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Leeds beat Sheffield Wednesday to keep pace in Championship promotion race

Chris Wood (left) celebrates his winning goal. Credit: PA

Chris Wood's first-half goal saw Leeds United move up to fourth in the Championship following a hard-fought 1-0 win over Yorkshire rivals Sheffield Wednesday.

Rob Green made a stunning second-half save to deny Jordan Rhodes from the penalty spot as Leeds clung on to claim a valuable three points.

But it was Wood who made the decisive contribution to the match, keeping his head to poke home his 22nd goal of the season in the 21st minute.

The win moves Garry Monk's side above Reading into fourth place - though the Royals travel to Brighton this weekend - and three points clear of their opponents, who remain sixth.

Mark Hughes keen to avoid another Tottenham thrashing

Alas, poor Stoke. Credit: PA

Mark Hughes admits he cannot rule out Stoke City being thumped by Tottenham once again on Sunday.

Stoke have been thrashed 4-0 at home by Spurs in each of the last two meetings between the clubs.

The most recent came last September during a sequence in which Hughes' team failed to win any of their opening seven Premier League games of the season.

But Hughes said: "We have improved markedly since that game (in September).

"I would be very surprised if the result was the same - although there is a possibility, because they are a good side.

"But we'll have to make sure we play well to make sure that doesn't happen.

"I would imagine if we start brightly, then that is the key to it. Hopefully we'll be nice and bright, sharp and ready to go."

Ranieri says goodbye to Leicester players and staff

Claudio Ranieri (left) with star striker Jamie Vardy. Credit: PA

Claudio Ranieri visited Leicester's training ground on Saturday morning to say goodbye to his former players and staff.

The 65-year-old Italian said on Friday that his "dream died" after his sacking on Thursday night, having led the Foxes to an historic Premier League title last season.

"I don't speak with anybody, just to say thank you to the fans. They are fantastic. Thank you," he said when asked for a quick word by Sky Sports News as he drove away.

On how he was feeling, he said: "I feel good now, because what we achieved in Leicester… I hope it will happen again, but it will be very difficult."

When asked if it had been an emotional meeting with his players, he insisted it had been "normal".

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