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Loan Report: Mannone’s Debut & Novakovich’s Latest Strike

Jamie brings us the latest goings on from the Royals out on loan

AFC Wimbledon v Reading - Pre-Season Friendly Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images

There are plenty of Royals players out on loan this season. Here we check in and see how those players are getting on away from Reading.

MLS teams are up and running for the 2019 season and Minnesota United took on New England Revolution away from home last Saturday. Vito Mannone, having made his debut with an opening day win at Vancouver Whitecaps, clocked in his fourth appearance between the sticks but was unable to help his side as they suffered a 2-1 defeat to Brad Friedel’s side.

Joey van den Berg had a typical Joey performance for NEC Nijmegen last Saturday in the Dutch second division as the midfielder got himself sent off in his sides 2-1 defeat to Jong Ajax. His reaction was also very familiar - and kind of justified - catch it below at 2:05.

The midfielder was therefore suspended for NEC’s game last night, in which they were disposed of 4-0 by Jong AZ.

Scottish striker Marc McNulty started Hibs’ 2-1 away win at Livingston. The Reading loanee was unable to grab a goal before being taken off in the second half, having made his Scotland debut in their somewhat difficult international period last week.

Andrija Novakovich put in an impressive performance for Eredivise side Fortuna Sittard as he managed to grab a poacher’s goal, but was unable to help his side prevent a 3-2 defeat away to Willem II. Watch the goal back at 3:38 of the clip below.

Elsewhere, in Belgium, Danzell Gravenberch and Darren Sidoel both played ninety minutes in KSV Roeselare’s 1-0 home defeat to Lommel SK in the Belgian second division.

Across the Pacific, Sone Aluko played the full ninety minutes but couldn’t help his team Beijing Renhe in their 1-0 loss to local rivals Beijing Guoan in the Chinese Super League.

The Bulgarian first league has now entered the final phase of its league format, as the top six teams are split from the bottom six and play each other in the playoffs, with the winner being crowned champions of Bulgaria. The first of these games for top of the table side Ludogorets was a 0-0 draw against Beroe, in which Adrian Popa was brought on as a substitute but could not help his side grab the all important win.

David Meyler was an unused substitute in Coventry’s 2-2 draw away at Barnsley in League One last Saturday. Young goalkeeper Lewis Ward played ninety minutes for League Two side Forest Green as they were defeated 2-1 at home to high flying MK Dons.

Another keeper out on loan is George Legg who is currenty playing for Vanarama National side Boreham Wood. Not quite enjoying the success’ of last season, but the side from Hertfordshire managed to pick up a 2-1 away win at Barrow, in which the young Royal played the full ninety minutes and helped his side to an important win.

Youngster Luke Southwood, another keeper out on loan, would have had mixed emotions over the last few days as his Vanarama National playoff chasing Eastleigh side picked up a win and a defeat in successive games. A 3-2 win at home to Hartlepool United on Saturday would have had spirits high in the camp, however a humbling 3-0 defeat at home to Barnet last night will have sent the team crashing back down to earth. The young Royal played the entirety of both games in goal for the side.