Loan Watch – Miller impresses with more heroics & Pears gets tipped for the top

Loan Round-Up:

A goalscorer in good form…

It’s no surprise that Bury’s results have picked up since George Miller returned to the club.

He started the mid-week game against AFC Wimbledon and was on hand to head in the opener from a rebound after Harry Bunn’s penalty was initially saved.

The 19-year-old then set up the aforementioned Bunn for Bury’s second goal of the evening – and although it was an almighty scramble in the box, Miller was awarded the assist.

The following game saw Bury visit Bradford, who were without a manager following the departure of Stuart McCall last week.

The Bantams were verging on a much-needed three points until Miller earned his hero status once more – heading home after a long punt up field from Connor Ripley.

Ripley has also been a key factor in Bury’s upturn in form, and he too started both games against Wimbledon and Bradford.

The 24-year-old spectacularly tipped over a strong, late header from Jonathan Meades to secure the three points against the Dons.

And against Bradford it was, like previously mentioned, Ripley’s long ball upfield which eventually led to Miller’s dramatic late equaliser.

Back in on the assists…

Last season at Crewe, setting up goals was almost a mere simplicity for Callum Cooke. For Blackpool, he’s found them hard to come by.

This week against Walsall saw him register his first assist since September – and it was a delightfully weighted ball into the feet of Nathan Delfouneso, who cut inside to curl home the equaliser.

Cooke started the match and was substituted off on 80 minutes. His replacement, Armand Gnanduillet, scored an 88th minute equaliser in the 2-2 draw.

Pattison’s back…

Earlier this week, York boss Martin Gray admitted his side have missed Alex Pattison following his Boro return, but the 20-year-old is back at Bootham Crescent until the end of the season.

On his return to York, Pattison said: “When a move to a League club did not happen, I was 100% delighted to come back here, because that’s what I always wanted.

“A few teams enquired about me but, in the end, they just wanted to go with somebody more experienced who knows the League.

“I’d not had any League experience before coming here and being here again and getting a run of games will do me the world of good.”

He was put straight into the starling line-up against Salford and played the full 90 minutes as the Minstermen secured three points with a 1-0 win.

Pattison ‘used ball sensibly and kept his discipline on right side’ according to York Press, who rated his performance a 7/10.

Tipped for the top…

Goalkeeper Aynsley Pears, who extended his month-long loan spell at Darlington last week, kept a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Bradford Park Avenue on Saturday.

His performances for Boro’s near neighbours have resulted in high praise from Darlington manager Tommy Wright, who has tipped Pears to become the next England number one.

He told the Northern Echo: “We have already raised one England goalkeeper (Jordan Pickford), he could be the next.

“I played with David Stockdale and I think he is in that ilk of goalkeeper,” he added. “He has a very promising future, there are still things in his game he needs to work on and he knows that, his kicking in particular.

“He doesn’t have the biggest of frames, but he is so brave in coming for crosses, he’s not phased by it at all.”

Meanwhile, elsewhere…

Fellow academy keeper Joe Fryer was on the bench for Stevenage in their 1-1 draw against league leaders Luton Town.

Yeovil were in action twice this week, but Lewis Wing was only to feature in one of those matches. He was absent from the squad for the midweek fixture against Fleetwood, but started the following game against Crewe.

Nathan McGinley was an early sub for Wycombe who lost centre half Daniel Scarr through injury in the 1-1 draw against Exeter.

There was no place in MK Dons’ squad for Marcus Tavernier, who missed their defeat to Portsmouth through injury.

Martin Braithwaite played the full match for Bordeaux in their 3-2 victory over Ameins SC, but registered no goal or assist.

Zulte Waregem lost 3-1 to Genk on Friday night – but Julien de Sart wasn’t named in the squad.

Ashley Fletcher played the full 90 minutes in what was a crazy game against Bristol City, in which Sunderland came from 3-0 down to draw 3-3. Fletcher missed a glorious chance to score before the eventual equaliser, shooting straight at Frank Fielding from point-blank range.

Middlesbrough Minutes:

  • Fryer – Left on the bench vs. Luton
  • Cooke – Played 80 minutes and got an assist vs. Walsall
  • de Sart – Left out of the squad vs. Genk
  • McGinley – Played 75 minutes vs. Exeter
  • Wing – Left out of the squad vs. Fleetwood, played 90 minutes vs. Crewe
  • Ripley – Played 90 minutes vs. Wimbledon and Bradford
  • Miller – Played 90 minutes and scored vs. Wimbledon and Bradford
  • Tavernier – Left out of the squad vs. Portsmouth through injury
  • Pears – Played 90 minutes vs. Bradford Park Avenue
  • Fletcher – Played 90 minutes vs. Bristol City
  • Braithwaite – Played 90 minutes vs. Ameins
  • Pattison – Played 90 minutes vs. Salford City


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