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Loan Watch

7 April 2015

See how our loan players got on during a busy Easter period.

Danny Lafferty played the entirety of both of Rotherham United’s Easter fixtures in a period that helped ease their relegation fears.

On Good Friday, the Millers lost 2-1 to Birmingham City at St Andrew’s. Goals from Robert Tesche and Clayton Donaldson saw the hosts take control in the first-half and go into the break with a convincing lead.

A goal from Matt Derbyshire early in the second-half gave them hope, and despite a spirited second-half display from Steve Evans men, they left the Midlands empty handed.

After that defeat, the Millers had chance to make amends in front of their home support against Brighton & Hove Albion.

Lafferty played another full 90 minutes and helped the side record a clean sheet as Matt Derbyshire’s eighth goal of the season saw the Yorkshire side pick up a 1-0 win and edge closer to Championship survival.

They now sit 20th in the Sky Bet Championship.

Elsewhere, Alex Cisak played the full 90 minutes and kept a clean sheet as Leyton Orient won 0-1 at Coventry City on April, 1.

Orient followed that up with a pulsating 3-3 draw against Gillingham. Cisak played the full 90 minutes again and fellow Claret Luke O’Neill was an unused substitute.

Fabio Liverani lauded Cisak’s display against the Gills, which included two outstanding saves to deny Cody McDonald before thwarting Luke Norris and McDonald before Josh Wright levelled with his second goal in as many games to snatch a point for Orient.

Liverani said: "It was a very important performance by our goalkeeper because we have to thank him for the result at the end."

"He is on-loan for the remainder of the season and he is very important for us.”

Jason Gilchrist made his first start for Accrington Stanley in their 3-1 victory over Carlisle United in Sky Bet League Two.

The young forward played 59 minutes before being replaced by Seamus Conneely.

That ended a run of eight games without a win for Stanley, who had previously drawn 1-1 with Morecambe.

Steven Hewitt also featured for his loan club over the Easter period, playing the full 90 minutes as Southport suffered a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Altrincham.

Hewitt then played 46 minutes against AFC Telford as Southport lost 0-3, and had a player dismissed.

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