Nick Szczepanik

Nick Szczepanik is a freelance sports writer contributing mainly to The Independent.

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Southampton 0 West Bromwich Albion 3 match report: Three off as Fortuné completes the set of goal, assist and red card

Robert Madley will not forget his first Premier League match in a hurry. One moment the 27-year-old referee from West Yorkshire was strolling through an end-of-season game notable mainly for West Bromwich Albion's convincing arrest of their slide down the table. The next the elbows and studs were flying, the early baths were being run, and the red card came out three times in 12 minutes.

Peter Crouch today pushed former club QPR closer to a seemingly inevitable relegation as Stoke kick-started their own battle to beat the drop

QPR 0 Stoke City 2 match report: Harry Redknapp ready to unload his QPR stars after relegation is all but confirmed thanks to Peter Crouch

Harry Redknapp must have had mixed feelings on Saturday evening when he heard that his local team, Bournemouth, had clinched promotion to the Championship: joy for the club where he started his managerial career, and gloom at the prospect of returning there next season as manager of a relegated QPR team.

Southampton 1 West Ham United 1 match report: Andy Carroll continues hot streak to warm up a safety-first draw

There was never much danger before the game that Southampton or West Ham would be pulled back into the relegation struggle, but this result just about ensures another season in the Premier League for two of last season's promoted teams, both seven points above the bottom three.

Paul Rogers parades the trophy in 1999

FA Cup semi-finals: Paul Rogers caught with his pants down after Wigan's winner in 1989

Paul Rogers will be at today’s FA Cup semi-final hoping that Wigan Athletic can repeat their victory over Millwall in the teams’ previous Wembley meeting, when he scored the only goal of the 1999 Auto Windscreens Shield final.

It is now or never for Premier League promotion, says Brighton manager Gus Poyet

Gustavo Poyet, the Brighton & Hove Albion manager, has warned that the imposition of Financial Fair Play rules in the Championship from next season will create a two-tier competition – and that it is even more vital for his team to take advantage of their chance to reach the Premier League this season.

Missing link: Gareth Bale (left) is out for at least two games; Lewis Holtby is one of those in line to replace him

Spurs won't miss Gareth Bale, insists Andre Villas-Boas

Manager has options to cover for player who has scored in past eight wins

Harry Redknapp admits that he goes home after defeats and speaks to no one

Harry Redknapp looks for first of five wins

Harry Redknapp is going through a period as troubled as that of his QPR team. He regards himself as lucky to have managed so long at the top level, but also admits that he goes home after defeats and speaks to no one – not even his dogs. So there must have been many uneasy silences at Sandbanks in recent weeks.

Outfoxed: Kazenga LuaLua goes past the Leicester defender Liam Moore

Brighton & Hove Albion 1 Leicester City 1 match report: Frustrated Nigel Pearson laments late Kazenga LuaLua leveller

Too many draws have bedevilled Brighton's campaign for a play-off place for most of this season, but yesterday's will feel like a victory after a late goal salvaged a point they hardly deserved.

Mauricio Pochettino: Despite old loyalties Saints fans have largely taken to the new manager

Southampton 2 Chelsea 1 match report: Pochettino enjoys a less toxic inheritance than Chelsea rival

Londoners' game in hand looks more like one more burden for a side stretched too thin

Southampton 2 Chelsea 1 match report: Saints loosen Blues' grip on top four

Pochettino's latest scalp leaves Chelsea hanging on to Champions League place by two points

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