Loan Watch – Braithwaite bags first goal, Wing continues good form

Loan Round-Up

Braithwaite finally opens account…

Martin Braithwaite finally ended his barren run in front of goal this week, opening his account for Bordeaux in their 3-1 win against Montpellier.

Before then, the Dane hadn’t scored since the Tees-Wear derby back in January – a whole three months and twelve games ago.

And it was a chance he couldn’t exactly pass up. The ball was flicked on from a corner and into the path of Braithwaite, who was in the right place at the right time to head home from point blank range.

“The first goal is good for me, as well as the victory,” Braithwaite told Girondins TV. “It took longer than I would have liked but that’s life.

“I did not get myself down, I kept working and I’m very happy that it happened today”

Wing lets fly, and scores…

Lewis Wing added a further two appearances to his credentials this week, playing 90 minutes in games against Swindon Town and Wycombe.

Although the Wycombe game ended in defeat for Darren Way’s side, the previous match against Swindon was a good one on a personal level for the Boro loanee.

He bagged Yeovil’s first goal, picking up the ball from 30 yards before unleashing an unstoppable long-range strike beyond the hapless Stuart Moore.

It was a familiar sight for Wing, who garnered a reputation for scoring long-range goals with relative ease for Shildon just one year ago.

But the 22-year-old has since made the transition from non-league to Football League and is thriving with every game.

And the rest…

Joe Fryer watched on from the bench again as Stevenage lost 2-0 to Cambridge.

Callum Cooke came on in the 84th minute in Blackpool’s 3-0 victory over Northampton on Tuesday, and was an unused sub in their next game against local rivals Fleetwood.

Julien de Sart started on the bench but came on to replace the injured Idrissa Doumbia in Zulte Waregem’s 5-1 win against Royal Excel Mouscron in the Europa League play-offs.

Nathan McGinley played the full 90 minutes for Wycombe, who beat Yeovil Town 1-0 to maintain their promotion push.

Connor Ripley appears to have lost his starting place for Bury, having dropped to the bench for the Shakers last two games. Joe Murphy got the nod ahead of the 25-year-old against Northampton.

George Miller started alongside the experienced James Hanson against the Cobblers, but blanked in the 3-2 defeat.

Marcus Tavernier was back and involved for MK Dons this week. He played just over 10 minutes in the Dons’ loss away to Doncaster.

Aynsley Pears was in goal for Darlington in their 2-1 win over United of Manchester.

Ashley Fletcher played 90 minutes against Norwich and Reading as the Black Cats threw away the lead in both games to draw.

Alex Pattison missed York’s defeat to Nuneaton through injury but returned to the starting line-up in the defeat to Gainsborough, playing 45 minutes.

Middlesbrough minutes:

• Fryer – Unused sub vs. Cambridge
• Cooke – Played 6 minutes vs. Northampton, unused sub vs. Fleetwood
• de Sart – Played 70 minutes vs. Royal Excel Mouscron
• McGinley – Played 90 minutes vs. Yeovil
• Wing – Played 90 minutes and scored vs. Swindon, played 90 minutes vs. Wycombe
• Ripley – Unused sub vs. Northampton
• Miller – Played 90 minutes vs. Nortampton
• Tavernier – Played 11 minutes vs. Doncaster
• Pears – Played 90 minutes vs. United of Manchester
• Fletcher – Played 90 minutes vs. Norwich and Reading
• Braithwaite – Played 90 minutes and scored vs. Montpellier
• Pattison – Missed out through injury vs. Nuneaton, played 45 minutes vs Gainsborough

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