Sunday, March 13, 2011

Ryan key to Monkey business

On-loan midfielder/forward Ryan Donaldson seems to be enjoying his temporary spell with Hartlepool, if yesterday's events are anything to go by. He made a vital contribution for the Monkey Hangers' first goal as showed no mercy in knocking League One's current crisis club Plymouth back to the foot of the table.

Donaldson is just one of several Toon youngsters reaping the rewards of Alan Pardew's belief in the value of loaning players out, but an older beneficiary is Wayne Routledge. Like Donaldson, he too was instrumental in helping his loan side to victory, playing in his captain Adel Taarabt who was subsequently fouled for the penalty with which Heidar Helguson opened the scoring against Crystal Palace. Routledge's QPR ran out 2-1 winners, extending their lead at the top of the Championship to ten points as their nearest rivals all once again stumbled - a potentially priceless advantage, with the threat of a points deduction hanging heavily over them.




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