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Loan watch: Henshall makes Pirates debut

Loan watch: Henshall makes Pirates debut
Alex Henshall made his debut for Bristol Rovers just days after finalising his loan deal.

The City EDS winger emerged from the bench after 63 minutes but was unable to prevent the Pirates going down 1-0 to Wycombe.

His manager, John Ward, told the Bristol Post: "He is an ambitious young man and I admire his desire to come out in a bid to improve his own career. He's quite direct in his play and likes to run at defenders."

In Norway, Abdi Ibrahim continues to sit at the top of the Eliteserien with Stromsgodset, after his side earned a 1-0 win over Aalesund. Abdi, a regular starter, played another 90 minutes as the Norwegian side did enough to cling on to top spot on goal difference with just three games to go.

Bigggggg Win Tonight!!! 3 More Points!!! Getting Closer To The title!!! #godset :)

— Abdisalam Ibrahim (@abi_bra) October 20, 2013

Closer to home, Gareth Barry helped Everton record an important 2-1 win home win over Hull, although there was some controversy over whether he touched the ball for the Toffees’ first goal in an offside position.

Barry continues to impress in the centre of the park for Roberto Martinez’s men, and is already a sure-fire name on the teamsheet.

Reece Wabara completed 90 minutes for Doncaster in his new position of left back. Injuries have forced Paul Dickov to try the young City defender on the left, and he has acquitted himself well.

"We will now look at whether we need to bring someone in on loan for cover but Reece came in Saturday and probably had his best game for us, covered the left back position well," Dickov told the club's official website after the previous win at home to Leicester.

"When we first signed Reece, I knew he could play in the left side position from when I had him at Oldham and also from watching him play. The more players like this, who can cover other positions when needed, it’s better for us."

However, on this occasion Reece could not prevent Dickov’s side from falling to a 4-1 defeat to Reading.

Absolutely fuming. Bad result fans deserved better #drfc

— Reece Wabara (@ReeceWabara) October 19, 2013

Karim Rekik missed out for PSV once more as he continues his recovery from an ankle injury. However, his impressive start has prompted press stories that the Eredivisie side are keen to hold onto the defender after his loan expires at the end of the season.

Meanwhile, Scott Sinclair and EDS defender George Swan are both suffering with hamstring injuries, and were unable to participate for West Brom and Sheffield Wednesday this weekend. Sinclair’s attacking instincts may have proved vital for the Baggies who played out a stalemate with Stoke.

Harry Bunn and Mohammed Abu were not involved for Sheffield United and AGF Aarhus respectively.

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