Gunnarsson, who is on international duty with Iceland Under-21s, will return to action with Silkeborg for their play-off game with Helsingør on 5 April.