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The Loan Ranger



MICHAEL TONGE fired home his first league goal in almost two years for loan side Leeds United at the weekend . . . as they recorded a dramatic 3-2 victory against Bristol City in the npower Championship.

The Potters midfielder, who recently joined the Elland Road outfit on a three-month loan deal, starred for the Lilywhites as they edged past Bristol City in what proved to be a goal frenzied second 45 minutes in Avon.

Former Liverpool man El Hadji Diouf had twice put the visitors in front at Ashton Gate, after the hosts managed to draw themselves level thanks to midfielder Albert Adomah.

However, Tonge struck home a superb strike from 20-yards to restore their two goal advantage, and whilst a Rudolph Austin own goal in the final minute ensured a tense ending to the encounter, Neil Warnock's side 

managed to hold on and secure the three points.

Elsewhere in the Championship Danny Higginbotham was handed his first start for Ipswich Town against Barnsley at Oakwell after joining them on a one-month loan deal 10 days ago.

The defender played the full 90 minutes for the Tractor Boys as they held the Tykes to a 1-1 draw. Aaron Cresswell put the visitors in front just six minutes in, however, they were denied of the victory late on when Stephen Dawson levelled for the hosts.

Meanwhile, there was more joy for Belgian starlet Florent Cuvelier and his Walsall team-mates as they elevated themselves up into the play-off positions in League One, courtesy of a 2-1 victory against Bournemouth on the south coast.

Fellow youngster Ryan Brunt didn't have quite such an enjoyable afternoon as his side, Leyton Orient, fell to their first defeat in five against Doncaster at Brisbane Road. The forward did start the game before being substituted with 20 minutes remaining.

Finally, in League Two, Matthew Lund came off the bench for Bristol Rovers as they produced a shock result against promotion chasing Exeter City at the Victoria Ground.

The struggling Pirates recorded a 2-1 victory to move themselves out of the relegation zone and maintain a decent run of form, which has seen them lose just one of their last five encounters.

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