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Npower Championship round-up March 5

Bonkers! Championship goes crazy as promotion race hots up with a glut of late goals

By
Janine Self

PUBLISHED:

11:36 GMT, 6 March 2013

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UPDATED:

14:13 GMT, 6 March 2013

So did the world stop for you on Tuesday night Answers on a postcard, addressed to Senor Jose Mourinho, c/o Real Madrid.

The Special One might be slightly surprised to learn that for many the earth continued to revolve around its axis, despite the global marketing pull of a duel with Manchester United.

While 74,759 paying customers crammed into Old Trafford, another 175,547 decided that the npower Championship was the only show in town.

Super Kev: Veteran striker Kevin Phillips netted an eight-minute hat-trick for Crystal Palace on Tuesday night

Super Kev: Veteran striker Kevin Phillips netted an eight-minute hat-trick for Crystal Palace on Tuesday night

The second tier of English football has been even more crazily unpredictable than usual this season and did not disappoint on Tuesday night.

How about Kevin Phillips, 39 years old, and scorer of an eight-minute hat-trick for Crystal Palace in the 4-2 win over Hull

The same Hull who thrashed Birmingham last weekend and who started the night in an automatic promotion place. Steve Bruce’s team are down to third while Palace lurk a point behind.

At fogbound Nottingham Forest, the pre-match chat was all about the second coming of Billy Davies. No mention of Sir Alex Ferguson or Cristiano Ronaldo at all.

Second coming: Forest are making a late charge for the play-offs under Billy Davies

Second coming: Forest are making a late charge for the play-offs under Billy Davies

The force appears to be with Davies. Ipswich had two players sent off and came within four minutes of holding out for a point only to concede to a deflected goal from Lewis McGugan.

Since returning as manager, Davies has drawn one and won the last four games. With that sort of momentum the play-offs are beckoning.

Late goals were the theme of the night at Leicester, Bolton and Huddersfield, too. Just down the road from Old Trafford, Chris Eagles continued Wanderers’ fine run with an added-time winner against Lancashire rivals Blackburn.

Rest assured that none of the 19,063 fans at the Reebok would have given United a passing thought – apart from hoping they would lose, of course.

Late show: Chris Eagles (right) scored an added-time winner for Bolton

Late show: Chris Eagles (right) scored an added-time winner for Bolton

Danny Ward came off the bench to score in stoppage time and give Mark Robins his first home win as Huddersfield manager at the expense of a Middlesbrough side, who are in freefall. Eight defeats in 11 games is doing nothing for Tony Mowbray’s mood.

The biggest attendance of the night was 22,660 at Leicester, who had Manchester United loanee Michael Keane to thank for yet another added-time goal – an equaliser against Leeds.

Some people will always remember Tuesday as the night Roy Keane burned whatever bridges he had left with Ferguson after backing the sending off of Nani.

Wolves fans will remember it as the night manager Dean Saunders won his first match after 10 attempts.

Rare win: Wolves picked up their first three points under Dean Saunders at Millwall

Rare win: Wolves picked up their first three points under Dean Saunders at Millwall

The 2-0 win at Millwall took Saunders’s team out of the bottom three and sets them up nicely for the next match, except it is at Forest.

Rant of the night came from Dave Jones, manager of Sheffield Wednesday, after a 2-1 defeat at Watford. Suggesting the referee was more suited to the Sunday League will not go down well at
the FA.

Howler of the night came from the same match. Watford goalkeeper Jonathan Bond scuffed a back pass from Marco Cassetti, which allowed Michail Antonio to run round him for a simple tap-in.

Comeback: Fernando Forestieri netted twice as Watford beat Sheffield Wednesday

Comeback: Fernando Forestieri netted twice as Watford beat Sheffield Wednesday

Brighton’s point at bottom club Bristol City came at the expense of a bad achilles injury to striker Craig Mackail-Smith, who is out for the rest of the season, which is a huge blow to their play-off hopes.

Last, but not least, even runaway leaders Cardiff are wobbling. Craig Noone popped up eight minutes from time with an equaliser against Derby, who were so short of bodies they could only name five substitutes.

Now that’s something you don’t see in the Champions League, either.

Graham Poll: Huddersfield Sheffield Wednesday referee Mick Russell has my sympathy

He has my sympathy, but gaffe ref Russell will face ban

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22:34 GMT, 30 December 2012

Referee Mick Russell will be feeling empty and confused not just all day today but throughout the week after his error in the Huddersfield v Sheffield Wednesday game, when he failed to send off a player despite booking him twice.

I have both empathy and sympathy for him having suffered similarly, albeit on a bigger stage.

People who do not officiate, and even some that do, cannot understand how such a basic error of not recording the correct number of a player that you caution can occur.

Howler: Referee Mike Russell gave Jeremy Helan a second yellow card in Sheffield Wednesday's game at Huddersfield, but didn't send him off

Howler: Referee Mike Russell gave Jeremy Helan a second yellow card in Sheffield Wednesday's game at Huddersfield, but didn't send him off

Howler: Referee Mike Russell gave Jeremy Helan a second yellow card in Sheffield Wednesday's game at Huddersfield, but didn't send him off

Russell knows exactly how badly I had been affected in the summer of 2006 when doing exactly that at the World Cup in Germany.

Incredibly, he was the fourth official on my very first game after my faux pas. He provided me with great support throughout that day and we discussed at length how such an error could be made. Despite that, Russell now finds himself having done the same.

He recorded a caution for Sheffield Wednesday’s No 7 Michail Antonio for diving in the ninth minute, not No 24 Jeremy Helan, who is on loan from Manchester City. In the 24th minute, Helan brought down Huddersfield winger Adam Hammill and it was a clear yellow-card offence.

Getting it wrong: Josip Simunic is shown a second yellow card by Graham Poll but not sent off. The mistake is later rectified (below)

Getting it wrong: Josip Simunic is shown a second yellow card by Graham Poll but not sent off. The mistake is later rectified (below)

Off you go: Poll shows Simunic a red card

Russell has said since he clearly recorded the wrong number at the first caution and so is taking full responsibility. However, in the fullness of time he will reflect and wonder what happened to his two assistants and fourth official, who record all instances of misconduct.

Russell will now be written to by the Professional Game Match Officials Ltd and the FA for his explanation of events and as he has already admitted his culpability a charge will follow.

Since he is clearly guilty of failing to apply the law —sending off a player after giving him a second yellow card — he will probably be suspended for at least three matches.

FA Youth Cup fourth-round draw: Chelsea to play Charlton

FA Youth Cup fourth-round draw: Holders Chelsea face Charlton

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12:50 GMT, 14 December 2012

Holders Chelsea face a tough trip to London rivals Charlton in the fourth round of the FA Youth Cup.

The Blues beat Colchester United 3-2 to kick-start their defence last week while Charlton were impressive 1-0 winners at Molineux, where they eliminated Wolves on Wednesday.

Manchester City, meanwhile, will be hoping to avoid an upset when they host near North-West neighbours Burnley.

The Clarets knocked out Manchester United in the third round and will be hoping to book their place in the fifth round with victory at Ewen Fields next month.

Reward: Charlton will take on Chelsea in the fourth round of the FA Youth Cup

Reward: Charlton will take on Chelsea in the fourth round of the FA Youth Cup

Three-times winners West Ham could take on arch-rivals Tottenham after beating Aldershot 3-1 in the third round. Spurs must get past Cheltenham Town first, however.

There could be another potential London derby in store as Arsenal await either Fulham or Middlesbrough.

Elsewhere, a trip to Bradford is the incentive for Histon or Liverpool, Leeds play Burton, Norwich play Millwall and Reading entertain Bolton.

FA YOUTH CUP FOURTH-ROUND DRAW

Crystal Palace or Port Vale v Everton
Norwich City v Millwall
Oxford United or Barnsley v Stevenage
Reading v Bolton Wanderers
Derby County v Ipswich Town
West Ham United v Cheltenham Town or Tottenham Hotspur
Stoke City v Huddersfield Town
Arsenal v Fulham or Middlesbrough
Manchester City v Burnley
Bradford City or Histon v Liverpool
Charlton Athletic v Chelsea
Northampton Town v Hull City or Swansea City
Birmingham City v Coventry City or Bristol Rovers
Leicester City v Peterborough United or Aston Villa
Leeds United v Burton Albion
Nottingham Forest v Rochdale or Crewe Alexandra

All ties to be played by Saturday, January 19

Huddersfield 2 Bolton 2: James Vaughan grabs late equaliser

Huddersfield 2 Bolton 2: Vaughan puts Terriers back on track as Wanderers rue missed chances

PUBLISHED:

17:52 GMT, 8 December 2012

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UPDATED:

17:52 GMT, 8 December 2012

James Vaughan marked his return from injury with a late equaliser as Huddersfield denied Bolton a return to winning ways with a 2-2 draw at the John Smith's Stadium.

The striker, making his first start in eight games following a thigh problem, struck in the 87th minute to help the Terriers avoid a third successive defeat.

After Mark Davies had cancelled out Zat Knight's first-half own goal, Eagles wasted the chance to put his side in front when his 74th-minute penalty was saved by Alex Smithies.

Last-gasp: James Vaughan fires the equaliser for Huddersfield

Last-gasp: James Vaughan fires the equaliser for Huddersfield

Match facts

Huddersfield: Smithies, Hunt, Peter Clarke, Gerrard, Dixon, Clayton, Atkinson (Ward 80), Norwood, Novak (Lee 80), Church (Scannell 75), Vaughan. Subs Not Used: Bennett, Woods, Wallace, Arfield.

Yellow cards: Gerrard, Novak, Vaughan, Dixon, Clayton.

Scorers: Knight 9 og,Vaughan 87.

Bolton: Bogdan, Mills (Ream 85), Knight, Ricketts, Warnock, Spearing, Andrews, Eagles, Mark Davies, Lee, Kevin Davies. Subs Not Used: Lonergan, Ngog, Petrov, Afobe, Pratley, Butterfield.

Yellow cards: Bogdan.

Scorers: Mark Davies 70, Eagles 80.

Att: 16,372

Ref: Eddie Ilderton (Tyne & Wear).

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However, the in-form winger looked to have given Bolton, who lost to struggling Ipswich last weekend, the three points six minutes later before Vaughan's late leveller.

Adam Clayton tried his luck from distance early on, but Adam Bogdan was equal to the former Leeds midfielder's 30-yard effort.

The Trotters responded and dangerman Eagles pulled the ball back only for Keith Andrews to scuff a shot into the hands of Smithies, who then had to keep out an Eagles 25-yard drive after Peter Clarke gave away possession.

But it was the hosts who went ahead in the ninth minute when Anthony Gerrard headed Oliver Norwood's corner goalwards and the ball went in off visiting defender Knight.

Bolton almost levelled up three minutes later when Andrews fired narrowly over after Mark Davies saw his effort blocked.

However, Town were unfortunate not to double their advantage when Clayton's shot was parried by Bogdan and Lee Novak hit the rebound against the crossbar.

Huddersfield had to be alert at the back to clear a Sam Ricketts header, while at the other end Chris Atkinson sliced a half-volley over the top from 25 yards.

Town finished the half strongly, with Norwood curling a free-kick from the edge of the area just wide before Bogdan had to backtrack quickly to tip over Jack Hunt's teasing cross.

Bolton came out firing in the second half and Knight almost made up for his earlier error but his header was off target, before Lee Chung-yong shot narrowly wide from an acute angle.

Out in front: Chris Eagles (centre) celebrates his goal for Bolton

Out in front: Chris Eagles (centre) celebrates his goal for Bolton

In the 52nd minute, referee Eddie Ilderton waved away Bolton's appeals for a penalty when Kevin Davies was bundled over in the box.

Kevin Davies was then played in by Lee, although the former England striker's shot whistled past the post.

Bolton's pressure told in the 69th minute when Mark Davies picked up a pass from Eagles and side-footed home from 12 yards.

Eagles missed a glorious opportunity to put his side into the lead five minutes later as his penalty was tipped onto the post by Smithies after Paul Dixon fouled Ricketts in the area.

However, the former Manchester United winger made amends shortly afterwards when he found the net from 12 yards.

But Vaughan secured a point for Simon Grayson's outfit three minutes from time, shooting into the bottom corner.

Aberdeen midfielder Ryan Fraser wanted by Swansea and Wigan

Swansea and Wigan lead chase for young Aberdeen midfielder Fraser

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22:33 GMT, 7 December 2012

Swansea, Wigan, Leeds and Huddersfield are set to do battle for Ryan Fraser in January after the Aberdeen youngster rejected a new contract.

The Dons are anxious to avoid a compensation battle next summer and are set to offload the 18-year-old midfielder in the new year. Fraser has made just 13 appearances for Aberdeen.

Hot prospect: Young midfielder Fraser (left)

Hot prospect: Young midfielder Fraser (left)

Nike offloads Umbro brand to Iconix in 140m deal

Nike offloads Umbro brand to Iconix in 140m deal… and will it be passed on to Mike Ashley

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UPDATED:

14:39 GMT, 24 October 2012

Nike has confirmed it will offload Umbro to Iconix Brand Group in a $220m (137m) deal designed at slimming down its assets.

As revealed by Sportsmail two weeks ago, the once-proud kit supplier to England and a host of leading clubs will be sold off after four years under Nike's banner.

Nike announced five months ago that Umbro would be sold, but Iconix was confirmed as the buyer only on Wednesday.

Iconix could lease the Umbro name to Mike Ashley's Sports Direct.

Proud: Umbro supplied the England team for more than 50 years

Proud: Umbro supplied the England team for more than 50 years

Umbro has already been stripped of its biggest sponsorship agreements, including England and Manchester City, whose kit will be supplied by Nike from next year.

Umbro now supplies kit for just three English clubs – Nottingham Forest, Huddersfield Town and Blackburn Rovers.

Mark Parker, Nike's chief executive, said in a statement: 'It is a difficult decision to divest any business, but this action will enable us to focus on our highest-potential opportunities.

'Umbro has a great heritage, but ultimately, as our category strategy has evolved, we believe Nike Football can serve the needs of footballers on and off the pitch.'

Takeover: England will be supplied by Nike from next year, ending a long association with Umbro

Takeover: England will be supplied by Nike from next year, ending a long association with Umbro

Nike announced the purchase of Umbro in October 2007 and completed it the following year for $582m (363m).

However, Umbro's revenue declined by 19 per cent after being swallowed by the competition between Nike and Adidas to supply the world's leading club.

Neal Cole, chief executive of Iconix, said: 'Umbro is a true, authentic football brand with a global loyal consumer fan base and we are thrilled to be adding it to our portfolio of iconic brands.

'Umbro is an exciting acquisition with more than 30 licensees in over 100 countries with a devout following.

'We look forward to working with our international partners to maintain and expand upon the rich heritage of Umbro.'

Craig Kopczak quits Bradford Bulls

Kopczak quits Bradford on eve of Catalan clash with prop set for legal showdown with Bulls

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12:07 GMT, 8 September 2012

Craig Kopczak is set for a legal showdown with Bradford after quitting the Super League club on the eve of Saturday's game against Catalan Dragons in Perpignan.

The 22-year-old prop made himself unavailable for the last match of the regular season after terminating his contract.

Kopczak, who was on Friday named in Wales' squad for the end-of-season triangular tournament involving England and France, is under contract to Bradford until the end of 2013 but opted to resign when the club's takeover went through last weekend.

The player's agent, Martin Shuttleworth, confirmed Kopczak had taken legal advice, drawing on legislation used in the recent Rangers case, namely the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) regulations 2006 (TUPE).

Quitting: Kopczak (centre) has left the Bradford Bulls

Quitting: Kopczak (centre) has left the Bradford Bulls

In a statement, Shuttleworth said: 'Craig was notified by the joint administrators by letter dated September 3, 2012 that his playing contract had transferred with effect from August 31, 2012 to OK Bulls Ltd.

'He then served notice on the administrators that he objects to the transfer of his employment under the relevant TUPE legislation.

'The net effect of having served the notice is that he is deemed to have resigned with effect from August 31, 2012 and his employment with the club is automatically terminated.'

It is thought the highly-rated Kopczak is on the wanted list of several clubs, with Wigan and Huddersfield understood to be among the front-runners.

Bradford's acting chief executive Gary Tasker believes Kopczak has been approached by rival Super League clubs, contrary to a gentleman's agreement not to do so, and says the matter has been put into the hands of the club's solicitor.

'I'm bitterly disappointed that the player has taken advice which has resulted in him leaving the group at this late stage of the season,' Tasker told the Bradford Telegraph & Argus.

'The major disappointment in this episode is that a young player on a good contract doesn't normally terminate it unless he is being offered better terms elsewhere.

'At a meeting of Super League clubs several weeks ago, the clubs agreed unanimously that they would not approach Bradford's contracted players.

'It would appear that a club has broken ranks and made the player a better offer. It's now in the hands of our legal advisors to resolve it.'

The Rugby Football League are expected to ratify the takeover by local restaurant owner Omar Khan early next week and will then decide on the process for determining whether the Bulls can stay in Super League.

Huddersfield and Hull want Frazier Campbell on loan

Huddersfield and Hull lead race to sign Sunderland's Campbell on loan

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01:40 GMT, 6 September 2012

Sunderland striker Fraizer Campbell, 24, is wanted on loan by Huddersfield and Hull.

Martin O’Neill is believed to be willing to listen to offers.

Free to go: Frazier Campbell is set to join a Championship side on loan

Free to go: Frazier Campbell is set to join a Championship side on loan

Warrington 35 Leeds 15: Wolves win Challenge Cup at Wembley

Warrington 35 Leeds 18: Agony for Rhinos as Wolves toast famous Wembley triumph

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15:55 GMT, 25 August 2012

The heartache goes on for Leeds after they made Wembley history with a third consecutive Carnegie Challenge Cup final defeat as Warrington lifted the trophy for the third time in four years.

The Rhinos threatened to end their 13-year wait to get their hands on the famous silverware when they led 8-6 after 23 minutes, but a scoring burst of three tries in 10 minutes early in the second half provided decisive.

Leeds are masters of the Super League, with five Grand Final wins in eight years, but the Challenge Cup continues to elude them as they succumbed to a sixth final defeat since their 1999 win over London Broncos.

Cheer we go: Warrington players celebrate their third try scored by Chris Riley during the Carnegie Challenge Cup Final at Wembley

Cheer we go: Warrington players celebrate their third try scored by Chris Riley during the Carnegie Challenge Cup Final at Wembley

The game, which drew a 79,180 crowd,
had been fiercely contested and was finely balanced until Warrington,
having benefited from a crucial decision by video referee Phil Bentham
to disallow a Leeds try early in the second half, cut loose with veteran
full-back Brett Hodgson leading the way in a man-of-the-match
performance.

Hodgson supplied the final passes to
the key tries and scored the last of his side's six touchdowns as well
as kicking five goals to claim the prestigious Lance Todd Trophy, three
years after he was on the losing side in Huddersfield's Wembley defeat
by the Wolves.

The Rhinos fans must have feared a
repeat of their 30-6 mauling from 2010 when Warrington winger Joel
Monaghan opened the scoring just six minutes into the action.

Touching down: Warrington's Riley goes over for his try

Touching down: Warrington's Riley goes over for his try

Touch the sky: Try hero Riley celebrates with a personal dedication at Wembley

Touch the sky: Try hero Riley celebrates with a personal dedication at Wembley

Smart offloads from Ben Harrison and
Chris Hill created an opening for scrum-half Richie Myler, who had the
vision to spot Monaghan in space out on the right flank and found him
with a pinpoint kick.

Hodgson's angled conversion made it
6-0 and they might have doubled their score had the full-back provided a
more accurate final pass to second rower Ben Westwood after piercing
the first line of defence.

But Leeds had already shown signs
that this was not going to be a walkover, with former England captain
Jamie Peacock setting a tremendous early example with two storming runs
through the heart of the Wolves defence.

Back-to-back penalties got the Rhinos
into the danger zone and substitute forward Ian Kirke took skipper
Kevin Sinfield's pass to barge past three defenders and stretch out of
the tackle to score his first try for 14 months.

Clash of the titans: Leeds' Ryan Bailey squares up to Warrington's Garreth Carvell

Clash of the titans: Leeds' Ryan Bailey squares up to Warrington's Garreth Carvell

Sinfield levelled the scores with the
conversion, just before a torrential downpour, and edged his side in
front four minutes later with a penalty awarded for a punch by Paul Wood
on Carl Ablett.

The rain threatened to ruin the game,
with Warrington's Hill and Trent Waterhouse both spilling possession,
but a run of penalties against the Yorkshiremen helped produce another
momentum shift.

As the rain disappeared as quickly as
it had arrived, slick handling by Michael Monaghan and Myler got
Waterhouse into his stride and he proved unstoppable from 10 metres out.

Hodgson's second goal made it 12-8
but Sinfield pulled two points back with a second penalty on the stroke
of half-time and Leeds thought they had re-taken the lead early in the
second half.

Making a fist of it: Leeds' Ian Kirke scores their first try but it was not enough for the defeated Rhinos

Making a fist of it: Leeds' Ian Kirke scores their first try but it was not enough for the defeated Rhinos

When Hodgson lost possession in a
crunching tackle from Rhinos prop Kylie Leuluai while attempting to
clear his line, second rower Brett Delaney picked up the loose ball and
touched down.

The video referee ruled out any foul
play but disallowed the try for a knock-on and Warrington made the most
of the let-off with two quickfire tries, with Hodgson quickly recovering
from the heavy blow to supply both final passes.

Leeds found themselves under
intolerable pressure after conceding successive goal-line drop-outs and
it told when Hodgson combined with Ryan Atkins to get winger Chris Riley
over on 49 minutes.

Done and dusted: Warrington's Ryan Atkins scores their third try to put them on their way to a famous victory

Done and dusted: Warrington's Ryan Atkins scores their third try to put them on their way to a famous victory

Five minutes later, following another
drop-out, Warrington again attacked the Leeds right and Hodgson's long
pass enabled Atkins to go over.

The Wolves were oozing with
confidence by then and four minutes later substitute Tyrone McCarthy
went over for his side's fifth try after Westwood squeezed out a pass
from a tackle close to the line.

Briers put his side four scores in
front with a drop goal and Hodgson went through a tiring Leeds defence
for a deserved try, rendering later tries from Rhinos centre Kallum
Watkins little more than consolation.