It was goals galore for the loannees last week as three of them were on the scoresheet; all of which being their first goals for their respective clubs.
Davide Petrucci attracted plenty of attention for a wonderful strike in Peterborough’s 2-1 win over Michael Keane’s Leicester City. The Italian’s first-ever senior goal levelled the scores and was the catalyst for a vital victory, obtained without the injured Scott Wootton.
The 21-year-old impressed throughout and told the Peterborough Evening Telegraph: “I have started slowly here. My first two matches were no so good, but the Championship was different to anything I had experienced before and it was a case of getting up to pace.
“But I have worked hard on my game and my fitness and today I felt more at home. I enjoyed the game. And the goal? Well that was one of the best feelings I have ever experienced in my life.”
John Cofie marked his Notts County debut with a goal following his youth loan switch last week. The striker’s equaliser earned a point against Crewe and he was delighted with his start to life at Meadow Lane. “It was unbelievable, to be fair, and if I had a bit more energy I would’ve celebrated a bit more,” he told the Magpies’ official site. “I was a little bit tired, but I really enjoyed it.”
Bebe was also on the mark with a fine winner for Rio Ave in a 2-1 triumph against Academica. Showing great pace and control, he dribbled past the last man in defence before slipping his finish into the net.
Elsewhere, Fabio missed QPR’s defeat to Swansea by the same scoreline after picking up an injury last weekend. Of course, the Brazilian is also ruled out of next Saturday’s clash with United due to the loan agreement between the two clubs so will have to wait until the 2nd of March to get a run-out for the Rs. The QPR squad are currently out on a training camp in Dubai as they are not involved in the FA Cup this weekend.
On Friday night, Wilfried Zaha was on top form during Crystal Palace’s recovery from two goals down to force a 2-2 draw at Watford. Veteran Kevin Phillips bagged the equaliser against his former club but Zaha’s trickery once again caught the eye for the Eagles and he caused Watford’s defence plenty of problems throughout.
Federico Macheda came on in the 68th minute but could not prevent Stuttgart from crashing to a 4-1 home reverse to Werder Bremen. The Italian will be hoping for a start in a bid to help turn around the Bundesliga side’s fortunes.
Luke Giverin was replaced five minutes from the end of Royal Antwerp’s 0-0 draw with Brussels while Luke McCullough did not feature in Cheltenham’s 1-0 defeat at Dagenham & Redbridge.
The Northern Irish youngster told the Gloucestershire Echo recently: “I have got to adapt quickly to the style of football in League Two. All being well, the loan will be extended too and I just want to do as well as I can and play as much as I can.”