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Championship – teamtalk.com 19 Jan 13:09

The story of George Burley and the amazing Ipswich team of 2000

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Championship – teamtalk.com 18 Jan 22:52

Ritchie at the double as Newcastle brush Birmingham aside

Matt Ritchie scored twice with Yoan Gouffran also on target as Newcastle beat Birmingham 3-1 in the FA Cup at St James’ Park.

Talk of a brewing transfer battle between Benitez and owner Mike Ashley was forgotten on the night, although David Cotterill’s late strike set up a tense conclusion before Ritchie struck at the death.

With promotion back to the Premier League the overriding priority, Spaniard Benitez shuffled his depleted pack to the extent that he handed senior debuts to youngsters Dan Barlaser on his 20th birthday, Stuart Findlay and Yasin Ben El-Mhanni, whose claims to fame include working as a body double for Cristiano Ronaldo and Neymar.

But it was Shelvey who stepped back into the limelight as his ninth-minute through-ball allowed Gouffran to escape from City skipper Paul Robinson and attempt to round keeper Adam Legzdins.

Referee Lee Probert pointed immediately to the spot after Gouffran was bundled to the ground and Ritchie converted with the minimum of fuss.

Shelvey himself tested Legzdins from distance with a dipping effort, but the keeper needed the help of a post to keep out Gouffran’s audacious flick from Achraf Lazaar’s 29th-minute cross.

However, the Frenchman increased the Magpies’ lead within six minutes when he controlled Shelvey’s free-kick with his back to goal before spinning and dispatching the ball into the bottom corner.

Ritchie would have had his second of the night three minutes before the break had his shot not come back off the inside of a post, but the lead was no more than Newcastle deserved despite Cotterill going close on three occasions during an early flurry from the visitors.

The Magpies repeatedly hit Birmingham on the counter after the break, but failed to take their chances and were made to pay when Cotterill’s mis-hit 71st-minute shot eluded keeper Matz Sels.

Substitute Lukas Jutkiewicz might have levelled five minutes later but headed over, and Ritchie finally killed off the tie in stoppage time with Shelvey once again the architect.

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Championship – teamtalk.com 17 Jan 23:07

Arnold provides late heroics as Lincoln shock Ipswich

Lincoln City caused a shock on Tuesday night as they scored a last-gasp winner to knock Ipswich Town out of the FA Cup.

With the game seemingly set for extra time, Nathan Arnold was put through on goal, rounding the ‘keeper and slotting home to spark amazing scenes at Sincil Bank.

The result by no means flattered the Imps, while the pressure continues to grow for Mick McCarthy.

After an emotional minute’s applause in memory of former Lincoln boss Graham Taylor, who died last week, both sides eased their way into the match and it took 10 minutes for the first meaningful attempt when Tom Lawrence made Paul Farman stretch low to his right to make the save.

That was as about as good as it got in the first 45 minutes for Ipswich, who made five changes from the first tie, while Lincoln named an unchanged starting XI from the game in Suffolk.

Matt Rhead headed a Terry Hawkridge cross wide as the Imps, who were more than holding their own again, responded.

Theo Robinson, the two-goal hero from the original tie, was crowded out by the Town defence in the six-yard box as he attempted to shoot, before Alex Woodyard headed Bradley Wood’s cross narrowly wide.

City were completely in the ascendancy and Rhead again went close, but could not quite get enough of his head to a superb Hawkridge cross, with the ball squirming wide of Gerken’s right-hand post.

Just before the break, Town stopper Gerken kept the scores level with a brilliant one-handed save from Lincoln skipper Luke Waterfall, who prodded the ball goalwards from Rhead’s knockdown.

Thirteen minutes into the second half, Josh Emmanuel brought out a smart low save from Farman. The ball went loose, but City hacked it to safety.

Ipswich were starting to get more of a foothold in the game, but were still being matched by their National League hosts.

Imps winger Hawkridge had a 20-yarder saved by Gerken, before Arnold shot high and wide after superbly bringing the ball down.

A Hawkridge clearance fell to Jonas Knudsen and the Town left-back’s first-time shot went well wide.

Rather than be content to take their chance in extra-time, City still pressed forward and got their reward in the final minute, when an Imps clearance reached Marriott and spotting Arnold’s run, he guided the ball through to him.

As Gerken came out to close him down, Arnold simply took the ball around the goalkeeper and poked the ball home to sink the Tractor Boys and send the home fans

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Championship – teamtalk.com 17 Jan 15:52

QPR keen on deal for upcoming Man Utd talent ? report

QPR are interested in signing Manchester United midfielder Sean Goss, according to reports on Tuesday.

The 21-year-old midfielder moved to Old Trafford from Exeter in 2012 and has impressed for Nicky Butt’s reserves this season.

Goss’ performances have attracted admiring glances and QPR are understood to be keen to bring in the midfielder, preferably permanently if not on loan.

The boyhood United fan, born in Germany, has yet to make a competitive first-team appearance for the club, but was on the bench for the Premier League match at Watford in November 2015.

Goss is a regular in United’s reserves and his fine free-kick set-up Matty Willock’s late winner in Monday’s 1-0 win at Liverpool.

QPR sit 17th in the Sky Bet Championship, with Ian Holloway’s men on a three-match winning streak in the league after ending a run of six straight losses.

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Championship – teamtalk.com 17 Jan 09:59

Klopp refuses to grant Liverpool winger loan move

Jurgen Klopp has refused to allow Liverpool winger Sheyi Ojo to move on loan as he wants to keep a big squad, according to reports.

Newcastle were understood to be interested in the youngster’s services and had hoped to take him on loan for the rest of the season.

However, the Liverpool Echo claims that the Reds will snub any interest in the 19-year-old and instead keep him to help their cause in the Premier League and cup competitions.

Klopp’s side remain in contention for the Premier League title and have enjoyed a run to the semi-finals of the League Cup, while they face Plymouth in an FA Cup replay this week.

Ojo made his first start of the season against Plymouth in the original tie – which Liverpool drew 0-0 – and is expected to get the nod again for the replay at Home Park.

It was a difficult start to the season for Ojo, having to wait until November to return to training after suffering a stress fracture to his back in pre-season.

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