Loan watch: Difficult Doncaster debut for Norwich City goalkeeper Remi Matthews

Doncaster loan goalkeeper Remi Matthews can only watch as former Norwich City academy team-mate Rich

Doncaster loan goalkeeper Remi Matthews can only watch as former Norwich City academy team-mate Richard Brindley puts Colchester 4-1 up. Picture: Phil Morley - Credit: Archant

Remi Matthews endured a difficult loan debut for Doncaster Rovers in a loss to League One relegation rivals Colchester United.

The young Norwich City goalkeeper looked set for a winning start to his spell at the Keepmoat Stadium when a goal from fellow new signing Gary McSheffrey sent Rovers into half-time with a 1-0 lead.

However a horrendous second-half performance from his outfield colleagues, conceding four goals in 25 minutes, saw the match finish in a 4-1 defeat.

Doncaster became the first team to lose at the Weston Homes Community Stadium in the league since October. The Gorleston-born 22-year-old will hope for better fortune when Blackpool travel to South Yorkshire today, with Rovers knowing victory could lift them out of the relegation zone.

City striker Jamar Loza was also on the wrong end of a 4-1 defeat in the third tier, coming on in the 63rd minute as Southend were well beaten at Rochdale, with Canaries legend Grant Holt on target for the hosts.


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The 21-year-old has featured as a substitute six times since joining Phil Brown's side until the end of the season. The Jamaica international will hope to get a chance to go in search for his first goal of his second spell with the Essex club when the Shrimpers host Sheffield United on Wednesday night.

There was limited action for Canaries players on international duty.

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Harry Toffolo played the full match as England Under-20s lost 2-1 to Canada in a friendly in Doncaster yesterday but James Maddison was denied his debut after picking up an injury.

Academy defender Joe Crowe completed his second 90 minutes in three days with Northern Ireland U19s, as a 2-1 loss in Poland was followed up by a 1-0 defeat to the Netherlands on Saturday.

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