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Soccer Football - Championship - Derby County v Cardiff City - Pride Park, Derby, Britain - April 24, 2018 Derby County's Cameron Jerome scores their first goal Action Images/Andrew Boyers
Championship - Derby County v Cardiff City
Soccer Football - Championship - Derby County v Cardiff City - Pride Park, Derby, Britain - April 24, 2018 Derby County's Cameron Jerome scores their first goal Action Images/Andrew Boyers
Soccer Football - Championship - Derby County v Cardiff City - Pride Park, Derby, Britain - April 24, 2018 Derby County's Richard Keogh celebrates with Alex Pearce after Cameron Jerome scores their third goal Action Images/Andrew Boyers
Championship - Derby County v Cardiff City
Soccer Football - Championship - Derby County v Cardiff City - Pride Park, Derby, Britain - April 24, 2018 Derby County's Richard Keogh celebrates with Alex Pearce after Cameron Jerome scores their third goal Action Images/Andrew Boyers
Soccer Football - Championship - Derby County v Cardiff City - Pride Park, Derby, Britain - April 24, 2018 Cardiff City's Neil Etheridge looks dejected after Derby County's second goal Action Images/Andrew Boyers
Championship - Derby County v Cardiff City
Soccer Football - Championship - Derby County v Cardiff City - Pride Park, Derby, Britain - April 24, 2018 Cardiff City's Neil Etheridge looks dejected after Derby County's second goal Action Images/Andrew Boyers
Soccer Football - Championship - Derby County v Cardiff City - Pride Park, Derby, Britain - April 24, 2018 Derby County's Scott Carson celebrates their second goal Action Images/Andrew Boyers
Championship - Derby County v Cardiff City
Soccer Football - Championship - Derby County v Cardiff City - Pride Park, Derby, Britain - April 24, 2018 Derby County's Scott Carson celebrates their second goal Action Images/Andrew Boyers
Neil Warnock's wait for promotion continues as Derby County fight back to beat Cardiff
Neil Warnock's wait for promotion continues as Derby County fight back to beat Cardiff
Neil Warnock's wait for promotion continues as Derby County fight back to beat Cardiff
Promotion number eight will have to wait for Neil Warnock, after the immutable law of the ex. Warnock’s hopes of securing a Premier League return are still hanging in the balance after a ­dramatic Derby County turnaround ensured the scramble for automatic promotion is set for the final day. Cardiff City old boy Cameron ­Jerome scored twice, while a goal from substitute Matej Vydra breathed fresh life into Derby’s ­previously sagging play-off bid to increase Warnock’s frustration over the original postponement. Five weeks ago this game was called off due to overnight snow but it was Derby who put the skids on Cardiff with a defiant response. Cardiff could still secure a top-two finish this weekend if they beat Hull City and rivals Fulham suffer a defeat against Sunderland, but the chase now seems certain to be a nail-biting experience. Cardiff are a point above Fulham with two games left. This was only Derby’s third win in 14 games, but lifted them above Millwall into the final play-off place. Warnock said: “We’ve got to ­regroup and go again. We’ve got to win at Hull and beat Reading, we’d have settled for that on July 15 when we started pre-season. “It’s exciting isn’t it? It was ­always going to the wire. It’s disappointing for us, they were Sunday league goals for us to concede and the players are flat. “You’d think Derby had won the World Cup at the final whistle. I can’t blame the weather and I’m pleased they managed to get a full team out this time.” Warnock reacts as his team loses to Derby County Credit: GETTY IMAGES Relations between Warnock and Derby’s Gary Rowett have become frosty after the initial fixture was controversially postponed last month. Warnock, a master of conspiracy theories, branded the decision a “disgrace” and hinted darkly that Derby wanted the game called off due to a lengthy injury list. The stakes in this rearranged game were huge and Cardiff took the lead after the 28th minute through a spectacular volley from Callum Paterson. Derby were nervy in the first half, Pride Park an arena of anxiety, and there was no hint of what was to follow. Yet they were vastly ­improved in the second half, and it was Jerome – who scored 27 goals between 2004-2006 for Cardiff – who pinched the equaliser after the 68th minute. Cardiff failed to adequately clear a corner and Richard Keogh headed the ball back into the area, with ­Jerome holding off Morrison to slide the ball past Neil Etheridge. Vydra put the game beyond the visitors nine minutes from time with an emphatic finish, his 20th of the season, before Jerome added a third in added time. Rowett said: “There are no ­second chances for us and we had to lay it all out on the pitch. “The players have shown ­tremendous character and it’s now in our own hands again. We’ve got Aston Villa on Saturday and then Barnsley who will be fighting for their lives, which is why we all love this division.” Teams Derby County (3-6-1) Carson; Keogh, Davies, Forsyth; Wisdom, Huddlestone, Johnson, Lawrence (Hanson 88), Olsson (Vydra 60), Weimann (Pearce 88); Jerome. Subs Roos (g), Palmer, Nugent, Ledley. Cardiff City (4-4-2) Etheridge; Ecuele Manga, Morrison, Bamba, Bennett; Paterson, Gunnarsson, Ralls, Ward (Wildschut 74); Hoilett (Pilkington 74), Madine (Zohore 67). Subs Murphy (g), Peltier, Mendez-Laing, Grujic. Booked Paterson, Manga, Bennett, Ralls Referee Andrew Madley (West Yorkshire).
Neil Warnock's wait for promotion continues as Derby County fight back to beat Cardiff
Promotion number eight will have to wait for Neil Warnock, after the immutable law of the ex. Warnock’s hopes of securing a Premier League return are still hanging in the balance after a ­dramatic Derby County turnaround ensured the scramble for automatic promotion is set for the final day. Cardiff City old boy Cameron ­Jerome scored twice, while a goal from substitute Matej Vydra breathed fresh life into Derby’s ­previously sagging play-off bid to increase Warnock’s frustration over the original postponement. Five weeks ago this game was called off due to overnight snow but it was Derby who put the skids on Cardiff with a defiant response. Cardiff could still secure a top-two finish this weekend if they beat Hull City and rivals Fulham suffer a defeat against Sunderland, but the chase now seems certain to be a nail-biting experience. Cardiff are a point above Fulham with two games left. This was only Derby’s third win in 14 games, but lifted them above Millwall into the final play-off place. Warnock said: “We’ve got to ­regroup and go again. We’ve got to win at Hull and beat Reading, we’d have settled for that on July 15 when we started pre-season. “It’s exciting isn’t it? It was ­always going to the wire. It’s disappointing for us, they were Sunday league goals for us to concede and the players are flat. “You’d think Derby had won the World Cup at the final whistle. I can’t blame the weather and I’m pleased they managed to get a full team out this time.” Warnock reacts as his team loses to Derby County Credit: GETTY IMAGES Relations between Warnock and Derby’s Gary Rowett have become frosty after the initial fixture was controversially postponed last month. Warnock, a master of conspiracy theories, branded the decision a “disgrace” and hinted darkly that Derby wanted the game called off due to a lengthy injury list. The stakes in this rearranged game were huge and Cardiff took the lead after the 28th minute through a spectacular volley from Callum Paterson. Derby were nervy in the first half, Pride Park an arena of anxiety, and there was no hint of what was to follow. Yet they were vastly ­improved in the second half, and it was Jerome – who scored 27 goals between 2004-2006 for Cardiff – who pinched the equaliser after the 68th minute. Cardiff failed to adequately clear a corner and Richard Keogh headed the ball back into the area, with ­Jerome holding off Morrison to slide the ball past Neil Etheridge. Vydra put the game beyond the visitors nine minutes from time with an emphatic finish, his 20th of the season, before Jerome added a third in added time. Rowett said: “There are no ­second chances for us and we had to lay it all out on the pitch. “The players have shown ­tremendous character and it’s now in our own hands again. We’ve got Aston Villa on Saturday and then Barnsley who will be fighting for their lives, which is why we all love this division.” Teams Derby County (3-6-1) Carson; Keogh, Davies, Forsyth; Wisdom, Huddlestone, Johnson, Lawrence (Hanson 88), Olsson (Vydra 60), Weimann (Pearce 88); Jerome. Subs Roos (g), Palmer, Nugent, Ledley. Cardiff City (4-4-2) Etheridge; Ecuele Manga, Morrison, Bamba, Bennett; Paterson, Gunnarsson, Ralls, Ward (Wildschut 74); Hoilett (Pilkington 74), Madine (Zohore 67). Subs Murphy (g), Peltier, Mendez-Laing, Grujic. Booked Paterson, Manga, Bennett, Ralls Referee Andrew Madley (West Yorkshire).
Neil Warnock's wait for promotion continues as Derby County fight back to beat Cardiff
Neil Warnock's wait for promotion continues as Derby County fight back to beat Cardiff
Neil Warnock's wait for promotion continues as Derby County fight back to beat Cardiff
Promotion number eight will have to wait for Neil Warnock, after the immutable law of the ex. Warnock’s hopes of securing a Premier League return are still hanging in the balance after a ­dramatic Derby County turnaround ensured the scramble for automatic promotion is set for the final day. Cardiff City old boy Cameron ­Jerome scored twice, while a goal from substitute Matej Vydra breathed fresh life into Derby’s ­previously sagging play-off bid to increase Warnock’s frustration over the original postponement. Five weeks ago this game was called off due to overnight snow but it was Derby who put the skids on Cardiff with a defiant response. Cardiff could still secure a top-two finish this weekend if they beat Hull City and rivals Fulham suffer a defeat against Sunderland, but the chase now seems certain to be a nail-biting experience. Cardiff are a point above Fulham with two games left. This was only Derby’s third win in 14 games, but lifted them above Millwall into the final play-off place. Warnock said: “We’ve got to ­regroup and go again. We’ve got to win at Hull and beat Reading, we’d have settled for that on July 15 when we started pre-season. “It’s exciting isn’t it? It was ­always going to the wire. It’s disappointing for us, they were Sunday league goals for us to concede and the players are flat. “You’d think Derby had won the World Cup at the final whistle. I can’t blame the weather and I’m pleased they managed to get a full team out this time.” Warnock reacts as his team loses to Derby County Credit: GETTY IMAGES Relations between Warnock and Derby’s Gary Rowett have become frosty after the initial fixture was controversially postponed last month. Warnock, a master of conspiracy theories, branded the decision a “disgrace” and hinted darkly that Derby wanted the game called off due to a lengthy injury list. The stakes in this rearranged game were huge and Cardiff took the lead after the 28th minute through a spectacular volley from Callum Paterson. Derby were nervy in the first half, Pride Park an arena of anxiety, and there was no hint of what was to follow. Yet they were vastly ­improved in the second half, and it was Jerome – who scored 27 goals between 2004-2006 for Cardiff – who pinched the equaliser after the 68th minute. Cardiff failed to adequately clear a corner and Richard Keogh headed the ball back into the area, with ­Jerome holding off Morrison to slide the ball past Neil Etheridge. Vydra put the game beyond the visitors nine minutes from time with an emphatic finish, his 20th of the season, before Jerome added a third in added time. Rowett said: “There are no ­second chances for us and we had to lay it all out on the pitch. “The players have shown ­tremendous character and it’s now in our own hands again. We’ve got Aston Villa on Saturday and then Barnsley who will be fighting for their lives, which is why we all love this division.” Teams Derby County (3-6-1) Carson; Keogh, Davies, Forsyth; Wisdom, Huddlestone, Johnson, Lawrence (Hanson 88), Olsson (Vydra 60), Weimann (Pearce 88); Jerome. Subs Roos (g), Palmer, Nugent, Ledley. Cardiff City (4-4-2) Etheridge; Ecuele Manga, Morrison, Bamba, Bennett; Paterson, Gunnarsson, Ralls, Ward (Wildschut 74); Hoilett (Pilkington 74), Madine (Zohore 67). Subs Murphy (g), Peltier, Mendez-Laing, Grujic. Booked Paterson, Manga, Bennett, Ralls Referee Andrew Madley (West Yorkshire).
Neil Warnock's wait for promotion continues as Derby County fight back to beat Cardiff
Promotion number eight will have to wait for Neil Warnock, after the immutable law of the ex. Warnock’s hopes of securing a Premier League return are still hanging in the balance after a ­dramatic Derby County turnaround ensured the scramble for automatic promotion is set for the final day. Cardiff City old boy Cameron ­Jerome scored twice, while a goal from substitute Matej Vydra breathed fresh life into Derby’s ­previously sagging play-off bid to increase Warnock’s frustration over the original postponement. Five weeks ago this game was called off due to overnight snow but it was Derby who put the skids on Cardiff with a defiant response. Cardiff could still secure a top-two finish this weekend if they beat Hull City and rivals Fulham suffer a defeat against Sunderland, but the chase now seems certain to be a nail-biting experience. Cardiff are a point above Fulham with two games left. This was only Derby’s third win in 14 games, but lifted them above Millwall into the final play-off place. Warnock said: “We’ve got to ­regroup and go again. We’ve got to win at Hull and beat Reading, we’d have settled for that on July 15 when we started pre-season. “It’s exciting isn’t it? It was ­always going to the wire. It’s disappointing for us, they were Sunday league goals for us to concede and the players are flat. “You’d think Derby had won the World Cup at the final whistle. I can’t blame the weather and I’m pleased they managed to get a full team out this time.” Warnock reacts as his team loses to Derby County Credit: GETTY IMAGES Relations between Warnock and Derby’s Gary Rowett have become frosty after the initial fixture was controversially postponed last month. Warnock, a master of conspiracy theories, branded the decision a “disgrace” and hinted darkly that Derby wanted the game called off due to a lengthy injury list. The stakes in this rearranged game were huge and Cardiff took the lead after the 28th minute through a spectacular volley from Callum Paterson. Derby were nervy in the first half, Pride Park an arena of anxiety, and there was no hint of what was to follow. Yet they were vastly ­improved in the second half, and it was Jerome – who scored 27 goals between 2004-2006 for Cardiff – who pinched the equaliser after the 68th minute. Cardiff failed to adequately clear a corner and Richard Keogh headed the ball back into the area, with ­Jerome holding off Morrison to slide the ball past Neil Etheridge. Vydra put the game beyond the visitors nine minutes from time with an emphatic finish, his 20th of the season, before Jerome added a third in added time. Rowett said: “There are no ­second chances for us and we had to lay it all out on the pitch. “The players have shown ­tremendous character and it’s now in our own hands again. We’ve got Aston Villa on Saturday and then Barnsley who will be fighting for their lives, which is why we all love this division.” Teams Derby County (3-6-1) Carson; Keogh, Davies, Forsyth; Wisdom, Huddlestone, Johnson, Lawrence (Hanson 88), Olsson (Vydra 60), Weimann (Pearce 88); Jerome. Subs Roos (g), Palmer, Nugent, Ledley. Cardiff City (4-4-2) Etheridge; Ecuele Manga, Morrison, Bamba, Bennett; Paterson, Gunnarsson, Ralls, Ward (Wildschut 74); Hoilett (Pilkington 74), Madine (Zohore 67). Subs Murphy (g), Peltier, Mendez-Laing, Grujic. Booked Paterson, Manga, Bennett, Ralls Referee Andrew Madley (West Yorkshire).
Cameron Jerome scored twice as Derby County rallied from a half-time deficit to dent Cardiff City's automatic promotion hopes.
Championship Review: Cardiff slip up as Barnsley stay in the relegation zone
Cameron Jerome scored twice as Derby County rallied from a half-time deficit to dent Cardiff City's automatic promotion hopes.
Manchester United reserves have suffered a humiliating relegation from the top flight of Premier League 2. Managed by former Sunderland coach, Ricky Sbragia, United's under-23 team had given themselves a slim chance of survival with a 1-1 draw with arch-rivals Manchester City on Friday night. But Derby County's 1-0 win over West Ham on Monday night sealed United's fate, leaving them five points adrift of safety with just one game remaining. Manchester United drop into second tier of Premier League Two despite having finished as champions in three of the last five seasons. United were crowned champions in the first year of the competition's new format, after it replaced the Premier Reserve League in 2012/13. Ricky Sbragia during his time as caretake manager of Sunderland Credit: Getty Images The under-23s' relegation comes just days after their under-18s clinched the Premier League northern title with a 2-1 win over Man City. Sbragia was appointed under-23s coach in July last year having previously worked at the club as reserves coach from 2002 to 2005. The 61-year-old replaced Warren Joyce, who left for an ill-fated four-month spell as manager of Wigan Athletic. United's relegation comes with the club's senior side facing a must-win FA Cup semi-final clash with Tottenham.
Manchester United reserves relegated from Premier League Two top flight
Manchester United reserves have suffered a humiliating relegation from the top flight of Premier League 2. Managed by former Sunderland coach, Ricky Sbragia, United's under-23 team had given themselves a slim chance of survival with a 1-1 draw with arch-rivals Manchester City on Friday night. But Derby County's 1-0 win over West Ham on Monday night sealed United's fate, leaving them five points adrift of safety with just one game remaining. Manchester United drop into second tier of Premier League Two despite having finished as champions in three of the last five seasons. United were crowned champions in the first year of the competition's new format, after it replaced the Premier Reserve League in 2012/13. Ricky Sbragia during his time as caretake manager of Sunderland Credit: Getty Images The under-23s' relegation comes just days after their under-18s clinched the Premier League northern title with a 2-1 win over Man City. Sbragia was appointed under-23s coach in July last year having previously worked at the club as reserves coach from 2002 to 2005. The 61-year-old replaced Warren Joyce, who left for an ill-fated four-month spell as manager of Wigan Athletic. United's relegation comes with the club's senior side facing a must-win FA Cup semi-final clash with Tottenham.
Manchester United reserves have suffered a humiliating relegation from the top flight of Premier League 2. Managed by former Sunderland coach, Ricky Sbragia, United's under-23 team had given themselves a slim chance of survival with a 1-1 draw with arch-rivals Manchester City on Friday night. But Derby County's 1-0 win over West Ham on Monday night sealed United's fate, leaving them five points adrift of safety with just one game remaining. Manchester United drop into second tier of Premier League Two despite having finished as champions in three of the last five seasons. United were crowned champions in the first year of the competition's new format, after it replaced the Premier Reserve League in 2012/13. Ricky Sbragia during his time as caretake manager of Sunderland Credit: Getty Images The under-23s' relegation comes just days after their under-18s clinched the Premier League northern title with a 2-1 win over Man City. Sbragia was appointed under-23s coach in July last year having previously worked at the club as reserves coach from 2002 to 2005. The 61-year-old replaced Warren Joyce, who left for an ill-fated four-month spell as manager of Wigan Athletic. United's relegation comes with the club's senior side facing a must-win FA Cup semi-final clash with Tottenham.
Manchester United reserves relegated from Premier League Two top flight
Manchester United reserves have suffered a humiliating relegation from the top flight of Premier League 2. Managed by former Sunderland coach, Ricky Sbragia, United's under-23 team had given themselves a slim chance of survival with a 1-1 draw with arch-rivals Manchester City on Friday night. But Derby County's 1-0 win over West Ham on Monday night sealed United's fate, leaving them five points adrift of safety with just one game remaining. Manchester United drop into second tier of Premier League Two despite having finished as champions in three of the last five seasons. United were crowned champions in the first year of the competition's new format, after it replaced the Premier Reserve League in 2012/13. Ricky Sbragia during his time as caretake manager of Sunderland Credit: Getty Images The under-23s' relegation comes just days after their under-18s clinched the Premier League northern title with a 2-1 win over Man City. Sbragia was appointed under-23s coach in July last year having previously worked at the club as reserves coach from 2002 to 2005. The 61-year-old replaced Warren Joyce, who left for an ill-fated four-month spell as manager of Wigan Athletic. United's relegation comes with the club's senior side facing a must-win FA Cup semi-final clash with Tottenham.
Soccer Football - Championship - Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Derby County - Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton, Britain - April 11, 2018 Wolves' Ruben Neves celebrates with Conor Coady and Benik Afobe after scoring their second goal Action Images/Andrew Boyers
Championship - Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Derby County
Soccer Football - Championship - Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Derby County - Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton, Britain - April 11, 2018 Wolves' Ruben Neves celebrates with Conor Coady and Benik Afobe after scoring their second goal Action Images/Andrew Boyers
Premier League clubs are planning urgent talks over Wolverhampton Wanderers’ imminent return to the world’s richest league amid concerns over their relationship with agent Jorge Mendes. The Daily Telegraph can reveal that several top-flight teams want to discuss Mendes’ business links to Wolves owners Fosun at their quarterly shareholders meeting on Friday after claims it represents a conflict of interest for the super-agent. So-called ‘Big Six’ and smaller clubs alike are said by more than one source to fear that Mendes’ relationship with the Midlanders could give them an unfair advantage in the transfer market, as it is alleged to have done during their march towards promotion. Since Wolves were taken over by Fosun International in July 2016 – months after a subsidiary of the Chinese conglomerate bought a 20 per cent stake in Mendes’s Gestifute agency – they have signed several of the Portuguese’s clients. They include manager Nuno Espirito Santo and Championship record signing Ruben Neves, who scored one of the goals of the season against Derby County on Wednesday to move the club one win from ending their six-year Premier-League exile. THAT. IS. OUTRAGEOUS! Ruben Neves with yet another absolute rocket to make it Wolves 2-0 Derby County! Watch live on Sky Sports Football now! https://t.co/Sq3nx9RstY— Sky Sports Football (@SkyFootball) April 11, 2018 Mendes has represented some of football’s biggest names, including Jose Mourinho and Cristiano Ronaldo. It is unclear whether anything could be done under current top-flight rules to curb Mendes’ influence at Wolves, with one source revealing there is “a feeling it needs to be addressed” but that there are fears executive chairman Richard Scudamore may be “powerless” to act. One option could be for the 20 teams to attempt to introduce a regulation outlawing the kind of shareholding Fosun’s subsidiary holds in Gestifute. The Telegraph revealed last month that unrest among Wolves’ promotion rivals – including Derby, Leeds United and Aston Villa – over the influence of Mendes had led to demands for an English Football League investigation into whether the club had breached its, or Football Association, rules. Days later, the row went public when Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani reacted to his side’s defeat against Wolves by questioning the legality of their links to Mendes in an extraordinary Twitter rant. Wolves Q&A | Have they broken any rules? The EFL responded by announcing the matter had been raised at a meeting of its board “in light of recent concerns raised by a number of clubs” and promising to convene a meeting with Wolves. It also said: “The club was explicitly informed in July 2016 of all the requirements it was expected to meet as part of the change of control, and appropriate arrangements were put in place to ensure compliance.” The matter remains unresolved after being discussed by the EFL board again at its latest meeting, with the league still awaiting correspondence from the club. Fosun’s takeover of Wolves was approved in 2016 after it was deemed their relationship with Mendes did not breach FA conflict-of-interest rules prohibiting agents having an interest in a club, or a club having an interest in an agency. Questions over Mendes’ potential to influence transfers at the club arose again after they signed Ivan Cavaleiro from Monaco for £7.2 million, although it was Gestifute executive Valdir Cardoso whose name was on the paperwork. They then twice smashed the Championship transfer record in a matter of months to sign Mendes players, paying £12.8m to Benfica for Helder Costa in January last year and £15.8m to Porto for Neves in the summer, as well as recruiting Diogo Jota on a season-long loan from Atletico. Former Porto and Valencia manager Nuno – Mendes’ first-ever client – also arrived to take charge at Molineux in the close season. The EFL has declined to comment on Wolves or the concerns of Premier League sides. The Premier League, which must apply its owners and directors test once Wolves secure promotion, also declined to comment. Wolves declined to comment after issuing a statement last month, saying: “We are very clear on FA and EFL regulations and always comply with them explicitly. Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo is a client of Jorge Mendes Credit: GETTY IMAGES “We welcome any form of communication with the EFL to reiterate our position. “We fully anticipate the release of a further EFL statement in support of Wolves and the club’s operations to bring a prompt resolution to this matter.” Wolves also said last summer: “It is a matter of public record that Fosun have a percentage stake in the Gestifute company headed up by Jorge Mendes. Jorge is available as an adviser to the owners, in the same way as many other agents and influential figures within football are. Wolves have signed players within his portfolio, including last year’s player of the season Helder Costa, as well as players from other intermediaries.” Gestifute did not respond to requests for comment.
Exclusive: Wolves under attack over Jorge Mendes relationship as Premier League clubs plan to hold urgent talks
Premier League clubs are planning urgent talks over Wolverhampton Wanderers’ imminent return to the world’s richest league amid concerns over their relationship with agent Jorge Mendes. The Daily Telegraph can reveal that several top-flight teams want to discuss Mendes’ business links to Wolves owners Fosun at their quarterly shareholders meeting on Friday after claims it represents a conflict of interest for the super-agent. So-called ‘Big Six’ and smaller clubs alike are said by more than one source to fear that Mendes’ relationship with the Midlanders could give them an unfair advantage in the transfer market, as it is alleged to have done during their march towards promotion. Since Wolves were taken over by Fosun International in July 2016 – months after a subsidiary of the Chinese conglomerate bought a 20 per cent stake in Mendes’s Gestifute agency – they have signed several of the Portuguese’s clients. They include manager Nuno Espirito Santo and Championship record signing Ruben Neves, who scored one of the goals of the season against Derby County on Wednesday to move the club one win from ending their six-year Premier-League exile. THAT. IS. OUTRAGEOUS! Ruben Neves with yet another absolute rocket to make it Wolves 2-0 Derby County! Watch live on Sky Sports Football now! https://t.co/Sq3nx9RstY— Sky Sports Football (@SkyFootball) April 11, 2018 Mendes has represented some of football’s biggest names, including Jose Mourinho and Cristiano Ronaldo. It is unclear whether anything could be done under current top-flight rules to curb Mendes’ influence at Wolves, with one source revealing there is “a feeling it needs to be addressed” but that there are fears executive chairman Richard Scudamore may be “powerless” to act. One option could be for the 20 teams to attempt to introduce a regulation outlawing the kind of shareholding Fosun’s subsidiary holds in Gestifute. The Telegraph revealed last month that unrest among Wolves’ promotion rivals – including Derby, Leeds United and Aston Villa – over the influence of Mendes had led to demands for an English Football League investigation into whether the club had breached its, or Football Association, rules. Days later, the row went public when Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani reacted to his side’s defeat against Wolves by questioning the legality of their links to Mendes in an extraordinary Twitter rant. Wolves Q&A | Have they broken any rules? The EFL responded by announcing the matter had been raised at a meeting of its board “in light of recent concerns raised by a number of clubs” and promising to convene a meeting with Wolves. It also said: “The club was explicitly informed in July 2016 of all the requirements it was expected to meet as part of the change of control, and appropriate arrangements were put in place to ensure compliance.” The matter remains unresolved after being discussed by the EFL board again at its latest meeting, with the league still awaiting correspondence from the club. Fosun’s takeover of Wolves was approved in 2016 after it was deemed their relationship with Mendes did not breach FA conflict-of-interest rules prohibiting agents having an interest in a club, or a club having an interest in an agency. Questions over Mendes’ potential to influence transfers at the club arose again after they signed Ivan Cavaleiro from Monaco for £7.2 million, although it was Gestifute executive Valdir Cardoso whose name was on the paperwork. They then twice smashed the Championship transfer record in a matter of months to sign Mendes players, paying £12.8m to Benfica for Helder Costa in January last year and £15.8m to Porto for Neves in the summer, as well as recruiting Diogo Jota on a season-long loan from Atletico. Former Porto and Valencia manager Nuno – Mendes’ first-ever client – also arrived to take charge at Molineux in the close season. The EFL has declined to comment on Wolves or the concerns of Premier League sides. The Premier League, which must apply its owners and directors test once Wolves secure promotion, also declined to comment. Wolves declined to comment after issuing a statement last month, saying: “We are very clear on FA and EFL regulations and always comply with them explicitly. Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo is a client of Jorge Mendes Credit: GETTY IMAGES “We welcome any form of communication with the EFL to reiterate our position. “We fully anticipate the release of a further EFL statement in support of Wolves and the club’s operations to bring a prompt resolution to this matter.” Wolves also said last summer: “It is a matter of public record that Fosun have a percentage stake in the Gestifute company headed up by Jorge Mendes. Jorge is available as an adviser to the owners, in the same way as many other agents and influential figures within football are. Wolves have signed players within his portfolio, including last year’s player of the season Helder Costa, as well as players from other intermediaries.” Gestifute did not respond to requests for comment.
Premier League clubs are planning urgent talks over Wolverhampton Wanderers’ imminent return to the world’s richest league amid concerns over their relationship with agent Jorge Mendes. The Daily Telegraph can reveal that several top-flight teams want to discuss Mendes’ business links to Wolves owners Fosun at their quarterly shareholders meeting on Friday after claims it represents a conflict of interest for the super-agent. So-called ‘Big Six’ and smaller clubs alike are said by more than one source to fear that Mendes’ relationship with the Midlanders could give them an unfair advantage in the transfer market, as it is alleged to have done during their march towards promotion. Since Wolves were taken over by Fosun International in July 2016 – months after a subsidiary of the Chinese conglomerate bought a 20 per cent stake in Mendes’s Gestifute agency – they have signed several of the Portuguese’s clients. They include manager Nuno Espirito Santo and Championship record signing Ruben Neves, who scored one of the goals of the season against Derby County on Wednesday to move the club one win from ending their six-year Premier-League exile. THAT. IS. OUTRAGEOUS! Ruben Neves with yet another absolute rocket to make it Wolves 2-0 Derby County! Watch live on Sky Sports Football now! https://t.co/Sq3nx9RstY— Sky Sports Football (@SkyFootball) April 11, 2018 Mendes has represented some of football’s biggest names, including Jose Mourinho and Cristiano Ronaldo. It is unclear whether anything could be done under current top-flight rules to curb Mendes’ influence at Wolves, with one source revealing there is “a feeling it needs to be addressed” but that there are fears executive chairman Richard Scudamore may be “powerless” to act. One option could be for the 20 teams to attempt to introduce a regulation outlawing the kind of shareholding Fosun’s subsidiary holds in Gestifute. The Telegraph revealed last month that unrest among Wolves’ promotion rivals – including Derby, Leeds United and Aston Villa – over the influence of Mendes had led to demands for an English Football League investigation into whether the club had breached its, or Football Association, rules. Days later, the row went public when Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani reacted to his side’s defeat against Wolves by questioning the legality of their links to Mendes in an extraordinary Twitter rant. Wolves Q&A | Have they broken any rules? The EFL responded by announcing the matter had been raised at a meeting of its board “in light of recent concerns raised by a number of clubs” and promising to convene a meeting with Wolves. It also said: “The club was explicitly informed in July 2016 of all the requirements it was expected to meet as part of the change of control, and appropriate arrangements were put in place to ensure compliance.” The matter remains unresolved after being discussed by the EFL board again at its latest meeting, with the league still awaiting correspondence from the club. Fosun’s takeover of Wolves was approved in 2016 after it was deemed their relationship with Mendes did not breach FA conflict-of-interest rules prohibiting agents having an interest in a club, or a club having an interest in an agency. Questions over Mendes’ potential to influence transfers at the club arose again after they signed Ivan Cavaleiro from Monaco for £7.2 million, although it was Gestifute executive Valdir Cardoso whose name was on the paperwork. They then twice smashed the Championship transfer record in a matter of months to sign Mendes players, paying £12.8m to Benfica for Helder Costa in January last year and £15.8m to Porto for Neves in the summer, as well as recruiting Diogo Jota on a season-long loan from Atletico. Former Porto and Valencia manager Nuno – Mendes’ first-ever client – also arrived to take charge at Molineux in the close season. The EFL has declined to comment on Wolves or the concerns of Premier League sides. The Premier League, which must apply its owners and directors test once Wolves secure promotion, also declined to comment. Wolves declined to comment after issuing a statement last month, saying: “We are very clear on FA and EFL regulations and always comply with them explicitly. Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo is a client of Jorge Mendes Credit: GETTY IMAGES “We welcome any form of communication with the EFL to reiterate our position. “We fully anticipate the release of a further EFL statement in support of Wolves and the club’s operations to bring a prompt resolution to this matter.” Wolves also said last summer: “It is a matter of public record that Fosun have a percentage stake in the Gestifute company headed up by Jorge Mendes. Jorge is available as an adviser to the owners, in the same way as many other agents and influential figures within football are. Wolves have signed players within his portfolio, including last year’s player of the season Helder Costa, as well as players from other intermediaries.” Gestifute did not respond to requests for comment.
Exclusive: Wolves under attack over Jorge Mendes relationship as Premier League clubs plan to hold urgent talks
Premier League clubs are planning urgent talks over Wolverhampton Wanderers’ imminent return to the world’s richest league amid concerns over their relationship with agent Jorge Mendes. The Daily Telegraph can reveal that several top-flight teams want to discuss Mendes’ business links to Wolves owners Fosun at their quarterly shareholders meeting on Friday after claims it represents a conflict of interest for the super-agent. So-called ‘Big Six’ and smaller clubs alike are said by more than one source to fear that Mendes’ relationship with the Midlanders could give them an unfair advantage in the transfer market, as it is alleged to have done during their march towards promotion. Since Wolves were taken over by Fosun International in July 2016 – months after a subsidiary of the Chinese conglomerate bought a 20 per cent stake in Mendes’s Gestifute agency – they have signed several of the Portuguese’s clients. They include manager Nuno Espirito Santo and Championship record signing Ruben Neves, who scored one of the goals of the season against Derby County on Wednesday to move the club one win from ending their six-year Premier-League exile. THAT. IS. OUTRAGEOUS! Ruben Neves with yet another absolute rocket to make it Wolves 2-0 Derby County! Watch live on Sky Sports Football now! https://t.co/Sq3nx9RstY— Sky Sports Football (@SkyFootball) April 11, 2018 Mendes has represented some of football’s biggest names, including Jose Mourinho and Cristiano Ronaldo. It is unclear whether anything could be done under current top-flight rules to curb Mendes’ influence at Wolves, with one source revealing there is “a feeling it needs to be addressed” but that there are fears executive chairman Richard Scudamore may be “powerless” to act. One option could be for the 20 teams to attempt to introduce a regulation outlawing the kind of shareholding Fosun’s subsidiary holds in Gestifute. The Telegraph revealed last month that unrest among Wolves’ promotion rivals – including Derby, Leeds United and Aston Villa – over the influence of Mendes had led to demands for an English Football League investigation into whether the club had breached its, or Football Association, rules. Days later, the row went public when Leeds owner Andrea Radrizzani reacted to his side’s defeat against Wolves by questioning the legality of their links to Mendes in an extraordinary Twitter rant. Wolves Q&A | Have they broken any rules? The EFL responded by announcing the matter had been raised at a meeting of its board “in light of recent concerns raised by a number of clubs” and promising to convene a meeting with Wolves. It also said: “The club was explicitly informed in July 2016 of all the requirements it was expected to meet as part of the change of control, and appropriate arrangements were put in place to ensure compliance.” The matter remains unresolved after being discussed by the EFL board again at its latest meeting, with the league still awaiting correspondence from the club. Fosun’s takeover of Wolves was approved in 2016 after it was deemed their relationship with Mendes did not breach FA conflict-of-interest rules prohibiting agents having an interest in a club, or a club having an interest in an agency. Questions over Mendes’ potential to influence transfers at the club arose again after they signed Ivan Cavaleiro from Monaco for £7.2 million, although it was Gestifute executive Valdir Cardoso whose name was on the paperwork. They then twice smashed the Championship transfer record in a matter of months to sign Mendes players, paying £12.8m to Benfica for Helder Costa in January last year and £15.8m to Porto for Neves in the summer, as well as recruiting Diogo Jota on a season-long loan from Atletico. Former Porto and Valencia manager Nuno – Mendes’ first-ever client – also arrived to take charge at Molineux in the close season. The EFL has declined to comment on Wolves or the concerns of Premier League sides. The Premier League, which must apply its owners and directors test once Wolves secure promotion, also declined to comment. Wolves declined to comment after issuing a statement last month, saying: “We are very clear on FA and EFL regulations and always comply with them explicitly. Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo is a client of Jorge Mendes Credit: GETTY IMAGES “We welcome any form of communication with the EFL to reiterate our position. “We fully anticipate the release of a further EFL statement in support of Wolves and the club’s operations to bring a prompt resolution to this matter.” Wolves also said last summer: “It is a matter of public record that Fosun have a percentage stake in the Gestifute company headed up by Jorge Mendes. Jorge is available as an adviser to the owners, in the same way as many other agents and influential figures within football are. Wolves have signed players within his portfolio, including last year’s player of the season Helder Costa, as well as players from other intermediaries.” Gestifute did not respond to requests for comment.
Rúben Neves celebrates scoring Wolves’ second goal against Derby County with a 30-yard volley.
Wolves get ready to celebrate promotion after Rúben Neves’ stunning volley
Rúben Neves celebrates scoring Wolves’ second goal against Derby County with a 30-yard volley.
Derby manager Gary Rowett hailed Ruben Neves as “a Champions League player” after the stunning strike that took Wolves to the brink of a return to the Premier League. The Molineux club’s £15.8 million record signing hit the goal of the Championship season early in the second half to put Molineux in party mood ahead of a Sunday lunchtime clash with Birmingham City that will confirm promotion and perhaps the title if they win. Positioned almost 30 yards from goal as Derby’s Chris Baird headed away a corner, the former Porto player flicked the ball up, slightly behind him with the outside of his right boot, before delivering an angled, dipping volley high into the farthest corner of the Derby goal, giving Scott Carson no chance. “It’s the first time as a manager I’ve almost applauded the opposition’s goal,” Rowett said. “I genuinely thought, what do you do about that? It was so good. He is 35 yards out, his touch is actually not brilliant because it takes the ball away from him, and the last thing our goalkeeper and back four think is he’s going to shoot. “To hit it with that precision, power, dip, accuracy, is Champions League stuff, not Championship stuff. “They have three or four players who are Premier League standard but Neves is a Champions League player.” Top scorer Diogo Jota had taken advantage of some poor Derby defending to give his side a sixth-minute lead with his 15th Championship goal. The victory, Wolves’ 28th of the season, stretches their lead over second-placed Fulham to 11 points and gives them a 12-point advantage over Cardiff. Should Fulham drop points at Brentford on Saturday, their return to the Premier League after a six-year absence will be confirmed regardless of their result on Sunday, while a win would see them crowned champions as well with three matches to spare if Cardiff drop points at Norwich on Saturday. Wolves head coach Nuno Espirito Santo is not a man prone to excessiveness in his praise for his players – in contrast to some of his celebrations – but even he had to applaud Neves. “He has great talent and we are very fortunate to have him,” he said. “It was a very good goal, a beautiful goal and I am very pleased. “But it is all about the squad. You have to be humble and work hard and the rewards will come and now we focus on Sunday, the next game. It is no different.” Derby remain fifth but are far from certain of finishing in the play-off positions with only three points covering fifth to ninth place. Match details Wolverhampton Wanderers (3-4-3): Ruddy; Bennett, Coady, Boly; Doherty, Saiss, Neves, Douglas; Cavaleiro (Gibbs-White 82), Afobe (Costa 66), Jota (Bonatini 74). Substitutes not used: Norris (g), N’Diaye, Batth, Hause. Derby County (4-4-1-1): Carson; Wisdom, Pearce, Davies, Baird; Weimann, Huddlestone, Ledley (Palmer 73), Lawrence; Vydra (Hanson 85); Nugent (Jerome 81). Substitutes not used: Roos (g), Forsyth, Keogh, Thomas. Referee: Tim Robinson (West Sussex) Bookings: Wolves: Bennett. Attendance: 28,503.
Wolves can clinch Premier League promotion this weekend after easing past Derby County
Derby manager Gary Rowett hailed Ruben Neves as “a Champions League player” after the stunning strike that took Wolves to the brink of a return to the Premier League. The Molineux club’s £15.8 million record signing hit the goal of the Championship season early in the second half to put Molineux in party mood ahead of a Sunday lunchtime clash with Birmingham City that will confirm promotion and perhaps the title if they win. Positioned almost 30 yards from goal as Derby’s Chris Baird headed away a corner, the former Porto player flicked the ball up, slightly behind him with the outside of his right boot, before delivering an angled, dipping volley high into the farthest corner of the Derby goal, giving Scott Carson no chance. “It’s the first time as a manager I’ve almost applauded the opposition’s goal,” Rowett said. “I genuinely thought, what do you do about that? It was so good. He is 35 yards out, his touch is actually not brilliant because it takes the ball away from him, and the last thing our goalkeeper and back four think is he’s going to shoot. “To hit it with that precision, power, dip, accuracy, is Champions League stuff, not Championship stuff. “They have three or four players who are Premier League standard but Neves is a Champions League player.” Top scorer Diogo Jota had taken advantage of some poor Derby defending to give his side a sixth-minute lead with his 15th Championship goal. The victory, Wolves’ 28th of the season, stretches their lead over second-placed Fulham to 11 points and gives them a 12-point advantage over Cardiff. Should Fulham drop points at Brentford on Saturday, their return to the Premier League after a six-year absence will be confirmed regardless of their result on Sunday, while a win would see them crowned champions as well with three matches to spare if Cardiff drop points at Norwich on Saturday. Wolves head coach Nuno Espirito Santo is not a man prone to excessiveness in his praise for his players – in contrast to some of his celebrations – but even he had to applaud Neves. “He has great talent and we are very fortunate to have him,” he said. “It was a very good goal, a beautiful goal and I am very pleased. “But it is all about the squad. You have to be humble and work hard and the rewards will come and now we focus on Sunday, the next game. It is no different.” Derby remain fifth but are far from certain of finishing in the play-off positions with only three points covering fifth to ninth place. Match details Wolverhampton Wanderers (3-4-3): Ruddy; Bennett, Coady, Boly; Doherty, Saiss, Neves, Douglas; Cavaleiro (Gibbs-White 82), Afobe (Costa 66), Jota (Bonatini 74). Substitutes not used: Norris (g), N’Diaye, Batth, Hause. Derby County (4-4-1-1): Carson; Wisdom, Pearce, Davies, Baird; Weimann, Huddlestone, Ledley (Palmer 73), Lawrence; Vydra (Hanson 85); Nugent (Jerome 81). Substitutes not used: Roos (g), Forsyth, Keogh, Thomas. Referee: Tim Robinson (West Sussex) Bookings: Wolves: Bennett. Attendance: 28,503.
Soccer Football - Championship - Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Derby County - Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton, Britain - April 11, 2018 Wolves' Ruben Neves in action with Derby County's Matej Vydra Action Images/Andrew Boyers
Championship - Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Derby County
Soccer Football - Championship - Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Derby County - Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton, Britain - April 11, 2018 Wolves' Ruben Neves in action with Derby County's Matej Vydra Action Images/Andrew Boyers
Soccer Football - Championship - Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Derby County - Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton, Britain - April 11, 2018 Wolves' Ruben Neves celebrates scoring their second goal Action Images/Andrew Boyers
Championship - Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Derby County
Soccer Football - Championship - Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Derby County - Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton, Britain - April 11, 2018 Wolves' Ruben Neves celebrates scoring their second goal Action Images/Andrew Boyers
Soccer Football - Championship - Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Derby County - Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton, Britain - April 11, 2018 Wolverhampton Wanderers' Diogo Jota in action with Derby County's Andreas Weimann Action Images/Andrew Couldridge
Championship - Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Derby County
Soccer Football - Championship - Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Derby County - Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton, Britain - April 11, 2018 Wolverhampton Wanderers' Diogo Jota in action with Derby County's Andreas Weimann Action Images/Andrew Couldridge
Soccer Football - Championship - Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Derby County - Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton, Britain - April 11, 2018 Wolves' Ruben Neves celebrates with Conor Coady after scoring their second goal Action Images/Andrew Boyers
Championship - Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Derby County
Soccer Football - Championship - Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Derby County - Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton, Britain - April 11, 2018 Wolves' Ruben Neves celebrates with Conor Coady after scoring their second goal Action Images/Andrew Boyers
Soccer Football - Championship - Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Derby County - Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton, Britain - April 11, 2018 Wolves' Ruben Neves celebrates with Conor Coady and Benik Afobe after scoring their second goal Action Images/Andrew Boyers
Championship - Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Derby County
Soccer Football - Championship - Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Derby County - Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton, Britain - April 11, 2018 Wolves' Ruben Neves celebrates with Conor Coady and Benik Afobe after scoring their second goal Action Images/Andrew Boyers
Soccer Football - Championship - Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Derby County - Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton, Britain - April 11, 2018 Wolverhampton Wanderers' Diogo Jota scores their first goal Action Images/Andrew Couldridge
Championship - Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Derby County
Soccer Football - Championship - Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Derby County - Molineux Stadium, Wolverhampton, Britain - April 11, 2018 Wolverhampton Wanderers' Diogo Jota scores their first goal Action Images/Andrew Couldridge
Wolves edged ever closer to a Premier League return as Diogo Jota and Ruben Neves secured victory over Derby County on Wednesday.
Wolves 2 Derby County 0: Neves screamer puts leaders on the brink
Wolves edged ever closer to a Premier League return as Diogo Jota and Ruben Neves secured victory over Derby County on Wednesday.
Wolves can clinch Premier League promotion this weekend after easing past Derby County
Wolves can clinch Premier League promotion this weekend after easing past Derby County
Wolves can clinch Premier League promotion this weekend after easing past Derby County
With Wolves on the verge of sealing their place back in the Premier League as Championship champions, the race for the second automatic promotion spot it hotting up. We are into the season's final stretch now, and three teams still have a chance of claiming second place. Here, we take a closer look at each side's chances. Cardiff City 2nd, P40 Pts 80 Form guide LDWWWW Strength Defence. Cardiff have the best defensive record in the Championship, having conceded just 34 goals all season and kept 16 clean sheets - manager Neil Warnock's target at the beginning of the season, which he felt would be sufficient to reach the play-offs. Since the return of Sean Morrison, they have looked even more comfortable at the back. Warnock admits his squad isn’t as good as that of Aston Villa or Wolves, but what he does have is a strong spine to the side and an approach very much in the mould of their muck 'n nettles manager. “We haven’t got the Rolls Royces of the division, but, by gum, we've got some endeavour and a lot of skill in some areas as well,” Warnock said, recently. Weakness Warnock is often criticised for his tactics being one-dimensional. Kenneth Zohore, who has scored eight goals for Cardiff, is often used as a target man to get the ball forward quicker, producing a style of play which can lead to some grumbling from the supporters. Warnock riles at suggestions he is predictable: “If you’ve got a target man or someone strong in the air, they can play the ball out to players occupying the wide positions,” he pointed out. Key man Callum Paterson, who has enjoyed a successful 2018 in a new advanced position. He has taken his goal tally to nine and is the club's second top scorer. The Scotsman had to come off in the defeat against Wolves, but Warnock will be hoping he is fit to feature against Aston Villa on Tuesday in a game that could go a long way to sealing second place. Remaining games Aston Villa (a), Norwich Ciy (a), Nottingham Forest (h), Derby County (a), Hull City (a), Reading (h) Fulham 3rd - P41 Pts 78 Form guide WWWDWW Strength Scoring - especially on the counter, where their pace can be devastating. Last season, Fulham scored 85 goals and could overhaul that tally this year (they currently have 71). Their calculated, quick approach in possession means they can soak up pressure and hit teams on the break. Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic has pace in abundance, especially down the left-hand side with Ryan Sessegnon and Sheyi Ojo. Sessegnon has scored a remarkable 14 goals, with 10 coming in his last 18 games. Ryan Sessegnon is a constant threat on the left Credit: pa Weakness Despite Fulham’s strength on the break, they are often guilty of sloppiness in possession and are caught out having over-committed in attack. Sessegnon and his opposite full-back, Ryan Fredericks, can be exposed in this area and Jokanovic has moved Sessegnon to the left wing to provide more cover for his full-back. This has paid dividends, with Fulham having now kept three clean sheets in three games. Earlier on in the season, they went 13 games before keeping a clean sheet. Key man Aleksander Mitrovic. The on-loan Newcastle striker scored his ninth goal in nine games to extend Fulham’s unbeaten run to 19 matches at the weekend against Sheffield Wednesday. He is already their second top scorer this season and his physicality gives Fulham another dimension to their play: he is the battering ram who can hold the ball up for his quicker, more mobile team-mates to find space around him. Remaining games Reading (h), Brentford (h), Millwall (a), Sunderland (h), Birmingham (a). Aston Villa 4th - P41 Pts 73 Form guide LWDLLW Strength Villa's side is bursting with creativity, led by Robert Snodgrass, who has produced a division-high tally of 14 assists. The Scotland international is gradually scrubbing away the miserable experience of his stint at West Ham, where he accused then-manager Slaven Bilic of playing him out of position, and has also chipped in with seven goals. Add that to Albert Adomas’s tally of 14, and the skills of Jack Grealish - who has four goals and as many assists - and you begin to see why Villa are still considered a threat, despite their recent wobbles. Villa have tonnes of creativity Credit: getty images Weakness Consistency has been a problem for Villa this season. They were the pre-season favourites to be champions; instead, they find themselves fourth and with automatic promotion rapidly slipping over the horizon. Since beating Wolves 4-1, they have lost to Norwich, Bolton, QPR, and drawn 0-0 with Hull, while their most recent loss against Norwich City, saw the fans turn against the players. “The players have let the supporters down, and they have also let themselves down. We have failed to perform when we really needed to,” said manager Steve Bruce. Key man John Terry has been a colossus at the heart of Villa’s defence, earning a place in the Championship Team of the Year, despite missing 10 games through injury. Terry has started in 31 of Villas 41 fixtures so far, helping them keep 12 clean sheets, and will be pivotal if Villa are to regain their place at English football's top table. “John Terry is a natural leader of men on and off the pitch," Bruce has said. "He is a wonderful footballer but what he has brought to the dressing room is important. He knows what it is like to play the top level.” Remaining games Cardiff (h), Leeds (h), Ipswich (a), Derby (h), Millwall (a)
The Championship promotion race: Will Cardiff, Fulham or Aston Villa claim second spot?
With Wolves on the verge of sealing their place back in the Premier League as Championship champions, the race for the second automatic promotion spot it hotting up. We are into the season's final stretch now, and three teams still have a chance of claiming second place. Here, we take a closer look at each side's chances. Cardiff City 2nd, P40 Pts 80 Form guide LDWWWW Strength Defence. Cardiff have the best defensive record in the Championship, having conceded just 34 goals all season and kept 16 clean sheets - manager Neil Warnock's target at the beginning of the season, which he felt would be sufficient to reach the play-offs. Since the return of Sean Morrison, they have looked even more comfortable at the back. Warnock admits his squad isn’t as good as that of Aston Villa or Wolves, but what he does have is a strong spine to the side and an approach very much in the mould of their muck 'n nettles manager. “We haven’t got the Rolls Royces of the division, but, by gum, we've got some endeavour and a lot of skill in some areas as well,” Warnock said, recently. Weakness Warnock is often criticised for his tactics being one-dimensional. Kenneth Zohore, who has scored eight goals for Cardiff, is often used as a target man to get the ball forward quicker, producing a style of play which can lead to some grumbling from the supporters. Warnock riles at suggestions he is predictable: “If you’ve got a target man or someone strong in the air, they can play the ball out to players occupying the wide positions,” he pointed out. Key man Callum Paterson, who has enjoyed a successful 2018 in a new advanced position. He has taken his goal tally to nine and is the club's second top scorer. The Scotsman had to come off in the defeat against Wolves, but Warnock will be hoping he is fit to feature against Aston Villa on Tuesday in a game that could go a long way to sealing second place. Remaining games Aston Villa (a), Norwich Ciy (a), Nottingham Forest (h), Derby County (a), Hull City (a), Reading (h) Fulham 3rd - P41 Pts 78 Form guide WWWDWW Strength Scoring - especially on the counter, where their pace can be devastating. Last season, Fulham scored 85 goals and could overhaul that tally this year (they currently have 71). Their calculated, quick approach in possession means they can soak up pressure and hit teams on the break. Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic has pace in abundance, especially down the left-hand side with Ryan Sessegnon and Sheyi Ojo. Sessegnon has scored a remarkable 14 goals, with 10 coming in his last 18 games. Ryan Sessegnon is a constant threat on the left Credit: pa Weakness Despite Fulham’s strength on the break, they are often guilty of sloppiness in possession and are caught out having over-committed in attack. Sessegnon and his opposite full-back, Ryan Fredericks, can be exposed in this area and Jokanovic has moved Sessegnon to the left wing to provide more cover for his full-back. This has paid dividends, with Fulham having now kept three clean sheets in three games. Earlier on in the season, they went 13 games before keeping a clean sheet. Key man Aleksander Mitrovic. The on-loan Newcastle striker scored his ninth goal in nine games to extend Fulham’s unbeaten run to 19 matches at the weekend against Sheffield Wednesday. He is already their second top scorer this season and his physicality gives Fulham another dimension to their play: he is the battering ram who can hold the ball up for his quicker, more mobile team-mates to find space around him. Remaining games Reading (h), Brentford (h), Millwall (a), Sunderland (h), Birmingham (a). Aston Villa 4th - P41 Pts 73 Form guide LWDLLW Strength Villa's side is bursting with creativity, led by Robert Snodgrass, who has produced a division-high tally of 14 assists. The Scotland international is gradually scrubbing away the miserable experience of his stint at West Ham, where he accused then-manager Slaven Bilic of playing him out of position, and has also chipped in with seven goals. Add that to Albert Adomas’s tally of 14, and the skills of Jack Grealish - who has four goals and as many assists - and you begin to see why Villa are still considered a threat, despite their recent wobbles. Villa have tonnes of creativity Credit: getty images Weakness Consistency has been a problem for Villa this season. They were the pre-season favourites to be champions; instead, they find themselves fourth and with automatic promotion rapidly slipping over the horizon. Since beating Wolves 4-1, they have lost to Norwich, Bolton, QPR, and drawn 0-0 with Hull, while their most recent loss against Norwich City, saw the fans turn against the players. “The players have let the supporters down, and they have also let themselves down. We have failed to perform when we really needed to,” said manager Steve Bruce. Key man John Terry has been a colossus at the heart of Villa’s defence, earning a place in the Championship Team of the Year, despite missing 10 games through injury. Terry has started in 31 of Villas 41 fixtures so far, helping them keep 12 clean sheets, and will be pivotal if Villa are to regain their place at English football's top table. “John Terry is a natural leader of men on and off the pitch," Bruce has said. "He is a wonderful footballer but what he has brought to the dressing room is important. He knows what it is like to play the top level.” Remaining games Cardiff (h), Leeds (h), Ipswich (a), Derby (h), Millwall (a)
With Wolves on the verge of sealing their place back in the Premier League as Championship champions, the race for the second automatic promotion spot it hotting up. We are into the season's final stretch now, and three teams still have a chance of claiming second place. Here, we take a closer look at each side's chances. Cardiff City 2nd, P40 Pts 80 Form guide LDWWWW Strength Defence. Cardiff have the best defensive record in the Championship, having conceded just 34 goals all season and kept 16 clean sheets - manager Neil Warnock's target at the beginning of the season, which he felt would be sufficient to reach the play-offs. Since the return of Sean Morrison, they have looked even more comfortable at the back. Warnock admits his squad isn’t as good as that of Aston Villa or Wolves, but what he does have is a strong spine to the side and an approach very much in the mould of their muck 'n nettles manager. “We haven’t got the Rolls Royces of the division, but, by gum, we've got some endeavour and a lot of skill in some areas as well,” Warnock said, recently. Weakness Warnock is often criticised for his tactics being one-dimensional. Kenneth Zohore, who has scored eight goals for Cardiff, is often used as a target man to get the ball forward quicker, producing a style of play which can lead to some grumbling from the supporters. Warnock riles at suggestions he is predictable: “If you’ve got a target man or someone strong in the air, they can play the ball out to players occupying the wide positions,” he pointed out. Key man Callum Paterson, who has enjoyed a successful 2018 in a new advanced position. He has taken his goal tally to nine and is the club's second top scorer. The Scotsman had to come off in the defeat against Wolves, but Warnock will be hoping he is fit to feature against Aston Villa on Tuesday in a game that could go a long way to sealing second place. Remaining games Aston Villa (a), Norwich Ciy (a), Nottingham Forest (h), Derby County (a), Hull City (a), Reading (h) Fulham 3rd - P41 Pts 78 Form guide WWWDWW Strength Scoring - especially on the counter, where their pace can be devastating. Last season, Fulham scored 85 goals and could overhaul that tally this year (they currently have 71). Their calculated, quick approach in possession means they can soak up pressure and hit teams on the break. Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic has pace in abundance, especially down the left-hand side with Ryan Sessegnon and Sheyi Ojo. Sessegnon has scored a remarkable 14 goals, with 10 coming in his last 18 games. Ryan Sessegnon is a constant threat on the left Credit: pa Weakness Despite Fulham’s strength on the break, they are often guilty of sloppiness in possession and are caught out having over-committed in attack. Sessegnon and his opposite full-back, Ryan Fredericks, can be exposed in this area and Jokanovic has moved Sessegnon to the left wing to provide more cover for his full-back. This has paid dividends, with Fulham having now kept three clean sheets in three games. Earlier on in the season, they went 13 games before keeping a clean sheet. Key man Aleksander Mitrovic. The on-loan Newcastle striker scored his ninth goal in nine games to extend Fulham’s unbeaten run to 19 matches at the weekend against Sheffield Wednesday. He is already their second top scorer this season and his physicality gives Fulham another dimension to their play: he is the battering ram who can hold the ball up for his quicker, more mobile team-mates to find space around him. Remaining games Reading (h), Brentford (h), Millwall (a), Sunderland (h), Birmingham (a). Aston Villa 4th - P41 Pts 73 Form guide LWDLLW Strength Villa's side is bursting with creativity, led by Robert Snodgrass, who has produced a division-high tally of 14 assists. The Scotland international is gradually scrubbing away the miserable experience of his stint at West Ham, where he accused then-manager Slaven Bilic of playing him out of position, and has also chipped in with seven goals. Add that to Albert Adomas’s tally of 14, and the skills of Jack Grealish - who has four goals and as many assists - and you begin to see why Villa are still considered a threat, despite their recent wobbles. Villa have tonnes of creativity Credit: getty images Weakness Consistency has been a problem for Villa this season. They were the pre-season favourites to be champions; instead, they find themselves fourth and with automatic promotion rapidly slipping over the horizon. Since beating Wolves 4-1, they have lost to Norwich, Bolton, QPR, and drawn 0-0 with Hull, while their most recent loss against Norwich City, saw the fans turn against the players. “The players have let the supporters down, and they have also let themselves down. We have failed to perform when we really needed to,” said manager Steve Bruce. Key man John Terry has been a colossus at the heart of Villa’s defence, earning a place in the Championship Team of the Year, despite missing 10 games through injury. Terry has started in 31 of Villas 41 fixtures so far, helping them keep 12 clean sheets, and will be pivotal if Villa are to regain their place at English football's top table. “John Terry is a natural leader of men on and off the pitch," Bruce has said. "He is a wonderful footballer but what he has brought to the dressing room is important. He knows what it is like to play the top level.” Remaining games Cardiff (h), Leeds (h), Ipswich (a), Derby (h), Millwall (a)
The Championship promotion race: Will Cardiff, Fulham or Aston Villa claim second spot?
With Wolves on the verge of sealing their place back in the Premier League as Championship champions, the race for the second automatic promotion spot it hotting up. We are into the season's final stretch now, and three teams still have a chance of claiming second place. Here, we take a closer look at each side's chances. Cardiff City 2nd, P40 Pts 80 Form guide LDWWWW Strength Defence. Cardiff have the best defensive record in the Championship, having conceded just 34 goals all season and kept 16 clean sheets - manager Neil Warnock's target at the beginning of the season, which he felt would be sufficient to reach the play-offs. Since the return of Sean Morrison, they have looked even more comfortable at the back. Warnock admits his squad isn’t as good as that of Aston Villa or Wolves, but what he does have is a strong spine to the side and an approach very much in the mould of their muck 'n nettles manager. “We haven’t got the Rolls Royces of the division, but, by gum, we've got some endeavour and a lot of skill in some areas as well,” Warnock said, recently. Weakness Warnock is often criticised for his tactics being one-dimensional. Kenneth Zohore, who has scored eight goals for Cardiff, is often used as a target man to get the ball forward quicker, producing a style of play which can lead to some grumbling from the supporters. Warnock riles at suggestions he is predictable: “If you’ve got a target man or someone strong in the air, they can play the ball out to players occupying the wide positions,” he pointed out. Key man Callum Paterson, who has enjoyed a successful 2018 in a new advanced position. He has taken his goal tally to nine and is the club's second top scorer. The Scotsman had to come off in the defeat against Wolves, but Warnock will be hoping he is fit to feature against Aston Villa on Tuesday in a game that could go a long way to sealing second place. Remaining games Aston Villa (a), Norwich Ciy (a), Nottingham Forest (h), Derby County (a), Hull City (a), Reading (h) Fulham 3rd - P41 Pts 78 Form guide WWWDWW Strength Scoring - especially on the counter, where their pace can be devastating. Last season, Fulham scored 85 goals and could overhaul that tally this year (they currently have 71). Their calculated, quick approach in possession means they can soak up pressure and hit teams on the break. Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic has pace in abundance, especially down the left-hand side with Ryan Sessegnon and Sheyi Ojo. Sessegnon has scored a remarkable 14 goals, with 10 coming in his last 18 games. Ryan Sessegnon is a constant threat on the left Credit: pa Weakness Despite Fulham’s strength on the break, they are often guilty of sloppiness in possession and are caught out having over-committed in attack. Sessegnon and his opposite full-back, Ryan Fredericks, can be exposed in this area and Jokanovic has moved Sessegnon to the left wing to provide more cover for his full-back. This has paid dividends, with Fulham having now kept three clean sheets in three games. Earlier on in the season, they went 13 games before keeping a clean sheet. Key man Aleksander Mitrovic. The on-loan Newcastle striker scored his ninth goal in nine games to extend Fulham’s unbeaten run to 19 matches at the weekend against Sheffield Wednesday. He is already their second top scorer this season and his physicality gives Fulham another dimension to their play: he is the battering ram who can hold the ball up for his quicker, more mobile team-mates to find space around him. Remaining games Reading (h), Brentford (h), Millwall (a), Sunderland (h), Birmingham (a). Aston Villa 4th - P41 Pts 73 Form guide LWDLLW Strength Villa's side is bursting with creativity, led by Robert Snodgrass, who has produced a division-high tally of 14 assists. The Scotland international is gradually scrubbing away the miserable experience of his stint at West Ham, where he accused then-manager Slaven Bilic of playing him out of position, and has also chipped in with seven goals. Add that to Albert Adomas’s tally of 14, and the skills of Jack Grealish - who has four goals and as many assists - and you begin to see why Villa are still considered a threat, despite their recent wobbles. Villa have tonnes of creativity Credit: getty images Weakness Consistency has been a problem for Villa this season. They were the pre-season favourites to be champions; instead, they find themselves fourth and with automatic promotion rapidly slipping over the horizon. Since beating Wolves 4-1, they have lost to Norwich, Bolton, QPR, and drawn 0-0 with Hull, while their most recent loss against Norwich City, saw the fans turn against the players. “The players have let the supporters down, and they have also let themselves down. We have failed to perform when we really needed to,” said manager Steve Bruce. Key man John Terry has been a colossus at the heart of Villa’s defence, earning a place in the Championship Team of the Year, despite missing 10 games through injury. Terry has started in 31 of Villas 41 fixtures so far, helping them keep 12 clean sheets, and will be pivotal if Villa are to regain their place at English football's top table. “John Terry is a natural leader of men on and off the pitch," Bruce has said. "He is a wonderful footballer but what he has brought to the dressing room is important. He knows what it is like to play the top level.” Remaining games Cardiff (h), Leeds (h), Ipswich (a), Derby (h), Millwall (a)
With Wolves on the verge of sealing their place back in the Premier League as Championship champions, the race for the second automatic promotion spot it hotting up. We are into the season's final stretch now, and three teams still have a chance of claiming second place. Here, we take a closer look at each side's chances. Cardiff City 2nd, P40 Pts 80 Form guide LDWWWW Strength Defence. Cardiff have the best defensive record in the Championship, having conceded just 34 goals all season and kept 16 clean sheets - manager Neil Warnock's target at the beginning of the season, which he felt would be sufficient to reach the play-offs. Since the return of Sean Morrison, they have looked even more comfortable at the back. Warnock admits his squad isn’t as good as that of Aston Villa or Wolves, but what he does have is a strong spine to the side and an approach very much in the mould of their muck 'n nettles manager. “We haven’t got the Rolls Royces of the division, but, by gum, we've got some endeavour and a lot of skill in some areas as well,” Warnock said, recently. Weakness Warnock is often criticised for his tactics being one-dimensional. Kenneth Zohore, who has scored eight goals for Cardiff, is often used as a target man to get the ball forward quicker, producing a style of play which can lead to some grumbling from the supporters. Warnock riles at suggestions he is predictable: “If you’ve got a target man or someone strong in the air, they can play the ball out to players occupying the wide positions,” he pointed out. Key man Callum Paterson, who has enjoyed a successful 2018 in a new advanced position. He has taken his goal tally to nine and is the club's second top scorer. The Scotsman had to come off in the defeat against Wolves, but Warnock will be hoping he is fit to feature against Aston Villa on Tuesday in a game that could go a long way to sealing second place. Remaining games Aston Villa (a), Norwich Ciy (a), Nottingham Forest (h), Derby County (a), Hull City (a), Reading (h) Fulham 3rd - P41 Pts 78 Form guide WWWDWW Strength Scoring - especially on the counter, where their pace can be devastating. Last season, Fulham scored 85 goals and could overhaul that tally this year (they currently have 71). Their calculated, quick approach in possession means they can soak up pressure and hit teams on the break. Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic has pace in abundance, especially down the left-hand side with Ryan Sessegnon and Sheyi Ojo. Sessegnon has scored a remarkable 14 goals, with 10 coming in his last 18 games. Ryan Sessegnon is a constant threat on the left Credit: pa Weakness Despite Fulham’s strength on the break, they are often guilty of sloppiness in possession and are caught out having over-committed in attack. Sessegnon and his opposite full-back, Ryan Fredericks, can be exposed in this area and Jokanovic has moved Sessegnon to the left wing to provide more cover for his full-back. This has paid dividends, with Fulham having now kept three clean sheets in three games. Earlier on in the season, they went 13 games before keeping a clean sheet. Key man Aleksander Mitrovic. The on-loan Newcastle striker scored his ninth goal in nine games to extend Fulham’s unbeaten run to 19 matches at the weekend against Sheffield Wednesday. He is already their second top scorer this season and his physicality gives Fulham another dimension to their play: he is the battering ram who can hold the ball up for his quicker, more mobile team-mates to find space around him. Remaining games Reading (h), Brentford (h), Millwall (a), Sunderland (h), Birmingham (a). Aston Villa 4th - P41 Pts 73 Form guide LWDLLW Strength Villa's side is bursting with creativity, led by Robert Snodgrass, who has produced a division-high tally of 14 assists. The Scotland international is gradually scrubbing away the miserable experience of his stint at West Ham, where he accused then-manager Slaven Bilic of playing him out of position, and has also chipped in with seven goals. Add that to Albert Adomas’s tally of 14, and the skills of Jack Grealish - who has four goals and as many assists - and you begin to see why Villa are still considered a threat, despite their recent wobbles. Villa have tonnes of creativity Credit: getty images Weakness Consistency has been a problem for Villa this season. They were the pre-season favourites to be champions; instead, they find themselves fourth and with automatic promotion rapidly slipping over the horizon. Since beating Wolves 4-1, they have lost to Norwich, Bolton, QPR, and drawn 0-0 with Hull, while their most recent loss against Norwich City, saw the fans turn against the players. “The players have let the supporters down, and they have also let themselves down. We have failed to perform when we really needed to,” said manager Steve Bruce. Key man John Terry has been a colossus at the heart of Villa’s defence, earning a place in the Championship Team of the Year, despite missing 10 games through injury. Terry has started in 31 of Villas 41 fixtures so far, helping them keep 12 clean sheets, and will be pivotal if Villa are to regain their place at English football's top table. “John Terry is a natural leader of men on and off the pitch," Bruce has said. "He is a wonderful footballer but what he has brought to the dressing room is important. He knows what it is like to play the top level.” Remaining games Cardiff (h), Leeds (h), Ipswich (a), Derby (h), Millwall (a)
The Championship promotion race: Will Cardiff, Fulham or Aston Villa claim second spot?
With Wolves on the verge of sealing their place back in the Premier League as Championship champions, the race for the second automatic promotion spot it hotting up. We are into the season's final stretch now, and three teams still have a chance of claiming second place. Here, we take a closer look at each side's chances. Cardiff City 2nd, P40 Pts 80 Form guide LDWWWW Strength Defence. Cardiff have the best defensive record in the Championship, having conceded just 34 goals all season and kept 16 clean sheets - manager Neil Warnock's target at the beginning of the season, which he felt would be sufficient to reach the play-offs. Since the return of Sean Morrison, they have looked even more comfortable at the back. Warnock admits his squad isn’t as good as that of Aston Villa or Wolves, but what he does have is a strong spine to the side and an approach very much in the mould of their muck 'n nettles manager. “We haven’t got the Rolls Royces of the division, but, by gum, we've got some endeavour and a lot of skill in some areas as well,” Warnock said, recently. Weakness Warnock is often criticised for his tactics being one-dimensional. Kenneth Zohore, who has scored eight goals for Cardiff, is often used as a target man to get the ball forward quicker, producing a style of play which can lead to some grumbling from the supporters. Warnock riles at suggestions he is predictable: “If you’ve got a target man or someone strong in the air, they can play the ball out to players occupying the wide positions,” he pointed out. Key man Callum Paterson, who has enjoyed a successful 2018 in a new advanced position. He has taken his goal tally to nine and is the club's second top scorer. The Scotsman had to come off in the defeat against Wolves, but Warnock will be hoping he is fit to feature against Aston Villa on Tuesday in a game that could go a long way to sealing second place. Remaining games Aston Villa (a), Norwich Ciy (a), Nottingham Forest (h), Derby County (a), Hull City (a), Reading (h) Fulham 3rd - P41 Pts 78 Form guide WWWDWW Strength Scoring - especially on the counter, where their pace can be devastating. Last season, Fulham scored 85 goals and could overhaul that tally this year (they currently have 71). Their calculated, quick approach in possession means they can soak up pressure and hit teams on the break. Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic has pace in abundance, especially down the left-hand side with Ryan Sessegnon and Sheyi Ojo. Sessegnon has scored a remarkable 14 goals, with 10 coming in his last 18 games. Ryan Sessegnon is a constant threat on the left Credit: pa Weakness Despite Fulham’s strength on the break, they are often guilty of sloppiness in possession and are caught out having over-committed in attack. Sessegnon and his opposite full-back, Ryan Fredericks, can be exposed in this area and Jokanovic has moved Sessegnon to the left wing to provide more cover for his full-back. This has paid dividends, with Fulham having now kept three clean sheets in three games. Earlier on in the season, they went 13 games before keeping a clean sheet. Key man Aleksander Mitrovic. The on-loan Newcastle striker scored his ninth goal in nine games to extend Fulham’s unbeaten run to 19 matches at the weekend against Sheffield Wednesday. He is already their second top scorer this season and his physicality gives Fulham another dimension to their play: he is the battering ram who can hold the ball up for his quicker, more mobile team-mates to find space around him. Remaining games Reading (h), Brentford (h), Millwall (a), Sunderland (h), Birmingham (a). Aston Villa 4th - P41 Pts 73 Form guide LWDLLW Strength Villa's side is bursting with creativity, led by Robert Snodgrass, who has produced a division-high tally of 14 assists. The Scotland international is gradually scrubbing away the miserable experience of his stint at West Ham, where he accused then-manager Slaven Bilic of playing him out of position, and has also chipped in with seven goals. Add that to Albert Adomas’s tally of 14, and the skills of Jack Grealish - who has four goals and as many assists - and you begin to see why Villa are still considered a threat, despite their recent wobbles. Villa have tonnes of creativity Credit: getty images Weakness Consistency has been a problem for Villa this season. They were the pre-season favourites to be champions; instead, they find themselves fourth and with automatic promotion rapidly slipping over the horizon. Since beating Wolves 4-1, they have lost to Norwich, Bolton, QPR, and drawn 0-0 with Hull, while their most recent loss against Norwich City, saw the fans turn against the players. “The players have let the supporters down, and they have also let themselves down. We have failed to perform when we really needed to,” said manager Steve Bruce. Key man John Terry has been a colossus at the heart of Villa’s defence, earning a place in the Championship Team of the Year, despite missing 10 games through injury. Terry has started in 31 of Villas 41 fixtures so far, helping them keep 12 clean sheets, and will be pivotal if Villa are to regain their place at English football's top table. “John Terry is a natural leader of men on and off the pitch," Bruce has said. "He is a wonderful footballer but what he has brought to the dressing room is important. He knows what it is like to play the top level.” Remaining games Cardiff (h), Leeds (h), Ipswich (a), Derby (h), Millwall (a)
​If you have been following WWE's build-up to Sunday's WrestleMania, you will have witnessed John Cena hitting the absent Undertaker with some harsh insults over the past month or so. However, Cardiff City centre back Sean Morrison decided to cut a short promo himself and take aim at Derby County; specifically defensive pairing Richard Keogh and Jason Shackell, who is currently on loan at Millwall. The ​video, which surfaced online after reportedly being leaked from the Bluebirds' private...
Cardiff's Sean Morrison Brands Richard Keogh 'Insecure C***' In Shocking Leaked WhatsApp Video
​If you have been following WWE's build-up to Sunday's WrestleMania, you will have witnessed John Cena hitting the absent Undertaker with some harsh insults over the past month or so. However, Cardiff City centre back Sean Morrison decided to cut a short promo himself and take aim at Derby County; specifically defensive pairing Richard Keogh and Jason Shackell, who is currently on loan at Millwall. The ​video, which surfaced online after reportedly being leaked from the Bluebirds' private...
​If you have been following WWE's build-up to Sunday's WrestleMania, you will have witnessed John Cena hitting the absent Undertaker with some harsh insults over the past month or so. However, Cardiff City centre back Sean Morrison decided to cut a short promo himself and take aim at Derby County; specifically defensive pairing Richard Keogh and Jason Shackell, who is currently on loan at Millwall. The ​video, which surfaced online after reportedly being leaked from the Bluebirds' private...
Cardiff's Sean Morrison Brands Richard Keogh 'Insecure C***' In Shocking Leaked WhatsApp Video
​If you have been following WWE's build-up to Sunday's WrestleMania, you will have witnessed John Cena hitting the absent Undertaker with some harsh insults over the past month or so. However, Cardiff City centre back Sean Morrison decided to cut a short promo himself and take aim at Derby County; specifically defensive pairing Richard Keogh and Jason Shackell, who is currently on loan at Millwall. The ​video, which surfaced online after reportedly being leaked from the Bluebirds' private...
 By Graham Banks The victory may have been ugly and tinged with good fortune but Gary Rowett could not have cared less at Deepdale yesterday. After eight winless games, Rowett’s Derby arrested their slump thanks to Tom Lawrence’s free-kick and a missed Preston penalty, leaving them strongly placed to clinch a play-off place. “It didn’t matter how we won, how ugly the performance was,” said Rowett. “I couldn’t give a monkey’s if we didn’t play attractive football. We tried to play attractive on Friday and lost to the bottom team. It’s a massive boost and hopefully gives the players a bit of breathing space to play with more composure.” That shocking Sunderland reverse had left Derby with little margin for error over the season’s concluding games and, when Andre Wisdom was judged to have pushed over Alan Browne after 36 minutes, Rowett admitted he feared the worst. But Browne himself, having been kept waiting by Derby keeper Scott Carson, struck the left-hand post and the ball flew wide. Credit: ACTION IMAGES Preston’s frustrations mounted when Tom Barkhuizen was judged to have fouled former Preston forward David Nugent on 53 minutes, handing Lawrence a free-kick 25 yards from goal. Derby’s first, and only, on-target shot took a slight deflection off the wall but should still have been dealt with by Chris Maxwell who could only touch it into the corner of his net. In the celebrations that followed, Lawrence broke the nose of team-mate Nugent with a stray elbow but the Derby striker insisted: ‘‘I’ll probably have two black eyes tomorrow but it’s worth it for the three points.” “If you look at the performance, we passed the ball well and had 19 shots but at this stage of the season all that matters is results,” said Preston manager Alex Neil. Team lineups Preston (4-2-3-1) Maxwell; Fisher, Huntington, Davies, Cunningham; Pearson, Gallagher; Barkhuizen (Bodin 73), Browne (Moult 63), Robinson (Johnson 79); Maguire. Subs Rudd, Clarke, Harrop, Earl. Booked Pearson. Derby (4-2-3-1) Carson; Wisdom, Pearce, Davies, Baird; Huddlestone, Ledley; Weimann, Vydra (Palmer 73), Lawrence (Hanson 88); Nugent. Subs Roos, Forsyth, Keogh, Jerome, Thomas. Booked Nugent. Referee T Harrington (Cleveland).
Preston North End 0 Derby County 1: Relief for Gary Rowett as Rams end winless run
By Graham Banks The victory may have been ugly and tinged with good fortune but Gary Rowett could not have cared less at Deepdale yesterday. After eight winless games, Rowett’s Derby arrested their slump thanks to Tom Lawrence’s free-kick and a missed Preston penalty, leaving them strongly placed to clinch a play-off place. “It didn’t matter how we won, how ugly the performance was,” said Rowett. “I couldn’t give a monkey’s if we didn’t play attractive football. We tried to play attractive on Friday and lost to the bottom team. It’s a massive boost and hopefully gives the players a bit of breathing space to play with more composure.” That shocking Sunderland reverse had left Derby with little margin for error over the season’s concluding games and, when Andre Wisdom was judged to have pushed over Alan Browne after 36 minutes, Rowett admitted he feared the worst. But Browne himself, having been kept waiting by Derby keeper Scott Carson, struck the left-hand post and the ball flew wide. Credit: ACTION IMAGES Preston’s frustrations mounted when Tom Barkhuizen was judged to have fouled former Preston forward David Nugent on 53 minutes, handing Lawrence a free-kick 25 yards from goal. Derby’s first, and only, on-target shot took a slight deflection off the wall but should still have been dealt with by Chris Maxwell who could only touch it into the corner of his net. In the celebrations that followed, Lawrence broke the nose of team-mate Nugent with a stray elbow but the Derby striker insisted: ‘‘I’ll probably have two black eyes tomorrow but it’s worth it for the three points.” “If you look at the performance, we passed the ball well and had 19 shots but at this stage of the season all that matters is results,” said Preston manager Alex Neil. Team lineups Preston (4-2-3-1) Maxwell; Fisher, Huntington, Davies, Cunningham; Pearson, Gallagher; Barkhuizen (Bodin 73), Browne (Moult 63), Robinson (Johnson 79); Maguire. Subs Rudd, Clarke, Harrop, Earl. Booked Pearson. Derby (4-2-3-1) Carson; Wisdom, Pearce, Davies, Baird; Huddlestone, Ledley; Weimann, Vydra (Palmer 73), Lawrence (Hanson 88); Nugent. Subs Roos, Forsyth, Keogh, Jerome, Thomas. Booked Nugent. Referee T Harrington (Cleveland).
 By Graham Banks The victory may have been ugly and tinged with good fortune but Gary Rowett could not have cared less at Deepdale yesterday. After eight winless games, Rowett’s Derby arrested their slump thanks to Tom Lawrence’s free-kick and a missed Preston penalty, leaving them strongly placed to clinch a play-off place. “It didn’t matter how we won, how ugly the performance was,” said Rowett. “I couldn’t give a monkey’s if we didn’t play attractive football. We tried to play attractive on Friday and lost to the bottom team. It’s a massive boost and hopefully gives the players a bit of breathing space to play with more composure.” That shocking Sunderland reverse had left Derby with little margin for error over the season’s concluding games and, when Andre Wisdom was judged to have pushed over Alan Browne after 36 minutes, Rowett admitted he feared the worst. But Browne himself, having been kept waiting by Derby keeper Scott Carson, struck the left-hand post and the ball flew wide. Credit: ACTION IMAGES Preston’s frustrations mounted when Tom Barkhuizen was judged to have fouled former Preston forward David Nugent on 53 minutes, handing Lawrence a free-kick 25 yards from goal. Derby’s first, and only, on-target shot took a slight deflection off the wall but should still have been dealt with by Chris Maxwell who could only touch it into the corner of his net. In the celebrations that followed, Lawrence broke the nose of team-mate Nugent with a stray elbow but the Derby striker insisted: ‘‘I’ll probably have two black eyes tomorrow but it’s worth it for the three points.” “If you look at the performance, we passed the ball well and had 19 shots but at this stage of the season all that matters is results,” said Preston manager Alex Neil. Team lineups Preston (4-2-3-1) Maxwell; Fisher, Huntington, Davies, Cunningham; Pearson, Gallagher; Barkhuizen (Bodin 73), Browne (Moult 63), Robinson (Johnson 79); Maguire. Subs Rudd, Clarke, Harrop, Earl. Booked Pearson. Derby (4-2-3-1) Carson; Wisdom, Pearce, Davies, Baird; Huddlestone, Ledley; Weimann, Vydra (Palmer 73), Lawrence (Hanson 88); Nugent. Subs Roos, Forsyth, Keogh, Jerome, Thomas. Booked Nugent. Referee T Harrington (Cleveland).
Preston North End 0 Derby County 1: Relief for Gary Rowett as Rams end winless run
By Graham Banks The victory may have been ugly and tinged with good fortune but Gary Rowett could not have cared less at Deepdale yesterday. After eight winless games, Rowett’s Derby arrested their slump thanks to Tom Lawrence’s free-kick and a missed Preston penalty, leaving them strongly placed to clinch a play-off place. “It didn’t matter how we won, how ugly the performance was,” said Rowett. “I couldn’t give a monkey’s if we didn’t play attractive football. We tried to play attractive on Friday and lost to the bottom team. It’s a massive boost and hopefully gives the players a bit of breathing space to play with more composure.” That shocking Sunderland reverse had left Derby with little margin for error over the season’s concluding games and, when Andre Wisdom was judged to have pushed over Alan Browne after 36 minutes, Rowett admitted he feared the worst. But Browne himself, having been kept waiting by Derby keeper Scott Carson, struck the left-hand post and the ball flew wide. Credit: ACTION IMAGES Preston’s frustrations mounted when Tom Barkhuizen was judged to have fouled former Preston forward David Nugent on 53 minutes, handing Lawrence a free-kick 25 yards from goal. Derby’s first, and only, on-target shot took a slight deflection off the wall but should still have been dealt with by Chris Maxwell who could only touch it into the corner of his net. In the celebrations that followed, Lawrence broke the nose of team-mate Nugent with a stray elbow but the Derby striker insisted: ‘‘I’ll probably have two black eyes tomorrow but it’s worth it for the three points.” “If you look at the performance, we passed the ball well and had 19 shots but at this stage of the season all that matters is results,” said Preston manager Alex Neil. Team lineups Preston (4-2-3-1) Maxwell; Fisher, Huntington, Davies, Cunningham; Pearson, Gallagher; Barkhuizen (Bodin 73), Browne (Moult 63), Robinson (Johnson 79); Maguire. Subs Rudd, Clarke, Harrop, Earl. Booked Pearson. Derby (4-2-3-1) Carson; Wisdom, Pearce, Davies, Baird; Huddlestone, Ledley; Weimann, Vydra (Palmer 73), Lawrence (Hanson 88); Nugent. Subs Roos, Forsyth, Keogh, Jerome, Thomas. Booked Nugent. Referee T Harrington (Cleveland).
Preston North End 0 Derby County 1: Relief for Gary Rowett as Rams end winless run
Preston North End 0 Derby County 1: Relief for Gary Rowett as Rams end winless run
Preston North End 0 Derby County 1: Relief for Gary Rowett as Rams end winless run
Preston North End 0 Derby County 1: Relief for Gary Rowett as Rams end winless run
Preston North End 0 Derby County 1: Relief for Gary Rowett as Rams end winless run
Preston North End 0 Derby County 1: Relief for Gary Rowett as Rams end winless run
Soccer Football - Championship - Preston North End vs Derby County - Deepdale, Preston, Britain - April 2, 2018 Derby County's Scott Carson in action Action Images/Craig Brough
Championship - Preston North End vs Derby County
Soccer Football - Championship - Preston North End vs Derby County - Deepdale, Preston, Britain - April 2, 2018 Derby County's Scott Carson in action Action Images/Craig Brough
Soccer Football - Championship - Preston North End vs Derby County - Deepdale, Preston, Britain - April 2, 2018 Derby County's Tom Huddlestone Preston North End's Callum Robinson Action Images/Craig Brough
Championship - Preston North End vs Derby County
Soccer Football - Championship - Preston North End vs Derby County - Deepdale, Preston, Britain - April 2, 2018 Derby County's Tom Huddlestone Preston North End's Callum Robinson Action Images/Craig Brough
Soccer Football - Championship - Preston North End vs Derby County - Deepdale, Preston, Britain - April 2, 2018 Derby County's Tom Lawrence scores his sides first goal Action Images/Craig Brough
Championship - Preston North End vs Derby County
Soccer Football - Championship - Preston North End vs Derby County - Deepdale, Preston, Britain - April 2, 2018 Derby County's Tom Lawrence scores his sides first goal Action Images/Craig Brough
Soccer Football - Championship - Preston North End vs Derby County - Deepdale, Preston, Britain - April 2, 2018 Derby County's Tom Lawrence celebrates with teammates after he scores his sides first goal Action Images/Craig Brough
Championship - Preston North End vs Derby County
Soccer Football - Championship - Preston North End vs Derby County - Deepdale, Preston, Britain - April 2, 2018 Derby County's Tom Lawrence celebrates with teammates after he scores his sides first goal Action Images/Craig Brough
Hope is fragile thing for Sunderland, a gentle flame too easily extinguished. Having pulled off a shock victory at promotion chasing Derby County on Good Friday, rekindling belief they could avoid relegation, Chris Coleman’s side predictably followed it up with a painful home defeat to Sheffield Wednesday. It has been like this for far too long, it has become a habit, first in the Premier League and now in the Championship. League One beckons. Sunderland have not won two games in a row since November 2016 and this was their 12th home defeat of the season. Even when they play reasonably well, they still manage to lose. That is one of the worst things you can say about a football team. With six games left to play and with just one win in their last 14, the Black Cats are five points from safety. They look doomed. After spending so long clinging on to their place in the Premier League, surviving but never anything more during a decade long-stay in the top flight, the Black Cats look as though they will tumble through the Championship without even so much as gaining a foothold. To put the scale of their demise into some sort of context, only four teams have previously been relegated from the second tier in English football the year after falling out of the top division. “We did more than enough today to come away with a good result and I haven’t always been able to say that,” said Coleman. “I can’t fault us, but I can fault the referee. He should have given us a penalty and they should have been down to ten men and the game is very different. “We conceded two soft goals, but overall it’s difficult to say to the players they’ve played badly. The thing is, I’d rather play badly and win. We just haven’t had any luck. We had the performance, but not the result. “We’re not giving up, we can beat any team in this division, we’ve seen that already this season, so it’s not inconceivable we can still stay up. If we hadn’t had the performances we’ve had in the last two games, maybe I wouldn’t believe that, but I do. It’s still possible.” Indeed, Sunderland were the better team for much of the first half, Donald Love firing over from distance before free-kicks from Bryan Oviedo and Aiden McGeady were saved by Joe Wildsmith. The second-half was more entertaining as Wednesday took the lead, against the run of play, with their first shot on target, Lucas Joao smashing home a knockdown from Atdhe Nuhiu. Chris Coleman has refused to give up on surviving relegation Credit: GETTY IMAGES Sunderland responded immediately, George Honeyman heading in Lynden Gooch’s excellent cross to the far post. The home side looked the more likely to score a second and had a strong penalty appeal turned down, but it was the visitors who did thanks to some terrible defending at a set piece, goalkeeper Lee Camp motionless as the ball flew over four Sunderland players and was tapped in by Tom Lees. A few minutes later, Wednesday killed the game with a third goal from Nuhiu, as Sunderland once again failed to deal with a cross in the box. “We didn’t have a lot of chances but we were very efficient when we did,” said Wednesday manager Jos Luhukay. “Sunderland had the chances to score more than one goal, but we had a fantastic goalkeeping performance when we needed it. We have moved away from the dangerous situation at the bottom of the table and can look forward to the remainder of the season.” Lineups Sunderland (4-2-3-1) Camp, Love, O’Shea, Wilson, Oviedo (Matthews 64), Cattermole, McNair, Honeyman (Ejaria 83), McGeady, Gooch (Asoro 83), Fletcher Subs: Steele, LuaLua, McManaman, Maja. Sheffield Wednesday (4-2-3-1) Wildsmith, Hint, Vanancio, Lees, Fox (Thorniley 8), Boyd, Pelupessy, Bannan (Jones 83), Joao, Reach, Nuhiu Subs: Dawson, Rhodes, Butterfield, Matias, Forestieri Attendance: 29,786 Referee: Simon Hooper.
Sunderland 1 Sheffield Wednesday 3: League One beckons for Chris Coleman's sorry side
Hope is fragile thing for Sunderland, a gentle flame too easily extinguished. Having pulled off a shock victory at promotion chasing Derby County on Good Friday, rekindling belief they could avoid relegation, Chris Coleman’s side predictably followed it up with a painful home defeat to Sheffield Wednesday. It has been like this for far too long, it has become a habit, first in the Premier League and now in the Championship. League One beckons. Sunderland have not won two games in a row since November 2016 and this was their 12th home defeat of the season. Even when they play reasonably well, they still manage to lose. That is one of the worst things you can say about a football team. With six games left to play and with just one win in their last 14, the Black Cats are five points from safety. They look doomed. After spending so long clinging on to their place in the Premier League, surviving but never anything more during a decade long-stay in the top flight, the Black Cats look as though they will tumble through the Championship without even so much as gaining a foothold. To put the scale of their demise into some sort of context, only four teams have previously been relegated from the second tier in English football the year after falling out of the top division. “We did more than enough today to come away with a good result and I haven’t always been able to say that,” said Coleman. “I can’t fault us, but I can fault the referee. He should have given us a penalty and they should have been down to ten men and the game is very different. “We conceded two soft goals, but overall it’s difficult to say to the players they’ve played badly. The thing is, I’d rather play badly and win. We just haven’t had any luck. We had the performance, but not the result. “We’re not giving up, we can beat any team in this division, we’ve seen that already this season, so it’s not inconceivable we can still stay up. If we hadn’t had the performances we’ve had in the last two games, maybe I wouldn’t believe that, but I do. It’s still possible.” Indeed, Sunderland were the better team for much of the first half, Donald Love firing over from distance before free-kicks from Bryan Oviedo and Aiden McGeady were saved by Joe Wildsmith. The second-half was more entertaining as Wednesday took the lead, against the run of play, with their first shot on target, Lucas Joao smashing home a knockdown from Atdhe Nuhiu. Chris Coleman has refused to give up on surviving relegation Credit: GETTY IMAGES Sunderland responded immediately, George Honeyman heading in Lynden Gooch’s excellent cross to the far post. The home side looked the more likely to score a second and had a strong penalty appeal turned down, but it was the visitors who did thanks to some terrible defending at a set piece, goalkeeper Lee Camp motionless as the ball flew over four Sunderland players and was tapped in by Tom Lees. A few minutes later, Wednesday killed the game with a third goal from Nuhiu, as Sunderland once again failed to deal with a cross in the box. “We didn’t have a lot of chances but we were very efficient when we did,” said Wednesday manager Jos Luhukay. “Sunderland had the chances to score more than one goal, but we had a fantastic goalkeeping performance when we needed it. We have moved away from the dangerous situation at the bottom of the table and can look forward to the remainder of the season.” Lineups Sunderland (4-2-3-1) Camp, Love, O’Shea, Wilson, Oviedo (Matthews 64), Cattermole, McNair, Honeyman (Ejaria 83), McGeady, Gooch (Asoro 83), Fletcher Subs: Steele, LuaLua, McManaman, Maja. Sheffield Wednesday (4-2-3-1) Wildsmith, Hint, Vanancio, Lees, Fox (Thorniley 8), Boyd, Pelupessy, Bannan (Jones 83), Joao, Reach, Nuhiu Subs: Dawson, Rhodes, Butterfield, Matias, Forestieri Attendance: 29,786 Referee: Simon Hooper.
Hope is fragile thing for Sunderland, a gentle flame too easily extinguished. Having pulled off a shock victory at promotion chasing Derby County on Good Friday, rekindling belief they could avoid relegation, Chris Coleman’s side predictably followed it up with a painful home defeat to Sheffield Wednesday. It has been like this for far too long, it has become a habit, first in the Premier League and now in the Championship. League One beckons. Sunderland have not won two games in a row since November 2016 and this was their 12th home defeat of the season. Even when they play reasonably well, they still manage to lose. That is one of the worst things you can say about a football team. With six games left to play and with just one win in their last 14, the Black Cats are five points from safety. They look doomed. After spending so long clinging on to their place in the Premier League, surviving but never anything more during a decade long-stay in the top flight, the Black Cats look as though they will tumble through the Championship without even so much as gaining a foothold. To put the scale of their demise into some sort of context, only four teams have previously been relegated from the second tier in English football the year after falling out of the top division. “We did more than enough today to come away with a good result and I haven’t always been able to say that,” said Coleman. “I can’t fault us, but I can fault the referee. He should have given us a penalty and they should have been down to ten men and the game is very different. “We conceded two soft goals, but overall it’s difficult to say to the players they’ve played badly. The thing is, I’d rather play badly and win. We just haven’t had any luck. We had the performance, but not the result. “We’re not giving up, we can beat any team in this division, we’ve seen that already this season, so it’s not inconceivable we can still stay up. If we hadn’t had the performances we’ve had in the last two games, maybe I wouldn’t believe that, but I do. It’s still possible.” Indeed, Sunderland were the better team for much of the first half, Donald Love firing over from distance before free-kicks from Bryan Oviedo and Aiden McGeady were saved by Joe Wildsmith. The second-half was more entertaining as Wednesday took the lead, against the run of play, with their first shot on target, Lucas Joao smashing home a knockdown from Atdhe Nuhiu. Chris Coleman has refused to give up on surviving relegation Credit: GETTY IMAGES Sunderland responded immediately, George Honeyman heading in Lynden Gooch’s excellent cross to the far post. The home side looked the more likely to score a second and had a strong penalty appeal turned down, but it was the visitors who did thanks to some terrible defending at a set piece, goalkeeper Lee Camp motionless as the ball flew over four Sunderland players and was tapped in by Tom Lees. A few minutes later, Wednesday killed the game with a third goal from Nuhiu, as Sunderland once again failed to deal with a cross in the box. “We didn’t have a lot of chances but we were very efficient when we did,” said Wednesday manager Jos Luhukay. “Sunderland had the chances to score more than one goal, but we had a fantastic goalkeeping performance when we needed it. We have moved away from the dangerous situation at the bottom of the table and can look forward to the remainder of the season.” Lineups Sunderland (4-2-3-1) Camp, Love, O’Shea, Wilson, Oviedo (Matthews 64), Cattermole, McNair, Honeyman (Ejaria 83), McGeady, Gooch (Asoro 83), Fletcher Subs: Steele, LuaLua, McManaman, Maja. Sheffield Wednesday (4-2-3-1) Wildsmith, Hint, Vanancio, Lees, Fox (Thorniley 8), Boyd, Pelupessy, Bannan (Jones 83), Joao, Reach, Nuhiu Subs: Dawson, Rhodes, Butterfield, Matias, Forestieri Attendance: 29,786 Referee: Simon Hooper.
Sunderland 1 Sheffield Wednesday 3: League One beckons for Chris Coleman's sorry side
Hope is fragile thing for Sunderland, a gentle flame too easily extinguished. Having pulled off a shock victory at promotion chasing Derby County on Good Friday, rekindling belief they could avoid relegation, Chris Coleman’s side predictably followed it up with a painful home defeat to Sheffield Wednesday. It has been like this for far too long, it has become a habit, first in the Premier League and now in the Championship. League One beckons. Sunderland have not won two games in a row since November 2016 and this was their 12th home defeat of the season. Even when they play reasonably well, they still manage to lose. That is one of the worst things you can say about a football team. With six games left to play and with just one win in their last 14, the Black Cats are five points from safety. They look doomed. After spending so long clinging on to their place in the Premier League, surviving but never anything more during a decade long-stay in the top flight, the Black Cats look as though they will tumble through the Championship without even so much as gaining a foothold. To put the scale of their demise into some sort of context, only four teams have previously been relegated from the second tier in English football the year after falling out of the top division. “We did more than enough today to come away with a good result and I haven’t always been able to say that,” said Coleman. “I can’t fault us, but I can fault the referee. He should have given us a penalty and they should have been down to ten men and the game is very different. “We conceded two soft goals, but overall it’s difficult to say to the players they’ve played badly. The thing is, I’d rather play badly and win. We just haven’t had any luck. We had the performance, but not the result. “We’re not giving up, we can beat any team in this division, we’ve seen that already this season, so it’s not inconceivable we can still stay up. If we hadn’t had the performances we’ve had in the last two games, maybe I wouldn’t believe that, but I do. It’s still possible.” Indeed, Sunderland were the better team for much of the first half, Donald Love firing over from distance before free-kicks from Bryan Oviedo and Aiden McGeady were saved by Joe Wildsmith. The second-half was more entertaining as Wednesday took the lead, against the run of play, with their first shot on target, Lucas Joao smashing home a knockdown from Atdhe Nuhiu. Chris Coleman has refused to give up on surviving relegation Credit: GETTY IMAGES Sunderland responded immediately, George Honeyman heading in Lynden Gooch’s excellent cross to the far post. The home side looked the more likely to score a second and had a strong penalty appeal turned down, but it was the visitors who did thanks to some terrible defending at a set piece, goalkeeper Lee Camp motionless as the ball flew over four Sunderland players and was tapped in by Tom Lees. A few minutes later, Wednesday killed the game with a third goal from Nuhiu, as Sunderland once again failed to deal with a cross in the box. “We didn’t have a lot of chances but we were very efficient when we did,” said Wednesday manager Jos Luhukay. “Sunderland had the chances to score more than one goal, but we had a fantastic goalkeeping performance when we needed it. We have moved away from the dangerous situation at the bottom of the table and can look forward to the remainder of the season.” Lineups Sunderland (4-2-3-1) Camp, Love, O’Shea, Wilson, Oviedo (Matthews 64), Cattermole, McNair, Honeyman (Ejaria 83), McGeady, Gooch (Asoro 83), Fletcher Subs: Steele, LuaLua, McManaman, Maja. Sheffield Wednesday (4-2-3-1) Wildsmith, Hint, Vanancio, Lees, Fox (Thorniley 8), Boyd, Pelupessy, Bannan (Jones 83), Joao, Reach, Nuhiu Subs: Dawson, Rhodes, Butterfield, Matias, Forestieri Attendance: 29,786 Referee: Simon Hooper.
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