Loan Watch: Big win for Gallagher

By SFC Media Tue 03 Jan Loan Watch
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Southampton striker Sam Gallagher helped loan club Blackburn Rovers get 2017 off to a superb start, as they beat Championship high-fliers Newcastle 1-0 at home.

Rovers, who remain 22nd in the table, significantly improved their outlook for the season after picking up a hugely valuable three points at Ewood Park.

Gallagher, the club's joint top scorer with nine goals this term, had started on the bench after playing the full game in the 1-1 draw at Huddersfield Town on New Year’s Eve, but was introduced just before half-time, after Craig Conway picked up an injury.

Rovers had been well under pressure for most of the game, but the Saints forward helped turn the tide, and he went close to breaking the deadlock with a rasping shot from 20 yards that whistled just past the post midway through the second half.

The breakthrough did arrive in the 74th minute, though, as Charlie Mulgrew’s low free-kick from 20 yards, after Marvin Emnes had been fouled, crept inside the post.

There was also a victory for midfielder Dom Gape on Monday, as he helped Wycombe keep their promotion charge going with a 2-1 home win over Newport County, extending their unbeaten League Two run to ten matches.

That streak had looked in danger when a defensive error gifted the visitors a goal, as Mark Randall slotted home on the hour mark.

However, the Chairboys were behind for only ten minutes, as Sam Wood netted an acrobatic volley, before a long-distance chip from Paris Cowan-Hall drifted over the Newport keeper in the 80th minute to complete the turnaround.

The result puts Wycombe, who won 1-0 at Cheltenham last Friday, fifth in the table.

In League One, Jason McCarthy and Walsall saw their three-game unbeaten run come to an end, as they lost 2-0 at home to Rochdale.

Ian Henderson netted in the first half for the visitors, while Joe Thompson added another after the break, as the Saddlers were unable to follow up their 0-0 draw at Oxford on New Year’s Eve with a positive result at home.

Walsall remain 14th in the standings, but are nine points clear of the drop zone.

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