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Pochettino: No regrets over selling fans favourite Dawson

Tottenham Head Coach Mauricio Pochettino has no regrets about allowing former captain Michael Dawson to join Hull City in August.

Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino has no regrets over selling former fans favourite Michael Dawson to Hull City Credit: Press Association

Dawson, who was a popular figure with Spurs fans, moved to the KC Stadium in search of regular first-team football.

But Pochettino is adamant the transfer only happened because all parties were happy for the move to take place.

Dawson left White Hart Lane and hooked up with former Spurs duo Tom Huddlestone and Jake Livermore.

"It was not only my decision - we had a chat with Michael about the situation and we agreed the best thing for him was to join Hull," Pochettino said.

"We were transparent with him all the way and we had a very good relationship - we always talked face-to-face, but I don't (regret letting him go) because it wasn't only down to me.

"It was a shared decision - between me, Michael, the club, and we decided the best thing was for him to join Hull.

"It is always sad, for the people who have been close to you for 10 years, when you part because you share a lot of emotions together.

"But this is professional football and when you decide to do something different, you need to look forward.

"Dawson chose to join Hull shortly after I arrived, while the decision to sell Livermore and Huddlestone was taken before I came here, but I am not scared of our old players at Hull.”

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Evans slams Millers display

Rotherham Manager Steve Evans slammed his players after their 1-0 defeat to Birmingham in the Championship.

Rotherham Manager Steve Evans Credit: Press Association

Evans believed the performance was not good enough for the Championship and had no praise for any of his players.

"It looked like two poor teams out there," said Evans.

"I think it was the poorest performance from us that I can remember for a while. If that's our performance levels it's not going to be good enough for this league that's for sure.

"We look at ourselves and it was disjointed. The central defensive pairing have been a rock to what we have achieved in the last couple of years but today it looked today that neither of them had ever played football.

"We will go back on the training ground tomorrow and work hard and if people think we are going to give up what we fought for last year then there is no chance of this."

Evans said that some players would be "disgusted" with their showing.

He added: "We have got very honest staff and there are some individuals there who would be disgusted by their performance because they are normally very good for us.

"We will analyse some of it, train and get ready for next week. That's all we can do."

Today's football results

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Championship - Click here for scores and reaction

Huddersfield Town v Sheffield Wednesday

Blackburn Rovers v Leeds United

Rotherham United v Birmingham City

League One - Click here for scores and reaction

Chesterfield v Barnsley

Crawley Town v Scunthorpe United

Rochdale v Doncaster Rovers

Sheffield United v Oldham Athletic

Bradford City v Gillingham

League Two - Click here for scores and reaction

Hartlepool United v York City

Mansfield Town v Plymouth Argyle

Yorkshire derby ends all square

Sheffield Wednesday striker Stevie May and Huddersfield substitute Nahki Wells went closest to breaking the deadlock as the lunchtime Championship Yorkshire derby ended goalless at the John Smith's Stadium.

Sheffield Wednesday striker Stevie May made his Scotland debut this week but couldn't break the deadlock in the Yorkshire derby Credit: Press Association

May, who won his first full Scotland cap against England on Tuesday, fired in a 74th-minute shot which struck both crossbar and post, while Wells twice forced Wednesday goalkeeper Keiren Westwood into excellent saves after stepping off the bench in the 68th minute.

Huddersfield goalkeeper Joe Murphy pulled off the save of the game to deny Wednesday winger Royston Drenthe a last-minute winner, shortly after the Owls could have been awarded a penalty.

The West Yorkshire club extended their unbeaten home record to six matches, while Wednesday have drawn seven of their last 11 fixtures.

Diego Poyet, for Huddersfield, and Sheffield Wednesday's new loan signing Lewis McGugan both made their debuts for their respective clubs, while Murphy started in goal for the home side after Alex Smithies suffered a back spasm. Winger Royston Drenthe returned from suspension for the visitors.

West Ham loanee Diego Poyet made his debut for Huddersfield Credit: Press Association

McGugan fired a shot over the crossbar and Gary Taylor-Fletcher failed to connect properly with Jacques Maghoma's cut-back as Wednesday created the better early chances, while Huddersfield winger Sean Scannell sent two low crosses fizzing across the six-yard box at the other end.

Jacob Butterfield's slide-rule pass then carved open Wednesday's defence midway through the first half, setting Tommy Smith free on the overlap, and the right-back's raking cross was snuffed out by visiting centre-half Tom Lees' last-ditch near-post lunge.

Scannell turned neatly in the box to clip another inviting pass across the face of goal shortly before half-time as Town gained the upper hand, but a blue shirt failed to get on the end of it.

Wednesday left-back Jeremy Helan thwarted the charging Scannell with a timely challenge and on-loan centre-forward Grant Holt headed left-back Paul Dixon's cross over soon after the restart.

Butterfield dragged his shot off target after Harry Bunn's backheel on the edge of the box and Scannell again threatened to break the deadlock when he raced into shooting range and blazed an angled drive over the crossbar.

It needed something more incisive against a Wednesday defence that has kept 10 clean sheets this season and in the 68th minute Town boss Powell sent on striker Nahki Wells for Conor Coady.

Wells' response was almost instantaneous as he darted through on goal, only to see his shot parried by Wednesday goalkeeper Keiren Westwood.

But Wednesday went closest to scoring the game's opening goal in the 74th minute when May pounced in the box and lashed a rising shot which beat Murphy and struck the crossbar and then post before bouncing clear.

Wells then wasted a free-kick when he curled his effort high and wide after being hauled down by Wednesday skipper Glenn Loovens and blasted a shot straight at Westwood after finding himself in the clear with six minutes remaining.

Wednesday were denied a late spot-kick when substitute Chris Maguire went over Joel Lynch's challenge but was harshly booked for simulation.

Drenthe then sprang the offside trap in time added on, but his well-struck curling shot was brilliantly turned away by Murphy to ensure the spoils were shared.

Ched's next move in doubt according to newspaper reports

Can Ched Evans play football abroad? As his former club Sheffield United play their first home game since deciding not to re-sign him, national newspapers debate the striker's future career moves.

Ched Evans football career could be in doubt Credit: Press Association

The striker, who was freed from jail after serving half of a five-year sentence for rape, was due to train with the Blades.

However the club took a dramatic u-turn and refused to take back the player.

It was thought Evans could kick-start his career in Turkey with his advisers eyeing the well-paid Turkish league.

A source told the Daily Star: "Ched had mentioned that Turkey is a good option for him."

But now the likely route has been stopped in its tracks after the Ministry of Justice said the terms of his sex offenders licence means it would be near impossible to work abroad.

According to the Daily Mail, sex offenders are required to have regular meetings with their offender manager. He will be on licence until 2016.

However it was said today it would be 'difficult or impossible' for a sex offender to meet the terms of their licence while working abroad.

A Ministry of Justice spokesman told The Daily Mail: "We do not comment on individual prisoners.

"In general terms, a sex offender on licence would have to have regular meetings with their offender manager and that is difficult or impossible to do if they are living abroad."

Evans, who plans to appeal his 2012 conviction for raping a teenage waitress in a hotel in Rhyl, North Wales, served half of the five-year sentence he handed.

The remainder of the sentence will be completed on licence, meaning he must regularly check in with an offender manager until 2016.

By the time he has completed his entire sentence, he will be 27, and will remain on the Sex Offenders Register for life.

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Today's football fixtures

Today's football fixtures Credit: Press Association

Championship - Click here for updates

Huddersfield Town v Sheffield Wednesday

Blackburn Rovers v Leeds United

Rotherham United v Birmingham City

League One - Click here for updates

Chesterfield v Barnsley

Crawley Town v Scunthorpe United

Rochdale v Doncaster Rovers

Sheffield United v Oldham Athletic

Bradford City v Gillingham

League Two - Click here for updates

Hartlepool United v York City

Mansfield Town v Plymouth Argyle

Young footballers take part in Christmas Truce memorial game

Young footballers from Hull have just returned from the trip of a lifetime playing in a special tournament in Belgium to mark the Centenary of The Great War.

They joined the remaining under-12 sides from The Premier League for The Christmas Truce National Tournament.

Held in Ypres, the site of many battles and, now, countless war graves, the three day trip was about testing their physical skills and opening their eyes to the horrors of The First World War.

Jonny Blair's report contains some flash photography:

Hull pair set to return from injury

Michael Dawson and Nikica Jelavic are both set to return from injury when Hull City host Tottenham Hotspur at the KC Stadium on Sunday.

Dawson could be in line to play against Tottenham for the first time since his move from North London. Credit: Press Association

The pair are on track to feature after recovering from ankle and knee problems respectively, and Dawson could be in line to play against Tottenham for the first time since his move from North London.

With goalkeeper Allan McGregor also ready having returned to full training almost a fortnight ago after recovering from a shoulder problem, it provides a timely boost for manager Steve Bruce and his squad.

Dawson, Jelavic and McGregor have trained all week, so unless something untoward happens I expect them to be in contention to start. Jelavic has done remarkably well to be back in contention and even if we’d had a game last weekend I think he would have been in contention. He’s been determined to get back involved and he’s been doing 12-hour days to get himself back in. It’s been the same with Dawson too. He was just playing the way we expect him to when he got injured against Arsenal. It’s going to be good to see them back because the spine of your team is vitally important and with their Premier League experience, they can be vital for us.

– Steve Bruce

Bruce also hopes to have Curtis Davies available after the centre back returned to training on Thursday. Davies injured his back in the defeat to Burnley last time out.

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