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Football League media talk 07/04/14

7 April 2014

Here are Monday 7th April's hot topics in the eyes of the media that cover The Football League:

Leicester City promotion: Kasper Schmeichel sensed this was Foxes season from first day (Leicester Mercury): Leicester City goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel sensed this could be the club's season from the first day back at training after the summer.

AFC Bournemouth: Cherries captain Tommy Elphick desperate to put down marker in Championship clash against Reading (Bournemouth Echo): Tommy Elphick led Cherries to victory in the first leg of their home double-header before insisting another three-point haul against Reading would make a "huge statement" in the race for the Play-Offs.

Watford head coach Beppe Sannino is looking for Almen Abdi to continue to build up his confidence and fitness (Watford Observer): Beppe Sannino is looking for Almen Abdi to continue to build up his confidence and fitness over the remainder of this campaign so that he is "ready to start fresh next season."

Albion boss Garcia hits back at the critics (The Argus): Brighton and Hove Albion boss Oscar Garcia has hit back at critics who accuse him of being too negative after an attacking line-up drew a blank at Barnsley.

QPR midfielder doubt for Blackburn - as Harry ponders changes (Get West London): Traore touch and go to face Rovers after limping out of Bournemouth loss.

Sheffield United: Clough targets centre forward (Sheffield Star): Nigel Clough, the Sheffield United manager, has made a centre forward his top priority in the transfer market as he plots an assault on promotion next term.

Steven Pressley needs Sky Blues to find killer instinct to stay safe (Coventry Telegraph): Coventry City manager says side were just lacking the final pass in defeat to MK Dons.

Slade explains change in Orient's tactics and bemoans individual errors in Sheffield United draw (East London Advertiser): There was a change in formation as Kevin Lisbie ploughed a lone furrow in Orient's 1-1 draw at Sheffield United.

Cooper urges Town to win their last five games (Swindon Advertiser): Swindon Town require maximum points from their remaining five matches if they are to reach the League1 Play-Offs, according to manager Mark Cooper.

The opposition are working harder than us in the big games, says Westley (The Comet): Graham Westley says Shrewsbury showed more courage than his side and questioned why it was that opposition teams are 'working harder than us' in big games.

Walker - we must pick ourselves up (Colchester Gazette): Colchester United's Sam Walker admitted his side are in deep trouble after the hammer-blow of their 2-1 defeat by Tranmere Rovers.

Rafferty earns Cooper's praise (Northern Echo): For Colin Cooper and Hartlepool United, there was little to be even remotely satisfied about on Saturday. The performance of goalkeeper Andy Rafferty, however was some comfort.

Five successive clean sheets an 'amazing' achievement as Scunthorpe United boss Russ Wilcox salutes his best-balanced back four (Scunthorpe Telegraph): Goals, as the cliche goes, may win games. But Scunthorpe United's resolute rearguard remains the platform for their success this season.

'Finish strong' - Edinburgh's challenge to County (South Wales Argus): Newport County manager Justin Edinburgh has challenged his side to finish strongly after securing possibly their best draw of the season at the weekend.

Now it's time to get tough, says United boss Waddock (Oxford Mail): Gary Waddock demanded Oxford United to be mentally stronger as their wretched run was extended by a 2-0 defeat at home to Fleetwood Town.

Andres Gurrieri not ready to give up on Plymouth Argyle's play-off chances (Plymouth Herald): Argentine playmaker Andres Gurrieri has admitted it is 'very frustrating' that Plymouth Argyle's play-off push has faltered at a crucial stage of the season.

These stories have been reproduced from a variety of today's media sources and they do not represent the views of The Football League.

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