Loan Watch – Miller wins PFA award, Fletcher’s poor form continues

Loan Round-Up

Miller wins Player of the Month…

George Miller was named the PFA League One Player of the Month this week following an impressive February return of three goals in six appearances.

He beat Rotherham’s Joe Newell and Semi Ajayi, Southend defender Jason Demetriou and Blackburn duo Adam Armstrong and Danny Graham to 24% of the votes.

His goal tally for the season currently stands at 15 in 27 games, including the 11 scored for Boro’s U23 side in the Premier League 2 Division 2.

The 19-year-old started this weekend’s game against Oldham fresh off winning the accolade, and played 90 minutes as Bury let a two-goal lead slip to draw 2-2.

george miller celebrates

The Fletcher touch…

Ashley Fletcher are a match made in heaven, unfortunately for him. The 21-year-old led the line again for the Black Cats against Aston Villa and if you want to know how his game went, then this video will tell you everything.

Chris Coleman was keen to back his January recruit, but admitted the former Manchester United striker is struggling for confidence.

“He’ll be thinking at the minute that he’s never going to score again,” he said. “He’ll be feeling like it’s the end of the world, that’s what strikers do. But he will score.”

Coleman retained faith in Fletcher by starting him in the following game against QPR, but the striker blanked again and is yet to score for the League-One bound club since his deadline day move.

ashley fletcher challenges for the ball

And the rest…

Joe Fryer was the substitute keeper for Stevenage, who drew 2-2 against Crewe Alexandra.

Callum Cooke has been sidelined with an injury of late and wasn’t deemed fit enough to feature against Blackburn. Blackpool boss Gary Bowyer stated before the game that Cooke had ‘joined back in’ with training, but the game came too soon for the 21-year-old.

Nathan McGinley dropped to the bench for Wycombe’s home game against Cambridge United but came on in the 61st minute in the 1-1 draw.

Julien de Sart made his first appearance since January, coming on at half-time in Zulte Waregem’s 2-0 win over Lokeren.

Lewis Wing started and played 90 minutes in Yeovil’s defeat at home to Newport – their fourth consecutive loss.

Marcus Tavernier remains out injured but wouldn’t have had a fixture on Saturday anyway as the Dons’ visit to Bradford was postponed just two hours before kick off due to a waterlogged pitch.

Aynsley Pears kept a clean sheet for Darlington in their 1-0 win over Curzon Ashton this weekend. The Quakers snatched the three points in the 88th minute thanks to a goal from Dave Syers.

Martin Braithwaite started on the bench against Angers SCO but came on in the 70th minute in the 0-0 draw.

Alex Pattison played 90 minutes for York in their 1-0 win over Boston United – a game that saw three red cards in the space of four minutes.

Connor Ripley came up against former club Oldham this week, but the Latics former clean sheet king was to be denied one against them as the game finished in a two-all draw.


Middlesbrough Minutes:

• Fryer – Left on the bench vs. Crewe
• Cooke – Left out of the squad vs. Blackburn
• de Sart – Played 45 minutes vs. Lokeren
• McGinley – Played 29 minutes vs. Cambridge
• Wing – Played 90 minutes vs. Newport
• Ripley – Played 90 minutes vs. Oldham
• Miller – Played 90 minutes vs. Oldham
• Tavernier – Game vs. Bradford postponed
• Pears – Played 90 minutes and kept a clean sheet vs. Curzon Ashton
• Fletcher – Played 63 minutes vs. Aston Villa and 87 minutes vs. QPR
• Braithwaite – Played 20 minutes vs. Angers SCO
• Pattison – Played 90 minutes vs. Boston United

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