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Former Spurs keeper eying a return to the Premier League with Watford

Joel Ekstrand has become a key part of Watford’s defence after signing on loan from Udinese

Joel Ekstrand: Ice-cool Swede keeping calm over Watford's big day in the Championship

The defender can help his side reach Premier League today – but that’s fun not daunting, he tells Jack Pitt-Brooke

Championship preview: All eyes will be on Hull City and Watford this weekend

The Championship is yet again proving why it is one of the most competitive leagues in Europe - only three of Saturday’s fixtures are of no consequence with 12 teams realistically still having something to play for.

Steve Bruce can’t believe his eyes

Championship - final day: George Boyd denies tension has engulfed Hull City

Automatic promotion remains in the Tigers' hands

Barnstormers: Chris O’Grady celebrates

Barnsley 2 Hull City 0 match report: Steve Bruce at a loss as Tykes tame Tigers

Hull's promotion party in serious danger as they extend their winless streak to three games with defeat at Barnsley

The club's community programme will work to undo the damage caused to its image by rioting fans

The Last Word: Millwall fans fight – to change the club's image through charity work

The club's community programme is a force for good in a deprived area

Hull’s Gedo (right) challenges Lewin Nyatanga last night

Hull City 0 Bristol City 0 match report: Steve Bruce admits ‘nerves’ have stalled Hull rise

Attention: There is an unclaimed lottery ticket in Hull area.

Steve Bruce has mixed man-management and sports science to take Hull to the brink of promotion

Hull desperate to avoid Championship play-offs

The Tigers take on Bristol City tonight hoping to improve automatic promotion chances

Rafael Benitez has compared Juan Mata to Gianfranco Zola

Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata see star status continue to grow

Midfielder has been in exceptional form this term

Watford manager Gianfranco Zola was left frustrated at The Den

Millwall 1 Watford 0 match report: Wasteful Watford blow great chance to put the pressure on Hull in promotion race

Gianfranco Zola described it was “very hard to take” for Watford at The Den, as his side somehow failed to capitalise on Hull City's 1-0 loss at Wolves, going down by the same score-line to Millwall.

The Sport Matrix: Wednesday 17 April 2013

Misses could prove to be costly for wasteful Arsenal

Gary, left, and Lee Johnson will be in opposite dugouts tonight

Once-in-a-generation game: More than family honour at stake for Gary and Lee Johnson who will be in opposing dug-outs tonight

Clash between father and son managers could decide the fate of Yeovil and Oldham

Kenny Jackett knows the pain of FA Cup defeat at Wembley

FA Cup semi-finals: Millwall are looking like a smart outfit under Kenny Jackett

On slender resources the highly rated manager has generated a ‘family’ spirit at the Championship club

Malky Mackay has praise for the mature Craig Bellamy

Life Beyond the Premier League: How locking hyperactive Craig Bellamy in toilet became key to Cardiff's success

Malky Mackay was once so irritated by Craig Bellamy's hyperactivity that he locked him in a toilet for four hours. But the inconvenience was strictly temporary, for today Cardiff City's talismanic star has matured into a model senior pro who, together with manager Mackay, is leading the Welsh club into the Premier League.

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.

Kneesy does it: Mutch of Cardiff (left) tangles with Watford’s Cassetti

Watford 0 Cardiff City 0 match report: Cardiff almost there as Gianfranco Zola draws a blank

Watford face battle to catch Hull City for second automatic promotion place after shut-out

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Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

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