Crown Football Weekly Round-Up

Here is the latest Crown Football news in our weekly round-up… 

  On Saturday, Dani Pinillos‘ team performance meant Preston lost ground in the race for the play-off places, as Nottingham Forest earned a deserved point at Deepdale. Forest’s second draw under new manager Mark Warburton kept them 20th, just two points above the relegation zone. Preston went 1-0 down and North End keeper Chris Maxwell then denied Ben Brereton when one-on-one after a superb run from his own half. But Aidan McGeady levelled soon after the break, placing a shot into the bottom corner after he was teed up by Callum Robinson. The game finished 1-1. In the Championship midweek fixture, Preston North End kept up their faint Championship play-off hopes with a five-goal thrashing of relegation-threatened Bristol City. It has been an impressive run of form to put the Lillywhites in contention, with just two defeats from the turn of the year, but with 13 draws from 40 games they might have left it too late to catch the teams above. 

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Southend have signed goalkeeper Christian Walton from Brighton & Hove Albion, as emergency loan cover. The 21-year-old, who was on loan earlier this season at Luton, where he played 33 games, will fill in for Ted Smith who has a wrist problem. Ten-man Southend dug deep to secure a dramatic win over Oldham at Roots Hall on Saturday. The sixth-placed Shrimpers had influential midfielder Ryan Leonard sent off 20 minutes from time, when the game was still goalless. But strikes from Nile Ranger and Theo Robinson and a stoppage-time penalty by Anthony Wordsworth saw Phil Brown’s side secure a fourth successive victory. A clean sheet and a great performance on his debut, earned Christian a place in the EFL Team of the Week! On Tuesday evening, Southend hosted 2nd place Bolton Wanderers. It looked like Christian was going to keep his second clean sheet in as many games and Walton then did well to deny Max Clayton twice in quick succession, until Beevers struck right at the death. Christian was also unfortunate not to score at the other end but it wasn’t meant to be… 

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Whilst playing for Barnsley in Saturday’s fixture with Sheffield Wednesday, Ryan Kent produced a stunning piece of skill to beat two opposition players out on the touchline, having found himself with almost nowhere to go. On the evidence of this video, many Liverpool fans may well be keeping a close eye on this youngster in what remains of the Championship season, as he looks to have a bright future in the game if he possesses skill like that. 
 
A few games to look forward to this weekend, including Sam Gallagher’s Blackburn Rovers hosting Ryan Kent’s Barnsley. 
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