To be honest the loan report has been a bit gloomy in the past few weeks, with half our loan players struggling to earn places in the lineup. Thankfully there's been some brighter news this week as one Royals midfielder starts his loan spell in goalscoring form. We look at that and the rest of the news in this month's loan report.
Joseph Mills - Burnley (Championship) Appearances:8
The good news is that after over a month without a game, Joseph Mills finally got a start for Burnley at Cardiff. The bad news is that he was part of a team that conceded four goals and picked up a booking.
Mikkel Andersen - Portsmouth (League 1) Appearances: 16
Portsmouth's run of fine form came to an abrupt end over the past few days as they were beaten by Stevenage and Sheffield United. Young 'keeper Mikkel Andersen conceded three goals in those two games, though generally kept net pretty well. The only goal he might be disappointed with was Stevenage's winner, which saw Filipe Morais' cross elude everyone to go straight in. Portsmouth play in the FA Cup this weekend but Andersen tweeted that he doesn't expect to be involved. Whether that's because Reading don't want him cup tied or Pompey will be giving someone else a run-out wasn't clear though.
Michael Hector - Shrewsbury (League 1) Appearances: 9
Hector's frustrating season continued this week as he was forced to watch both of Shrewsbury's game from the bench. The Shrews conceded five goals in their two games so a recall to the starting XI might not be far away for the centre back.
Gozie Ugwu - Yeovil (League 1) Appearances: 4 (+8) Goals: 3
Young striker Ugwu has been having treatment on a hamstring injury but could play some part in Saturday's FA Cup tie with Preston if he's given permission by Reading.
Lawson D'Ath - Cheltenham (League 2) Appearances: 1 Goals: 1
Midfielder D'Ath signed on a month's loan late last week and he made an immediate impact, scoring the opener for Cheltenham in a 3-0 win over Exeter.
Cheltenham fans gave a pretty positive response to his debut on their forums, here's a selection of the comments.
D'Ath - 6: bonus point for a brilliant goal with the outside of his right foot. Looks as quick as lightening but was barely involved until he got that chance in the second half - I'd go as far as to say he was anonymous in the first.
D'Ath - Pretty ineffective first half, got a good goal and did alright from then on (6.5)
D'Ath = great goal and worked hard for the team.
Karl Sheppard - Accrington (League 2) Appearances: 7(+5) Goals: 1
No action for Sheppard this week. Loanee-filled Accrington are restricted to just five loan signings in a matchday squad, so the Irish frontman has unfortunately found himself the odd one out in both squad's this past week.
Brett Williams - Woking (Conference Premier) Appearances: 4(+8) Goals: 1
Unused substitute duty again for Williams this week, so he's obviously being rested for the QPR game on Sunday.....
Matt Partridge - Bognor Regis (Isthmian League - Premier Division) Appearances: 3
Partridge played both games this week as Bognor won one and lost one 3-0. Details of these games are a bit hard to come by but he was mentioned for making a good tackle in the Harrow game, while a clean sheet in the other game always a good sign.