Loan Watch – Miller scores, Pears stands out, Braithwaite talks up exit

Loan Round-Up

As easy as 1, 2, 3…

Aynsley Pears followed up his clean sheet against Curzon Ashton last week with two more this, starting off with a 0-0 draw against Tamworth.

Craig Stoddart, Darlington reporter for the Northern Echo, had this to say about the promising young keeper’s display in the stalemate:

“It was Quakers’ fourth clean sheets in six matches – they had managed four in their previous 30 fixtures – and a key difference has been the arrival of Aynsley Pears on loan from Middlesbrough.

“The goalkeeper made a number of saves last night to maintain parity, particularly in the first half.

“He made the first save of the evening, diving to his right to keep out Darryl Knights, the Tamworth forward having shown a sharp turn of pace after cutting inside from the left.”

Pears then kept his third consecutive clean sheet, this time in an emphatic 6-0 win against North Ferriby United.

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Aynsley Pears (Image: Darlington FC)

Miller bags again…

George Miller has garnered quite the goalscoring reputation since joining Boro in the summer.

He already reached double figures for the Under-23s before his return to Bury and is now well amongst the goals on his return to Gigg Lane.

The 19-year-old started against Peterborough in midweek and blanked, but bagged his fourth goal in eight games in the following game against MK Dons.

The goal came a week after being named the PFA League One Player of the Month, but it wasn’t enough for Bury get something from the game and they fell to a 2-1 defeat.

Bye bye Braithwaite?

Off the pitch, it was no surprise to hear Martin Braithwaite talking up a permanent move to current club Bordeaux in the summer.

He told GOLD FM: “I want to stay here. I can see there are good players here, in a very good club.So I see myself carrying on, because I feel very good here and well integrated, but it’s easy because everyone is so nice.”

On the pitch, however, it was a surprise to see a player last only 13 minutes of a game, but this is exactly what happened to Braithwaite against Rennes on Saturday.

The Dane picked up an injury in the early stages of the game and was forced off – an ill timed injury with the international break coming up.

And the rest…

Joe Fryer was the substitute keeper for Stevenage, who drew 2-2 against Port Vale – a result which saw manager Darren Sarll axed.

Callum Cooke was only fit enough to make the bench for Blackburn’s games against Charlton and Southend. He was an unused sub in both.

Nathan McGinley was also an unused substitute this weekend as Wycombe defeated Barnet 2-0 away from home.

Julien de Sart will be pushing for a recall to Zulte Waregem’s starting line up after playing 45 minutes last weekend. The Belgian side face OH Leuven in the Europa League play-offs.

Lewis Wing played back-to-back 90 minutes this week – firstly in the 0-0 draw against Exeter, then the 1-0 win over Colchester, which has pulled Yeovil five points away from the relegation zone.

Marcus Tavernier remained sidelined again this week, missing the victories against Rotherham and Bury.

Alex Pattison played 90 minutes for York in their 2-1 defeat to Kidderminster Harries on Tuesday night. Their scheduled Saturday game against Southport was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

Connor Ripley played the full 90 minutes in defeats against Peterborough United and MK Dons.

Harry Chapman picked up an injury just 10 minutes into what should have been his comeback. The 20-year-old was forced off after feeling a twinge in his hamstring – the same problem that had ruled him out since November.

Ashley Fletcher dropped to the bench for the first time since joining Sunderland on Saturday, and he probably wished he’d stayed there. His substitution in the 64th minute was met with a loud chorus of boos from those left in the Stadium of Light.

Middlesbrough Minutes:

• Fryer – Left on the bench vs. Port Vale
• Cooke – Left out of the squad vs. Charlton and Southend
• de Sart – N/A
• McGinley – Unused sub vs Barnet.
• Wing – Played 90 minutes vs. Exeter and Colchester
• Ripley – Played 90 minutes vs. Peterborough and MK Dons
• Miller – Played 90 minutes vs. Peterborough and played 90 minutes and scored vs. MK Dons
• Tavernier – Left out of squad vs. Rotherham and Bury through injury
• Pears – Played 90 minutes and kept a clean sheet vs. Tamworth and North Ferriby
• Fletcher – Played 26 minutes vs. Preston
• Braithwaite – Played 13 minutes vs. Rennes
• Pattison – Played 90 minutes vs. Kiddermister
• Chapman – Played 10 minutes vs. Aston Villa U23s

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