Loan Watch: Big win for Gazzaniga

By SFC Media Mon 03 Apr Loan Watch
Photo by Matt Watson | Paulo Gazzaniga

Southampton goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga helped loan club Rayo Vallecano to a vital 3-1 win away to high-flying Girona in the Spanish Segunda División.

The 25-year-old played the full game, as Rayo produced a surprise result against their second-placed opponents that lifted them out of the relegation zone.

Gazzaniga was beaten by defender Alcalá in the 41st minute, but, by then, the visitors were already 2-0 up, thanks to efforts from Santi Comesaña and Roberto Trashorras.

Their two-goal advantage was restored on the hour mark, thanks to Javi Guerra, before Gazzaniga made a number of important saves to keep the lead intact.

There was no such joy for striker Sam Gallagher, who was unable to help Blackburn Rovers from falling to a narrow defeat at Championship promotion chasers Brighton.

Glenn Murray’s goal midway through the second half separated the sides, and, although Gallagher was thrown on shortly after, there was no way through for the visitors, who are 22nd ahead of their trip to Reading tomorrow night.

There was also defeat for defender Jason McCarthy, who played the full match as Walsall were beaten 1-0 at promotion contenders Bradford, with Billy Clarke’s 58th-minute goal deciding matters.

The Saddlers are now 13th in the table, ahead of their final six games of the campaign.

Jordan Turnbull (right) celebrates at Wembley (Photo: Reuters)

Additionally, congratulations go to former Southampton defender Jordan Turnbull, who was a regular in our Loan Watch columns before joining Coventry City on a permanent basis earlier this season, as he helped the Sky Blues to a 2-1 victory over Oxford United in the final of the Checkatrade Trophy, at Wembley Stadium.

Turnbull played the entire game, as Gael Bigirimana and George Thomas got the crucial goals for Coventry.

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