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Hull win at Derby to boost their promotion hopes and Wolves triumph at Blackpool in the Championship.

21 December 2012 Last updated at 22:31 GMT

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  1. 2210: 

    Right, that's it from us after a lively evening of Football League and SPL action. Be sure to join Tom Rostance on Saturday as he brings you live text commentary on a busy day of Premier League and Football League action. Thanks for getting involved - have a good weekend.

  2. 2206: 

    The match at Underhill actually finished 3-2 to Barnet, not 4-1. The Press Association originally credited the last-minute penalty to Barnet, but they have now changed that to give the goal to Burton's Jacques Maghoma. Apologies.

  3. 2200: 

    It's all over at Underhill, where bottom-of-the-table Barnet added a late fourth from the penalty spot through Jake Hyde to beat Burton 4-1. That means Barnet are out of the League Two relegation places, pushing AFC Wimbledon into the bottom two ahead of the weekend's matches.

  4. 2157: 
    Derby 1-2 Hull

    BBC Sport's Matt Monaghan reports: "It is a recurring tale of frustration for the Derby fans as, once again, Nigel Clough's men fail to turn possession into goals, Abdoulaye Faye's header sealing the win for promotion-chasing Hull at Pride Park. The visitors defended stoutly but were never unduly tested, with the result providing a seventh away win in 12 games and pushing them into the automatic promotion places ahead of the weekend action."

  5. 2157: 
    Blackpool 1-2 Wolves

    BBC Sport's Sam Sheringham reports: "He may have been loaned out to eight different clubs in nine years, but homegrown goalkeeper Carl Ikeme proved his worth to Wolves with an inspired performance as they picked Blackpool's pockets at Bloomfield Road."

  6. 2155: 

    Wolves manager Stale Solbakken: "We started the brightest but then Blackpool took over. In the second half they started very aggressively and we couldn't really deal with them. They had chances but credit to my players for coming back into the game. We must praise Carl Ikeme for the saves he made."

  7. 2154: 
    St Mirren 2-1 Motherwell

    BBC Sport's Kenny Crawford reports: "Steven Thompson's first-half double gives St Mirren a much-needed victory over second-placed Motherwell. Saints climb one place to 10th after what is only their second win in 11 Scottish Premier League games."

  8. 2152: 

    Blackpool boss Michael Appleton on Tom Ince's future: "I'd love to keep him at Blackpool if I could but if not then the earlier things can be done the better."

  9. 2151: 

    Blackpool manager Michael Appleton, speaking on Sky Sports: "When you see the amount of possession we had and the chances we created there were a lot of positives for us. I was happy with how the players responded to going behind - we created numerous opportunities but we need to be clinical."

  10. 2150: 

    In the late kick-off, Barnet look on course to escape the foot of the table as they lead 3-1 against Burton Albion with less than five minutes to play.

    In the earlier games, promotion chasers Southend beat Chesterfield 3-0, while Rochdale battered Cheltenham 4-1 to move to within a point of the play-off places.

  11. 2147: 

    Swindon provide the shock of the evening as they beat leaders Tranmere 5-0 thanks to a brace from Andy Williams, as well as goals from Danny Hollands, Raffaele De Vita and Matt Ritchie.

    In the other fixtures, the spoils were shared as Bury missed the chance to escape from the relegation zone against fellow strugglers Shrewsbury, the sides playing out a 2-2 draw.


    Brent in London via text: "As an Arsenal fan, I would love to see Blackpool back in the Premier League. All-out attack, Tangerine strip. Come on Santa, make it happen."


    David Hunt on Twitter: "Great result for Hull tonight. Looking like they're the real deal this season."


    Jed Whitaker on Twitter: "Steve Bruce's Black and Amber army!! Up the tigers!!"

  15. 2139: 
    FULL-TIME- St Mirren 2-1 Motherwell
  16. 2138: 
    FULL-TIME- Blackpool 1-2 Wolves
  17. 2137: 
    FULL-TIME- Derby 1-2 Hull
  18. 2136: 

    Wolves will be happy to run down the clock now - they'll kick themselves if they don't take all three points having survived an onslaught for so long.

  19. 2135: 

    There are five minutes of injury time to be played at Derby and four at Blackpool, with both games now very much in the balance. There will also be four minutes of additional time at St Mirren.

  20. 2133: 
    GOAL- Blackpool 1-2 Wolves - Alex Baptiste (89 mins)

    Could Blackpool pull off a dramatic comeback here? After Nouha Dicko's shot is parried, the ball falls to Alex Baptiste, who nods in from inside the six-yard box.

  21. 2132: 

    Sylvan Ebanks-Blake really should have completed his hat-trick there. He races onto a through ball and goes round Matt Gilks and only has to tap into an empty net, but the ball bobbles and he smashes high and wide.


    Chris, Hull tiger in Wirral, via text: "Said we are top of the league, I said we are top of the league.......... (Well joint top till tomorrow)."

  23. 2130: 

    Derby are pressing for an equaliser at Pride Park and John Brayford goes close to drawing them level, but Hull have been much-improved since the break and are defending their lead stubbornly.

  24. 2128: 

    That said, Blackpool do force an opening courtesy of some sloppy Wolves defender, but on-loan striker Nouha Dicko skews his shot well off-target from the edge of the area.


    Blackpool have created countless chances this evening, but they've started to dry up in the last 15 minutes. Wolves are beginning to look a lot more comfortable now and it's hard to see the Tangerines getting back into this one.


    David Gibson, a Wolves fan on Twitter: "The scoreline doesn't look one-sided. Results business. We were mugged 2-0 last time out, excuse me if I'm grinning right now."

  27. 2122: 

    We're approaching the last 10 minutes in all the 1945 kick-offs.

  28. 2121: 

    Derby are continuing to press at Pride Park but Hull are proving stubborn opponents with less than 15 minutes to go. Manager Nigel Clough responds to seeing his side struggling to create any chances by bringing on striker Theo Robinson.

    You can listen to commentary of Derby v Hull on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra now.

  29. 2120: 
    GOAL- St Mirren 2-1 Motherwell - Bob McHugh (77mins)

    Substitute Bob McHugh, who scored the winner against Hibs last weekend, pulls one back for Motherwell, putting Henrik Ojamaa's centre in off the bar. Ten minutes to go - game on.

  30. 2120: 

    Motherwell are desperately trying to find a way back into the game at St Mirren. Henrik Ojamaa's tricky run ends with a 20-yard shot which he drags wide, then Bob McHugh gets on the end of Chris Humphrey's cross but his shot is deflected over from eight yards.

  31. 2119: 

    Jon Taylor grabs what could be a crucial goal for Shrewsbury as his strike from the edge of the penalty box puts his team 2-1 up against fellow strugglers Bury.

  32. 2119: 

    Blackpool manager Michael Appleton can't really have too many complaints about his side's performance, but he will be disappointed with their wastefulness in front of goal, which leaves the Tangerines boss facing his first defeat since taking charge at Bloomfield Road at the start of November.

  33. 2115: 
    GOAL- Blackpool 0-2 Wolves - Ebanks-Blake (72mins)

    Wolves had been starting to push forward more and now, unbelievably, they are 2-0 ahead at Blackpool. I don't think the referee had much choice but to penalise Chris Basham for pulling back Bakary Sako - though there are question marks about whether the offence was inside or outside the box - and Sylvan Ebanks-Blake makes no mistake from the spot.

  34. 2115: 

    Chris Basham pulls back Wolves' Bakary Sako right on the edge of the box and the referee points to the spot.

  35. 2114: 

    Wolves have brought on midfielder David Davis in an attempt to seize back some of the initiative in this game. It looks like it might be working as they're beginning to stem the flow of Blackpool pressure, and they're starting to look more dangerous themselves.


    Ste from Leeds via text: "Boro have the strongest squad in this league and have coped really well without key players. They will eventually walk it."


    Tom Watson on Twitter: "Cheer up Tranmere, it's not the end of the world."

    I can't believe it's taken this long for someone to say that...


    Lloyd Murphy on Twitter: "Tranmere - your bubble has burst."


    Febreeze on Twitter: "From this, Wolves are right to be competing where we are. After the Jan transfer window however, I won't be happy down there."

  40. 2108: 

    Wolves are gaining some welcome respite with a period of possession in the Blackpool half. But it seems like a long time since they created anything to worry Blackpool keeper Matt Gilks.

  41. 2107: 

    Hull barely made an impression in the first half but since Abdoulaye Faye's headed goal they have begun to dictate proceedings at Pride Park, where they still lead.

    You can listen to commentary of Derby v Hull on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra now.

  42. 2106: 

    Blackpool threaten once more as Stephen Crainey swings over a free-kick from the left. It's sent into a dangerous area, but none of his team-mates can connect. This is completely one-way traffic.

  43. 2103: 

    I'm not sure I've seen a more one-sided game this season, and yet somehow Wolves are still in the lead. Gary Taylor-Fletcher is the latest Blackpool player to try his luck against Carl Ikeme, but the keeper is once again up to the challenge, saving the striker's 25-yard strike low down.

  44. 2101: 

    There are just over 30 minutes left in the 1945 GMT kick-offs. It could be a long half-hour for Wolves.


    Joe Blackmore on Twitter: "Carl Ikeme has been very impressive tonight, could well challenge Hennessey for the no. 1 spot when he returns from injury."

  46. 2059: 

    Things get even worse for table-toppers Tranmere as Andy Williams grabs his second goal to put Swindon into a commanding 5-0 lead at the start of the second half.

    In the other game, relegation-threatened Bury are drawing 1-1 with fellow strugglers Shrewsbury.

  47. 2059: 

    Second-placed Motherwell are up against it at second-bottom St Mirren. The visitors are already 2-0 down and their keeper - former Charlton Athletic number one Darren Randolph - is forced to make an excellent save from Marc McAusland's close-range effort.

  48. 2057: 

    Tom Ince's performance is certainly catching the eye at Bloomfield Road, but midfielder Tiago Gomes has been just as influential. Blackpool really should be level, and probably ahead, by now. But Carl Ikeme is keeping Wolves in front with a fine display of goalkeeping.

  49. 2055: 

    I have no idea how Blackpool aren't level. First Carl Ikeme saves from Tiago Gomes's header from Stephen Crainey's cross, then the keeper twice acrobatically denies Ince, both times from shots inside the area.


    From Anon via text: "When Watford led Sunderland 4-0 at HT in 1982 Graham Taylor put the players thru their pre match routine again They scored 4 more in the 2nd half.."

  51. 2052: 
    GOAL- Derby 1-2 Hull - Abdoulaye Faye

    Hull ended the first half by conceding a goal but respond immediately against Derby after the break as centre-back Abdoulaye Faye heads in a sweetly-struck set-piece from winger Robbie Brady.

    You can listen to commentary of Derby v Hull on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra now.

  52. 2052: 

    Tom Ince again goes close for Blackpool. After yet another precise through ball from Tiago Gomes, Ince shoots goalwards from 15 yards but his effort is well blocked by Stephen Ward, the ball deflecting away for a corner.


    Mashidur Miah on Twitter: "Tom Ince is already a better and a great prospect than his father. England Future: Ince, Ox, Walcott, Sterling...WOW!"

  54. 2049: 
    KICK-OFF (Second half)

    We're under way at Blackpool, Derby and St Mirren.

  55. 2048: 

    I'd love to be able to hear Paolo Di Canio's half-time team talk right now - I imagine the Swindon manager is in a particularly excitable mood as his team lead 4-0 against Tranmere. That looks like being quite a result for the Italian - Swindon are on course to move to within two points of the top of the table.


    Dan Wilkinson on Twitter: "Cracker of a goal from Jacobs! Ill get my coat."

  57. 2044: 

    BBC Sport's Matt Monaghan: "Derby seemed to be heading towards an undeserved half-time deficit before Michael Jacobs' superb volley drew them level just before the break following Robert Koren's opener for Hull."

    You can listen to commentary of Derby v Hull on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra now.


    Benji in Bristol via text: "Can't help but agree with Liam (2026). Sterling and Ince on the flanks would be unstoppable, England's future wingers for sure."

  59. 2040: 
    Blackpool 0-1 Wolves

    BBC Sport's Sam Sheringham reports: "Blackpool will wonder how on earth they are behind after a half in which they did everything but score. The one moment of composure in front of goal came from Wolves striker Sylvan Ebanks-Blake and the visitors have been clinging on ever since."

  60. 2037: 

    Burton Albion are up into the League Two play-off places after Billy Kee's penalty away to Barnet following Barry Fuller's foul on Damien McCrory.

    In the other fixtures, Southend are drawing 0-0 with Chesterfield and Rochdale are one goal up against Cheltenham.

  61. 2037: 
    HALF-TIME- St Mirren 2-0 Motherwell
  62. 2036: 
    HALF-TIME- Derby 1-1 Hull
  63. 2034: 
    HALF-TIME- Blackpool 0-1 Wolves
  64. 2034: 

    But Tom Ince fires his effort straight at the wall.

  65. 2034: 

    Chance for Blackpool on the stroke of half-time, Wes Thomas fouled by Christophe Berra on the edge of the area. Stephen Crainey and Tom Ince are lining up the free-kick.

  66. 2032: 
    GOAL- St Mirren 2-0 Motherwell - Steven Thompson (42 mins)

    It's two for St Mirren and two for Steven Thompson! This time he heads in John McGinn's cross after excellent build-up play down the left from Paul Dummett and McGinn.

  67. 2030: 
    GOAL- Derby 1-1 Hull - Michael Jacobs

    Derby deservedly equalise against Hull just before the break thanks to a sharp half-volley from midfielder Michael Jacobs on the edge of the penalty area after defender Abdoulaye Faye fails to clear a corner.

    You can listen to commentary of Derby v Hull on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra now.

  68. 2030: 
    GOAL- St Mirren 1-0 Motherwell - Steven Thompson (39 mins)

    Ex-Cardiff and Burnley striker Steven Thompson puts St Mirren ahead after being set up by Jon Robertson, Thompson finishing low into the bottom left corner from inside the penalty box.

  69. 2029: 

    Motherwell's Simon Ramsden makes another crucial interception as he gets in the way of Kenny McLean's threatening cut-back, but it remains all-square against St Mirren.


    Liam Redford on Twitter: "Ince is good enough to play regularly for a top PL club such as Arsenal or Liverpool."

  71. 2026: 

    There is a real shock on the cards at the County Ground as Swindon race into a 4-0 first-half lead against table-toppers Tranmere thanks to goals from Danny Hollands, Raffaele De Vita, Andy Williams and Matt Ritchie.

    In the other game, relegation-threatened Bury are drawing 1-1 with fellow strugglers Shrewsbury.


    Matt in Manchester via text: "I've followed countless sporting events on here and no joke I always wonder who this Anon guy is. It wasn't until I read your previous timely reminder for people to leave a name that the penny finally dropped. Please tell me I'm not the first person to make this mistake!"

    Oh Matt...


    Jack in Hull via text: "This is the best Hull squad I've seen in years. Strength in depth all over the place!! Only way is up!! Watch out Premiership, the Tigers are on their way!!"

  74. 2024: 

    Derby may be losing to Hull but they are continuing to dominate proceedings at a misty Pride Park. Nigel Clough's men are struggling to create chances despite all their possession, and star midfielder Will Hughes is the latest player to shoot over from distance.

  75. 2024: 

    I wonder what Liverpool's scouts are making of this? Tom Ince is in yards of space on the right as he beats the offside trap to race onto Tiago Gomes's inch-perfect through ball. He goes into the area one-on-one with Carl Ikeme, but the keeper parries his shot towards Wes Thomas, who heads over with the goal gaping and Ikeme well out of his goal.

  76. 2022: 

    Wolves, though, possess their own threat on the break, particularly through the pace of Sylvan Ebanks-Blake. He forces a left-wing corner, but it comes to nothing.

  77. 2019: 

    Blackpool are really pressing now. Tiago Gomes strikes the post from 20 yards with a low drive after more good work from Ince.

  78. 2018: 

    So nearly the equaliser for Blackpool. Tom Ince picks up the ball on the right, drives into the area and crosses towards Wes Thomas, who can't quite stretch enough to get the touch he needs to poke home from six yards. Ince might wish he had taken the shot on himself, but he's certainly starting to show why Liverpool are keen on getting him back to Anfield.

  79. 2016: 

    In Scotland, St Mirren go close as midfielder Jim Goodwin's shot is cleared off the line following a corner. Motherwell aren't far away either as Estonian Henrik Ojamaa's goalbound effort is blocked.


    Alex Bonynge on Twitter: "Blackpool's pitch is shocking, not making for one of the best games of football to watch."

  81. 2014: 

    Tom Ince is starting to see more of the ball now on the Blackpool right. He is bundled over by Stephen Ward after some clever footwork, and the hosts have a free-kick on the right, but they can't take advantage of a promising opportunity.

  82. 2012: 

    Hull had not really threatened but that goal is enough to send them level at the top of the Championship with leaders Cardiff, for now at least.

  83. 2011: 
    GOAL- Derby 0-1 Hull - Robert Koren (25 mins)

    It is against the run of play but Hull have gone ahead through captain Robert Koren's shot. The Slovenian midfielder converts Stephen Quinn's cross from 15 yards to put Steve Bruce's side, who currently boast the best away record in the Championship, in the lead.

  84. 2010: 

    But they only make it to halfway before losing the ball. Blackpool respond with a break of their own and Thomas Ince collects the ball for the first time and crosses from the left, but he is unable to pick out a team-mate.

  85. 2009: 

    Nathan Delfouneso is continuing to see plenty of the ball for Wolves. He dinks in another cross from the left which is cleared and Wolves look to break.

  86. 2007: 

    Just over 10 minutes in and it's still St Mirren 0-0 Motherwell. Nicky Law has a shot on goal blocked for the visitors. St Mirren have been bright, too - Steven Thompson leads a good counter-attack but the crucial pass across the box is intercepted by Motherwell's Simon Ramsden.

  87. 2006: 

    Derby are building up a head of steam at home against Hull but they have been unable so far to turn all their possession into a chance in a cagey opening.


    Steve C in Hull via text: "Fancy Hull tonight. Koren to keep the fun going. Up the Tigers."

  89. 2004: 

    There's a delay in play at Bloomfield Road as Stephen Ward is caught competing for a high ball. It's a decent chance for Blackpool to regroup.


    Jonny in Leicester via text: "Cardiff and Palace for the automatic slots, Hull, Leicester, Boro and Watford/ Udinese B for the playoffs."

    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    Former Derby striker Roger Davies on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra: "Right-back Ahmed Elmohamady slipped there for Hull and it was a good opportunity for Derby midfielder Michael Jacobs to get the ball into the box, but he failed to do so.

    "Otherwise, Paul Coutts has been a revelation so far this season for Derby and he has done well again in this game."

    You can listen to commentary of Derby v Hull on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra now.

  92. 2001: 

    The effort is driven in low from the right, but that's easy enough for Carl Ikeme, whose handling is secure low to his right.

  93. 1959: 

    It looks like Nathan Delfouneso wants to make amends for that wayword effort. The striker's mazy dribble takes him towards the left edge of the penalty area and he is felled by two Wolves players. Free-kick to the visitors.


    Anon via text: "Oh joe lynchristmas as a hull fan if that does come true I will personally serenade you with angels!!"

    A reminder to put your names on those texts...

  95. 1956: 

    Blackpool have their first clear sight of goal, but they'll have to do a lot better than that if they want to get back into this. Nathan Delfouneso collects the ball on the left, drives infield and shoots miles - almost literally - over the bar.

  96. 1955: 

    Stale Solbakken will be a very happy man right now. The Wolves boss has come under plenty of pressure this season, but his side have had the perfect start to this match. Blackpool, though, have yet to lose under Michael Appleton, so this match is a long way from being over.


    Joe Lynchristmas on Twitter: "Hull City to win, go joint top, run away with it for the next few months and win the division."

  98. 1952:  
    BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

    Former Derby striker Roger Davies on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra: "Hull manager Steve Bruce has just conned the referee for a throw-in. He caught the ball and gave it to a Hull player when it should have been for Derby.

    "Derby are not giving Hull a minute on the ball in the early stages and are dominating possession at the moment."

  99. 1948: 
    GOAL- Blackpool 0-1 Wolves - Ebanks-Blake (3mins)

    Great start for Wolves. They had begun positively and they take the lead as Jermaine Pennant slides the ball through for Sylvan Ebanks-Blake, who finishes expertly past Matt Gilks from 12 yards.

  100. 1948: 

    First sight of goal of the evening, and let's hope that's not an omen for how the matches are going to go. Jermaine Pennant crosses from the right for Wolves towards Bakary Sako, who shoots woefully high and wide.


    CorkerSWFC on Twitter: "I fancy Hull this evening Derby are struggling for injuries while Hull have a fully fit squad bar one absence."

  102. 1945: 

    We're under way in both Championship games.

  103. 1944: 
    St Mirren v Motherwell (1945 GMT)

    BBC Sport's Kenny Crawford reports: "Motherwell could guarantee spending Christmas day in second place in the SPL with a win tonight. Meanwhile, St Mirren sit second bottom and have only won one league game in their last 10."

  104. 1943: 

    Four of the division's top 10 are in action, with Cheltenham looking to consolidate their position in the automatic promotion at 15th-placed Rochdale, who will be in the top 10 themselves if they win. Bottom club Barnet can clamber out of the relegation zone at the expense of AFC Wimbledon if they win at home against ninth-placed Burton, while Chesterfield will leapfrog sixth-placed Southend with a victory at Roots Hall.

  105. 1941: 

    Two important games for two very different reasons. League leaders Tranmere travel to seventh-placed Swindon looking to extend their lead at the top of the table to three points, while Paolo Di Canio's side will move to within two points of their opponents if they win. At the other end of the table, 23rd-placed Bury take on 20th-placed Shrewsbury. According to Bury manager Kevin Blackwell, "it's too early" for the game to be described as a six-pointer, but both sides will be looking for some pre-Christmas cheer.

  106. 1938: 
    Blackpool v Wolves (1945 GMT)

    Blackpool: Gilks, Basham, Baptiste, Broadfoot, Crainey, Martinez, Osbourne, Gomes, Delfouneso, Thomas, Ince. Subs: Halstead, Eardley, Kevin Phillips, Taylor-Fletcher, Sylvestre, Harris, Dicko.

    Wolverhampton: Ikeme, Foley, Johnson, Berra, Ward, Pennant, Henry, Doumbia, Sako, Doyle, Ebanks-Blake. Subs: De Vries, Stearman, Nouble, Jonsson, Batth, Davis, Forde.

    Referee: David Coote (Nottinghamshire)

  107. 1937: 
    St Mirren v Motherwell (1945 GMT)

    St Mirren: Samson, Barron, McAusland, Goodwin, Dummett, Teale, Robertson, McLean, McGinn, Thompson, Guy. Subs: Chris Smith, Imrie, van Zanten, Parkin, Mair, Carey, McGowan.

    Motherwell: Randolph, Hateley, Hutchinson, Ramsden, Hammell, Humphrey, Lasley, Law, Murphy, Ojamaa, Higdon. Subs: Hollis, McHugh, Daley, Kerr, Francis-Angol, Hetherington, Asghar.

    Referee: Iain Brines

  108. 1936: 
    Derby v Hull (1945)

    Derby: Legzdins, Brayford, Keogh, O'Connor, Roberts, Coutts, Bryson, Hughes, Hendrick, Jacobs, Sammon. Subs: Fielding, Tyson, Robinson, O'Brien, Davies, Gjokaj, Freeman.

    Hull: Jakupovic, Chester, Hobbs, Faye, Elmohamady, Quinn, Evans, Brady, Meyler, Koren, Simpson. Subs: Amos, Rosenior, Mclean, Cairney, McShane, Olofinjana, Proschwitz.

    Referee: Darren Sheldrake (Surrey)

  109. 1935: 
    Blackpool v Wolves (1945 GMT)

    BBC Sport's Sam Sheringham reports: "Blackpool boss Michael Appleton is looking to extend his unbeaten start to nine matches since replacing Ian Holloway. But history is against him - the Seasiders have only beaten Wolves once in 15 league meetings over 47 years. Wolves, however, don't exactly look primed to uphold that impressive record. They have won only two of their last 12 games and have failed to pick up a single point from their five away matches against top-half clubs."


    James Burton on Twitter: "04:30am in South Korea, cup of tea is on the go as I prepare to listen to the Southend commentary - come on you Shrimpers."

  111. 1933: 
    Derby v Hull (1945)

    BBC Sport's Matt Monaghan reports: "A third successive win at Pride Park would take Hull level on points with Championship leaders Cardiff. The Tigers have the best away record in the Championship with 19 points out of a possible 33 but they travel to a Derby side buoyed by victories over Leeds and Bristol City in their last two matches. The Rams have suffered only one home league defeat all season - to Burnley in September - and are hoping that statistic will still be intact after Nigel Clough's 100th home match in charge."

  112. 1932: 

    Hull's main challenge against Derby might be stopping Will Hughes, a 17-year-old who was this week named the Football League's young player of the month for November. Indeed, so highly rated is he by those in the know that Barcelona reportedly have a "detailed dossier" on the midfielder.

  113. 1930: 

    In the evening's other Championship fixture, Hull know they can go joint-top of the table with a win at 10th-placed Derby, who themselves can move to within a point of the play-off places with a victory. Hull haven't been in such a lofty league position since their relegation from the top flight in 2010, but manager Steve Bruce has enjoyed an excellent start to life at the KC Stadium - 13 wins in 22 league games means his new club are very much in contention for a return to the Premier League.

  114. 1928: 

    The Tangerines, though, are also heading in the right direction. After the upheaval of Ian Holloway's departure as manager at the start of November, they have gone eight games unbeaten under new boss Michael Appleton, beating Blackburn and drawing with second-placed Crystal Palace in their last two outings. There was a worrying development for Blackpool fans this week, however, with the news that Liverpool are closing in on a deal for winger Tom Ince, who has 13 goals to his name this season.

  115. 1925: 

    Wolves, in particular, have had a difficult few months. After relegation last season, they replaced Terry Connor with Stale Solbakken, but the Norwegian has found it tough going. Wolves are 18th in the table, Solbakken has had his car vandalised and, if reports are to be believed, his tactics have been questioned by some first-team players. There are signs that things are improving though - they have won two of their last three and could be only six points adrift of the play-off places if they beat Blackpool.

  116. 1923: 

    As recently as 2011, Blackpool v Wolves was a Premier League fixture. Both sides began this Championship campaign among the favourites for promotion to the Premier League but, for differing reasons, they have endured testing seasons so far, meaning the Christmas period could be vital for both.

  117. 1922: 

    We'll be focusing primarily on the two Championship matches, while we'll have regular updates from Leagues One and Two, as well as goal updates from the game in Scotland. It will be nothing without you, though, so get in touch on Twitter using #bbcfootball or via text on 81111.


    Suspended Hull defender Alex Bruce on Twitter: "On the way across to Derby to watch the lads tonight. Gutted I'm not involved through suspension. Hope we can keep the good form going!!!"

  119. 1919: 

    In total there are seven Football League matches on Friday, plus one Scottish Premier League fixture. Here's what we've got to look forward to (1945 GMT unless stated):


    Blackpool v Wolves

    Derby v Hull

    League One

    Bury v Shrewsbury

    Swindon v Tranmere

    League Two

    Barnet v Burton Albion (2000 GMT)

    Rochdale v Cheltenham

    Southend v Chesterfield

    Scottish Premier League

    St Mirren v Motherwell

  120. 1916: 

    Yep, for 5,000 years, the Mayan calendar has been counting down to this date, 21 December 2012. According to spiritual leader Alberto Arribalzaga, "the cosmos is going to take us to a higher level of vibration... where humanity is in glory, in joy". But perhaps his view had nothing to do with the world ending - maybe he'd just looked at the fixture list and seen that this is the day Derby are playing Hull.

  121. 1915: 

    Well then, this is a bit of a bonus, isn't it? There I was thinking the world was about to end and that all my life's dreams would remain unfulfilled, and yet here we are, hours later, still clinging on. And as if being alive wasn't enough reason to be cheerful, there's the added bonus of a busy night of Football League action to look forward to. That's got to be better than oblivion, surely?

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21 Dec 2012 23:59 UK

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As it stood on 21 Dec 2012 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Cardiff 22 15 44
2 Hull City 23 8 44
3 Crystal Palace 22 15 42
4 Middlesbrough 22 10 41
5 Leicester 22 16 37
6 Millwall 23 5 37
7 Watford 22 8 34
8 Brighton 23 8 34
9 Nott'm Forest 22 4 33
10 Derby 23 2 33
11 Blackpool 23 7 32
12 Leeds United 22 -2 32
13 Wolves 23 1 31
14 Bolton 22 0 29
15 Charlton 22 0 29
16 Blackburn 22 -2 29
17 Burnley 22 -3 29
18 Huddersfield 22 -7 29
19 Birmingham 22 -7 25
20 Ipswich 22 -21 23
21 Bristol City 22 -13 18
22 Barnsley 22 -14 18
23 Sheffield Wed 22 -15 18
24 Peterborough 22 -15 16

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All the goals and incidents as they happen from all the matches across the divisions.