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Loan stars on the scoresheet

15 December 2014

The weekend saw two of Rovers' players out on loan get on the scoresheet to earn vital victories for their respective clubs.

John O'Sullivan and Jack O'Connell both found the back of the net as Accrington Stanley and Rochdale claimed victory on the road.

At the Weston Homes Community Stadium, Rochdale's 4-1 win over Colchester United saw Keith Hill's side move into the play-off spots.

First half goals from Matthew Lund, Peter Vincenti and Ian Henderson put the visitors in control, and although Gavin Massey pulled one back for Colchester, a third goal of the season from O'Connell ensured all three points for Rochdale.

Accrington Stanley also got off to a fine start on the south coast with two goals in the opening 15 minutes against Portsmouth.

Rob Atkinson got the opener for Stanley before O'Sullivan grabbed his fourth of the campaign to double the visitor's advantage.

Pompey, however, pulled two goals back before half-time thanks to Marcus Bean and Craig Westcarr, to leave it level at the break.

O'Sullivan didn't reappear in the second half due to a groin injury, but Piero Mingoia won the match for John Coleman's side 12 minutes from time.

Rovers' other two players on loan at League Two clubs were also on the winning side on Saturday.

Darragh Lenihan played the full match for Burton Albion as they moved back into the automatic promotion places with a comfortable 4-0 victory over Hartlepool, whilst Anthony O'Connor's Plymouth Argyle remain close behind with their third away win of the season thanks to a 3-2 win over Northampton Town.

Josh Morris returned to the starting line-up as Fleetwood drew 1-1 with Sheffield United, whilst Leon Best played the second half as ten-man Derby County lost 2-0 at Middlesbrough. Jordan Slew played no part as Port Vale lost 2-0 at home to Coventry City.

Southport were in FA Trophy action at home to Wrexham on Saturday. David Raya played the full match in goal for the Sandgrounders as they drew 1-1 with the fellow Conference side. They'll play each other again in the replay this Tuesday at the Racecourse Ground.

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