Date: 3rd October 2011 at 3:45pm
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Robbie Brady

The United loanee is shining at Hull

With Belgian defender Ritchie ineligible for Norwich’s 2-0 defeat at Old Trafford, it is down to the Championship and beyond for our look at how loan stars are getting on…

Robbie Brady continued to shine for Hull as he played the full 90 once again and was in the thick of the action as Hull edged a tight encounter against promotion rivals Cardiff 2-1. The 37-year-old Nick Barmby applied the simplest of touches from our Brady’s cross only a minute after coming onto the field to take the Tigers into sixth spot. Brady, who played in midfield, was deployed in Cardiff’s half as a false 10 allowing forwards Waghorn and Fryatt to create space for themselves. Brady forced goalkeeper David Marshall into a save with a thumping 25-yard free-kick before Corry Evans volleyed just over the bar. Matty Fryatt had found the target from from six yards to give the home side the lead on 39 minutes. Cardiff equalised through when league debutant Joe Ralls as the youngster carried the ball into space towards the edge of the area before unleashing an unstoppable shot. Within a minute Brady went close to restoring Hull’s lead with Cardiff’s Whittingham also trying his luck from long range.

Despite being the matchwinner at Fratton in midweek, Ryan Tunnicliffe (along with Scott Wootton) was on the bench for Peterborough as they slipped to a 2-1 defeat to Doncaster. Tunnicliffe did get on for the final 10 minutes and Posh kept pushing for an equaliser but it was not to be as substitute Tunners and Boyd were both denied by Sullivan late on.

Danny Drinkwater played for Barnsley in their 2-0 win over Coventry and is performing consistently well for the Tykes. Sky Blues boss Andy Thorn admitted before the game he missed out on the midfielder’s signature and Drinkwater would have scored but for a spectacular save from Joe Murphy. The 21-year-old midfielder was winning the battle with opponent Richard Keogh and he was providing both Andy Gray and former Bolton forward Ricardo Vaz Te with brilliant crosses all game. Vaz Te should have done better with a header that sailed way over following a pinpoint cross from Drinkwater.

Sam Johnstone played his part in Scunthorpe’s 2-1 League One win at Stevenage after extending his temporary stint with the Iron. Scunthorpe United edged Stevenage in a game where all the three goals were scored in stoppage-time at the end of either half. Oliver Norwood put in a shift of almost an hour and former Red Nicky Ajose came off the bench.

Norwegian attacker Joshua wasn’t involved in Borussia Monchengladbach’s 1-0 loss at Freiburg.

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