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Colchester United loanee Packwood returns to Birmingham City after horror debut

Will Packwood has returned to Birmingham City. Credit: PA

Birmingham City defender Will Packwood has had his loan spell cut short with Colchester United, after managing to play just 67 minutes for the League One club.

The 21-year-old had a nightmare debut for the U's in a 6-0 defeat to MK Dons, picking up an injury and receiving a red card when he hauled down Dons striker Benik Afobe last month.

“He’s gone back to Birmingham and they’re monitoring his progress. Unfortunately, it looks unlikely that he’ll be fit for two or three weeks.

To have the sending off and the red card was very unfortunate for Will. The game at MK Dons was a tough one for everyone and Will didn’t get much help from those around him.”

– Tony Humes, Colchester United Manager

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Late cup drama as Colchester United go through

There was late drama in second round of the FA Cup as Colchester and Peterborough met this afternoon.

A tight game came to life in the 88th minute, when Sanchez Watt fouled Michael Bostwick to give Peterborough a penalty - but Aaron McLean's spot kick was saved by Colchester keeper Sam Walker.

And with just two minutes of injury time left, Colchester's George Moncur won it for the U's, to book their place in the third round draw.

Southend United boss Brown lands Manager of the Month award, while MK Dons' Baker is also recognised

Phil Brown has been named as the Sky Bet League Two Manager of the Month for November. Credit: PA

Southend United manager Phil Brown has been named as the Sky Bet League Two Manager of the Month for November.

The Shrimpers picked up maximum points in the month to move up to 5th in the division - just four points behind leaders Wycombe Wanderers.

There was more good news for the club, with winger David Worrall also winning the player award.

Carl Baker has won the League One prize. Credit: PA

Meanwhile, MK Dons midfielder Carl Baker has won the League One prize.

The 31-year-old has been in superb form since joining the club in September, helping the Dons edge closer to the automatic promotion places.

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Norwich City youngsters Morris and Matthews head out on loan

Carlton Morris has joined York City. Credit: PA

Norwich City youngsters Carlton Morris and Remi Matthews have been sent out on loan.

Promising striker Morris has joined League Two strugglers York City until January 4.

It will be his second spell away from the club this season, having also spent time at Oxford United earlier in the campaign.

Remi Matthews is also heading out on loan. Credit: PA

Meanwhile, goalkeeper Matthews has signed for Burton Albion until the end of December.

Northampton Town midfielder O'Toole moves to Southend United on loan

John-Joe O'Toole in action for Bristol Rovers last season. Credit: PA

Southend United have completed the loan signing of Northampton Town midfielder John-Joe O'Toole.

The 26-year-old only moved to Sixfields in the summer, but has so far struggled to live up to expectations.

Northampton boss Chris Wilder says that the club made the decision to allow O'Toole to leave on loan until January 24 after the former Colchester man made it clear that he felt he would benefit from time away.

“We had a meeting with John-Joe to try and find out why we haven’t been able to get the best out of him and why he hasn’t been able to produce anything near what he is capable of.

He came up with the suggestion that he might fancy a loan move and I didn’t want to stand in his way."

– Chris Wilder, Northampton Town manager
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