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Football League media talk 14/02/14

14 February 2014

Here are Friday 14th February's hot topics in the eyes of the media that cover The Football League:

Paul Green: My Leeds career is over (BBC Sport): Midfielder Green says his career at Leeds United is over after leaving the Yorkshire club for a loan move to fellow Sky Bet Championship club Ipswich Town.

Busy day for Robins' anniversary (Huddersfield Examiner): Mark Robins marks the first anniversary of his appointment as Huddersfield Town manager with a busy day - he is awaiting the results of a scan on leading scorer James Vaughan's calf injury, he will take the players for training, then watch the club's under-18s in FA Youth Cup action tonight.

Barnsley ask fans to improve behaviour (Barnsley Chronicle): Barnsley have issued a statement asking their fans to improve their behaviour at matches following incidents by a "small group" at Oakwell in recent weeks.

Floodgates to open for Nicky Maynard (Wigan Observer): Wigan Athletic manager Uwe Rosler reckons the floodgates will open for Maynard after the on-loan striker got off the goalscoring mark in Tuesday's win at Sheffield Wednesday.

They won't be singing my name, says Piotr (London Evening Standard): Charlton Athletic's new signing Piotr Parzyszek wants to be the player on everyone's lips - not that he expects fans to be singing his name.

Lee and Milton call on fans to join cycle ride (East Anglian Daily Times): Ipswich Town player-coach Alan Lee and former Blues midfielder Simon Milton are urging fans to join them on a charity ride from London to Amsterdam in aid of Prostate Cancer UK, the official charity partner of The Football League.

Howe hopes for Elliott Ward return soon (Bournemouth Echo): Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe hopes defender Ward could return within a month after a knee injury that had looked at one stage like it would rule him out for the season.

Forsyth pleased with Derby County defensive work (Derby Telegraph): Craig Forsyth is pleased that Derby's defensive work paid off with a clean sheet in Monday night's win over promotion rivals Queens Park Rangers after the Rams shipped five goals in their previous two matches.

Ferreira eyes English move (Daily Express): Former Portugual international defender Paulo Ferreira, a free agent after leaving Chelsea last season, is looking for a move to an English side - with Sky Bet Championship sides Derby County, Leicester City, Reading and Brighton & Hove Albion all interested in the 35-year-old.

Golbourne pleased with Dicko impact (Birmingham Mail): The arrival of Nouha Dicko has given Wolverhampton Wanderers a real cutting edge, according to the striker's Molineux teammate Scott Golbourne.

No love lost for Saddlers on Valentine's Day (Express and Star):Dean Smith is anticipating a Valentine's Day cracker and expects his Walsall side to be going for the win when they travel to Peterborough United in Sky Bet League 1 tonight.

Leyton Orient still ticking along nicely (London Evening Standard): Orient may have suffered three successive defeats to slip to third in League 1 but defender Scott Cuthbert has dismissed any suggestions that their bubble has burst.

John Gregory has his say (Crawley News): The Crawley Town boss offers his thoughts on Valentine's Day, injuries within his squad and this weekend's game against Carlisle United.

League 1 standards are high, says Taylor (Liverpool Echo): Centre-half Ash Taylor says that standards are always rising in the division - meaning Tranmere Rovers' survival bid gets tougher by the week.

Alex must hold on to better (Stoke Sentinel): Crewe Alexandra boss Steve Davis has warned his young side to hold onto leads, with the Railwaymen having lost more points from winning positions than any other team in League 1 this season.

Ferguson makes his pitch (Peterborough Telegraph): Peterborough United don't have a home game for three weeks after tonight's match with Walsall - so boss Darren Ferguson hopes improvements can be made to what he describes as an "awful" London Road pitch.

Centurion Sheehan hailed by Derry (Nottingham Post): Notts County manager Shaun Derry has hailed Alan Sheehan ahead of the defender's 100th league appearance for the club in tomorrow's trip to Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Barker frustrated in loan bid (The News, Portsmouth): Portsmouth boss Richie Barker has been trying to boost his squad for Saturday's Sky Bet League 2 game with AFC Wimbledon, but is becoming increasingly frustrated.

Sparrow keen for more (Scunthorpe Telegraph): Matt Sparrow made his first appearance for Scunthorpe United in three months as they drew 1-1 at home to promotion rivals Chesterfield last Saturday - and now the 32-year-old is keen to build on that outing.

Stanley's form is reason for optimism (Lancashire Telegraph): If the League 2 season had started on 20th October, Accrington Stanley would amongst the sides chasing automatic promotion - so their form gives them plenty of reason for optimism.

Pressure off against Oxford, says Marriott (Mansfield and Ashfield Chad): Mansfield Town go to title hopefuls Oxford United tomorrow with no pressure on their shoulders, according to goalkeeper Alan Marriott.

Shrimps looking over their shoulders (Lancashire Evening Post): Morecambe are looking anxiously behind them for the first time this season as they bid to end a run of six games without a win. That has left them nine points above the relegation zone - having previously been contenders for a Play-Off place.

Next five matches crucial, says Brown (Echo): Southend United face five games in the space of 15 days - a period that manager Phil Brown believes could make or break his side's season.

Smash and grab will do for Ward (Bristol Post): Bristol Rovers have won just one of their last 15 away games, leading manager John Ward to admit that a "smash and grab" success at Bury tomorrow would leave him happy.

Rowett aims high with Brewers (Burton Mail): Gary Rowett reckons his Burton Albion side have enough in their locker to avoid the Play-Offs this season and win automatic promotion to League 1.

Sinclair keen to unleash pace again (Northampton Chronicle & Echo): Emile Sinclair scored twice for Northampton Town in their midweek win at relegation rivals Torquay United - now he wants to unleash his pace again as the Cobblers visit promotion-chasing Fleetwood Town.

Edinburgh happy to be back in action (Wales Online): Newport County have had a series of games postponed lately but their visit to Hartlepool United on Saturday looks set to go ahead - much to the delight of manager Justin Edinburgh.

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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