Nick Szczepanik is a freelance sports writer contributing mainly to The Independent.
Bradford City 3 Northampton Town 0: Cup kings triumph in League Two play-off final on return to Wembley to win promotion
18 May 2013 07:44 PM
Three months after their 5-0 defeat by Swansea City in the Capital One Cup final, Bradford City enjoyed a very different Wembley experience. They dominated the League Two play-off final to erase memories of that previous appearance under the arch and could even have won 5-0 themselves.
17 May 2013 01:00 AM
Seagulls boss linked to Everton vacancy and Fulham position
Reading 0 Manchester City 2 match report: Empty dugout as Sergio Aguero seals victory in first match since Roberto Mancini departure
15 May 2013 01:00 AM
Brian Kidd took charge of the match
14 May 2013 09:51 PM
Wilfried Zaha could almost have been excused for taking it easy during the second half of this season, knowing that he will be a Manchester United player when it ends. But Steve Parish, the Crystal Palace co-chairman, who sold Zaha to United in January for £15m and then borrowed him back, knew that it would not happen. And Palace reaped the rewards on Monday evening when the 20-year-old winger scored the two goals against Brighton to set up a play-off final against Watford at Wembley on May 27. "We said to anybody who was interested: 'We just won't sell him unless you lend him back,' Parish said. "I knew he would come back and be himself. I know what Wilfried's like. Wilfried can sit in there and tell himself he's not interested, but once he gets on a football pitch it is just what he does. He clicks into gear and everything is natural. The more people kick him and the more they get at him the better he gets. What is he? Just 20? He's had the odd game which wasn't so great but I've never seen his effort waver for one minute."
Brighton 0 Crystal Palace 2 match report: Wilfried Zaha double puts Ian Holloway back on road to Wembley
14 May 2013 01:00 AM
Sir Alex Ferguson may have retired, but on Monday night he once more proved himself a good judge of a footballer when his final signing, Wilfried Zaha scored the two goals that took Crystal palace into the Championship play-off final against Watford at Wembley on May 27.
06 May 2013 12:06 AM
Soon after overseeing the limp defeat at Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday that confirmed Wolverhampton Wanderers' descent from the Premier League to League One in successive seasons, Dean Saunders explained why Steve Morgan, the owner, should stick with him rather than look for a fifth manager in 15 months.
Brighton & Hove Albion 2 Wolverhampton Wanderers 0 match report: Wolves crisis as they hit 'rock bottom'
05 May 2013 12:00 AM
Dean Saunders says rebuilding starts now after second relegation, while chairman apologises
Southampton 0 West Bromwich Albion 3 match report: Three off as Fortuné completes the set of goal, assist and red card
28 April 2013 12:00 AM
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.
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
21 April 2013 11:19 PM
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
14 April 2013 12:00 AM
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.
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