Loan Watch – Pattison loving life at Yeovil whilst Armstrong scores again

Armstrong back amongst the goals

Luke Armstrong’s goalscoring antics have featured heavily in this season’s installment of the loan watch, so it should be no surprise to read that he scored again this week.

The 22-year-old bagged his fifth goal in six games against Leyton Orient at the weekend, drilling home after latching onto Tom White’s threaded ball.

The Heed probably thought that was to be the winner but for a late, 89th minute equaliser from Orient that kept the O’s unbeaten start to the season intact.

Alex assists… again

Alex Pattison has deservedly been given his chance to impress Darren Way at Yeovil of late – and he’s grasping the opportunity with aplomb.

The 20-year-old started for the second game running in the goalless draw against Oldham – a frustrating game for Yeovil and Pattison himself, after doing well to create a handful of chances only to see them spawned by his Glovers teammates.

But there was to be an assist in the following game against Stevenage for Pattison, who drove through the middle of the Boro midfield to square the ball for Alex Fisher to sweep home from 12 yards.

That’s now two assists in three games for a talented young midfielder enjoying his football in League Two.

“It’s been really good and easy to settle in,” he told Yeovil’s website. “I was quite surprised with how quick the lads accepted me into the group but we’re a young group and everyone tight-knit.

“I wanted to come and be around a league club and I got my chance quite early, I came on against Mansfield and it’s gone well from there.

“I just want to keep playing well and keep my place in the starting eleven, being away from home for the first time is something I relish. I’m loving it so far.”

And the rest…

Aynsley Pears was in between the sticks again in Gateshead’s one-all draw at home to recently relegated, and so far unbeaten, Leyton Orient.

Hayden Coulson has endured a tough few weeks at St. Mirren. The Scottish side have lost their last three games in all competitions without scoring a single goal. It was Livingston who took the three points from them this week, with Coulson playing the full match.

Joe Fryer was in goal for Carlisle, who kept up their good form with a 2-1 against Port Vale on Tuesday night. It was bad news for Fryer at the weekend though, as he had to be taken off just before the hour mark against Crewe with a broken leg. The 22-year-old since took to Twitter to reveal the severity of the injury.

George Miller played just shy of 70 minutes for Bradford in their 1-0 win over Burton Albion on Tuesday night. He started on the bench against Wycombe at the weekend but was subbed on in the 55th minute.

Connor Ripley started against his former club Oxford in midweek as Accrington Stanley continued their unbeaten run in the league with a 3-2 victory. Ripley also started in the following game away to Blackpool, who thought they’d won the game but for a last gasp equaliser from Stanley’s Mark Hughes.

Middlesbrough minutes:

• Armstrong – Played 90 minutes and scored vs. Leyton Orient
• Pears – Played 90 minutes vs Leyton Orient
• Coulson – Played 90 minutes vs. Livingston
• Fryer – Played 90 minutes vs. Port Vale and 59 minutes vs. Crewe
• Miller – Played 69 minutes vs. Burton Albion and 34 minutes vs. Wycombe
• Pattison – Played 90 minutes vs. Oldham, played 90 minutes and assisted vs. Stevenage
• Ripley – Played 90 minutes vs. Oxford and Blackpool

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