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Chelsea and Spurs strikers compete for award

Middlesbrough forward Patrick Bamford, Norwich winger Nathan Redmond and MK Dons midfielder Dele Alli are in the running to be named Football League Young Player of the Year.

Bamford has already scored 16 goals this season. Credit: PA

Bamford, 21, who is on loan from Chelsea, has hit 18 goals to spearhead Boro's bid for a return to the Premier League.

Fellow England Under-21 international Redmond has also enjoyed a fine season, the 21-year-old scoring three goals for a Canaries side also challenging for promotion.

Alli, 19, has netted 14 goals including a hat-trick against Crewe - form which earned him a move to Tottenham in January before being loaned back to the League One Dons for the rest of the campaign.

The accolade has in the past been won by the likes of Gareth Bale, Wilfried Zaha and Nathaniel Clyne. The winner will be announced on Sunday at the 10th annual Football League Awards.



Clark embarrassed by 7-2 Blackpool defeat

Lee Clark says he was embarrassed to see his Blackpool lose 7-2 at Watford on Saturday.

The Championship's bottom club were leading by two goals at half-time, but succumbed to another desperate defeat.

Lee Clark is used to defeats. Credit: PA

"At ten to four it was looking fantastic. At ten to five it was embarrassing," Clark said. "We’re deeply embarrassed by that second-half. To concede seven goals in any game, never mind a half, is very disappointing and frustrating.

"You just can’t play like we did in the second-half, at any level. We’ll take all the flack that is going to come our way in the next few days, and rightly so."

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