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Loan Watch: Smith Makes Blackpool Bow

Written by Newcastle Utd

Liam Smith made his senior debut for Blackpool in their 1-0 defeat to Adam Armstrong's Coventry City

By Tom Easterby - Newcastle United Club Reporter


Young midfielder Liam Smith made his senior debut on Saturday, starting for League One's Blackpool in their 1-0 home defeat to Adam Armstrong's Coventry City.

The 20-year-old lined up against fellow Magpie Armstrong for former United player Neil McDonald's Tangerines side, who were beaten by Marc-Antoine Fortune's 26th-minute strike.

Smith was replaced by Bright Osayi-Samuel after an hour at Bloomfield Road, while 19-year-old Armstrong - the third tier's second top goalscorer with 19 so far this season - played the full 90 minutes as Tony Mowbray's men ended a run of four straight league defeats.

Gael Bigirimana was not included in the Sky Blues' squad.

In League Two, meanwhile, defender Kyle Cameron featured for York City as they earned a 1-1 draw at home to Barnet.

The Scotland Under-19 centre half played the full game, but couldn't prevent John Akinde equalising for the Bees after Lewis Alessandra had given the struggling Minstermen the lead at Bootham Crescent.

Cameron, who enjoyed a loan spell with Workington Reds earlier in the campaign, has impressed for York since joining them in January, but Saturday's point still leaves them seven points adrift of safety.

Another United player on loan at York, Lubo Satka, was not part of Jackie McNamara's squad.

Macaulay Gillesphey and Alex Gilliead were also in League Two action this weekend, as Carlisle United played out a 2-2 draw at Exeter City in testing circumstances.

The game at St James' Park was halted after 10 minutes after smoke was seen eminating from the main stand.

After a 70-minute delay, the game restarted and Keith Curle's play-off chasers - for whom Gillesphey started - secured a point late on thanks to Hallam Hope's leveller.

Defender Gillesphey was booked and replaced by Derek Asamoah with six minutes left as the Cumbrians sought a goal, while Gilliead was deployed from the bench on the hour.

In France, both of Marseille's loanees from United started in their 1-1 draw at Lorient in Ligue 1.

Remy Cabella lasted the 90 minutes, picking up a yellow card in the process, while Florian Thauvin was taken off with 20 minutes remaining and replaced by Bouna Sarr.

Mauricio Isla's effort on the stroke of half time earned Michel's Marseille a point.

Slovenian Haris Vuckic came off the bench for the final six minutes of Wigan Athletic's thrilling 3-3 draw with Colchester United on Saturday, in which Vuckic's teammate Will Grig bagged a last-minute leveller to salvage a draw for the Latics.

And another two Magpies out on loan remained on the bench for their respective sides on Saturday.

Winger Sammy Ameobi was an unused substitute in Cardiff City's 1-0 Championship win over Ipswich, while goalkeeper Brendan Pearson watched from the sidelines as Gateshead lost 1-0 at home to Forest Green in the National League.



Remy Cabella - Marseille (season-long loan)

Florian Thauvin - Marseille (loan until end of season)

Sammy Ameobi - Cardiff City (season-long loan)

Haris Vuckic - Wigan Athletic (season-long loan)

Alex Gilliead - Carlisle United (loan until end of season)

Macaulay Gillesphey - Carlisle United (loan until end of season)

Adam Armstrong - Coventry City (loan until end of season)

Gael Bigirimana - Coventry (loan until end of season)

Kyle Cameron - York City (loan until end of season)

Lubomir Satka - York City (loan until end of season)

Brendan Pearson - Gateshead (loan until end of season)

Liam Smith - Blackpool (loan until end of season)


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