Nick Szczepanik

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

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Ian Holloway celebrates victory over Fulham

Fulham vs Millwall match report: Martyn Woolford gives Fulham that sinking feeling

Fulham 0 Millwall 1 : Fulham yet to record a point in the Championship after second straight defeat

Arsenal defender Kieran Gibbs in training

Arsenal vs Manchester City: Rich Arsenal could still lose players to City, warns Kieran Gibbs

Gunners have seen five first team players head to City since 2009 and Gibbs has warned Arsenal the trend could still continue

Rock on Tommy: Smith celebrates scoring Brentford’s late equaliser

Brentford vs Charlton match report: Tommy Smith relieves pain for stung Bees

Newly-promoted Brentford’s late equaliser makes Charlton pay for a series of missed chances

Hove into view: Sami Hyypia’s Brighton were chastened by a commanding Southampton display in a friendly last week

Sami Hyypia brings touch of Roy to Brighton

Former Liverpool defender has high standards to suit an ambitious club

Dejan Lovren latest: Ronald Koeman in battle to keep Liverpool target at Southampton

Croatian defender could become the fourth player to leave St Mary's this summer

Rickie Lambert scores for Southampton against Manchester United
Derby’s Chris Martin (centre) celebrates scoring his side’s second goal with Jamie Ward

Brighton 1 Derby County 2 match report: Chris Martin steers Derby step closer to Premier League

Striker has a hand in both goals as Rams take control of Championship play-off semi-final
Oscar Garcia takes Brighton into the play-offs against Derby having learnt from some big names
Millwall boss Ian Holloway celebrates after his team's victory

Millwall 1 Bournemouth 0 match report: Ian Holloway celebrates Championship survival and sets out next season's targets

Ian Holloway's side remain in the Championship with vital win on last day that sees off relegation rivals

Antolin Alcarez heads in an own goal to give Southampton the lead

Southampton 2 Everton 0 match report: Antolin Alcaraz blunder sets the tone as woeful Everton make a fine mess

A pair of own goals from Alcaraz and Seamus Coleman hands Arsenal the advantage in the hunt for Champions League qualification

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