Feature: Sutton for success

League Two

This is the inside story of Sutton United's rise to the EFL.

It was this time last year that Sutton United had just landed from a 400-mile-round trip to Torquay United, having ground out a goalless stalemate with their fierce promotion rivals. A bitter defeat to high-flying Hartlepool United would follow, seeing the U’s fall out of the automatic promotion berths.

Derby given extra month by EFL to prove they can finish season

  • Deadline of 1 February extended after review
  • More time to find buyer and seek clarity on legal claims

Derby’s administrators and the English Football League have agreed a one-month extension to the deadline set to provide proof of funding.

A joint statement from the club administrator, Quantuma, and the EFL said the decision had been reached after “a formal review of revised financial forecasts” at the Championship club.

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Championship roundup: Davis helps Nottingham Forest to four straight wins

  • Forest maintain play-off push with 3-0 victory over Barnsley
  • QPR draw 0-0 with Swansea; Coventry see off Stoke

Nottingham Forest beat the Championship’s bottom club, Barnsley, 3-0 to move within a point of the play-offs after a fourth straight win in all competitions.

Forest took the lead in the 15th minute when the on-loan Aston Villa forward, Keinan Davis, slotted home his first goal for the club. Ryan Yates added a second shortly before half-time and Brennan Johnson wrapped things up with a third in the 75th minute.

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Papa John’s Trophy Semi-Final draw

Papa John's Trophy

The Semi Final draw of the Papa John’s Trophy will take place live on Sky Sports on Saturday 29 January following the conclusion of Peterborough United’s Sky Bet Championship fixture against Sheffield United (5:30pm kick-off).

What is going on at Derby and will club survive? Key questions answered

With the Championship club having a week to prove to the EFL that they can see out the season we address the pressing issues

Had Derby beaten Aston Villa in the 2019 Championship play-off final, the outlook would surely be different. Mel Morris, a local businessman, bet the ranch and lost in his attempt to return Derby to the Premier League for the first time since 2008. They have spent 125 days in administration and are in a race against time to secure a preferred bidder who can fund the club until the end of the season and complete a takeover. The English Football League’s findings over the former chairman’s valuations of players led to a total 21-point deduction this season. “I’m most unhappy with Mel Morris – he is why we’re in this situation,” the manager, Wayne Rooney, said on Friday.

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Middlesbrough upwardly mobile under guidance of Chris Wilder

The Teessiders have risen from 15th to sixth since the former Sheffield United manager was appointed in November

Dael Fry tries his best to remain measured but before long candour prevails. “Everyone’s really excited,” concedes Middlesbrough’s former England Under-21s centre-half. “The atmosphere around the place is absolutely fantastic, everyone’s buzzing, everyone in the town’s talking about promotion.”

Since Chris Wilder succeeded Neil Warnock as manager in early November, Boro have collected 20 points from nine league games, rising from 15th to sixth in the Championship. They travel to a third-place Blackburn side coached by their former captain, manager and enduring hero Tony Mowbray, on Monday aiming to reinforce suddenly realistic automatic promotion hopes.

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Championship roundup: Fulham sink Stoke to go eight points clear at top

  • Decordova-Reid strikes to seal Fulham’s fourth straight win
  • Nearest rivals Bournemouth suffer surprise 1-0 defeat to Hull

Fulham extended their lead at the top of the Championship with a thrilling 3-2 win at Stoke.

There was an explosive start inside two minutes, with Rodrigo Muniz cancelling out D’Margio Wright-Phillips’ first senior goal for Stoke. Fábio Carvalho’s eighth goal of the season put Fulham ahead after 33 minutes.

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