Loan Watch: Important win for Jones’s St Mirren

By SFC Media time Mon 24 Dec Loan Watch
Photo by St Mirren | Alfie Jones

The best result of the weekend for Saints’ loanees was to be found in Scotland on Saturday afternoon as Alfie Jones’s St Mirren recorded a critical 1-0 win over Motherwell in the Scottish Premiership.

Defender Jones featured for the full 90 minutes as Simeon Jackson turned home a rebound from Cammy Smith’s shot to lift them three points clear of bottom side Dundee.

South of the border, Jake Hesketh and Burton were unable to repeat the same heroics that saw them overcome Middlesbrough to reach EFL Cup semi-final during the week as they were comfortably beaten by high-flying Luton in League One.

Midfielder Hesketh, whose goal secured the Brewers’ place in the last four, was withdrawn at half-time in a game which was decided either side of the break by goals from Jack Stacey and James Collins.

In the Championship there were a pair of defeats for Harrison Reed and Josh Sims whose Blackburn and Reading sides succumbed to Norwich and Middlesbrough respectively, both by a goal to nil.

The results leave Reed’s Rovers in 14th and now with just two wins in their past 10 games while Sims’s Royals remain out of the relegation zone on goal difference.

Elsewhere, teenage goalkeeper Kingsley Latham was unfortunate to be on the losing side as Dorchester spurned a one-goal lead to slip to a 2-1 defeat against Metropolitan Police in the Evo Stik Premier League South despite another excellent showing from the Saints youngster.

In Europe, Guido Carrillo’s Leganes were denied a valuable victory at the bottom of La Liga by Wissam Ben Yedder’s stoppage-time header for 10-man Sevilla.

Mauricio Pellegrino’s side had taken the lead after just five minutes when Mikel Vesga headed in from Allan Nyom’s cross.

Sofiane Boufal’s Celta Vigo meanwhile were eased aside by a Leo Messi-inspired Barcelona who restored their three-point advantage at the top of the table. Boufal featured for 76 minutes of the encounter before being substituted for Pione Sisto.


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