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Return to back three could mean recall for Davies

Hull captain Curtis Davies could be handed a recall for the trip to Barclays Premier League leaders Chelsea.

Captain Davies could return against Chelsea Credit: Press Association

The centre-half has been dropped for the last two matches, but manager Steve Bruce could revert to a back three at Stamford Bridge, opening up a vacancy at the back.

Gaston Ramirez has completed a three-game ban, but fellow loanee Hatem Ben Arfa is set to continue his exile from the squad.

Provisional squad: McGregor, Jakupovic, Davies, Rosenior, Robertson, Chester, Dawson, Bruce, Elmohamady, Meyler, Huddlestone, Livermore, Brady, Aluko, Quinn, Ramirez Hernandez, Aluko, Jelavic.

Golden girl Jess has " no regrets" over speaking out about shamed soccer star Evans

Jessica Ennis-Hill says she has no regrets about speaking out in the row over convicted rapist Ched Evans.

Last month Jess said she'd ask Sheffield United to remove her name from one of the stands at Bramall Lane - if they didn't retract their offer to let him train with the club following his release from prison.

In a wide-ranging interview for ITV News, the Olympic heptathlon champion also talked about motherhood, and her preparation for the Rio Olympics.

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Chesterfield FC officials to attend hearing over FA charge

Chesterfield officials will attend a personal hearing at Wembley Stadium next Monday after the club was charged by The FA with a breach of FA Cup rules. It is alleged that the club are in breach of FA Cup Rule 15(j)(i) for fielding an ineligible player following Georg Margreitter's appearance in Saturday's second round tie at MK Dons.

The club has until 5pm on Thursday to reply to the charge. Club officials will then travel to the capital on Monday for the hearing.

FA charges Chesterfield FC with breach of cup rules

The FA has charged Chesterfield FC with a breach of FA Cup rules, after allegedly fielding an ineligible player in their FA Cup Second Round Proper fixture against Milton Keynes Dons.

MK Dons were beaten 1-0 at home by Chesterfield on Saturday 6 December 2014, during which fixture Georg Margreitter featured for the away side.

It is alleged that Margreitter – on loan to Chesterfield from Wolverhampton Wanderers – played in the fixture without the necessary written permission having been received by The FA as at the 12noon deadline on Friday 5 December 2014. Chesterfield FC has until 5pm on Thursday 11 December to reply to the charge.

Chesterfield charged over FA Cup second round game

Chesterfield's place in the FA Cup third round could be in jeopardy after they were charged with fielding an ineligible player in their second-round win at MK Dons.

The Spireites upset the odds by knocking out the in-form Dons with a 1-0 win on Saturday but in doing so they fielded on-loan Wolves defender Georg Margreitter in their side without receiving written permission from his parent club.

The League One club have until 5pm on Thursday to respond to the charge.

The FA has charged Chesterfield FC with a breach of FA Cup rules, after allegedly fielding an ineligible player in their FA Cup Second Round Proper fixture against Milton Keynes Dons. MK Dons were beaten 1-0 at home by Chesterfield on Saturday 6 December 2014, during which fixture Georg Margreitter featured for the away side.

It is alleged that Margreitter - on loan to Chesterfield from Wolverhampton Wanderers - played in the fixture without the necessary written permission having been received by The FA as at the 12 noon deadline on Friday 5 December 2014. As a consequence it is alleged they are in breach of FA Cup Rule 15 (j) (i) for fielding an ineligible player.

– The FA

We notified The FA as soon as it came to our attention that the necessary written permission from Wolverhampton Wanderers to allow Georg Margreitter to play in the match had not been received. We had a verbal agreement with Wolverhampton Wanderers to play Georg but unfortunately we did not ensure that the consent was received in writing. We will of course provide The FA with our full co-operation as they investigate the matter.

– Chris Turner, Chesterfield chief executive

If found guilty Paul Cook's men could be kicked out of the competition, with Bradford receiving a similar punishment when they fielded an ineligible loanee Curtis Good in the 2012/13 season.

FA Cup Third Round Draw

Games to be played on the weekend of 3 and 4 January:

  • Arsenal vs Hull
  • Manchester City vs Sheffield Wednesday
  • Rotherham vs Bournemouth
  • Huddersfield vs Reading
  • Sunderland vs Leeds
  • Millwall vs Bradford
  • Scunthorpe/Worcester vs Chesterfield
  • Barnsley/Chester vs Middlesborough
  • QPR vs Sheffield United
  • Doncaster vs Bristol City
  • Cambridge/Mansfield vs Bury/Luton

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FA Cup third round draw throws up final replay for Tigers

Last season's beaten finalists Hull will play holders Arsenal in January's FA Cup third round.

The draw was held at The Deep Aquarium in Hull with manager Steve Bruce watching on his side were second to be drawn out, sending them to The Emirates Stadium.

We'd been drawn against Arsenal in the rehearsal. Let's hope it is as good as the final, because it was a great game.

– Steve Bruce

I guess it was just meant to be.

– Curtis Davies

Chris Moyses appointed Lincoln City manager

Lincoln City has announced that Chris Moyses has been appointed as the club's new first team manager.

Chris Moyses appointed Lincoln City manager Credit: Lincoln City FC

Moyses has been appointed on a 12-month rolling contract and will be assisted by Grant Brown.

In a statement, the club's board said:

We urge all fans to back the management team, as they have done so admirably in the last few weeks, and support their ideas on how to take the Club forward.

– Lincoln City FC

Redfearn: No excuses for Leeds defeat

Leeds Head Coach Neil Redfearn refused to blame off-field issues after United were thrashed 4-1 at in-form Ipswich.

Neil Redfearn Credit: Press Association

A dismal week for Leeds, which saw owner Massimo Cellino asked to step down by the Football League after breaching its owners' and directors' test, got worse on the pitch.

They were hit by goals either side of half-time and offered little in a dismal second-half performance which saw Ipswich comfortably stride to an impressive three points.

But Leeds boss Neil Redfearn does not believe that matters off the pitch were an excuse for the performance

When asked about Cellino, Redfearn said: "That would be an excuse. We have had all week to prepare and whatever happens (with Cellino) is for the powers that be at Leeds United.

"After such a great performance against Derby last week (winning 2-0), it is disappointing to come back down to earth with a bump.

"Our performances were gradually picking up week-on-week, but today was an off day.

"Ipswich are a good side, they are second in the table for a reason. We started brightly with a well-taken goal but we took our foot off the pedal for whatever reason.

"You can't come to places like Ipswich Town and give sides a leg-up - but that's what we did."

Rotherham boss Evans praises on-loan Lawrence after Cardiff stalemate

Rotherham manager Steve Evans has backed on-loan midfielder Tom Lawrence to play a vital role for Leicester in the Premier League this season.

Steve Evans Credit: Press Association

The 20-year-old joined the Millers on a one month loan from Nigel Pearson's side last month and was the shining light in a dull 0-0 draw at Cardiff on Saturday.

And Evans reckons the young Welshman will be a key part of the Foxes' bid to stay in the Premier League this season.

He said: "Tom's a real smashing talent, in the first half he was unplayable.

"The boys at Cardiff had a real problem with him, he was popping up everywhere on the pitch and hurting them with his quality on the ball.

"Nigel Pearson might be saying in January that he is a big part of what they are trying to do because he showed today he should be playing a level above."

Rotherham were unlucky to extend their run without a win to eight matches as they had the better chances in the Cardiff City Stadium stalemate.

Evans' side could have found themselves leading at the break if it was not for some desperate Bluebirds' defending to stop Paul Green stabbing home amid a goal-mouth scramble.

Federico Macheda had the best chance to fire the hosts even closer to the play-off places but Adam Collin in the Rotherham goal did just enough to keep the scores level.

He then sparked a counter attack which saw Alex Revell's header tipped onto the bar, but the Championship strugglers once again lacked the cutting edge to get their first away win since August.

Evans said: "We did more than work hard. We played some super football, our passing and moving was exceptional.

"This is a big football club with great traditions who have just dropped down from the Premier League but I think we out-worked them and out-passed them and out-moved them today.

"We go away on the coach disappointed that we haven't come away with a victory because the performance and the chances we created deserved that."

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