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Danny Fox dyes beard for hospital visit

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Forest's Danny Fox visited Danny Fox visited patients at Queens Medical Centre with the Nottingham Forest team. Credit: PA
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Fox poses for a photo with Henri Lansbury, Michail Antonio, Ben Osborn and a patient. Credit: PA

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Irvine hopeful of West Brom 'turning point'

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Alan Irvine is looking to build on the Villa win at Loftus Road. Credit: PA

Alan Irvine believes West Brom have turned the corner ahead of another crunch clash at QPR

The head coach wants their victory over Aston Villa last week to be the catalyst to push them away from danger.

Albion are 14th ahead of Saturday's Barclays Premier League trip to Loftus Road but have only won twice in their last 11 games in all competitions.

I hope this is the turning point for us. It was nice to have got the results we have done, we obviously have to build on that.

We've had clean sheets which are a big help. We managed to get a goal - and our problem in games has been a lack of goals.

We clearly are aware of that - and we're doing a lot of work to try and address that. We feel that if we create enough opportunities we have players who can score.

– West Brom manager Alan Irvine

Nigel Pearson welcomes personal FA hearing

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Pearson was provoked before allegedly using abusive language. Credit: PA

Leicester boss Nigel Pearson has welcomed the chance to have a personal hearing with the Football Association.

The Foxes manager will have a personal hearing with the FA on Friday after he was alleged to have "used abusive and/or insulting words towards a spectator".

He was involved in a heated row with a fan during Leicester's 3-1 defeat to Liverpool earlier this month.

Pearson refused to apologise for the argument and is looking forward to his hearing ahead of Leicester's Barclays Premier League trip to West Ham.

"I'm interested in going down there and having a chance to see exactly what goes on," he said, with Leicester bottom of the league having not won in 11 games.

He added when asked about not apologising: "I don't intend to make any more statements on that issue at all, I will go and be present and see what happens."

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Hull suffer Michael Dawson injury blow

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Dawson will miss the busy winter schedule. Credit: PA

Hull defender Michael Dawson is set to be out for at least a month with a hamstring tear.

Dawson suffered the injury in the first 10 minutes of last weekend's defeat by Chelsea and scans revealed a grade two tear.

Dawson has already missed a month of the season with an ankle problem but impressed manager Steve Bruce enough to earn the captain's armband for two matches while regular skipper Curtis Davies was dropped.

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Eric Abidal retires from playing football

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Abidal won La Liga four times and Champions League twice with Barcelona. Credit: PA

Eric Abidal has retired from football after playing his last game for Olympiacos in Wednesday's 2-0 Greek league win over Panionios.

The former Barcelona and France defender recovered from a liver tumour in March 2011, undergoing a transplant and eventually receiving the green light to resume training in December 2012.

He rejoined Monaco in 2013 and moved to Olympiacos in the summer of 2014.

"I am proud to have been his coach this season," Olympiacos coach Michel told Nova TV. "Personal decisions are above those of the pitch."

Abidal will confirm his decision at a press conference on Friday.

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Allardyce urges Leicester fans to show Pearson loyalty

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Allardyce and Pearson worked together at Newcastle. Credit: PA

Leicester fans should show some "loyalty" and remember just where manager Nigel Pearson has taken the club, according to West Ham boss Sam Allardyce.

Pearson, whose side are three points adrift at the bottom of the Barclays Premier League table ahead of a trip to the fourth-placed Irons on Saturday, has accepted a Football Association charge of using insulting words towards a fan.

The Foxes boss had refused to apologise to the supporter despite a video emerging of the incident during his side's 3-1 home defeat to Liverpool on December 2.

Allardyce - himself the subject of boos from some of the West Ham faithful last season - believes Pearson should be commended for taking the east Midlands club back up to the top flight following a decade in the wilderness, which also included a spell in League One.

There is a turning point because what happens at football clubs, expectation grows, people think you are just going to be able to go in there and be successful from a period of great joy.

It is the fact that instead of watching your team win every week, it is a big adjustment for the fans when they find out it is not that easy any more.

I suppose the expectation was built even higher when they beat Manchester United 5-3 and of course the Leicester fans have not remembered where Nigel has taken the club from and to in a short period of time, so they should show him a bit more patience and a bit more loyalty.

– West Ham manager Sam Allardyce

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