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Loan watch: Spotlight on Manu again

Adebayor Tottenham

Adebayor Tottenham

On loan-star Emmanuel Adebayor stole all the headlines for Tottenham this weekend but was unable to steal his side any points from their visit to Stoke.

The Togolese forward scored from the spot to give ten-man Spurs hope after they had fallen two behind to the Potters, but had a goal incorrectly ruled out for offside as the London club slipped to a first league loss in 12.

Meanwhile, Dedryck Boyata played 90 minutes for Bolton as they slipped to their seventh loss in eight home games. Beaten 2-1 by Aston Villa, the Trotters are again rooted to the bottom of the table.

Reece Wabara’s Ipswich brought an end to their seven-game losing streak with an emphatic 5-3 win over Barnsley. Despite trailing 2-0 at half-time, a second half five goal haul turned the tie in the Tractor Boys’ favour with Wabara coming on in the final minute.

That win pulls Wabara’s side away from the drop-zone, while Greg Cunningham’s Nottingham Forest remain steeped in the relegation mire after suffering a fourth consecutive loss in their 1-0 defeat at home to Palace.

Ryan McGivern was replaced in the 47th minute of Bristol City’s 2-1 loss at the hands of Derby County after seemingly taking a knock, and there was defeat also for Ben Mee and Kieran Trippier who both saw out a full 90 minutes during Burnley’s 1-0 reverse against Portsmouth.

League One pair Luca Scapuzzi and Harry Bunn both suffered at the hands of Sheffield sides this weekend as Scapuzzi’s Oldham were beaten 2-0 by Wednesday and Bunn’s Rochdale remain rooted to the bottom four after experiencing a 3-0 drubbing at Bramhall Lane.

A John Guidetti goal put Feyenoord in front after just 94 seconds as the Dutch side were ultimately left to salvage a 2-2 draw with Utrecht, while two second half goals meant defeat for City midfielder Abdi Ibrahim and NEC in their meeting with FC Twente.

Columbian keeper David Gonzalez sat out ten-man Aberdeen’s 2-2 draw with St Mirren as the Dons moved off the bottom of the Scottish Premier League despite conceding a two goal lead and there was salvation at last for Roque Santa Cruz whose Real Betis side scored two injury time goals to claim a first win in 11 - the Paraguayan replaced in the second half of his side’s shock 2-1 win over Valencia.

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