Sam Cox – Cheltenham Town (until 1st October 2009)
Lee Butcher – Grays Athletic (until 1st October 2009)
Oscar Jansson – Exeter City (until 1st October 2009)
Dean Parrett – Aldershot Town (until 17th October 2009)
Jon Obika – Yeovil Town (until 11th November 2009)
Ryan Mason – Yeovil Town (until 14th November 2009)
Steven Caulker – Yeovil Town (until 14th August 2009)
Troy Archibald-Henville – Exeter City (until December 2009)
Andros Townsend – Leyton Orient (until 31st December 2009)
David Button – Crewe Alexandra (until January 2010)
Jake Livermore – Derby County (until January 2010)
Jamie O’Hara – Portsmouth (until January 2010)
Tomas Pekhart – Slavia Prague (until 2nd Feb 2010)
Adel Taarabt – QPR (until May 2010)
Kyle Walker – Sheffield United (until May 2010)
Now returned from loan:
Adam Smith – Wycombe Wanderers
Ben Alnwick – Norwich City
Plenty of our players got some game time this weekend. It’s worth starting with Dean Parrett, who took the Man of the Match award for Aldershot Town yesterday, playing 80 minutes on his home debut for The Shots. Fantastic achievement for Dean, who doesn’t turn 18 until mid-November. Sam Cox was again an unused sub for Cheltenham Town in the same match and, with his loan expiring next week, I imagine he’ll be back with us soon. Perhaps he’ll need to go a division lower to get some valuable league experience.
Some comments on Dean’s performance from the Aldershot Town match report:
Within a minute Chalmers had put through Parrett and with the outside of his right boot he struck just wide of the near post from 10 yards.
Parrett was certainly in creative mode in the early stages with Chalmers effective, settling in front of the back four.
Aldershot took the lead on 34 minutes as the visitors were down to 10 men with Andy Gallinagh being treated on the side of the pitch. Winning a corner on the right Parrett delivered a well-weighted cross to the edge of the six yard box. Chalmers rose but the ball bypassed him into the path of Dave Winfield who headed home via the underside of the crossbar for his first goal of the season.
Aldershot responded well. Hudson rifled a shot over the bar after another good exchange of passes between Parrett and Hudson.
Parrett was replaced, seconds after a caution for a late challenge, and received a standing ovation, rightly so for an impressive home debut where he was also awarded the Man of the Match by match sponsors Rye Golf and Leisure.
Lee Butcher conceded two for Grays Athletic, and has now started four games there – playing in the same eleven as ex-Spur Jamie Slabber.
Oscar Jansson conceded two for Exeter City and Troy Archibald-Henville also played the full 90, picking up a yellow card. A few comments on our lads from the Exeter City Official Site report – looks as though Jansson made quite a bad error for the goal.
Stewart fouled Youga and from a couple of yards out of the area to the right of the goal Shevley sent a stinging free kick into Jansson’s arms.
The second half started with the same team, but Archibald-Henville was moved into midfield with Edwards moving back.
Troy was magnificent in the second half, he was winning loads of ball in midfield and showed a pleasing level of distribution. He rose highest at a corner early after the restart and his header went over the bar when you would have backed him to score.
A soft cross came in from the right and Jansson spilled the ball to McLeod who had an easy task to poke the ball home.
Matt Taylor was excellent at the heart of the defence, Archibald-Henville was magnificent in midfield.
I never had Troy down as a central midfielder!
Yeovil Town finally got a win, with Ryan Mason and Steven Caulker both playing 90 minutes. Jon Obika was absent, playing for England U20. Yeovil Town Official Site report:
With just four minutes gone Ryan Mason, making one of many surging forward runs, was brought down by Bristol City loanee James Wilson. Nathan Jones’ free kick was met by Steven Caulker but keeper Nikki Bull caught comfortably.
Jean-Paul Kalala and Shaun MacDonald paired up successfully in the middle while Mason pushed further forward.
Mason again surged forward and chipped his cross in but again the ball was cleared.
The home fans were hoping for an equally bright start after half time and they got what they wanted with Mason’s shot deflected for a corner.
Bean was booked for scuffling with Kalala on the halfway line before sub Danny Foster cynically scythed Mason down outside the box, the set piece coming to nothing.
And some great comments from a Yeovil Town forum on Mason/Caulker.
“Amazing for a 17 year old,like many it will all depend how he progresses and doesn’t fall away to the lower leagues.
Today he was fantastic by the way and was my MOM.”
“Caulker didnt put a foot wrong today and always looked comfortable on the ball. I agree he was my MOM; but can understand why others got mentioned for it.”
“Finally we win a game .Finally mason is played in a forward position.”
“Ryan Mason, who was absolute class today. At the heart of everything.”
“Agreed. Excellent performance. The shape looked much better today. It allowed Mason to shine in the free roll and Williams linked others in superbly. Unsung heroes of the day for me were Macdonald and Kalala – they won so many tackles and loose balls in the middle and distributed the ball briliiantly. Top stuff. Solid at the back too. My MOM, fwiw, was Mason, but any one could have won it today.”
It will come as no surprise to anyone who has seen Ryan Mason play for our U18s that he had arguably his best game in a Yeovil shirt so far in his favourite role, just off the forward. Let’s hope he stays there!
Andros Townsend came on in the 56th minute for Leyton Orient…and scored in the 57th!! His match-winning goal will hopefully mean he gets his place back in their side – he had previously lost it with a couple of poor games in a row. Plenty of positives from the Leyton Orient Official Site report:
ANDROS TOWNSEND came off the bench to sink Millwall and give Orient their first win in nine attempts.
The on-loan Spurs winger swung a tight London derby in the home side’s favour with a super display as a second half sub.
He had been on the pitch for less than two minutes before firing in the winning goal, and it was a strike of quality to beat Millwall keeper David Forde in the bottom right corner.
The O’s were forced into an early change in the second half when Demetriou suffered a head injury and his replacement, Townsend, had an instant impact.
He had been on the pitch for barely 90 seconds before arrowing a low shot across Forde and into the bottom corner to give Orient the lead in fine style.
Townsend went close to adding a second on 69 when he unleashed a stinging shot from range that Forde had to acrobatically tip over the crossbar.
The goal should be up on the BBC web-site within the next day or two.
Jake Livermore played another 78 minutes for Derby County, deputising for first choice midfielder Paul Green, who is currently out injured.
Jamie O’Hara played 90 minutes for Portsmouth as they lost 0-1 to Everton. Great for Jamie to be getting some 90 minute stints under his belt. Reading the Portsmouth forums, the fans seem relatively happy with his performance, and he whipped in some dangerous set pieces (as seen on Match of the Day).
Adel Taarabt was a 69th minute substitute for QPR, as they beat Barnsley 5-2 – he also made a cameo against Chelsea in the cup. Well worth a watch if you’ve not yet seen it – he actually passed the ball a couple of times. Taarabt’s cameo vs Chelsea.
Kyle Walker played 90 minutes for Sheffield United in a 2-1 defeat away at Swansea. He’s been a regular for them so far at full-back and has been generally solid without really shining. Important to remember at this stage that he is the same age as Danny Rose/Jon Obika.
David Button thankfully missed out for Crewe through injury – they conceded 5 on Friday night!
Tomas Pekhart was absent again for Slavia Prague last night – he must be injured as they only named 6 subs again.
To see a round up of appearances so far, click on the pitcture below: