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Loan watch: Debut delight for Longstaff

Written by Tom Easterby

Teenage midfielder Sean Longstaff got off the mark for Blackpool on Saturday, bagging the winner on his debut in the Seasiders’ 1-0 League One win over MK Dons.

The 19-year-old’s low strike found the bottom right-hand corner with just six minutes on the clock at Bloomfield Road, as Gary Bowyer’s men saw off the challenge of the Dons.

Longstaff’s goal, which came on his first start for the club, proved decisive as Blackpool moved up to tenth in the table.

Also in League One, Ivan Toney helped Wigan Athletic to a convincing 4-1 victory at home to Bury on Saturday.

With the Latics leading 2-1, forward Toney was brought down in the box, allowing Nick Powell to extend Paul Cook’s side’s advantage, before Lee Evans added extra gloss to the victory.

Twenty-one-year-old Toney played 84 minutes at the DW Stadium, before being replaced by Will Grigg. Tom Heardman, however, wasn’t part of the Bury squad.

Winger Alex Gilliead featured as a 58th-minute replacement for Bradford City, who won 1-0 at Gillingham thanks to a Dominic Poleon strike.

Fellow Magpie Adam Armstrong made a 69th-minute substitute appearance in Bolton Wanderers’ 1-1 draw at Millwall in the Championship, as Felipe Morais’ strike earned the Trotters a point.

In the National League, Callum Williams continued his fine start to life on loan at Gateshead, playing 90 minutes and setting up a goal in their 3-0 win at home to Torquay United.

Full back Williams’ cross led to the Heed’s first, an own goal from Ryan Higgins, as Neil Aspin’s men moved up to third.

And in Belgium, goalkeeper Matz Sels couldn’t prevent Anderlecht from suffering a first defeat of the season, as they went down 2-0 at Sporting Charleroi on Sunday.

Sels, 25, played the full 90 minutes at the Stade du Pays de Charleroi.

Photo credit: CameraSport

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