Loan Watch – Pattison takes his chance in first League Two start

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Alex Pattison didn’t start for Yeovil in their televised cup game against Aston Villa, but was subbed on 33 minutes into the game following an injury to Reece Cole.

The League Two side could’ve recorded a shock victory over their Championships opponents, but missed a penalty before Conor Hourihane’s goal condemned them to defeat. A good experience for Pattison nonetheless.

The 20-year-old was then awarded his first league start by Darren Way and he, in turn, rewarded his manager by starring in a crushing 4-0 victory over Notts County.

Alex Fisher may have grabbed the headlines with a hattrick, but it was Pattison’s fantastic over-the-top ball that lead to the striker’s third goal of the night.

And the rest…

Luke Armstrong has enjoyed a successful start to the season for Gateshead, scoring in each of his first three appearances for the Heed. However, his name wasn’t on the scoresheet this week as the National League side drew to Boreham Wood and suffered a first league defeat to Bromley.

Aynsley Pears was also involved in both of those games, starting in between the sticks as he looks to establish himself as their first choice keeper.

Hayden Coulson had a tough afternoon against Aberdeen in the Scottish League Cup. The 20-year-old struggled up against the lively Gary Mackay-Steven in the 4-0 defeat.

Joe Fryer was an unfortunate victim of the Bradley Dack show on Tuesday night. His Carlisle side were wiped away by Blackburn in the Carabao Cup, succumbing to Dack’s two goals and three assists in the 5-1 defeat. There were better fortunes in the following league game though, as Fryer kept his first clean sheet in a 1-0 win over Cheltenham.

George Miller was taken off 70 minutes into Bradford’s league cup draw to Macclesfield, and was unable to partake in the subsequent penalty shoot-out. He was a 63rd minute substitute in the following game against Southend – but was unable to help change things around as the League One side fell to a 2-0 defeat.

Connor Ripley avoided Accrington’s 5-1 hammering against Mansfield Tuesday night – it was Jonathan Maxted who replaced him in the starting line-up. Ripley did regain his place in the following league match against Charlton, which ended in a one-all draw.

Middlesbrough minutes:

• Armstrong – Played 90 minutes vs. Boreham Wood and Bromley
• Pears – Played 90 minutes vs Boreham Wood and Bromley
• Coulson – Played 90 minutes vs. Aberdeen
• Fryer – Played 90 minutes vs. Blackburn, played 90 minutes and kept a clean sheet vs. Cheltenham
• Miller – Played 70 minutes vs. Macclesfield and 37 minutes vs. Southend
• Pattison – Played 67 minutes vs. Aston Villa, played 90 minutes and registered an assist vs. Notts County
• Ripley – Played 90 minutes vs. Charlton

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