Aitor Karanka was made Boro head coach in November

Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka wants to see a repeat of last season's finish

Boro manager looking for promotion to the Premier League in North East

Lee Clark

Lee Clark says Birmingham City can get results without large transfer kitty

Blues boss is confident his side can prevent relegation after near miss last year

League round-up: This is a terrible time for Leeds, says Brian McDermott

Sheffield Wednesday registered their biggest-ever Yorkshire derby win against Leeds United with a 6-0 thrashing yesterday to increase the pressure on Brian McDermott. First-half goals from Reda Johnson and Atdhe Nuhiu put Wednesday firmly in control and after Matt Smith, the Leeds striker, was sent off for a foul on Johnson two minutes into the second half, Connor Wickham added a third. Chris Maguire's deflected free-kick in the 67th minute and substitute Caolan Lavery's superb late double completed the rout. McDermott claimed last week's 2-0 FA Cup defeat at Rochdale was his lowest ebb as a manager, but this Championship defeat plunged him deeper into despair. Asked if he could take any positives from the display, McDermott said: "Are you serious? It's public humiliation as far as I'm concerned. That was just unbelievable. It doesn't matter about being lower than the Rochdale game, that's just humiliating for all of us. It's a terrible time for Leeds United, the supporters and us." Stuart Gray, Wednesday's caretaker manager, believes the win will increase his chances of being appointed as Dave Jones' successor. "I've got to sit down and have a glass of wine with the chairman," said Gray. "It was a good performance, hopefully a 6-0 win will help me to get the job."

Danny Ings was on target again for Burnley in their 2-1 win over Yeovil

Championship round-up: Unstoppable Danny Ings on the money again as Burnley maintain pressure on leaders Leicester

Victory at Yeovil reduced the gap to Foxes after their 4-1 win over Derby on Friday, while QPR also kept up their challenge with win over Ipswich

Craig Johnston

Sporting Heroes: Practice made perfect sense for Craig Johnston

When managing Middlesbrough in 1975, Jack Charlton proclaimed one of the club’s youngsters “the worst player he’d ever seen”. That player was a 15-year-old Australian called Craig Johnston.

Doncaster 2 Stevenage 3 match report: Stevenage upset the odds to give their season a much-needed boost

League One side took the lead in an electric second half that saw all five goals come after the break

Nick Proschwitz celebrates after scoring for Hull City against Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough 0 Hull City 2 match report: Aaron McLean and Nick Proschwitz keep Tigers cup hopes alive

The two out-of-form strikers came into a depleted Hull side hit by illness to give them a place in the fourth round draw

Tom Huddlestone said he would not cut his hair until he scored for Hull

FA Cup: Middlesbrough v Hull match preview

A look ahead to the FA Cup third round fixture at the Riverside Stadium

Tokelo Rantie's career began after he answered a talent-spotting advertisement on the internet

Homesick Tokelo Rantie determined to settle on the south coast

Rantie’s career began after he answered a talent-spotting advertisement on the internet 

Fernando Forestieri scores for Watford in their 4-0 win over Millwall

Championship round-up: David Nugent penalty sends Leicester City top as Derby's winning run is halted by Huddersfield

Elsewhere there were wins for Middlesbrough Ipswich and Watford

The Sport Matrix: Thursday 26 December 2013

‘Best ever’ Kallis quits Test format

Teemu Pukki scored the winner in the 28th minute from close range to extend his side’s unbeaten run in the league to 15 games and keep them on course to retain their title

Round-up: Teemu Pukki strikes it lucky for Celtic against Hibernian

Celtic bounced back from their Champions’ League hammering by Barcelona with a 1-0 home win against Hibernian in the Scottish Premiership.

Dave Nugent scores from the spot in the days early kick-off between Leicester and Burnley
Colin Cooper encouraging his Hartlepool players from the sideline

Simon Hart: Colin Cooper takes Hartlepool from base camp with eyes on summit

Life beyond the Premier League

Steve McClaren has taken 19 points from 24 at Derby

Derby County manager Steve McClaren admits England scars

Pain of national team failure still hurts high-flying Derby manager but, he tells Richard Rae, it was part of a learning process

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