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Albert Rusnak
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Loan Watch: Rusnak excels on Birmingham bow

  • 29 January 2014 12:13
  • Posted by @porter_mcfc

Albert Rusnak has made a grand start to life on loan to Birmingham, making his Championship and FA Cup debuts within a week.

The EDS midfielder has slotted straight into Lee Clark’s side, playing all 90 minutes in the FA Cup defeat to Swansea and reprising his role on Tuesday night in a 2-1 league defeat to Leicester.

His manager praised his contribution on his club debut against the Swans, crediting Albert with an “excellent” performance against Premier League opposition. Albert created some good chances, used the ball well and might have scored himself.

He told mcfc.co.uk: “It was a good feeling to go straight into the starting XI, especially for such a big game. I’ve felt good here since day one, since my first training session. In the end, it was disappointing that we lost, but it was a really good experience for me.

“A lot of people will judge you on your first game, so it was really nice to hear the manager say such good things about me, and that I’ve played well against a team like Swansea."

...Albert Rusnak...

“I think this loan will improve my game in different ways than if I was playing for City in the EDS. I feel like I’m improving all the time and really developing as a player.” 

His positive start to life in the Midlands has been recognised by the fans, who took to twitter to praise his strong display.

Albert has now been joined at St Andrews by EDS teammate Emyr Huws. The Welsh midfielder, who earned his first senior international call up last Autumn, has this week agreed a one month youth loan as he seeks to gain league experience.

He said: "I'm really happy to be joining Albert there, obviously it helps to have someone there I know. The Championship is a really good league and I'm looking forward to getting in there and hopefully proving myself.

"It's also a chance for me to improve as a player and test myself at a really high standard of football."

Emyr will be hoping to make his Birmingham bow in Saturday’s clash with Derby.

Elsewhere, George Evans has clocked up 180 minutes of action for Crewe in the last week. The midfield man completed last Tuesday’s 2-0 win over MK Dons, but was unable to prevent the Railwaymen going down 1-0 to Tranmere at the weekend.

George Evans

The Alex are now hovering just one point above the League One relegation zone.  

On the continent, Karim Rekik continues to be a certain name on PSV’s teamsheet – he put in another 90 minutes as the Dutch side triumphed 1-0 over AZ Alkmaar. They now sit sixth in the Eredivisie.

Everton might have suffered a heavy derby day defeat at the hands of Liverpool, but Gareth Barry continues to impress fans and journalists alike in his midfield role. 

He played all 90 minutes of the 4-0 defeat at Anfield, and remains a regular fixture in the Toffees’ starting XI.

His manager, Roberto Martinez, said: “Gareth knows that he can stay at Everton as long as he wants to.  

"He is a unique footballer. When he came here, I wanted him to be very important for Everton, to enjoy his football."

...Roberto Martinez on Gareth Barry...

"He is enjoying his football. He is an incredible leader. All I want is for him to keep doing this until the end of the season and then, in my eyes, he should be helping England in the World Cup."

John Guidetti was an unused sub as Stoke suffered a 1-0 defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge to go out of this year’s FA Cup.

In Norway, Eirik Holmen Johansen will be aiming to make his debut for Sandefjord on Thursday night in the team’s first match of 2014, a friendly against Notodden.

The EDS keeper has signed on loan with the Norwegian outfit until 30 June 2014.

There was no weekend game for West Bromwich Albion, but Scott Sinclair will be hoping for a chance to impress in the Midlands derby - the Baggies take on Aston Villa on Wednesday night. 

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