Loan Watch: Wins for Patino and Okonkwo


Charlie Patino was in action for Swansea City twice this week, as the Swans recorded back-to-back wins in the Championship.

Swansea hosted Norwich City on Wednesday evening, with Patino included in the starting XI and playing for over an hour. The Swans took the lead after just three minutes but Gabriel Sara soon brought the Canaries level with a close-range header.

Neither side found a breakthrough until the final stages, as Swansea's Bashir Humphreys thumped the ball into the net with just seven minutes left on the clock. 

Our midfielder started again at the weekend in an away clash with Plymouth Argyle that saw Swansea come from behind to win 3-1. Jerry Yates, Oliver Cooper and Josh Key were on the scoresheet as the Swans moved up to 12th in the Championship.

Fresh from his league debut last weekend, Arthur Okonkwo recorded back-to-back clean sheets for Wrexham in their League Two fixtures.

Our shot-stopper was tested heavily as Wrexham travelled to Mansfield Town on Tuesday evening but remained steadfast between the posts in the 0-0 draw, earning himself a Man of the Match award.

Ollie Palmer gave Wrexham a first-half lead against Crawley Town on Saturday, and though the Red Dragons were forced to play the final 25 minutes of the match with 10 men, Okonkwo and company saw out the game to secure a 1-0 win. 

Over in the Women's Super League, Kaylan Marckese earned her debut for Bristol City as they lost 3-1 to Tottenham Hotspur away from home.

Araya Dennis featured for over an hour for Crystal Palace as they hit four past Blackburn Rovers in the Women's Championship, with Dennis coming close to adding to the Eagles' tally. 

Elsewhere in the division, Laila Harbert and Katie Reid were both involved for Watford as they hosted league leaders, Southampton. The game finished 2-0 to the Saints, thanks to goals from Sophia Pharoah and Molly Pike. 

Freya Godfrey, meanwhile, was a second-half substitute during Charlton Athletic Women's dramatic draw with Durham. The Addicks looked to be beaten until Kayleigh Green hit home from the penalty spot, deep into stoppage time.

Omar Rekik played the full 90 minutes for Wigan Athletic, as they narrowly lost to Stevenage in League One, and Mauro Bandeira came off the bench for Colchester United in their 3-1 loss to Morecambe. 

In the Romanian Super Lig, Catalin Cirjan was a late substitute for FC Rapid Bucuresti in their 3-2 victory over Politehnica Iasi. 

Eastbourne Borough defeated St Albans City 3-2 in National League South, with Billy Vigar playing the entire tie. 

In FA Women's Premier League South, Ruby Doe was involved for Ipswich Town as they lost 2-1 to Oxford United. 

Players who were unused substitutes:

  • Alex Runarsson - Cardiff City
  • Nathan Butler-Oyedeji - Cheltenham Town

Players who weren’t in the squad:

  • Nuno Tavares - Nottingham Forest
  • Sambi Lokonga - Luton Town
  • Kieran Tierney - Real Sociedad
  • Marquinhos - Nantes
  • Mika Biereth - Motherwell
  • Michelle Agyemang - Watford 
  • Tyreece John-Jules - Derby County
  • Salah-Eddine Oulad M’hand - FC Den Bosch
  • Kido Taylor-Hart - Bromley
  • Alex Kirk - Bromley
  • Brian Okonkwo - Leatherhead

Players whose teams didn’t play last week:

  • Henry Jeffcott - Derby County U21
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