Norwich City loan watch: Award for Morris at MK Dons and influential role for Jaiyesimi at Swindon
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A player-of the-month award, goals, assists and some crucial wins were all in the mix during a busy weekend of action for Norwich City’s loan players.
Carlton Morris was handed MK Dons' Player of the Month for January ahead of Russell Martin's team winning 1-0 at home to Bolton in League One on Saturday, with the striker having scored twice in his first four games with the club.
With 27pc of votes from fans, a story confirming the award on the Dons website said: "It's not just his ability in front of goal that has impressed the Dons supporters, but also his ability to bring others into play within the final third."
Morris and Canaries colleague Louis Thompson both started, with midfielder Thompson playing 76 minutes and going close to scoring in the first half, and Morris playing 88 minutes and being denied by former City goalkeeper Remi Matthews with his best effort shortly before half-time.
Both have been regulars for Canaries legend Martin since arriving in January, with the Dons unbeaten in five and now up to 18th place, 13 points clear of the drop zone.
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It was an eventful afternoon for Diallang Jaiyesimi as Swindon remained two points clear at the top of League Two, creating the opener and heading in his fourth goal of the season during a 3-1 home win over resurgent Grimsby.
Elsewhere in the fourth tier, striker Mason Bloomfield returned to the starting line-up for Crawley but was withdrawn at half-time of a 2-0 home win over rock-bottom Stevenage.
There was a start for centre-back Timi Odusina as Hartlepool won 2-0 at home against play-off chasing Notts County in the National League, playing the full 90 minutes and going close to a goal with a header in the first half.
City goalkeeper Aston Oxborough helped Wealdstone maintain their six-point lead at the top of National League South with a 3-1 home win over play-off chasing Dorking Wanderers, making two important saves, tipping an early shot onto the post.
Elsewhere in the division, Billy Johnson also started but the keeper couldn't prevent Braintree losing 2-0 at rock-bottom Hungerford Town in the clash of the bottom two.
On Sunday, defender Rocky Bushiri played all of a 4-1 loss away to high-flying Gent in the Belgian top tier but left-back Philip Heise was an unused substitute as Nuernberg lost 2-1 at home to Darmstadt in the German second tier.
While on Friday, midfielder Charlie Gilmour set up the opening goal as Telstar won 2-1 at home against MVV to keep pace with the play-off places in the Dutch second tier and midfielder Melvin Sitti played the full game as Sochaux drew 1-1 at mid-table rivals Guingamp in the French second tier.
- You can see Jaiyesimi's highlights and a video of Oxborough's saves (at 1.30 and 2.45 minutes) above