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Tractor Boys chief insists that McCarthy's men are going in the right direction

Championship: Wins for Blackpool, QPR and Nottingham Forest while Watford held to a draw at Charlton

A round-up of the day's action from the SkyBet Championship

Danny Guthrie hits home Reading's winner

Reading 2 Ipswich Town 1 match report: Royals show their 'bouncebackability' as Danny Guthrie strike seals win

Bouncebackability: a word coined by Iain Dowie when Crystal Palace manager in 2004 and six syllables that are drummed into every team after they have tumbled out of the Premier League. Do not sulk, do not feel sorry for yourselves, do not simply fade away in the Championship. Get back there... and straight away.

Kieron Dyer in action for QPR at White Hart Lane

Kieron Dyer announces his retirement - and then reveals his ambition to be the next Pep Guardiola

Former England international has retired at the age of 34 after an injury-plagued career

Championship play-off final: Crystal Palace defender Damien Delaney ready for biggest game of his life

“I didn’t think I would be in this situation,” said Damien Delaney, days before the biggest game of his life, with some understatement.

The player who set the tone yesterday was another fresh native talent, Callum McManaman

From shocking foul to diamond for Callum McManaman

Was this shock bigger than Wimbledon in 1988? Was it the biggest since Sunderland in 1973? These were the questions being asked here last night, but it was another FA Cup final that came to mind while watching Callum McManaman tear Manchester City apart.

Alex Bruce injury hits Hull City

Hull City's hopes of securing promotion to the Premier League have suffered a blow following the loss of defender Alex Bruce for the last five matches of the season with an Achilles injury.

John, 9, Duwayne, 13, Jade, 10, Jayden, 5, Jesse, 6, and Jack Philpott, 7, all died after a blaze was started deliberately at the family's semi-detached house in Allenton, Derby

Derby house fire deaths: Minute's silence to be held in memory of six Philpott children

A minute's silence will be held today in memory of the six Philpott children who were killed in a house fire started by their father.

Andy Johnson pictured after sustaining an injury in September 2012

Andy Johnson ready to return for QPR - but will play no part in relegation fight

The former Fulham forward was not included in QPR's 25-man squad

Roy Keane let Jordan Rhodes (right) slip through his fingers in 2009

FA Cup: If Roy Keane is so smart, why did he get rid of Jordan Rhodes?

The Irishman's judgement is not always to be trusted as he once let one of Britain's most natural goalscorers slip through his fingers

Nathaniel Chalobah scored Watford's second

Match Report: Gianfranco Zola rejects loan criticism as Watford stroll on

Ipswich Town 0 Watford 2

Match Report: Forgotten striker Darren Bent proves point to Paul Lambert as Aston Villa fight back to overcome Ipswich Town

Aston Villa 2 Ipswich Town 1: Weimann sends Villa through after England man emerges from shadows to show his sharpness

Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy

Which clubs are best placed to achieve success after the managerial merry-go-round in the Championship?

Mick McCarthy’s appointment at Ipswich poses the most interesting prospect

Mick McCarthy is considered the leading contender for a job as manager of Nottingham Forest

Mick McCarthy ready for relegation scrap after being named new Ipswich manager

Mick McCarthy is determined to fulfil the potential on offer at Ipswich but must first drag the club away from what he openly admits is a relegation battle.

Mick McCarthy is considered the leading contender for a job as manager of Nottingham Forest

Mick McCarthy poised to take over at Ipswich

Mick McCarthy is in pole position to become the new Ipswich manager, although an appointment is not expected today.

Ipswich manager Paul Jewell

Paul Jewell defiant as Ipswich fans turn following latest defeat by Derby County

Ipswich Town last night quashed  reports that manager Paul Jewell has quit the club. Whispers spread around Portman Road that Jewell had left following a last-minute defeat to Derby County. However, Ipswich denied that rumour and said he remains in charge for now.

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