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Football League media talk 07/02/14

7 February 2014

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

Pearson - award is a prize for the club (BBC Sport): Nigel Pearson, the Sky Bet Championship Manager of the Month for January, dedicates the award to everyone at Leicester City.

Jalal set for Orient move (Daily Echo): Bournemouth goalkeeper Shwan Jalal is expected to complete a loan move to League 1 side Leyton Orient having not featured for the Cherries since March last year.

"Outside chance" of Williams returning for Boro this season (Gazette): Rhys Williams has an "outside chance" of returning for Middlesbrough this season following an Achilles injury sustained against Wigan Athletic last week.

Bamford picked Rams for attacking style (Derby Telegraph): Patrick Bamford opted for a loan move to Derby County - the Championship's leading scorers this season - because of their attacking style, which has allowed him to score in four successive games for the Rams.

Forest eye Dorrans move (Nottingham Post): Nottingham Forest are eyeing a loan move for West Bromwich Albion midfielder Graham Dorrans, having lost Henri Lansbury and David Vaughan from their engine room to three-month injury absences.

Waghorn wants to make a fast start (Wigan Observer): Striker Martyn Waghorn is set to make his Wigan Athletic debut on Saturday following his deadline-day arrival from Leicester City and wants to hit the ground running.

Blues' parent company shares plunge (Birmingham Mail): Shares in Birmingham City's parent company Birmingham International Holdings have resumed trading on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange after a two-and-a-half-year absence, and they have plunged by 34 per cent.

Rovers skipper issues rallying call (Lancashire Telegraph): Grant Hanley has taken over the captain's armband at Blackburn Rovers and has made it his target to take the club into the Play-Offs.

Tozser at home with Watford (Watford Observer): January signing Daniel Tozser has quickly settled in at Watford with the help of fellow Hornet Daniel Pudil.

Derry urges Notts to relish Coventry clash (Nottingham Post): Manager Shaun Derry wants his Notts County players to relish Saturday's clash with Coventry City - their second of three straight games against former FA Cup winners.

Posh Diary - The 20 best value-for-money signings in Peterborough's history (Peterborough Telegraph): Following Lee Tomlin's move from Peterborough United to Middlesbrough, the Peterborough Telegraph looks at the 20 best value-for-money signings in Posh's history.

Marshall keen to make up for lost time (Coventry Telegraph): New Coventry City signing Mark Marshall can't wait to get his playing career going again after serving a two-year drugs ban.

Jackett pleased with Sako's return to form (Birmingham Mail): Bakary Sako is back on form in a Wolverhampton Wanderers shirt, much to the delight of manager Kenny Jackett.

Dolan to join Bradford (Telegraph & Argus): Midfielder Matty Dolan is to join Bradford City on loan from Middlesbrough, having rejected interest from Championship clubs to move to the Bantams.

Dunne eyes one more for Colchester (East Anglian Daily Times): Manager Joe Dunne is on the hunt for one more loan signing at Colchester United in readiness for a potential fixture pile-up with 20 games to play in the final 12 weeks of the season.

Slade - Orient criticisms are unfair (London Evening Standard):Russell Slade, the newly-named Sky Bet League 1 Manager of the Month for January, says expectations that Leyton Orient will fall away from the automatic promotion race are unfair on his players.

Back to basics for Burton (Burton Mail): Gary Rowett has sat down with his Burton Albion players and told them to go back to what they do best as he bids to end the promotion hopefuls' run of three games without a win.

Test of Iron for Spireites (Derbyshire Times): League 2 leaders Chesterfield face a stiff test of their credentials on Saturday - an away trip to Scunthorpe United, who are second and unbeaten in 13 games.

Dempster says Stags must play the ball around (Mansfield and Ashfield Chad):Mansfield Town skipper John Dempster wants his team to play more football rather than resort to direct passing in their bid to get out of League 2 trouble.

Wilder wants fans to raise the roof (Northampton Chronicle & Echo): New Northampton Town manager Chris Wilder knows just how loud the Cobblers' fans can be from his visits to Sixfields with Oxford United, and he wants them at their loudest for Saturday's home game against Plymouth Argyle.

Brown could freshen up Southend (Echo):Manager Phil Brown could freshen up his Southend United midfield for Saturday's trip to Mansfield Town.

Lewis will be Mr Nasty if needed (Oxford Mail): Mickey Lewis's relaxed approach to caretaker management at Oxford United has gone down well with the players - but he is not afraid to become Mr Nasty if required.

Ainsworth tips Hause for the top (Bucks Free Press): Wycombe Wanderers manager Gareth Ainsworth is tipping Kortney Hause to go all the way to the Premier League after selling the 18-year-old defender to Wolverhampton Wanderers on the final day of the January transfer window.

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