August 22, 2010
David Button – Plymouth Argyle (season)
Oscar Jansson – Northampton Town (5th September)
John Bostock – Hull City (season)
Dean Parrett – Plymouth Argyle (season, with a recall clause after 28 days due to it being a youth loan)
Andros Townsend – Ipswich Town (season)
Ryan Mason – Doncaster Rovers (season, with a recall clause after 28 days due to it being a youth loan)
Jon Obika – Crystal Palace (season, with a recall clause after 28 days due to it being a youth loan)
The warning signs were not heeded and, suitably encouraged, Walsall fashioned an equaliser when what appeared to be a communications breakdown between Krisztián Timár and Button resulted in Reid hanging up a cross to the far post that Marshall looped back across the Argyle goalkeeper.
The normally sure-footed Johnson gave the ball away in midfield, allowing Reid to run in on goal and, despite his shot from 10 yards being shovelled, rather that struck, the ball somehow beat Button.
Reuben Reid’s winner seemed to catch goalkeeper David Button by surprise, and Peter Reid said: “I think it went in soft.
“I don’t like criticising individuals, but, from where was I thought ‘It’s gone in too easy, that one’.”
“Rory had the best chance of the game. It was really good build-up play by [Dean] Parrett because Walsall are well organised and held their line well, but he broke from the middle of the park and played a lovely ball in.
“In those circumstances as a striker, you have got to hit the target. Paul Mariner says you should pass those it, and he’s right.”
A shame for Button, as he had played well on his debut against Southampton (keeping a clean sheet), and drew such great praise from Reid just last week:
DAVID Button produced a wonder-save on his home debut for Argyle.
The Tottenham youngster graced Home Park with a stunning block from Ian Harte’s whipped free-kick in Argyle’s 1-1 draw with Carlisle.
“It was a great save,” said manager Peter Reid. “I know Harte from when I had him at Leeds and he won us a game at Arsenal with a free-kick, so when he stepped up, I feared the worse.
“It was a terrific save because it had plenty of dip on it. The kid looks as though he’s got a chance of being a top keeper.“
Oscar Jansson played 90 minutes for Northampton Town as they drew 1-1 with Bury. Northampton site report. It sounds as though he had a fairly uneventful game yesterday, and he’s had a mixed time so far – he conceded three on his debut (and was highly critical of his own performance), but kept a clean sheet last week.
John Bostock played 69 minutes as Hull City drew 0-0 with Watford. Hull site report. Two quiet games for Bostock now after scoring an absolute belter on his Hull City debut. Pearson was full of praise for John after that performance:
“Young John was excellent. Not only does he work exceptionally hard, he also has the ability to produce that moment of brilliance.
He is young, enthusiastic, talented and plays without fear.
He can have a significant influence, but we have to function efficiently as a unit to make sure we get the best out of him. John produced a fabulous strike to break the deadlock, but I was also delighted for the rest of the lads and with getting the season off to a winning start.”
Andros Townsend played 73 minutes for Ipswich Town in a 2-1 win against Crystal Palace before being sent off for a foul on the goalkeeper. Jon Obika was a 75th minute sub for Palace in the same game. Ipswich site report.
Roy Keane felt Andros Townsend didn’t deserve a red card in the win at Crystal Palace but he won’t be appealing.
The Tottenham loanee was dismissed for what was deemed a high challenge on Julian Speroni in the second-half and looks set for a three game ban.
But the Town boss said: “The lad was very unlucky. He jumped for the ball and it was naive if anything. He plays for Spurs, he’s not a dirty player.
“If one of my players deserved to be sent-off, I’d say it. I don’t like to see the opposition players sent-off, let alone my players.
“The lad’s upset but I can’t see us appealing. We did that last year after Jon Stead was sent-off at Palace when he shouldn’t have been and we ended up with an extra game ban.”
Townsend had impressed on his debut against Burnley last week, but will now miss three games.
Ryan Mason played 60 minutes for Doncaster Rovers as they lost 4-0 to Cardiff City. Doncaster site report.
Comment on him from a forum, which suggests it wasn’t a great day for him…
That said Ryan Mason, what is he adding? Looked lively for 45 minutes last week then has disappeared. When he went off today several people commented around me that they didn’t even know he was playing. He needs to either get more involved or get off the pitch.
Quite the contrast to last week, where he received plenty of praise:
Thought this lad had a great game today, he worked really hard and showed some quality at times. On this performance I wouldn’t mind having him on a season long loan.
Agree. I think he needs to play down the middle in the next game – he was alot more effective there than wide right.
Excellent game – very good prospect – would like to see him stay longer
The lad was excellent today, worked very hard, good on the ball, & was Man of the Match for me. To get him on a longer deal would great business.
Started very cautiously and let the other players advance beyond him but extremely good on the ball and grew in influence as the game went on.
We’ve got our players out to some good clubs this year, and it’s worth noting that all are in a division above where they were last year, so credit to Tim Sherwood and the rest of the team.