Loan watch: Levitt scores first senior goal

Monday 24 January 2022 12:00

Dylan Levitt was delighted to score his first senior goal this weekend, finishing smartly in the 111th-minute of Dundee United’s Scottish Cup victory over Kilmarnock.

The Wales midfielder was serenaded with a new chant from the 1,600-strong travelling Tangerine fans after sending his side through in the cup.

Finding space in extra-time, Levitt sat down a defender with a smart ball roll, before finding the corner to spark great celebrations.

Speaking to The Herald post-match, the 21-year-old said:

“It was my first senior goal and I’m very happy for myself, the team and the travelling fans. We got what we deserved from the game and we found a way to win.

“It was amazing because every player wants to score, especially in a cup tie. And when you see so many fans at an away day, it was a great feeling.”

Manager Tam Courts outlined how impressed he’s been with Levitt, who had loan spells last season, at Charlton Athletic and NK Istra.

“He can go to the very top,” Courts said. “When you see him at close quarters, you understand he’s a player with unbelievable technical ability.

“In four or five years' time, we may look back and realise how lucky we were to see such a gifted player at Dundee United.

“And our club deserve a lot of credit for that. He has been at other clubs, but he is a talent that could be overlooked by others.

“But when you understand his style and see what he does on the pitch, you realise he’s a big player.”

In the top flight

Brandon Williams made his 16th Premier League appearance of the season for Norwich City, playing the full game for the Canaries as they managed a second consecutive win, beating Watford 3-0 in a big match towards the bottom of the table.

Facundo Pellistri and Axel Tuanzebe were unused substitutes for Alaves and Napoli respectively in La Liga and Serie A. Pellistri’s side lost 1-0 to Barcelona while Axel’s Napoli were 4-1 winners against Salernitana.

Brandon helped Norwich to a vital three points as they look to avoid relegation.

Winners in the Championship

James Garner impressed again in an excellent midfield display in the East Midlands derby. Nottingham Forest finished 2-1 winners against Derby County, with Garner creating several chances, including a couple from set-pieces and one with a fine cross-field ball.

The 22-year-old’s 48th-minute free-kick led to Forest’s opening goal as Lewis Grabban pounced on a loose ball in the box.

Later in the half, Garner was fouled on the edge of the box and took the subsequent free-kick, flashing an effort just wide. Twice later on in the game, he intercepted high up the pitch to set Forest away.

Elsewhere in the league, Teden Mengi was on the winning side with Birmingham City as they beat Barnsley 2-1 and Di’Shon Bernard helped Hull City keep a clean sheet, as they beat second-placed Bournemouth 1-0.

Teden made his fourth appearance for loan club Birmingham this weekend.

Elsewhere in the EFL

In League One, Ethan Galbraith played for Doncaster Rovers in a superb 1-0 win at fifth-placed MK Dons but was withdrawn at the end of the first half due to injury.

Goalkeeper Nathan Bishop helped 10-man Mansfield Town to a 3-1 away victory against Barrow in League Two.