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Cambridge's Derry 'disappointed' by manner of FA Cup exit

Cambridge United manager Shaun Derry admitted he was "disappointed" with his side's second-half performance after were knocked out of the FA Cup by Leeds United last night.

The U's looked on course for an upset when Uche Ikpeazu put them ahead, but Leeds turned the game on its head after the break to seal a 2-1 win and book their place in round four.

You generally look back over 90 minutes of football, and it tells you a story.

Tonight's story was that it was a really good 45 minutes - but that was it.

The second-half was disappointing from our side.

– Shaun Derry, Cambridge United manager

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Northampton Town part company with boss Page

Rob Page has left Northampton Town. Credit: PA

Northampton Town have parted company with manager Rob Page.

The Welshman only took over at Sixfields after leaving Port Vale in the summer, but has now been sacked following a run of eight defeats in 10 League One games.

The Cobblers were also humiliated by non-league Stourbridge in the FA Cup second round recently, which only increased the pressure.

The final straw turned out to be a 5-0 defeat to Bristol Rovers at the weekend.

Chairman Kelvin Thomas admitted that Northampton's recent poor form had made Page's position untenable.

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We are disappointed to make this decision regarding Rob, however following the recent run of results we feel that a change is necessary. Rob has always been extremely professional throughout his time and has only ever wanted the club to be successful.

It was always going to be a very tough challenge following last year and the expectation that created, so we thank him for his efforts and we wish him very well for the future.

– Kelvin Thomas, Northampton Town chairman

Thomas also confirmed that Paul Wilkinson will take charge of the team for the upcoming game against promotion-chasing Scunthorpe United.

No Peterborough FA Cup surprise at Chelsea

Chelsea & Peterborough United's players line up ahead of their FA Cup 3rd Round tie Credit: Adam Davy/PA Wire

League One Peterborough United couldn't produce an FA Cup shock at Premier League leaders Chelsea.

First half goals from Pedro and Michy Batshuayi gave Posh the proverbial mountain to climb at Stamford Bridge, a task which got tougher when Willian made it 3-0 after the break.

Chelsea had John Terry sent off before Tom Nichols gave Posh fans something to cheer by scoring with 20 minutes left.

But Pedro ended any hopes of a dramatic comeback by scoring his second and Chelsea's 4th.

Peterborough supporters watching the FA Cup tie with Chelsea on a big screen at the ABAX Stadium Credit: ITV Anglia

Around 6,000 Peterborough supporters watched the game in West London, while many more followed the action on a big screen at their home ground the ABAX Stadium.

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Posh fans head to Stamford Bridge

Peterborough United fans ahead of their trip to Stamford Bridge Credit: ITV Anglia

Peterborough United supporters were in optimistic mood as they dreamed of an Emirates FA Cup upset at Premier League leaders Chelsea.

Posh will have around six thousand fans at Stamford Bridge plus many at their own ground, the ABAX Stadium, watching the Third Round contest on a big screen.

A fleet of coaches took a large proportion of Peterborough's travelling support to West London at mid-morning.

Coaches ready to take Posh fans to Chelsea Credit: ITV Anglia

Although Peterborough have lost both their previous FA Cup encounters against Chelsea - conceding five goals on each occasion - followers of the League One promotion chasers are determined to enjoy their day out in West London.

And many have the same hope as the club's Director of Football, Barry Fry- to hold Chelsea to a draw and earn a money-spinning replay at home.

"I've been in football for 56 years and it's the first time I'm going and wanting a draw. I've never wanted a draw. But this one, it would be lovely to get them back at our place."

– Barry Fry, Peterborough United's Director of Football

Peterborough's Barry Fry talks about his hopes for their FA Cup game at Chelsea.

Peterborough fans give their pre-match verdicts before setting off to Stamford Bridge

Luton Town sign midfielder D'Ath from Northampton

Luton Town sign Northampton Town midfielder Credit: Luton Town FC

Luton Town have signed midfielder Lawson D'Ath for an undisclosed fee from League One side Northampton Town.

The 24-year-old has agreed an 18-month contract with the Hatters, following two-and-a-half seasons at Sixfields.

The former Reading player helped the Cobblers win promotion last season, scoring four times for the club.

Manager Nathan Jones told the official Hatters website, "He is a player I know very well; a young player but with real good League experience, including a promotion last year with Northampton. He’ll add real quality and energy to our squad, and we’ve managed to sign him on what could turn out to be a two-and-a-half year contract.”

Colchester United boss McGreal wins Manager of the Month

U's boss John McGreal has been named League Two Manager of the Month for December. Credit: PA

Colchester United's manager John McGreal has been named League Two Manager of the Month for December.

The U's ended the month unbeaten to lift themselves to just outside the play-offs having earlier been fighting relegation.

McGreal saw off competition from Cambridge United's Shaun Derry, Gareth Ainsworth at Wycombe Wanderers and Exeter City's Paul Tisdale.

He says the award is down to a team effort.

It’s very flattering to receive the award...but the credit must go to the players for the way they’ve adapted to what we’ve asked them to do.

We’ve changed the system, had players come back from injury and the whole squad has had the belief and talent to go out there and perform.

Even during the run without winning, they believed in themselves and the results in December were a reward for their hard work and application.

They’ve shown what they are capable of and we all want to continue December’s form into the New Year and the second half of the season.

– John McGreal, Colchester United manager
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