Loan Watch: Murphy and Aarons on target
Newcastle United duo Jacob Murphy and Rolando Aarons were on target for their loan clubs on Saturday, netting for Sheffield Wednesday and Wycombe Wanderers respectively.
Winger Murphy nodded in the opener from close range for Wednesday against Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park, putting Garry Monk’s men in front with seven minutes left to play.
They were pegged back, though, when Tosin Adarabioyo’s header looped over goalkeeper Keiren Westwood five minutes later.
And Murphy’s side suffered further at the death, as young frontman John Buckley’s deflected drive snatched victory for Tony Mowbray’s men in added time.
Former Norwich winger Murphy, 24, has now made 12 appearances for the Owls, scoring twice.
Aarons, meanwhile, was also on target at the weekend, bagging his first goal for the Chairboys to earn them a 1-0 win over Shrewsbury Town in League One.
The 23-year-old, who has spent time on loan at Hellas Verona, Slovan Liberec and Wednesday in recent seasons, stole in at the back post to fire home what proved to be the winner with just over half an hour to play.
It was his first goal for Gareth Ainsworth’s outfit, who sit top of the third tier, three points ahead of Ipswich Town.
Goalkeeper Freddie Woodman also enjoyed a victory on Saturday, as Swansea City beat Wigan Athletic 2-1.
Nathan Dyer opened the scoring before Kieffer Moore slotted a penalty past Woodman to level the scores for the Latics.
But Sam Surridge’s late strike won it for the Swans, who move up to second place in the Championship table.
At the other end of the EFL, Kell Watts played the full game for Stevenage at Scunthorpe, but they remain second bottom of League Two after the goalless draw.
Three other Magpies loanees were unused substitutes on Saturday, with Dan Barlaser sitting out Rotherham United’s 3-0 win at Gillingham, Elias Sørensen watching Carlisle’s 2-1 win over Macclesfield from the bench and Nathan Harker remaining on the sidelines for Blyth’s 2-0 win at home to Farsley Celtic.
Liam Gibson’s Grimsby Town, meanwhile, saw their game against Plymouth Argyle postponed due to adverse weather conditions.