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A look ahead to this weekend’s FA Cup fourth round tie at the Etihad Stadium

Shoot-out has unhappy ending for Chelsea Ladies

Birmingham City 2 Chelsea 2 (aet; Birmingham win 3-2 on penalties)
The Birmingham manager, Chris Hughton dismissed talk of him filling the vacancy at West Bromwich as 'non-facts'

Peter Ramage out to be Birmingham hero again

It was the 59th minute of a game that had not yet lived up to its billing. Blackpool had taken a fortuitous lead on the stroke of half-time and came out all guns blazing; Matt Phillips beating left-back David Murphy before pulling the ball back to Gary Taylor-Fletcher. Six yards out, the striker had the goal at his mercy and half of Bloomfield Road was already celebrating. But Peter Ramage threw himself in front of the shot and saved a second goal. In moments like that, in play-off games, resolute defending can book a ticket to Wembley.

Roy Hodgson

West Brom begin making plans for Roy Hodgson departure

Sporting and technical director Dan Ashworth has revealed that West Brom have contingency plans in place should they need to find a replacement for head coach Roy Hodgson.

Didier Drogba has been pivotal in both Chelsea's semi-final wins of the last week

Petr Cech urges Chelsea to pair Fernando Torres and Didier Drogba in attack

Petr Cech has urged Roberto Di Matteo to unleash both Fernando Torres and Didier Drogba on Chelsea's opponents in their triple pursuit of glory.

Sam Allardyce has had to undertake a rebuilding programme at West Ham following their relegation last season

Sam Allardyce inspired by Chelsea as West Ham push for promotion from Championship

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce is drawing inspiration from Chelsea's Champions League heroics as he targets a final-day push for promotion.

Portsmouth relegated from Championship after 2-1 loss against Derby

Portsmouth will compete in the third tier of English football for the first time in 30 years after their spell in the npower Championship came to a disappointing end against Derby.

Coventry relegated from Championship after 2-0 defeat against Doncaster

Coventry will play npower League One football next season after defeat to Doncaster confirmed their relegation.

Andy Thorn urges on Coventry against Millwall on Tuesday

Dark clouds hover menacingly over fading Sky Blues

Cashless and forced to play youngsters, Coventry City are on the verge of a sadly historic relegation

Southampton manager Nigel Adkins

Nigel Adkins calls on Southampton to keep calm in promotion push

Southampton manager Nigel Adkins has told his team not to get ahead of themselves as they bid to join Reading in earning promotion to the Barclays Premier League.

Nottingham Forest's Paul Anderson tackles Jimmy Kebe of Reading

Leigertwood strike secures promotion for Reading

Reading 1 Nottingham Forest 0

Reading’s Adam Le Fondre scored both goals in the hard-fought win over Leeds

Adam Le Fondre remains focused on gaining promotion from the Championship with Reading

Reading goal hero Adam Le Fondre is taking nothing for granted in the race to secure promotion to the Premier League, even if his side could be up by the end of today.

Steve Coppell

Steve Coppell returns to football with League Two Crawley

Crawley have appointed former Reading manager Steve Coppell as the club's new director of football.

Southampton close on title following Rickie Lambert brace

Southampton moved three points clear of title rivals Reading after their 2-0 win over Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park. The Championship's leading scorer Rickie Lambert scored both goals to take his tally to 26 this season.

Sam Allardyce salutes the West Ham fans after yesterday's 4-0 win

West Ham set club record to put the heat on Saints

Barnsley 0 West Ham United 4

Sam Allardyce has seen West Ham draw their last five home games

Sam Allardyce wants West Ham to find killer instinct

Sam Allardyce has urged West Ham to find the killer instinct needed to boost their hopes of automatic promotion from the npower Championship.

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