Six of West Ham’s eight loanees were in action during the week. Other than Martin Samuelsen and Sead Haksabanovic, the other six loan stars were taking part as the Football League had a full schedule of midweek fixtures. Here’s a round-up of how they did…

Jordan Hugill

It was a night of joy and frustration for West Ham striker Jordan Hugill at Loftus Road. The 27-year-old scored yet again but Queens Park Rangers twice surrendered the lead against lowly Reading.

With the scores level at 1-1, Hugill netted a half-volley via a deflection to restore QPR’s lead in the second half. It was his seventh goal in just 13 games but Reading’s equaliser meant QPR missed the chance to enter the top two.

Mark Warburton’s men are fifth in the Championship table going into Monday night’s West London derby with Brentford. But Hugill will be unavailable after picking up a yellow card late on against Reading.

Nathan Trott

Nathan Trott’s AFC Wimbledon might have lost in the away clash with Burton Albion. But the 20-year-old can hold his head high for a tremendous individual display which earned him top marks.

Trott was named as the goalkeeper in the WhoScored League One team of the week. The England U21 stopper is catching the eye at Wimbledon – despite the Dons being in the relegation zone – and Manuel Pellegrini should be watching closely.

Grady Diangana

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West Brom were unable to stretch their lead at the top of the Championship after being held by Barnsley. Grady Diangana played the first 67 minutes and left the field with Barnsley 2-0 up at The Hawthorns.


His Baggies team-mates turned things around thanks to an own goal and a late Matheus Pereira strike. West Brom remain two points clear at the top of the league while Diangana continues to shine under Slaven Bilic.

Josh Cullen

Charlton Athletic suffered late heartbreak at the hands of promotion rivals Bristol City. 10-man Bristol City scored the winner eight minutes into stoppage time after turning things around at Ashton Gate.

Josh Cullen played the full 90 minutes yet again but could not inspire the Addicks to an important win. The 23-year-old will be hoping to bounce back at the weekend and improve Charlton’s position of 10th.

Aji Alese

West Ham starlet Aji Alese made his full debut for Accrington Stanley at the ABAX Stadium. But it was an evening to forget for the 18-year-old as Peterborough United won 4-0.

Posh rattled in four second-half goals as Alese received a baptism of fire in League One. The England U19 centre-back had played twice before (from the bench) and will hope to shore things up for Accrington – who sit perilously close to the relegation zone.

Oladapo Afolayan

Oladapo Afolayan came off the bench for Mansfield Town again but could not inspire a comeback. The 21-year-old was introduced in the 67th minute – shortly after visiting side Salford City had gone 2-0 up.

Former West Ham striker Nicky Maynard halved the deficit but neither he nor Afolayan could find an equaliser. Salford leapfrog Mansfield and Afolayan’s side are now 18th.

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