Loanees Round Up - 18/9/09-19/9/09

By Dan Buxton
Last updated : 21 September 2009
Andrew Davies

Davies only signed just in time to play in Friday nights Steel City Derby but went straight into the side as a replacement for the ill Matthew Kilgallon. Davies barely pout a foot wrong as he came through the pressure cooker game with flying colours.

Jamie from BladesMAD had the following to say:

'Andrew looks really good and had a pleasing start to his loan spell at Bramall Lane, and in all honesty he really got into fifth gear in one of the most toughest matches he has ever played in. The fiery Sheffi
eld Derby proves a massive challenge as it is, and to be thrown in alongside the experienced Chris Morgan after only meeting his fellow team-mates 24 hours before is so tough. Given the circumstances, he was clinical and sparkled when needed to. Put in a few good challenges and even had an header tipped over the crossbar in the first-half.

Well done to Andrew, he looks really good'

whilst fellow BladesMAD editor Paul thought the following:

'It was a surprise to see Andrew Davies turn out in a red and white shirt; news stories had been ringing around the internet for the majority of the day that the Blades was to signing this young talent on loan as replacement for Matthew Kilgallon who was ordered to stay at home with a chest infection.
 
However this deal was expected to go through sometime next week as the Potters wished to use his services in their Carling Cup encounter with Blackpool on Tuesday night.
 
He came straight into the Blades squad to face bitter rivals Sheffield Wednesday, whilst there was really no option but to play Davies, it was a difficult, high temperature fixture which would no doubt test his limits. Whilst some may not consider Wednesday as difficult opponents it was the Steel City Derby which is not for the faint hearted.
 
Within four minutes of the game he was unfortunate to be booked by referee Alan Wiley whom in my opinion didn't give a fair reflection on the cards he branded out. As for the Centre-Half he was strong and physical and tough in challenge, everything we missed with the injury to Kilgallon.
 
In the first half the on loan defender almost found the net when his looping header almost dropped over the defence and into the back of the net but out of nothing Lee Grant rose to push the ball over the bar to the disappointment of the Blades fans.
 
He fitted into the team really well, specially considering he hadn't had any time to either train nor bond with the current set of players at Bramall Lane. Time will tell if his three month loan spell is to be a happy one but he most certainly left a great impression following his debut'


Ben Marshall

Marshall played up front for the struggling Cobblers and couldn't help them avoid another defeat, going down by two goals to one at home to Rochdale. The ex-Crewe youngster improved in recent showings but hasn;t quite recaptured his best form for the Cobblers yet as the managerless side plummet towards the bottom two.

Cobblers message board The Hotel End gave him an rating of 5.5 and had the following comments:

tony_yeboah 'he's worth at least a 6 because he had the best first touch on the pitch and was clearly the most gifted out there. His fitness lets him down though. 7'

ntfc nut 'Too selfish at times, needs to pass rather than try to do it all himself'

terryfenwickatemyhamster 'If he was rewarded for the effort he puts in, he would be worth a fortune. He is playing in one of the worse Cobblers sides I have seen over recent years. He has to battle for every ball, and is regularly played out of position. But his head never goes down, and he gives it his all. Which is a damn site more than most of our squad do.'

auntie 'Definately much improved today Tel but since the bournemouth game i've been really disappointed. thought he was as poor as anyone else v notts county and barnet in terms of skill and effort. but then again he must be wondering if he is in some sort of bad dream and he just needs to wake up and impress tony pulis on monday morning and everything will be fine...'

Ralap 'I hope we are not ringing his passion for the game out of him.'


Ibrahima Sonko

The Senegalese defender made his second performance for Hull but failed to help his side get anything from the game as Birmingham scored late on to secure a 1-0 away win.
Sonko won most things in the air in both boxes but distribution was poor as he and Zayatte struggled to contain Cristian Benitez.

Hullcity-online editor Andy Beill gave his thoughts on Sonko's performance:

'Sonko was given the captaincy for the day, with Ian Ashbee a long-term absentee and vice-captain George Boateng on the bench. He had little to do as we faced a defensive Birmingham side, and at least there weren't the howlers of last week so no complaints. The main thing of note on his home debut were his long throw-ins. Twice they gave us goalscoring chances, with great distance and trajectory on them.'

Danzelle St.Louis-Hamilton

The young keeper had another good game but Motors still went down by two goals to nil. The academy graduate has impressed this season, thought of by many as the player of the season by many Motors followers and the reason they aren;t currently in the bottom three.

Motors press officer Phil Jarvis had this to say:

'Another good performance by Danz. Made a couple of brilliant close range saves in the 2nd half. Kicking out of his hands is good but when it's rolling to him it can end up anywhere! Still our player of the season up to now and at the moment he is doing a good job keeping the score down as we aren't playing well at the moment.'

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