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12/05/2014 10:11, Report by Tim Oscroft
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Loans: Lingard woe

Jesse Lingard scored but could not help Brighton & Hove Albion into the Championship play-off final over a weekend where several Manchester United loan players were in action.

The United midfielder put the South Coast club ahead with a shot from the edge of the area early in the first leg of the semi-final against Derby County, but Steve McClaren's in-form Rams overturned the deficit to return to Pride Park with a 2-1 lead. Sunday's second leg saw Derby romp to a 4-1 win and a 6-2 aggregate victory, ending Lingard's stint with the Seagulls in which the 21-year-old scored four goals in 17 outings.

The other Championship play-off will be resolved on Monday night when QPR face Wigan at Loftus Road, but whether either side’s United players will feature is in doubt. Striker Will Keane was not in Harry Redknapp’s Rangers matchday squad for last Friday’s goalless draw at Wigan, for whom Nick Powell also missed out. Powell is rated a major doubt for the return leg due to a hamstring injury and illness.

Wilfried Zaha did not feature for Cardiff when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s relegated side were beaten 2-1 at home by Chelsea on Sunday. The United winger was not included in the matchday squad as Solskjaer opted to try out some fringe players and Zaha’s spell in the Welsh capital came to an end after 13 appearances in all competitions since his move in January.

Bebe enjoyed mixed fortunes for Pacos de Ferreira, scoring twice, but was otherwise unable to prevent his side’s relegation from the Portuguese Primeira Liga. Pacos were already two goals down to Academica when the striker bagged his first in the 18th minute, and his penalty just after the half-hour mark raised hopes but, just four minutes later they were behind again, before

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