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21/04/2014 18:12, Report by Adam Bostock

Loans: Duo on target

Two young Manchester United strikers netted for their loan clubs on Easter Monday – on the opposite ends of 2-1 scorelines.

Jack Barmby was the hero for Hartlepool in their home victory over Morecambe in League Two, decisively finding the net just three minutes after coming on as a late substitute. But the Reds’ Tom Lawrence was on the losing side with Yeovil in the Championship – his equaliser proved in vain when visitors Huddersfield Town claimed all three points with an injury-time winner.

United’s Sam Johnstone had a big say in the second tier’s only goalless match, keeping a clean sheet for Doncaster Rovers in their admirable draw at relegation-battle rivals Millwall. Both sides edged a point ahead of Birmingham City for whom Tyler Blackett, Kiko Macheda and Tom Thorpe all started in a worrying 4-2 home defeat to Blackburn Rovers. Injury kept Michael Keane out of the victors' squad.

Jesse Lingard helped Brighton and Hove Albion to stay in the Championship play-off places, completing 88 minutes of the Seagulls’ 1-1 home draw with the Seasiders – Blackpool. Nick Powell’s loan club Wigan Athletic are also still in the top six, despite being on the receiving end of Burnley’s promotion-sealing 2-0 win. Powell watched the action as an unused substitute at Turf Moor.

The damage was largely done by the time Sam Byrne came on for Carlisle United in their 4-1 defeat at promotion-chasing Peterborough. The hosts were 3-1 up when the Reds youngster joined the fray in the 75th minute.

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