Four Cats in weekend loan action


Mandron the only winner as Graham, Diakite and N'Diaye suffer defeat.

Mikael Mandron was the only successful Sunderland loanee of the four in action over the past weekend as his Fleetwood side recorded a 2-0 home win over Northampton Town in League Two.

The Black Cats’ young frontman played the final eight minutes as Gareth Evans’ double moved the Cod Army within two points of the automatic promotion places in the fourth tier.

Meanwhile, Danny Graham played 90 minutes for Middlesbrough as the Teessiders suffered a major blow in their race for the playoffs with a 1-0 defeat at promotion rivals Watford.

Troy Deeney scored the only goal of the game as both sides were reduced to ten men with Samba Diakite being dismissed for the hosts before Ben Gibson was sent off for Boro.

The defeat sees Aitor Karanka’s side drop to 14th in the Championship – 11 points off the top six.

On Saturday evening, Inter Milan closed the gap on Modibo Diakite’s Fiorentina to just five points in the race for a top four place in Serie A with a 2-1 victory in Florence.

Mauro Icardi bagged a second-half winner for Milan after Juan Cuadrado had earlier cancelled out Rodrigo Palacio’s opener.

On Sunday morning, Alfred N’Diaye played 90 minutes as Real Betis’ La Liga survival hopes took a major blow at the hands of relegation rivals Granada.

The Senegalese international could do little to help the Seville-based outfit from falling ten points from safety as Piti scored the only goal of the game to give the hosts a 1-0 win.

Both sides were reduced to ten men as Dani Benitez saw red for Granada whilst Antonio Amaya was dismissed for the visitors who remain at the foot of the table in the Spanish top-flight.