Southampton loan watch: Gaston Ramirez nets brilliant brace for 'Boro

A number of Southampton's players out on loan were in action over the weekend and we bring you an update of their progress.

Southampton loan watch: Gaston Ramirez nets brilliant brace for 'Boro
Gaston Ramirez celebrates his brace. (Source: NorthernEcho).

Lloyd Isgrove, Gaston Ramirez, Sam McCqueen, Jason McCarthy and Jack Stephens were all in action across the Football League over the weekend with varying results. Jordan Turnball of Swindon saw his side match at Oldham postponed due to a waterlogged pitch in League One.

Isgrove plays key role

Barnsley's Isgrove helped his side into the League One play-off positions for the first time since the turn of the year after they completed a fantastic 3-1 win over Walsall. The Tykes were bottom of the league heading into December but have transformed their season by going on a great run which has seen them win 12 of their last 15 matches. Isgrove got another start for the Yorkshire club and played for 81 minutes before getting withdrawn. Isgrove caused havoc to the Walsall defence for much of the afternoon and was a real thorn in their side throughout the match.

Ramirez puts in Man of the Match performance

Ramirez netted a brace as his Middlesbrough side returned back to the top of the Championship with a 2-1 win at home to Wolves. His first goal came in the 24th minute as he headed in from Adam Clayton’s cross to give his side a deserved lead at the break. His second came early on in the second half as he curled in a right-footed shot from just inside the box to find the vacant top corner.

Ramirez celebrates one of his two goals.(Source: GazetteLive)
Ramirez celebrates one of his two goals.(Source: GazetteLive)

Ramirez is continuing to show exactly what he can offer at the highest level of the game and is proving to be a real positive for Boro in their promotion push.

Stephens can't prevent loss

Coventry fell to a narrow 1-0 loss to Rochdale and Stephens was unable to prevent his side from falling to a third consecutive defeat. In the 70th minute, it looked like Stephens has enabled his side to collect a point as he superbly cleared off the line. It took until the 89th minute for Rochdale to breach the Coventry defence as a penalty from Ian Henderson grabbed Rochdale the win. The result meant that Stephens’s men fell to seventh in the table, falling out of the play-off places as a result.

McCqueen unable to make difference

McCqueen's Southend fell to a 1-0 loss to Chesterfield at Roots Hall on Saturday afternoon. McCqueen was introduced mid-way through the second half. Southend were unable to win for the third consecutive league match. The result sees them fall to tenth in League One, four points off the play-off places. McCqueen is starting to get regular minutes for the Shrimpers as he looks to continue his development in League One.

McCarthy also tastes defeat

In League Two, McCarthy couldn't stop his side from falling to a narrow 1-0 loss to Newport County at the weekend. Wycombe had the chance to go back into the play-off places in League Two but missed the chance as they were unluckily beaten by the Welsh side. This result meant Wycombe lost for the second consecutive game and they will look to put it right on Saturday when they entertain Stevenage at Adam's Park.