Loan Watch – From good to bad for Ripley, Miller assists again

From good to bad for Ripley…

Connor Ripley was celebrating his second consecutive clean sheet in the 1-0 victory over Doncaster on Tuesday, but by Saturday he was walking down the tunnel before he could even begin to think of a third.

The 25-year-old was given his marching orders just 16 minutes into the game against Shrewsbury for a high boot on Lee Angol.

After the game, Ripley’s manager, John Coleman, said the decision cost his team the game: “”We lost the game today because of a mistake by someone else.

“It was a genuine attempt to get the ball. The linesman said it was a goalscoring opportunity, but it wasn’t.”

And the rest…

Luke Armstrong remains out injured with a hamstring problem, and therefore missed Gateshead’s game against Dagenham & Redbridge.

Aynsley Pears started that game – and kept his fourth clean sheet of the season in the 2-0 victory.

Hayden Coulson was not in St. Mirren’s squad for the second game running. The Scottish side added more misery to their recent struggles, having lost 4-1 at the hands of Aberdeen on Saturday.

George Miller started for Bradford against AFC Wimbledon, but came off just shy of full-time. He started against Sunderland and set up their goal before being taken off towards the end.

Alex Pattison gained more minutes under his belt this week, playing 90 minutes in the 3-1 loss to Colchester on Tuesday night, and another 90 minutes in the following 2-2 draw against Exeter.

Nathan McGinley started for Forest Green Rovers against Cambridge, playing 90 minutes in the 3-1 victory, but the defender was dropped for the visit of Newport at the weekend.

Marvin Johnson was an unused substitute for Sheffield United in their 2-0 win away to Blackburn in mid-week, and came on with two minutes left to play in this weekend’s Yorkshire tie against Hull.

Enes Mahmutovic didn’t feature in both of Yeovil’s games this week, but was on the bench.

Middlesbrough Minutes:

• Armstrong – Out with a hamstring injury
• Pears – Played 90 minutes and kept a clean sheet vs. Dagenham & Redbridge
• Coulson – Missed out vs. Aberdeen
• Fryer – N/A (injured)
• Miller – Played 89 minutes vs. AFC Wimbledon, played 88 minutes and assisted vs. Sunderland
• Pattison – Played 90 minutes vs. Colchester and Exeter
• Ripley – Played 90 minutes and kept a clean sheet vs. Doncaster, sent off vs. Shrewsbury
• McGinley – Played 90 minutes vs. Cambridge, unused sub vs. Newport
• Johnson – Unused sub vs. Blackburn, played 2 minutes vs. Hull
• Mahmutovic – Unused sub vs. Colchester and Exeter

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