Loan Round-Up: Dowell And Besic In Championship Action

Midfielder Kieran Dowell was introduced as a 66th-minute substitute for Sheffield United, but the Blades missed out on the chance to move into the automatic promotion places as they were edged out 1-0 by Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium.

United stay in third place, three points behind Norwich City in second.

Bosnian international Muhamed Besic played for 69 minutes as play-off challengers Middlesbrough battled out a 1-1 draw with Everton’s FA Cup fourth-round opponents, Millwall.

A last-minute penalty from Jordan Hugill saw Boro rescue a point at the Riverside Stadium. Tony Pulis’s men remain in fifth position.

Senegalese striker Oumar Niasse started for Cardiff City but could not prevent the Bluebirds going down 3-0 to Newcastle United at St James’ Park.

The result sees Neil Warnock’s side slip into the Premier League relegation zone – Cardiff are two points adrift of safety.


Centre-back Ashley Williams, meanwhile, helped 15th-placed Stoke City secure an impressive 2-1 home victory over Championship pacesetters Leeds United.

Yannick Bolasie was in the Aston Villa team that came back from two goals down to snatch a point against Hull City at Villa Park. Dean Smith’s team are now 13th in the Championship.

Defender Matthew Pennington completed the 90 minutes but bottom club Ipswich Town suffered a 2-0 defeat at Blackburn Rovers.

Callum Connolly was an unused substitute for Wigan Athletic as they fell to a 1-0 defeat at Sheffield Wednesday. The Latics are 20th in the table, six points clear of the relegation zone.

North of the border, Shayne Lavery was brought on as a 79th-minute substitute as Falkirk earned a 1-1 draw at Partick Thistle in a battle between the Scottish Championship’s bottom two teams.

The point keeps Ray McKinnon’s team one point ahead of their relegation rivals.

Away from these shores, Henry Onyekuru hit a hat-trick for Galatasaray as they hammered Ankaragücü 6-0.

The victory ensures the reigning champions remain second in the Turkish Super Lig, six points behind leaders Istanbul Basaksehir.

Sandro Ramirez played the final quarter of an hour as Real Sociedad shared four goals with Rayo Vallecano. The point sees Sociedad move up to eighth in La Liga.
 
Kevin Mirallas, meanwhile, came on as an 86th-minute substitute as 10th-placed Fiorentina fought out a thrilling 3-3 draw with Sampdoria in Serie A. 


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