Loan Watch: Victories for Conor Coventry and Nathan Holland
Conor Coventry once again impressed by a win for MK Dons this weekend, with another loan Nathan Holland also finishing on the winning side for Oxford United in League One.
Since joining Liam Manning’s side and their promotion in January, the midfielder Coventry started all nine league matches, recording six wins during that time.
Their latest, a 2-0 victory over a Bolton Wanderers side that included former Coventry Football Academy team-mate Oladapo Afolayan, saw the Republic of Ireland U21 captain impress once again at the Stadium MK.
I’ve been called way worse 😀 another big win today 🙌⚪️ @MKDonsFC https://t.co/iFoZ59kvdx
— Conor Coventry (@conorcoventry) February 26, 2022
Later dubbed on the Dons’ Twitter channel “the Irish Xavi”, the 21-year-old deep playmaker nearly landed his second assist in two games, slipping the ball for Scott Twine in the first half only, for the ‘attacker. hit the post.
Goals from Mohamed Eisa and Twine later secured victory for Coventry and his side, who, before a trip to Rotherham United on Saturday, leveled the points with second-placed Wigan Athletic in the automatic promotion places; the Latics have three games in hand, however.
A man of the match display from @conorcoventry 🏆
— Milton Keynes Dons (@MKDonsFC) February 27, 2022
Elsewhere in the same division, Holland came off the bench five minutes from time in Oxford United’s 4-2 win over rivals Cambridge United at Kassam Stadium.
A toppling game had seen the visitors go ahead twice, but Oxford turned the situation around each time and protected a 3-2 lead when Holland came on.
And the winger’s arrow through the near post was a precursor to a loose ball falling on Cameron Brannagan, who slammed the clincher to move Oxford into fourth place, four points behind Coventry and MK Dons in the race to promotion.
Still in Ligue 1, for the second consecutive week, Mipo OdubekoThe introduction of Doncaster Rovers on the bench sparked a surge for Doncaster Rovers as Gary McSheffrey’s side held off fellow relegation contenders AFC Wimbledon 2-2 at Cherry Red Records Stadium.
The Dublin-born 19-year-old was featured at half-time with his side trailing 1-0 and, while Wimbledon scored moments later through Luke McCormick, was part of an impressive collective effort who saw two goals in the space of four. minutes from Tommy Rowe midway through the second half.
Doncaster’s turnaround was significant as it prevented 20th-placed Wimbledon from falling further out of the relegation zone, in which Rovers currently sit 23rd, four points entrenched. Next up for Odubeko is a trip to Cheltenham mid-table on Saturday.
— St Patrick’s Athletic FC (@stpatsfc) February 27, 2022
In the League of Ireland, goalkeeper Joseph Anang suffered back-to-back defeats with title contenders St Patrick’s Athletic, losing 2-1 at home to Sligo Rovers and 1-0 away to Bohemians on Friday and Monday respectively.
However, the stopper produced some impressive moments in both games, as his adopted club’s social media highlights.
The 21-year-old will certainly be up to the task in a home game against rivals and current league leaders Shamrock Rovers on Friday.
And in Ligue 2, co-keeper Nathan Trot did not play on the bench for AS Nancy in their 1-0 loss to promotion hopefuls Le Havre.