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LOAN RANGERS: ROUND-UP

SAMBA Diakite made his Watford debut on Sunday afternoon with a fleeting appearance from the Hornets substitutes’ bench.


Diakite, who completed a deadline day loan move to Vicarage Road from QPR, was introduced in the 88th minute of Watford’s 2-0 win against Brighton & Hove Albion yesterday.


Meanwhile, another of the R’s deadline day movers – Tom Hitchcock – came off the substitute’s bench also.


Hitchcock extended his stay at Rotherham United until the end of the season on Friday afternoon and came off the bench at half-time of the Millers 2-1 win against promotion rivals Leyton Orient.


Elsewhere in League One Michael Harriman started for Gillingham in their 3-2 win against Port Vale. That was enough to lift the Gills to 11th spot with their early season’s woes now distant memories. 


However, there was a weekend off for Michael Doughty and Bruno Andrade with Stevenage’s match at Crawley Town postponed due to a waterlogged pitch. Boro return to action on Tuesday evening when they host Harriman’s Gillingham at the Lamex.


Midfielder Hogan Ephraim has returned to QPR though following his loan spell with Peterborough United. Ephraim made 11 appearances for the Posh after joining them at the start of November. He was sent off at the end of December and following a three match suspension he failed to make any further appearances.


In Holland Ji-Sung Park played 90 minutes for PSV Eindhoven in their 2-0 lost against RKC Waalwijk in the Dutch Eredivisie. PSV are currently 7th in the table. 


Stephane Mbia sat out Seville’s 3-2 defeat against Malaga with a knee injury that has kept him out for the past fortnight whilst Adel Taarabt  wasn’t included in AC Milan’s squad for their Serie A draw with Torino on Saturday after joining the Italian side on loan until the end of the season on deadline day.


Finally, Frenchman Loic Remy served the first of a three match ban against Sunderland as Newcastle United lost 3-0. Remy was sent off against Norwich last week for being adjudged to have head-butting Bradley Johnson.