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FA Cup action today

It's the FA Cup fourth round today and all three of our sides who're still in the cup are facing tough away games.

Sheffield United will be hoping to continue their cup exploits when they travel to Preston North End.

Chesterfield will have the backing of almost 6,000 fans when they go to Championship Derby County.

But it is Bradford City who face the toughest test of all, an away tie at Premier League Chelsea.

David Hirst reports:

Chesterfield to be backed by fans in Derbyshire Derby

Chesterfield will have the backing of almost 6,000 fans in their FA Cup Derbyshire Derby with Derby tomorrow

The Spireites, who've had a good season in League One so far, are looking to make it into the fifth round for the only the second time in 60 years.

Both clubs have a lot of respect for each other and the match is a sell-out

Chesterfield manager Paul Cook believes that support could inspire them into the fifth round:


Skarz leaves Millers

Defender Joe Skarz has left Rotherham United by mutual consent.

Joe Skarz Credit: Press Association

The 25-year-old made 78 appearances for Rotherham over three seasons, playing a key role in Millers’ sides which reached League One in 2013 and achieved promotion to the Championship last season.

Skarz joined Rotherham from Bury 2013 on a free transfer after impressing on loan.

Blades boss Clough still dreams of final despite first leg defeat

Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough believes that his side can still book a place at Wembley despite losing their Capital One Cup first leg semi final at Spurs 1-0.

Blades Manager Nigel Clough claps off the fans after their 1-0 defeat at Spurs Credit: Press Association

The Blades managed to hold out until the 73rd minute when Jay McEveley handled the ball under pressure from Roberto Soldado and Andros Townsend put away the resulting penalty.

Clough said: "We're still in the tie. Only that one-goal deficit, disappointed at that, I thought we were on for a nil-nil.

"We were comfortable up to half-time, just a mistake (from McEveley), it caught his arm, a bit unfortunate. He thought the ball just checked up but it's definitely handball. He didn't mean it, it's unintentional but it's certainly handball."

Clough says that they will enter the return leg with plenty of hope, adding:

"We're going to give it everything we can."

Spurs head coach Mauricio Pochettino also paid tribute to a valiant effort from the Yorkshire outfit.

"I think that Sheffield played very aggressive in the first half and cut every action and played narrow and deep too, that was difficult for us," he said.

"We didn't find the best positions to create more chances.

"I think that was a very, very difficult game but we were aware of that. Now we need look forward and try to win the second game in Sheffield."

Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino paid tribute to a valiant effort from Nigel Clough's side Credit: Press Association


Cellino's Leeds future in doubt

The future of Massimo Cellino at Leeds United is in doubt today as he is required by the Football League to relinquish control of the club.

Cellino's Leeds future in doubt Credit: Press Association

The Italian's appeal against a Football League decision disqualifying him from owning the club failed on Monday, leaving him 48-hours to resign.

The club say they are continuing to seek legal advice.

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