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Butland Stars For Loan Club Leeds

Goalkeeper Jack Butland

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14:42 24th February 2014

Jack Butland keeps clean sheet on debut whilst Kightly, Shea and Agudelo also play

JACK BUTLAND produced a man of the match display for Leeds United in his debut for the Club on Saturday.

Butland was thrust straight into the action after completing a loan switch on Friday, and kept a clean sheet in goalless draw at Middlesbrough.

The 20-year-old produced a string of good saves to deny Jacob Butterfield, Danny Graham and Albert Adomah as he hopes to do enough from now until the end of the season to make into Roy Hodgson's World Cup squad.

Leeds boss Brian McDermott was delighted with the young stopper's efforts and believes the move can help him achieve his aim.

"Jack Butland was outstanding," he said.

"He made a couple of really good saves, he came for crosses and kicked well.

"He's very mature, he's hungry and he wants to go to the World Cup with England, and we want to help him."

Michael Kightly played for an hour of Burnley's 3-1 home win over Nottingham Forest as they ended the visitors' 14-game unbeaten run.

The victory means Kightly and co remain in second place with 63 points from 32 games, ahead of next week's massively important clash against Derby County who are just two points and a place below them in the npower Championship.

Down at the bottom of the table, Brek Shea helped Barnsley to a much needed victory against rivals Millwall.

The Tykes were already 1-0 up when he came on for Nick Proschwitz with minutes 26 minutes to go, but the winger played his part as they reduced the gap between them and the Lions, who are one place outside the relegation zone, to just two points.

In League One, Jamie Ness was an unused substitute as Leyton Orient returned to the top of the table with a 2-0 home win over Swindon Town.

The victory, coupled with Wolves' 3-0 triumph at Brentford, ensured the O's made it the summit as the three teams continue to battle it out for the automatic promotion positions.

Over in the Netherlands, Juan Agudelo played the full ninety minutes as FC Utrecht earned a late 1-0 win over FC Groningen.

Johan Martensson came off the bench to net the winner two minutes from time to give them their first league win since December.

Finally, at Premier League level, Cameron Jerome was powerless to prevent Manchester United beating Crystal Palace 2-0 at Selhurst Park.

Jerome replaced Glenn Murray on 66 minutes and tested David de Gea on a couple of occasions but the Eagles couldn't find a way back into the game.

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