Loan Watch – Fletcher nets in surprise win, Miller makes it 3 in 4

Sunderland what?

Sunderland are never far from the headlines, but on Sunday they made them for slightly more positive reasons.

Despite the fact that the Black Cats are already relegated, they pulled off a shock win against champions Wolves. The Championship’s bottom side didn’t just scrape past the table toppers… they won by a convincing three goals to nil.

In that win, a goal from Boro loanee Ashley Fletcher. The 22-year-old netted on the stroke of half-time, dipping the ball over on-rushing Wolves keeper Will Norris and into the back of the net.

Sunderland fans took to Twitter to praise Fletcher’s performance. Here’s the best of the reaction:

To cap off a good weekend on a personal level, Fletcher was also named in the Championship Team of the Week with an 8.8 rating.

Miller with a goodbye goal…

Bury are another team already relegated but ending the season with a morale-boosing result – and it was George Miller who helped them get it.

The Shakers found themselves 2-0 down against AFC Wimbledon before Neil Danns pulled a goal back with under 30 minutes to play.

It was then time for Miller to pop up with his third goal in four games to snatch a point for League One’s bottom club.

The striker met Zeli Ismail’s drilled cross to head home the equaliser five minutes from the end.

That goal has taken Miller’s overall tally for the season up to 19 – including the 11 he bagged for Boro’s Under-23s before joining Bury.

“I couldn’t have asked for a better way to say goodbye,” he told Bury’s website. “I thought it was good when I scored in my last home game but to score in my last game was good.”

On the goal, Miller said: “All I tried to do is guide it across the keeper, I didn’t want to just glace it so I thought as long as I’ve got a full head on it I’ve done my job.”

And the rest…

Joe Fryer made a second successive start for Stevenage’s in their 1-0 defeat away to recently promoted Wycombe Wanderers. He finishes the season having played 31 games for the League Two club in all competitions.

Callum Cooke was a half-time substitute in Blackpool’s away defeat to Rotherham United. On Twitter, Cooke said: “Season full of ups and downs but another one complete, big thanks to for the opportunities over the past season and I wish them and the lads which are a fantastic group of lads the very best in future!!”

Julien de Sart started for Zulte Waregem, who made it six wins on the spin with a 2-0 away victory against Kortrijk. Zulte are now on the verge of confirming their place in next season’s Europa League, with 19 points from seven games in qualification.

Nathan McGinley wasn’t in Wycombe’s squad for their final day victory over Stevenage.

Lewis Wing played another 90 minutes as Yeovil’s relegation from the Football League was confirmed with a 1-1 draw against Lincoln City.

Marcus Tavernier was an unused substitute for MK Dons in their 1-0 win over Shrewsbury. After the game, the youngster took to Twitter to say his goodbyes. “Would like to thank all the players, staff and fans at for making my loan a great experience and I wish all the best for the club.. I’m sure the club will be bounce back even better.”

Martin Braithwaite played 90 minutes in Bordeaux’s 3-1 win against Saint-Etienne, but didn’t score or assist.

Middlesbrough minutes:

• Fryer – Played 90 minutes vs. Wycombe
• Cooke – Unused sub vs. Rotherham United
• de Sart – Played 90 minutes vs. Kortrijk
• McGinley – Wasn’t in squad vs. Stevenage
• Wing – Played 90 minutes vs. Lincoln
• Ripley – N/A (returned to Boro)
• Miller – Played 90 minutes and scored vs. Portsmouth
• Tavernier – Unused sub vs. Shrewsbury
• Pears – N/A (returned to Boro)
• Fletcher – Played 90 minutes and scored vs. Wolves
• Braithwaite – Missed out through suspension vs. Dijon
• Pattison – N/A (returned to Boro)


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