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Chelsea Here Chelsea There: Loftus-Cheek nets first Fulham goal, Barkley injured and Gallagher denied

Our round-up of the latest loan action includes news of a maiden Fulham goal for Ruben Loftus-Cheek but a disappointing weekend of results for our loanees in England, and in Europe there were plenty more minutes accumulated and a couple of goals, too...


Ruben Loftus-Cheek netted his first Fulham goal but it was not enough to prevent the Cottagers being beaten 3-2 by Everton on Sunday. 

Loftus-Cheek came off the bench with half-an-hour remaining and his loan side 3-1 down, and had an instant impact when he was fouled for a penalty after a clever turn in the box. The spot-kick was missed by the slipping Ivan Cavaleiro, but a minute later Loftus-Cheek scored with a deflected effort, pictured top. 

That was the end of the scoring, and the last of four Premier League defeats suffered by Chelsea loanees this weekend.

Conor Gallagher was at the centre of controversy during West Brom’s game at Manchester United. He was tripped by Bruno Fernandes in the box but after a VAR consultation and an on-field check, the decision was overruled. He then appeared to have been fouled in the build-up to the incident that led to a twice-taken Man United penalty that decided the game.

At Villa Park, Ross Barkley pulled up with a hamstring injury inside the first couple of minutes. They went on to lose to Brighton 2-1, while Sheffield United, featuring Ethan Ampadu at left centre-back for the first hour, were beaten 1-0 at home by West Ham. 

That was the same scoreline by which both Rotherham, for whom Jamal Blackman returned in goal, and Sheffield Wednesday, who featured Izzy Brown as a late sub, lost in away games at Swansea and Preston respectively. Marc Guehi was absent for the Swans with a muscle niggle. 

In England’s third tier, Jon Russell started for Accrington who drew 0-0 with Lincoln, and Ian Maatsen played the whole of Charlton’s 1-1 draw at Gillingham. Luke McCormick came as close as anyone to netting for Bristol Rovers in their first game under new manager Paul Tisdale, a 1-0 defeat to local rivals Swindon. 

Jamie Cumming made a couple of very good saves for Stevenage but was helpless to prevent them going down 2-1 at home to Bolton on Saturday. They drop into the League Two relegation zone for the first time this season.

In the National League South, Ethan Wady made his league debut for Dartford and kept a clean sheet as they beat Slough Town 2-0. 

As ever, there was plenty of action on the continent. Victor Moses and Spartak Moscow drew 1-1 with city rivals Dynamo, Lewis Baker played throughout Trabzonspor’s 1-0 home win over Erzurumspor, and Trevoh Chalobah got 70 minutes for Ligue 1 Lorient as they were well beaten in Lille. 

In Italy, Tiemoue Bakayoko was sent off for Napoli for two yellow cards midway through the second half as they were beaten 3-1 at home by AC Milan, but Malang Sarr and Porto had better fortune in the Portuguese Cup, winning 2-0 at GD Fabril. In the same competition, Lucas Piazon came on to help Rio Ave avoid an upset at Moncal.

Ike Ugbo scored a brace as Cercle Bruges won 2-0 at Waasland-Beveren in the Belgian Pro League, where elsewhere Anderlecht, featuring Matt Miazga in defence, were surprisingly beaten 2-1 by Beerschot.

Over the Dutch border, Armando Broja was in the Vitesse Arnhem team that drew 1-1 at Groningen. In their second tier, George McEachran got an assist for MVV Mastricht, but they threw away a 3-0 lead after his substitution to only earn a point against Jong PSV. Also in the Netherlands, Juan Castillo featured for Jong AZ Alkmaar in a 4-1 loss at Excelsior. 

In the Serbian Premier Division, Danilo Pantic played the second half for Cukaricki, during which both goals in their 1-1 draw with Mladost Lucani were scored.

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