Loan Watch – Braithwaite scores as Boro’s loanees rack up more minutes

Over a week after making his Leganes debut, Martin Braithwaite struck gold against Real Madrid in the Copa Del Rey.

The La Liga strugglers were unable to overcome the three goal deficit from the first leg at the Bernabeu, but Boro loanee Braithwaite did manage to get on the score sheet.

The Dane powered a header towards goal from a pacey right-field cross, only to see it strike the post aside the hapless Keylor Navas. 

Navas then did well, with the help of his defenders, to smother the ball only for it to fall to Braithwaite, who tucked it home from close range.

That was the 27-year-old’s first goal since scoring for Middlesbrough in the win over Bristol City on August 18th.

Speaking in the build up to Leganes next match against Barcelona (19:45), Braithwaite hinted that he would like to make a permanent move to Mauricio Pellegrino’s side.

“It is something that does not depend on me. I came here to play football and that’s what I will do.”

“What I can tell you is that I am very happy to be here. I’m enjoying it a lot.”

It’s almost certain Braithwaite will be moved on in the summer given Boro’s need to trim a heavy wage bill – something his current £50k-a-week deal contributes to.

Martin Braithwaite scored his first Leganes goal this week

George Miller played 76 minutes for Bradford in their 4-0 home defeat to Southend United, which has moved them down to 23rd in the League One standings.

Aynsley Pears started in goal for Gateshead who picked up a big point, drawing 1-1 away to automatic promotion chasing Salford City.

Luke Armstrong played 83 minutes in Accrington Stanley’s defeat to Charlton, in which keeper Jonathan Maxted was sent off and Stanley conceded a 93rd minute goal.

Middlesbrough Minutes:

• Aynsley Pears – 90 mins vs. Salford City
• George Miller – 76 mins vs. Southend
• Luke Armstrong – 83 mins vs. Charlton
• Martin Braithwaite – 90 mins and goal vs. Real Madrid

Not involved: Marvin Johnson (unused sub)

Injured: Joe Fryer, Alex Pattison


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