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Loan Report: Southwood Edged By Celtic, Key Assist For Barrow

Our full roundup of how Reading’s loanees have fared over the last week.

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It’s been a baptism of fire for Luke Southwood at Hamilton. Last week we reported that he had made his league debut for Hamilton against Rangers, this week the young goalkeeper played two games, one being a trip to Celtic Park to face the champions. Last Saturday Hamilton travelled to Livingston, but this game finished 0-0 in a dull affair with Southwood having little to do.

Surprisingly, Southwood had not much to do at Celtic Park either, despite being on the wrong end of a 2-1 scoreline. He will be disappointed with his part in the first Celtic goal, as his save from Lewis Morgan’s shot fell directly into the path of Ryan Christie to open the scoring.

Hamilton thought they had done enough to come away from Glasgow with a point when Marios Ogkmpoe converted after a long throw as the game enter the last minute of the ninety. Two minutes into injury time however, Celtic captain Scott Brown scored the winner with a left footed strike that seemed to take forever to cross the line. No wins in Southwood’s first three games for Hamilton, but when two of those games are against Rangers and Celtic, it’s perhaps understandable.

Denizlispor made it two wins in a row in the Super Lig at the weekend after coming from behind to beat Gazaintep 2-1 away from home. The hosts opened the scoring ten minutes after the restart, but four minutes later Denizlispor were level through former Leeds United man Hadi Sacko.

With five minutes to go, the visitors smash and grab comeback was complete when Sacko grabbed his second of the match, with the assist coming from Reading loanee Mo Barrow. On the counter, Barrow powered past his man and his cross put the ball on a plate for Sacko to secure the win.

After no win in three, top of the table Atletico Baleares got back to winning ways in devastating fashion, beating Celta Vigo II 6-1. Baleares actually fell behind in the first minute of the game, and it took a penalty for them to get back into the game. Once that spot kick was converted, Atletico didn’t look back. Leading 2-1 at half time, the islanders added another four goals to their tally in the second half and humiliating Celta. Youngster Jordan Holsgrove played the full 90 minutes for Baleares, who picked up an important win.

Torquay United’s miserable run continues as they have now lost five games in a row in all competitions. Ramarni Medford-Smith played 90 minutes once again for the Gulls, who were convincingly beaten at home 5-1 by Stockport County.

With all six goals in the game coming in the second half, Stockport found themselves 3-0 up before the home side responded with a goal, before completing the rout with two further goals late on. Medford-Smith had a good opportunity on goal but was largely ineffective in the game. He will probably be wishing he had joined Gary Johnson’s side while they were on a better run.

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Torquay boss Gary Johnson
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KSV Roeselare picked up their first win of the second phase of the Belgian First Division B season, beating Lommel United 3-1. Roeselare were 1-0 up at half time, and twenty minutes into the second half they extended their lead to 2-0. With eight minutes to go Lommel got themselves back into the game from the penalty spot, but in injury time Saviour Godwin completed the win for Roeselare. Tom Holmes played the full 90 for the home side, who move into the top half of the table.

Two cup games in two days for Coventry City, as they faced Ipswich Town in the FA Cup second round, followed by MK Dons in the Football League Trophy. Coventry failed to pick up a win in either game however. Callum O’Hare scored a 94th minute equaliser for City in their FA Cup tie with Ipswich to force that tie to a replay at Portman Road. Their midweek trip to Milton Keynes was less successful and proved too much for the Sky Blues, falling to the Dons 2-0. Tennai Watson was an unused sub against Ipswich but did play the full 90 against MK Dons, although he could not help his side progress in that competition.

Steaua Bucharest bounced back from defeat last time out to pick a 2-1 win away at Iasi in Liga I, thanks to a 92nd-minute winner. The hosts went in front after quarter of an hour, and with half an hour gone Steaua were back on level terms from the penalty spot. With the game seemingly heading for a draw, Dennis Man fired home from close range in injury time to give the visitors all three points. Adrian Popa was brought on as a sub with seven minutes to go in order to help his side find a winner and Steaua did exactly that.