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18 March 2014

It was a busy weekend of action for those Rovers players out on loan at their respective clubs.


Fresh from extending his loan spell to the end of the season with Sheffield Wednesday, Leon Best marked it by getting amongst the goals as Wednesday brushed aside Birmingham City 4-1 at Hillsborough.

Along with Best, Caolan Lavery scored twice and there was a Will Packwood own goal as the Owls won comfortably.

David Goodwillie scored his first goal in a Blackpool shirt but his joy was short-lived as the Seasiders lost 3-1 away at title-chasers Leicester City.

Goodwillie gave the visitors a surprise half-time lead, but three second half strikes saw the Foxes win once more.

A hamstring strain sidelined DJ Campbell as Millwall drew 0-0 at home to Charlton Athletic. He is expected to be out for a fortnight.


The MLS got underway this weekend for Toronto FC, with Bradley Orr making his debut for the Canadian club.

The defender came on after 65 minutes as two goals from Jermain Defoe gave Ryan Nelsen's side a 2-1 win over Seattle Sounders. Clint Dempsey with the consolation strike for the opposition.

In La Liga, Rayo Vallecano made it three wins on the trot with a 3-1 victory over Almeria. Ruben Rochina impressed during his 74 minutes for the Madrid club as they moved further away from relegation trouble.

League One:

Saturday lunchtime saw the League One clash of the day as promotion chasing Leyton Orient and Brentford went head-to-head at Brisbane Road.

A feisty affair was settled by a Marcelo Trotta goal on the stroke of half-time for Brentford. The only goal of the game.

Midfielder Alan Judge played the full match as the Bees moved back into second place, leapfrogging Orient.

League Two:

At the wrong end of League Two Torquay United's worries deepened after losing 1-0 away at Cheltenham Town.

Anthony O'Connor was an unused substitute as Matt Richards' goal on 75 secured the points for the home side.

There was better news at the top end of the table as Jack O'Connell impressed once again at the heart of the Rochdale defence as they ran out narrow 2-1 winners over Accrington Stanley.

The Rovers defender played the full match as Matty Lund scored a brace, including one in injury-time at the end of the game as Dale came from behind to sneak a 2-1 win.

Rochdale occupy the third automatic promotion spot, but hot on their heels in fourth are Fleetwood Town and they maintained the pressure on the teams above them on Saturday with a 3-1 win at home to Portsmouth.

Josh Morris played the full match, and won a penalty which was converted, but injury prevented Alex Marrow from involvement.

Scottish Premiership:

Ross County edged away from the relegation places with a welcome 1-0 win over St Johnstone on Saturday.

Melvin De Leeuw first half strike was the only goal of the game as the Highland club moved up to 10th in the division.

Both Rovers players started for the Staggies, Yann Songo'o playing the full match whilst Jordan Slew was substituted on 84 minutes.


Southport eased their relegation worries with an impressive 4-1 home win over Macclesfield Town.

Loan duo Kellen Daly and John O'Sullivan both played their part as the Sandgrounders got back to winning ways.

Finally, it was a disappointing Saturday for Clitheroe as they lost 2-0 away to Ossett Town. Jordan Preston played the full match for the Shawbridge club.

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