Loan Watch – Braithwaite talks future, Miller scores, McGinley promoted


Braithwaite talks up his future…

Martin Braithwaite was suspended for Bordeaux’s game at home to Dijon, which they won 3-1. Earlier on in the week though, the Dane was speaking about his future and admits he wouldn’t be against returning to Boro.

“I do not know, (about my future), I have not talked to the owners yet,” he said. “What I’m sure of is that I want to play next season. If it’s here, it will be better. Otherwise, it will be good too.

“I do not want to talk too much about what I want to do, because I’m not the only decision maker.

“I am here, and very happy to be here, but I do not know what the future will offer me. I just know it will be good, I’m a positive person. It must be! So I see a wonderful future for me.”

One man’s loss in another man’s gain…

George Miller started for Bury against Portsmouth on Saturday and was the grateful recipient of a bizarre gift from Pompey keeper Luke McGee.

The former Tottenham youngster attempted a Cruyff turn in his own penalty area only to bump into the onrushing Miller, who effectively tackled the ball into the back of the net.

That was Miller’s sixth goal for the Shakers since he rejoined the club on loan in the January transfer window. He now has 17 goals for the season, including the 11 he scored for Boro’s Under-23s.

And the rest…

Joe Fryer made his first start since January in Stevenage’s 3-1 win against Exeter and stepped back in with aplomb. The 22-year-old was many fans’ pick for Man of the Match, but missed out to hattrick hero Alex Revell.

Callum Cooke returned to the squad but was an unused substitute for Blackpool in their 1-1 draw at home to third placed Shrewsbury Town.

Julien de Sart played another 90 minutes for Zulte Waregem in their UEFA Cup play-off game against Royal Excel Mouscron. That’s now five wins in a row for the Belgian side, who currently top the qualification table.

Nathan McGinley was an unused substitute in Wycombe’s promotion clinching win away to Chesterfield. The 21-year-old has been a success story on Buckinghamshire, impressing in his 11 appearances for the League Two side so far.

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Lewis Wing has been a virtual ever present for Yeovil since his January move and got another two full games under his belt against Forest Green Rovers and Mansfield. Unfortunately for Wing, the Glovers find themselves in the bottom three and failure to beat their opponents this week certainly didn’t help their survival hopes.

Connor Ripley found himself on the bench again as Bury clinched a morale boosting three points against mid-table Portsmouth.

Marcus Tavernier played 85 minutes against Bradford and 77 minutes against Scunthorpe as MK Dons picked up their fifth and sixth consecutive defeats.

Aynsley Pears played 90 minutes on what was the final game of his loan spell for Darlington. The Quakers drew 1-1 against Stockport to finish 12th in the National League.

Ashley Fletcher started up front for already relegated Sunderland in their televised defeat to Fulham on Friday night. Statistically, the 22-year-old was one of the Black Cats better players – setting up Joel Asoro’s goal and winning the most aerial duels in the game.

Alex Pattison is injured and therefore wasn’t a part of the York matchday squad that travelled to Brackley Town on Saturday.

Middlesbrough minutes:

• Fryer – Played 90 minutes vs. Exeter
• Cooke – Unused sub vs. Shrewsbury
• de Sart – Played 90 minutes vs. Shrewsbury
• McGinley – Unused sub vs. Chesterfield
• Wing – Played 90 minutes vs. Forest Green Rovers and Mansfield
• Ripley – Unused sub vs. Portmouth
• Miller – Played 90 minutes and scored vs. Portsmouth
• Tavernier – Played 85 minutes vs. Bradford and 77 minutes vs. Scunthorpe
• Pears – Played 90 minutes vs. Stockport
• Fletcher – Played 90 minutes and registered an assist vs. Fulham
• Braithwaite – Missed out through suspension vs. Dijon
• Pattison – Missed out through injury vs. Brackley Town

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