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The Loan Report

RORY DELAP must be enjoying playing a part in loan Club Barnsley's nine-match unbeaten run . . . a sequence that was extended last night in their 2-1 win against Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The 36-year-old, who moved on a deal until the end of the season on the last day of the January transfer window, played all 90 minutes in the clash against their fellow relegation strugglers at Oakwell.

It lengthened the impressive run which has encapsulated three FA Cup wins to earn a quarter-final visit to Premier League Manchester City, plus five wins and a draw to lift them out of the bottom three in the Championship. 

Delap has made four appearances for David Flitcroft's side in that period.

Elsewhere in English football's second tier, Matthew Upson was part of the Brighton team that recorded an impressive 2-0 win at league leaders Cardiff City.

Goals from Andrea Orlandi and Leandro Ulloa secured the win at the Cardiff City Stadium and moved the Seagulls to within two points of the play-off positions.

Loanee goalkeeper Jack Butland responded from conceding four goals at the weekend by keeping a clean sheet for Birmingham City last night. 

The England international was between the sticks at the Blues played out a dour 0-0 draw with Sheffield Wednesday at St Andrew's.

Matthew Lund, who got his one-month loan spell at Southend United off to a flying start by scoring in their narrow 2-1 defeat to Northampton Town on Saturday, is eligible for selection in their Johnstone's Paint Trophy clash against Leyton Orient at Roots Hall this evening.

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