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Loan review | Mo Faal makes it three goals in three games on FA Cup weekend

A photo of striker Mo Faal heading in a goal for loan side Doncaster v Peterborough at the Weston Homes Stadium

Young target man Mo Faal scored his first career goal in the Emirates FA Cup for loan club Doncaster Rovers over the weekend.

Ultimately, Rovers were knocked out after being beaten by Sky Bet League One side Peterborough United in a 2-1 defeat at the Weston Homes Stadium.

But the Gambian striker gave his team a fighting chance during the closing stages with a bullet header on 75 minutes to halve the deficit and register his third strike in as many games, and his ninth in all competitions this season.

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Unfortunately, Championship loanees Taylor Gardner-Hickman and Karlan Grant were also on the wrong end of results for their respective loan sides.

Cardiff City and Grant couldn’t overcome an in-form Southampton at St Mary’s, falling to a 2-0 loss as two first-half goals from Adam Armstrong did the damage in a game which saw the on-loan Baggies man play 75 minutes before being replaced.

And there was late heartbreak for Academy graduate Gardner-Hickman in the West Country, who started under new boss Liam Manning once again - playing 81 minutes - as his Robins team-mates conceded a stoppage-time effort against Norwich City on Sunday afternoon to go down 2-1.

A photo of Taylor Gardner-Hickman being replaced on Sunday afternoon

In England’s third tier, there was a positive return from injury for defender Zac Ashworth in Bolton Wanderers’ FA Cup triumph over Harrogate Town at the Toughsheet Community Stadium.

Wanderers successfully progressed to the third round of the tournament courtesy of a thumping 5-1 win over the League Two side, with Wales U21 international Ashworth replacing Randell Williams as a 66th-minute substitute - getting his first competitive minutes since early October.

In non-league, Brad Foster was unable to feature for Alvechurch after their clash with Stourbridge was postponed owing to a frozen pitch, and young striker Layton Love was an unused substitute for National League North outfit Brackley Town during their 2-1 home victory over Boston United - a victory which lifted them to fourth in the standings. 

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