Loan Round Up: Tunnicliffe earns standing ovation but Powell struggles in Europe

by Tracey Germaine

Ryan Tunnicliffe (Ipswich Town) – Tunnicliffe started his third match in a row for Ipswich against Yeovil Town on the left wing where he was so impressive against Middlesbrough. Hennessey denied him a chance for an early goal when he saved his curling effort.

He created chances for Murphy and Cresswell but they were thwarted by a solid defence. Before the break, he also picked out Chambers at the back-post who headed across the face of goal but McGoldrick was unable to connect.

There was more of the same from Tunnicliffe in the second half when he set up Hyam for a shot which wasn’t converted before he then teed himself up for a volley that whistled over the crossbar. He made way for Tabb in the 78th minute to another standing ovation from the Ipswich fans. Ipswich ran out 2-1 winners.

It’s this kind of performance that has Mick McCarthy wanting to extend Tunnicliffe’s loan. He spoke in glowing terms about the United loanee to BBC Radio Suffolk during the week.

He said: “Tunners is great. I’m really, really delighted with him. I think he’s a real talent and we’re lucky to have him.”

Federico Macheda (Doncaster Rovers) – Kiko went straight onto Doncaster’s bench for their match against Watford having only joined the day before. He came on for Cotterill just before the hour mark with Doncaster drawing 1-1.

Macheda had a chance to score on his debut but he shot just wide, missing both the goal and the chance to put Doncaster in front in the final stages of the match. He looked lively after coming on but his first match ended in a loss with Watford scoring a penalty in the final minutes to seal a 2 – 1 defeat for Doncaster.

Nick Powell (Wigan Athletic) – Powell started as a lone striker in Wigan’s Europa League clash with Zuite Waregem. Strangely for Powell, his usually confident first touch wasn’t there.

He wasn’t able to take advantage of Zuite’s loss of possession just before the 20 minute mark. Ten minutes later, he went on a good run through Zuite’s defence but the ball wasn’t released to him quickly enough.

There was some outstanding work from him in the 66th minute where he held the ball up spectacularly against two Zuite players but unfortunately he had no support, although he still he managed to win a corner.

He was subbed off in the 83rd minute. Wigan managed to hold on for a 0-0 draw. Although he showed the occasional glimpses of good play, overall it was a disappointing performance.

Bébé (Paços de Ferreira) – Bébé had the chance to give Paços the lead after a quarter of an hour when he had a strike on goal saved by the Fiorentina goalkeeper in their Europa League tie. He had a couple of chances to level the match at the start of the second half but the keeper saved his first effort and his second went wide. Fiorentina won 3-0, with former United striker Guiseppe Rossi on the score sheet.

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