Reading FC Loan Report September 25

(c) The Tilehurst End

Karl Sheppard's goal drought continues but there was better news for 'Big Hec' in this week's loan report.

Joseph Mills - Burnley (Championship) Appearances:7

NPC: Leicester 2-1 Burnley

The left-back played 75 minutes for Burnley as they fell to a 2-1 defeat at the King Power Stadium. The left-back was generally seen to have a decent game by Clarets fans but he was dropped from the starting lineup for Saturday's 2-1 win at Derby, settling for a spot on the bench.

*****

Mikkel Andersen - Portsmouth (League 1) Appearances: 9

L1: Portsmouth 1-2 Swindon

L1: Notts County 3-0 Portsmouth

The recent goalkeeping merry-go-round at the Madejski will have been a boost to Andersen but sadly the young Dane couldn't help Portsmouth to any points this week. A 2-1 defeat to Swindon in midweek was followed up by a 3-0 drubbing at Notts County where Andersen didn't have the best of games. The 'keeper was beaten at long range for County's second while he was crowded out for their first. Not a lot he could do about the third but Portsmouth's dire form won't be helping his confidence either.

Jordan Obita - Portsmouth (League 1) Appearances: 2 (+3) Goals: 1 Red Cards: 1

L1: Portsmouth 1-2 Swindon

L1: Notts County 3-0 Portsmouth

Obita returned from a three-game suspension to play just over an hour against Swindon, but only featured for 13 minutes off the bench in the defeat to Notts County. Like Andersen it can't be doing him much good to be getting beaten every week and the pressure is growing on Pompy boss Michael Appleton.

Obita's loan spell was also extended this week, he'll now remain at Fratton Park at least another month.

*****

Michael Hector - Shrewsbury (League 1) Appearances: 6

L1: Shrewsbury 4-1 Coventry

L1: Hartlepool 2-2 Shrewsbury

After injury cost Hector his place in the Shrewsbury starting lineup for a couple of weeks, Big Hec returned in emphatic fashion last Tuesday, helping the Shrews to a 4-1 win over Coventry. He retained his place a few days later for the trip to Hartlepool as they narrowly failed to make it back-to-back wins after a late equaliser. There have been reports after the game that two Shrewsbury players were subject to racist abuse by the Hartlepool fans,but Hector's isn't one of those who claims he was abused.

****

Gozie Ugwu - Yeovil (League 1) Appearances: 3 (+7) Goals: 3

L1: Leyton Orient 4-1 Yeovil

Uguw played just 45 minutes in Yeovil's two games last week, featuring as a half-time sub in the 4-1 drubbing at Leyton Orient before being an unused sub as the Glovers lost to Sheffield United.

*****

Angus MacDonald - AFC Wimbledon (League 2) Appearances: 4(+2)

MacDonald has again been absent from the Wimbledon ranks, not even making the bench in either of their two games this past week. The Wombles changed their manager this week with Terry Brown sacked, so perhaps a new manager will see a return to action for the centre-back.

I spoke to Wimbledon fan Alex Mitchell on Twitter who had this to say about the youngster.

I've liked what I have seen from him. Had to fill in at RB quite a bit which I don't think suited him as much. Good passer.

*****

Karl Sheppard - Accrington (League 2) Appearances: 6(+4) Goals: 1

L2: Chesterfield 4-3 Accrington

L2: Accrington 1-0 Aldershot

Karl Sheppard's goal drought continues as he again failed to find the net for play-off contending Accrington. The Irishman managed 16 minutes as a substitute in the defeat at Chesterfield before starting Saturday's 1-0 win over Aldershot. Sheppard had a number of shots throughout the game but couldn't find a way past former Royals goalkeeper Jamie Young and was substituted with around a quarter of an hour to go.

*****

Brett Williams - Woking (Conference Premier) Appearances: 4(+4) Goals: 1

CP: Woking 2-1 Gateshead

Williams came on as a second half substitute as Woking beat Gateshead 2-1. Both goals were scored before the former Eastleigh striker came on to the pitch and things are looking increasingly bleak for a man who was on the Reading's subs bench just 18 months ago.

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