Norwich City loan watch: Clean sheets for keepers and return from injury for midfielder
- Credit: Nick Butcher
Clean sheets, an own goal, a return from injury and a quarter-final cup defeat were all in the mix for Norwich City’s stable of loan players this weekend, with 12 of the loanees seeing action.
There was disappointment in the Scottish FA Cup quarter-finals for Akin Famewo on Saturday, playing all of a 2-0 home loss to Aberdeen and going close with a header at a corner when the score was still 1-0.
Sean Raggett helped Portsmouth make it eight wins from 10 games with a clean sheet during a 3-0 home win over Rochdale, as Pompey moved up top third in League One and within three points of second placed Rotherham.
Centre-back Raggett has played every minute of the last 20 games in all competitions for Kenny Jackett's team, who have an EFL Trophy final at Wembley to look forward to and are live on BT Sport this evening when they host Premier League side Arsenal in the FA Cup fifth round.
Coventry have taken over at the top of the third tier, with Sam McCallum banking another 90 minutes at left-back during a 1-0 home win over promotion rivals Sunderland.
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That was thanks to Rotherham being held to a 1-1 draw at home by Russell Martin's MK Dons. Louis Thompson played the opening 67 minutes of the match but striker Carlton Morris served a one-game ban for a recent red card.
There was no action for League Two leaders Swindon but Diallang Jaiyesimi has been nominated for the Robins' Player of the Month award for February.
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Centre-back Timi Odusina retained his starting role as Hartlepool drew 1-1 away to National League play-off rivals Borenham Wood, playing the full 90 minutes, with the Pools four points adrift of the play-offs but down in 11th place.
There were clean sheets for both of City's keepers playing in National League South, with Aston Oxborough helping Wealdstone remain six points clear at the summit with a 0-0 draw away to play-off chaser Dartford.
While there was a huge win for Billy Johnson as Braintree welcomed high-flying Batch City but won 2-0 to move up to 18th in a tight relegation battle which sees seven times within a point of each other.
On Friday, Rocky Bushiri scored a late own goal during a 3-0 home defeat to Mecehelen in the Belgian top flight, playing all of the defeat to the European qualification hopefuls, and Melvin Sitti wasn't involved as Sochaux drew 1-1 at home with mid-table rivals Rodez in the French second tier.
Charlie Gilmour was an unused substitute as Telstar drew 2-2 away to Ajax II in the Dutch second tier but Greek midfielder Savvas Mourgos made his first appearance for Dordrecht in four months after a knee injury, coming on at half-time of a 5-0 defeat away to fellow strugglers Roda JC.
Philip Heise was a late substitute as Nuernberg won 1-0 at Karlsruher in Bundesliga II, coming on in injury-time for the German side.
Meanwhile, over in the USA on Saturday, defender Louis Lomas played the first half of Tampa Bay Rowdies' 1-1 friendly draw with University of South Florida Bulls on Friday, ahead of their first game of the United Soccer League Championship Eastern Conference season on Saturday, away to New York Red Bulls II.