Sport Djamel Abdoun of Nottingham Forest, centre, takes on Paul Gallagher, left, and David Buchanan of Preston North End

Nottingham Forest may have swept aside Sam Allardyce’s beleaguered West Ham to claim a Premier League scalp in the third round but Preston of League One proved an altogether tougher nut to crack in last night’s FA Cup fourth-round tie her.

Fulham defender Matthew Briggs

Fulham left-back Matthew Briggs joins Bristol City on loan

Fulham left-back Matthew Briggs has joined Bristol City in a one-month loan deal.

Paolo Di Canio

League One preview: Gary Smith to compound Paolo Di Canio's woes at Swindon

Paolo Di Canio hasn't reacted well to the news that Swindon have been placed under a transfer embargo and his Swindon side aren't reacting well to the negative vibes coming from their manager, so it's hard to resist quotes of 13/8 about them coming unstuck again at high-flying Stevenage on Saturday.

Jordan Clarke

Coventry full-back Jordan Clarke hits out at Twitter abuse

Coventry full-back Jordan Clarke has hit out after being subjected to abuse on Twitter which included a racist remark.

Fighting back: Fans protest outside Fratton Park against the club’s owners. Now the Portsmouth Supporters Trust is the preferred bidder

The Last Word: The spirits of Pompey past can heal us all

We can learn from the struggle for the soul of Fratton Park against a succession of charlatans

Portsmouth's Fratton Park

Portsmouth fans group names as preferred bidder for beleaguered club

Portsmouth's administrators have nominated Portsmouth Supporters Trust (PST) as their preferred bidder to take over the npower League One club.

A view of Leyton Orient's Brisbane Road

League One preview: Sheffield United to buckle against Leyton Orient

Sheffield United were given a good going-over by a bruising Hartlepool side in midweek and Leyton Orient can benefit from the knock-on effects by beating the battle-weary Blades at Brisbane Road on Saturday. Take the 5/2 about the Londoners prevailing.

A view of Bournemouth's ground

Bournemouth sack manager Paul Groves

Bournemouth have parted company with manager Paul Groves and his assistant Shaun Brooks.

Colchester confirm Joe Dunne as new permanent manager

Colchester have confirmed Joe Dunne as the club's permanent manager following the dismissal of John Ward last weekend.

Jimmy Tansey

Jimmy Tansey - Everton stalwart of the 1950s

As a tenacious, sharp-tackling, consistently competent full-back with Everton throughout most of the 1950s, Jimmy Tansey took his work extremely seriously.

Portsmouth go into administration for a second time

Harry Redknapp will attempt to save Portsmouth from closure

Harry Redknapp has revealed that he will attempt to help save his former club Portsmouth from being shut down.

Eddy Brown: Footballer remembered for his flamboyance

Eddy Brown was a centre-forward as prolific as he was eccentric – and that was saying something. A trailblazer of the goal celebration in the 1950s when such flamboyance was virtually unknown, he delighted in shaking hands with a cornerflag, indulging in an impromptu hug with a policeman, hopping into the crowd for a swift draught of lemonade, all of a piece with the sheer unadulterated ebullience with which he invested every area of his life.

The League Cup is now sponsored by Capital One

Fleetwood to play Nottingham Forest in first-round of the Capital One Cup

Last year's Blue Square Bet Premier winners Fleetwood will welcome two-time European champions Nottingham Forest to Highbury for their first ever Capital One Cup tie.

Going up: Michail Antonio opens the scoring

Wednesday claim spoils at expense of city rivals

Sheffield Wednesday 2 Wycombe Wanderers 0: Antonio and Ranger ensure there is no final slip as Jones' men leave United to face the play-offs

League round-up: Neilson the hero as Crawley earn second consecutive promotion

Scott Neilson's low strike after he ran on to Warren Cumming's long ball earned Crawley Town a 1-0 win at Accrington Stanley as they grabbed the final League Two automatic promotion slot, making it two elevations in two consecutive seasons having risen from the Conference in 2011. Scott Shearer in the visitors' goal made a string of saves to deny Marcus Carver, Padraig Amond and Michael Liddle that kept Crawley on the rise.

Andy Scott sacked by Rotherham

Rotherham have sacked manager Andy Scott after less than a year in charge.

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