News. Loan watch: Fraser at the double in Saints success

27 Dec 23

A round-up of the Boxing Day action involving the Magpies' loanees

Ryan Fraser

The 29-year-old wideman scored his third and fourth goals of the season as Southampton beat Swansea 5-0 at St. Mary's on Tuesday. He replaced Samuel Edozie in the 70th minutes and four minutes later, he curled home from 20 yards to put his side three goals to the good.

He added his second of the day on 87 minutes before crossing for Che Adams to wrap up the festive scoring in stoppage time.

Saints boss Russell Martin told his club's official website: "I think we'll probably end up fighting at some point soon if I don't put him in the starting XI because he's desperate to play, but he impacts so well off the bench.

"But in all seriousness, he's been brilliant. He understands the role he's got at the moment."

Harrison Ashby played no part for Swansea due to the hamstring injury which has kept him out of all of December's games.

Joe White

White made his 21st appearance of the campaign in all competitions during Crewe's League Two clash at Walsall.

The Railwaymen were beaten 2-0 but are still sixth in the table. Carlisle-born White, 21, was substituted in the 89th minute, having picked up a booking. White initially signed on loan at the Mornflake Stadium until January.

Max Thompson

England under-18 international goalkeeper Thompson's 13th League One start for Northampton - and his first taste of senior Boxing Day action - came in a 3-0 defeat at Stevenage.

The 19-year-old shot-stopper has made 18 appearances in all competition for the Cobblers, who sit 11th in the table. His initial loan spell is due to come to an end in January.

Jamal Lewis

The 25-year-old full-back came off just before half time with an injury as Watford lost 4-1 to Bristol City. The Hornets were trailing 1-0 when the on-loan United man was forced to bow out.

Watford boss Valérien Ismaël said: "We need to assess (Lewis); it seems like he felt something in his hamstring. We need to see how bad it is. At the minute it doesn't look good for Friday."

The Hornets are at home to Stoke on Friday. Lewis has made 19 appearances so far during his season-long loan.

Matt Bondswell

Bondswell, 21, is on loan at Newport for the season and made his 25th appearance of the campaign as a 77th-minute substitute in their 4-2 home win against Forest Green.

Kell Watts

The Alnwick-born defender was an unused substitute for Wigan as they were beaten 1-0 by in-form Derby in League One.

Watts, who has played once in the Premier League for Newcastle, has made 18 appearances in total for the Latics this term.

Jeff Hendrick

Hendrick wasn't in the squad as Sheffield Wednesday lost 2-0 to Coventry and stayed second bottom in the Championship.

The Republic of Ireland international has only started five times for the Owls, with five further appearances from the bench, scoring once.

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