Lions loan boy set for instant debut

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MILLWALL have signed Tottenham winger Andros Townsend on loan until the end of the season.

The pacy 19-year-old, who has represented England at under-19 level, has made one first-team appearance for Spurs in the FA Cup win over Charlton in January, when he got on the scoresheet.

Townsend recently returned to White Hart Lane following a month on loan at Watford, where he was restricted to only three appearances.

The teenager was supposed to spend the season on loan at Ipswich after joining them in August but the deal was cut short when he fell out of favour at Portman Road.

Townsend will go straight into the Lions’ squad to take on Championship table-toppers QPR at the Den tonight.

Burnley midfielder Chris McCann has handed the club a major boost by returning to full training. The Irishman, 23, has not featured for the Clarets since re-injuring his knee at Bolton in January 2010, in only his second game back from injury.

McCann has played just 103 minutes of competitive football since September 2009, when he first suffered the injury against Sunderland.

Bristol Rovers have sacked manager Dave Penney in the wake of Saturday’s 2-0 defeat by Dagenham.

The former Doncaster Rovers chief, who took over from Paul Trollope on January 10, guided the Pirates to just two wins in 13 games and leaves with the club languishing 23rd in the League One table, five points from safety.

Captain Stuart Campbell will take control of first-team duties until the end of the season, starting with a tricky trip to Tranmere Rovers tonight.

A club statement said: “We are all very disappointed and sad that the appointment of Dave Penney has not brought us the results and change of direction that we have been looking for.”