Loan Round Up: Zaha enjoys brilliant cameo and Lingard earns rave reviews

Loan Round Up: Zaha enjoys brilliant cameo and Lingard earns rave reviews

Wilfried Zaha (Cardiff City) – Zaha came on in the 61st minute as Cardiff were drawing goalless with Southampton. Yet again his introduction proved a positive and just four minutes later, Cardiff took the lead. Zaha went on a fantastic individual counter-attack which left him one on one with the Saint’s keeper only to be denied by a save. He also made a brilliant interception inside his own penalty area as Cardiff picked up a crucial victory.

Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic) – Powell came on for Wigan in the 68th minute of their FA Cup Semi-Final tie against Arsenal as they were leading 1-0. Arsenal scored to bring the match to extra-time. Powell had a great scoring opportunity in the first half of extra time when he latched onto Fortune’s flick-on but he fired harmlessly over the crossbar from 20 yards. He had another chance after good work from McArthur allowed him to drive at Mertesacker, but his left-footed strike left a lot to be desired and it went well wide. Wigan lost on penalties without Powell taking one.

Will Keane (Queen’s Park Rangers) – Will was an unused substitute for QPR in their 5-2 win over Notthingham Forest.

Jesse Lingard (Brighton & Hove Albion) – Lingard played 91 minutes in Brighton’s 3-0 win over Charlton. He gave Brighton the lead in the 11th minute, latching onto the ball before creating the opening for his left-footed shot into the bottom right corner of the net. He could have had a second but he fired over after being sent into a one on one with the keeper by Ulloa. However, overall he had a really decent performance having settled into a fluid front three. Such was his performance, Squawka did a special feature.

Sam Johnstone (Doncaster Rovers) – Johnstone played the full match as Doncaster lost 2-1 away at Ipswich. He dived low to his left to push away an effort from Mings. Johnstone also produced a fantastic save on the stroke of half-time when Smith headed a free-kick goalwards but Johnstone was able to push it away at full stretch. Ipswich took the lead at the start of the second half but Rovers pulled a goal back from the penalty spot before poor defending saw them concede another.

Michael Keane (Blackburn Rovers) – Keane played the full match for Blackburn as they drew 3-3 away at Sheffield Wednesday, once again at right back. Rovers took the lead through Rhodes. Soon after, Wednesday looked to equalise.

There was a goal for both sides before Michael scored in the 43rd minute. Craig Conway’s freekick was cleared to Tom Cairney who found Lowe. Lowe found Michael who headed home unmarked.Michael was beaten for pace against Antonio who cut back and the ball eventually was slotted home by Nuhiu. Wednesday equalised in the 94th minute.

Tom Lawrence (Yeovil Town) – Lawrence played the full match in Yeovil’s 1-1 draw with Bournemouth. There was a shuffle in the line up which saw him drop back to the wing. He had a chance on goal but his curling effort went just wide of the far post. He put in a good shift in a very good team performance from Yeovil.

Sam Byrne (Carlisle United) – Byrne was an unused substitute in Carlisle United’s 6-1 defeat to Preston North End.

Angelo Henriquez (Real Zaragoza) – Henriquez made his return from a thigh tear which he picked up in his last appearance for Zaragoza in February. He came on for the final 15 minutes as Zaragoza drew 2-2 with Numancia.

Anderson (Fiorentina) – Anderson was an unused substitute in Fiorentina’s 5-3 win over Verona.

Marnick Vermijl (NEC Nijmegen) – Vermijl played the full match for NEC in their 1-1 draw against AZ Alkmaar. NEC conceded from the penalty spot but pulled a late goal back in the 87th minute. The draw puts them three points clear of Roda JC Kerkrade at the bottom of the Eredivise.

Bébé (Paços de Ferreira) – Bébé played the full match for Paços as they lost 1-0 away to Estoril. He attempted to provide an attacking spark for Paços but the Estoril defence proved impossible to break through. That loss combined with a win for Beleneneses sees Paços drop back into a relegation spot just one point behind Beleneneses, setting up a tense end to the league season.

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