Nick Szczepanik

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

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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

West Ham 0 Crystal Palace 1 match report: Palace safe as Mile Jedinak completes the great escape for Tony Pulis

Palace are now automatically safe from the drop but Hammers fans continue their relentless assault on Allardyce's tactics by booing substitutions and at the final whistle

Adam Lallana refuses to take for granted his place in the England party for Brazil

Adam Lallana: The rise and rise of the 'English Iniesta'

Adam Lallana, who’s earning amazing comparisons, tells Nick Szczepanik how it would be ‘silly’ of him to expect to be on plane to Brazil – even though he’s a shoo-in to be in Hodgson’s squad

Hugo Rodallega of Fulham (R) celebrates with Pajtim Kasami as he scores their first goal

Fulham 1 Norwich City 0 match report: Hugo Rodellega gives Fulham vital win

The Fulham players embraced each other and saluted their delirious supporters, the Norwich players slumped to the Craven Cottage turf in disbelief that they had put so much into a match and come out of it with nothing. Both teams still have four games to play, but such was the importance being put on this match between relegation-threatened clubs that you would have thought that Fulham had guaranteed their Premier League safety and that Norwich were already down.

Huggy pair: Harry Redknapp embraces Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe

Bournemouth 2 QPR 1 match report: South-coast neighbours leave returning Harry Redknapp beached

The latest blow to the hopes of Harry Redknapp leading Queens Park Rangers to automatic promotion could not have come from much closer to home. Redknapp could have walked to work yesterday from his Sandbanks mansion to the ground where he cut his teeth in management to see his team of ex-Premier League big names outfought by a hard-working Bournemouth side with play-off aspirations of their own.

Southampton 4 Newcastle 0 match report: Jay Rodriguez opens floodgates for rampant Saints

Rodriguez's double sandwiched goals from Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana as all three boost World Cup credentials

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