Loan Watch – Johnson makes honest claim, Pattison assists again

Pattison assists again…

Alex Pattison has been enjoying his time at Yeovil Town of late, having established himself in Darren Way’s starting eleven since his debut against Mansfield in August.

Pattison had two assists in four games coming into Saturday’s game against Newport County – and was on hand to provide another in the 6-0 rout.

The 20-year-old was involved in Yeovil’s third goal of the afternoon – surging towards a retreating Newport defence before playing through Yoann Arquin, whose shot was saved and then headed in by Diallang Jaiyesimi.

The assist itself came as a result of good work from substitute Olufela Olomola, who cut inside and squeezed a low effort beyond Newport keeper Joe Day at the near post.


Johnson makes his debut…

Marvin Johnson had to wait until the 68th minute to make his Sheffield United debut, coming on for Billy Sharp in the 1-0 defeat to Bristol City.

The winger was speaking about his time at Boro this week, and stated he wasn’t a ‘Tony Pulis type of player’.

“From January, I did not have sights on going out on loan at that time,” he said.

“The gaffer did not know me and it was a case of ‘keep your head down, work hard every single day and show him what you can do’.

“Unfortunately, I was not his type of player, but it did not affect me and I kept going until the end of the season and got myself ready for pre-season.

“That is all I could have done, but he made it clear I was not going to play and that I had to go out to play football. I want to get back to my best and get back playing.”


And the rest…

Luke Armstrong remains sidelined with a hamstring injury and was therefore unable to partake in Gateshead’s 1-0 defeat to Braintree on Saturday.

Aynsley Pears played in that game, starting in between the sticks once more as the Heed fell to a 55th minute Joe Ellul header.

Hayden Coulson was dropped for the visit of Celtic on Saturday, with Lee Hodson taking his place at left-back as St Mirren changed to a 4-2-3-1 system. The 20-year-old was introduced with over 10 minutes left to play and helped the Buddies hold out for a point in a goalless affair.

George Miller was an unused substitute in Bradford’s 2-0 loss at home to Charlton Athletic. The Bantams are without a win in four, and have subsequently fallen to fourth bottom.

Connor Ripley was in goal for Accrington Stanley in their 1-1 draw against Fleetwood Town. That’s now four consecutive one-all draws for Stanley, and their fifth in six games.

Nathan McGinley started Forest Green Rovers’ 1-1 draw away to MK Dons, but was taken off just before the hour mark.

Middlesbrough Minutes:

• Armstrong – Out with a hamstring injury
• Pears – Played 90 minutes vs. Braintree
• Coulson – Played 12 minutes vs. Celtic
• Fryer – N/A (injured)
• Miller – Unused sub vs. Charlton
• Pattison – Played 90 minutes and assisted vs. Newport
• Ripley – Played 90 minutes vs. Fleetwood
• McGinley – Played 59 minutes vs. MK Dons
• Johnson – Played 22 minutes vs. Bristol City
• Mahmutovic – N/A

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