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Phil Dawkes

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  1. Post update

    That is your lot as regards our live football text coverage for tonight and for 2014. We'll see you again in 2015. Go steady tomorrow night!

  2. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Nick Miller:Good win for @dcfcofficial against Leeds United. Season is back on track. Stevie Mac needs to stay at Derby it's his home.

    Dirty Mike Hunter: No one outside the top 6 will come close to Ipswich this season I don't think. They're on fire.

  3. Post update

    We've seen two top Championship sides tonight in Derby and Ipswich. Their opponents did not play well but they still had to work hard and do their job to a high standard and they did exactly that.

    Derby hassled and harried and took their moments when they came. They could have easily have scored more.

    Ipswich were simply too strong for poor Charlton, as they have been for so many sides at Portman Road this season.

    Take a bow, both teams.

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    Derby 2-0 Leeds

    Robbie Savage

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Neil Redfearn

    "When Neil Redfearn was caretaker, his record was better. They have a transfer embargo so you have to stick with him. Tactically, he didn't get it right today but he needs to get more out of the players."

  5. Post update

    Derby 2-0 Leeds

    Robbie Savage

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "It has been very easy for Derby tonight. The first goal was unfortunate with Alex Mowatt putting through his own net but the second came from a needless free-kick conceded. There were not many chances but Derby were in full control against a lacklustre Leeds side."


    Wigan 0-1 Sheffield Wednesday

    Stuart Gray celebrates

    Shaun Maloney's delivery finds the post and that is pretty much the final Wigan blow as they lose a seventh game in nine outings.

    Callum McManaman's sending off, less than 10 minutes after coming off the bench, proved costly and Atdhe Nuhiu wins it for Wednesday who are six points off the play-offs.

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    Derby 2-0 Leeds

    Derby winger Jordon Ibe: "We need to keep going and keep up the persistence. I am glad we won today. I am enjoying the loan from Liverpool and it is good for me to get minutes and get the team promoted."


    Ipswich 3-0 Charlton

    Mick McCarthy's men continue their promotion charge with another home win. Charlton were put to the sword in what is quickly becoming typical Town style. McCarthy's men end the year in flying form, second in the table and well on course for the Premier League.


    Wigan 0-1 Sheffield Wednesday

    Wigan so close to an equaliser as Shaun Maloney strikes the post in added time. That could well be the Latics' last opportunity to get something from this game.


    Derby 2-0 Leeds

    A routine home win for Derby. Leeds held them at bay for 40 minutes but once Derby broke through there was only one winner. Jake Buxton's header early in the second half made the remainder of the match a formality. Derby continue to look upwards, while Leeds will be spending the early parts of 2015 staring over their shoulder.

  11. Post update

    We are into injury time in the three Championship games. Derby, Ipswich and Sheffield Wednesday are heading towards victory.

  12. GOAL

    Ipswich 3-0 Charlton - David McGoldrick (90 mins)

    Ipswich underline their dominance in the game as David McGoldrick latches on to a ball, takes a touch and finishes coolly. Town will be finishing 2014 in second place in the Championship.

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    Adrian in Belfast: Leeds are like a team on their way to League One.

    Peter in Pontefract: If Leeds get relegated again, total fault of Cellino. He's no idea what football club he's dealing with, it's a proud club that deserves a decent owner & manager that's allowed to manage. Current manager should not have been appt in first place.


    Derby 2-0 Leeds

    Giuseppe Bellusci's persistent fouling on Chris Martin earns the Leeds defender a booking with two minutes to go. The Italian isn't happy but he has to take his medicine.

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    Derby 2-0 Leeds

    Leeds have a chance to put a rare ball into the Derby box from a free-kick on the right. Alex Mowatt fails to beat the first man, though. Sums up their night. Totally ineffectual.

  16. Post update

    Derby 2-0 Leeds

    Even when Leeds do break forward, they are so slow that Derby can regroup with ease. Lewis Cook is closed down by three Derby men and concedes a foul.

  17. Post update

    Derby 2-0 Leeds

    There is just under 10 minutes to go in this final batch of games of 2014. At the iPro, Derby's Chris Martin fires a low shot that forces Marco Silvestri into a smart low save.


    Derby 2-0 Leeds

    Craig Bryson is on for Derby in place of Jeff Hendrick. Leeds have introduced Adryan for Tommaso Bianchi.

  19. GOAL

    Wigan 0-1 Sheffield Wednesday - Atdhe Nuhiu (77 mins)

    Atdhe Nuhiu
    Atdhe Nuhiu

    Wednesday make their numerical advantage count as Atdhe Nuhiu rises highest to head home from within the six-yard box. It was Jeremy Helan's cross.

  20. Post update

    Robbie Savage

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "I have never seen a Leeds team lose so many tackles. When you play Leeds, you know what you are going to get, tough tackling. I have seen nothing from them at all."

  21. Post update

    Derby 2-0 Leeds

    Leeds are going to make another change. Adryan is on the touchline getting instructions from Neil Redfearn.

  22. Post update

    Robbie Savage

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "I've not seen much of Leeds player Tomasso Bianchi this season and I've not seen much of him tonight."

  23. Post update

    Derby 2-0 Leeds

    The Derby boot is firmly on Leeds' throat. The away side have been given no room to play at all this half and they have nothing in the locker to change it and effect the game. Long balls forward to unimposing strikers are way too east for Derby to deal with. The Rams look content with 2-0. The home side could probably have had more goals but why expend energy going for that when there is no danger at the other end?


    Wigan 0-0 Sheffield Wednesday - Callum McManaman

    Callum McManaman

    Minutes after entering the fray as a substitute Callum McManaman exits surrounded by players as protestations over his sending off engulf the referee.

    The Wigan winger gets a straight red for a thunderous tackle on Wednesday substitute Claude Dielna. The ball definitely gets caught but it looks on first glance that McManaman goes through his man to get it.

    Latics down to 10 with around 20 minutes left.

  25. Post update

    Derby 2-0 Leeds

    Leeds can't get near Derby. It is way too easy for the home side, who force a corner that Lewis Cook initially heads clear before Marco Silvestri is forced to punch clear from a return ball into the mixer.


    Wigan 0-0 Sheffield Wednesday

    Wigan think they have the lead as Ben Watson's delivery from a free-kick is turned in by the offside James McClean. It is the last action for Watson, who makes way for Roger Espinoza.

  27. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    James: Daryl Murphy what a player!

    Simon Vickers: As soon as Leeds concede it's heads down and organisation gone, can't put two passes together.

    Steve McClaren

    Edward Jacobs: Can't help but feel this is now all about how ruthless Derby want to be tonight.

    What are your thoughts on the action? Tweet us on #bbcfootball.

  28. Post update

    Derby 2-0 Leeds

    Fair play to the Leeds fans. Their team is heading for defeat here but they have been singing for pretty much the entirety of the second half. Meanwhile, on the pitch Jordon Ibe heads wide from close range for Derby.


    The man making way for Billy Sharp is the totally ineffectual Souleymane Doukara. I could have used that description for pretty much every one of Leeds attacking players, though.


    Wigan 0-0 Sheffield Wednesday

    Wigan threaten for the first time in the second period as James McClean forces a save from Keiren Westwood but Malky Mackay follows the action with a change. Callum McManaman replaces Marc-Antoine Fortune.

  31. Post update

    Derby 2-0 Leeds

    We are going to have a Leeds change and it is a goalscorer coming on. Billy Sharp is getting stripped off.

  32. Post update

    Derby 2-0 Leeds

    There are just under 30 minutes to go at the iPro. Leeds simply have to do something positive here or they are limping to defeat. Derby are totally in control and comfortable. Leeds have the time but do they have the desire and talent? You suspect, no.


    Wigan 0-0 Sheffield Wednesday

    Sheffield Wednesday introduce Claude Dielna for defender Joe Mattock. A tight second half so far with little in the way of openings.

  34. GOAL

    Ipswich 2-0 Charlton - Daryl Murphy (59 mins)

    Seventeenth goal of the season for Daryl Murphy, who scored twice in the Boxing Day win over Brentford. The Irishman heads in David McGoldrick's corner from close range into the top-left corner.

  35. Post update

    Derby 2-0 Leeds

    That was a chance for Leeds. Mirco Antenucci has the ball on a tight angle on the left following an Alex Mowatt corner but his shot towards goal is blocked by Lee Grant. That is likely to class as their first shot on target, but it comes to nothing.

  36. Post update

    Robbie Savage

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "This Leeds team look hopeless, it will be a struggle to stay up. They haven't got a leader. I have seen great Leeds teams playing with energy and passion but they have been very poor."

  37. Post update

    Ipswich 1-0 Charlton

    Charlton pushing forward as they search for the equaliser. Brilliant defending by Christophe Berra stops George Tucudean from causing trouble inside the box, while moments earlier Bartosz Bialkowski comfortably gathered a curling Johann Berg Gudmundsson effort. The visitors yet to cause Ipswich major trouble though.

  38. Post update

    Derby 2-0 Leeds

    Deby look a threat every time they go forward now. It should be 3-0 as Craig Forsyth's cross from the left is headed wide by Chris Martin. Leeds are in disarray. Derby are easing to three points.

  39. Post update

    Derby 2-0 Leeds

    Leeds get a glimpse of the ball in the Derby box with a chipped pass to Mirko Antenucci but he is muscled off the ball by Richard Keogh. Leeds' failure to test Lee Grant continues.

  40. CLOSE!

    Wigan 0-0 Sheffield Wednesday

    Wigan v Sheffield Wednesday

    If anyone is going to break the deadlock at the DW Stadium Lewis McGugan looks most likely. He is having a bang from all angles tonight and goes right footed from range to test Scott Carson.

  41. Post update

    Robbie Savage

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "I am not a manager and I haven't done my coaching badges but I can see that this system is not working for Leeds, why can't Neil Redfearn?"

  42. Post update

    Derby 2-0 Leeds

    Will Hughes goes for glory with a curling shot from the edge of the box after being found by Johnny Russell. It is too close to Marco Silvestri, though, and he can grasp the ball. Leeds look a shell of a side at the moment. They can't keep hold of the ball. There are over 35 minutes to go and they already look buried.

  43. Post update

    Derby 2-0 Leeds

    All of the onus is on Leeds now to make something happen here. They were content to sit back in the first half but they need much, much more now. Do they have that in their locker. Previous games this season would suggest not. Derby continue to look the more positive and Leeds have still yet to threaten the Derby goal.

  44. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Jon Allen: Derby County have a great infrastructure and decent backers so well set to re-establish in Premier League - best footballing team in Championship by far!

    The Rams go third if they hold on here.

    Send all your views on tonight's action to #bbcfootball. Can any of these sides cut it in the Premier League?


    Liam Cooper is tugged back but still slides through John Eustace. The Leeds defender has the free-kick, but also a yellow card.

  46. Post update

    Robbie Savage

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Jake Buxton

    "A stupid challenge from Tommaso Bianchi, the push on Jordon Ibe was needless. A good delivery from Jeff Hendrick and Jake Buxton uses his strength and good movement to head into the top corner. A simple goal."

  47. GOAL

    Derby 2-0 Leeds - Jake Buxton (47 mins)

    Jake Buxton

    It is the best possible start to the second half for Derby. They have a free-kick on the right byeline, which Jeff Hendrick delivers and Jake Buxton guides into the top corner with a well-placed header. That could well be the decisive blow. You can't see Leeds coming back from this.

  48. Post update

    Robbie Savage

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "You just cannot see Leeds getting a goal. What goes through a manager's head at half-time? Neil Redfearn's side didn't have a shot in the first half, why hasn't he changed anything? If Derby get the second goal, there is no way back for Leeds."

  49. KICK-OFF

    And the action is back under way...

  50. Post update

    Here we go... the final 45 minutes of football of 2014. So far it's been a pretty limp display featuring a couple of soggy bangers and a knackered Catherine Wheel but hopefully the managers will be giving the players a rocket or two at the break. Lets give the year a proper send of eh lads?

  51. Post update

    As it stands, Ipswich will head into 2015 second in the table, with Derby hot on their heels in third, two points worse off. At the other end, Wigan will still be in the bottom three, with Leeds nervously staring over their shoulder in 20th. Wednesday and Charlton are stuck in mid-table.


    Wigan 0-0 Sheffield Wednesday

    Wigan v Sheffield Wednesday

    Lewis McGugan flashes a shot at Scott Carson late in the half and it squirms under the goalkeeper who gathers it at the second attempt. A touch of fortune at a critical time as the referee brings to and end a goalless first half.

    Wigan started vibrantly but have been bettered as the game progressed.

  53. Post update

    Robbie Savage

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "I just want to see Leeds more in the final third. They have no width with his diamond system and cannot get anyone on the ball. Neil Redfearn needs to change it at half-time.

    "Derby are in the ascendancy and playing with lots of confidence, the wingers and full-backs are doing very well. Leeds need to get the ball forward quicker."


    Ipswich 1-0 Charlton

    "It's a regular occurrence these days, Ipswich are in front," says BBC Radio 5 live's Mike Swell.

    "The goal was scored by defender Tommy Smith, poaching at the far post. Prior to that, Ipswich had hit the post and right at half-time another one David McGoldrick's set-pieces caused Charlton some problems."


    Derby 1-0 Leeds

    And there is half-time. For much of the first 45, Leeds did well to contain Derby but a moment of attacking skill from Will Hughes and an unfortunate stab from Alex Mowatt means the home side have the lead they just about deserve and Leeds have some serious rethinking to do.

  56. Post update

    Derby 1-0 Leeds

    We are into three minutes of added time. Derby force a corner as they look to hammer home their advantage. Leeds head clear at the near post and then win a free-kick to relieve the pressure.

  57. Post update

    Ipswich 1-0 Charlton

    Charlton have gone close to equalising since going behind, but George Tucudean's effort was saved by Bartosz Bialkowski and the subsequent rebound headed off the line by Christophe Berra.

  58. Post update

    Derby 1-0 Leeds

    Derby go close to making it 2-0 just before half-time as a free-kick is swung in and flicked towards goal by Richard Keogh and turned behind by Marco Silvestri. From the resulting corner, Jordon Ibe is giving a shooting chance, which he hits well but straight into the gloves of the Leeds keeper. Derby very much in the ascendency now.

  59. CLOSE!

    Wigan 0-0 Sheffield Wednesday

    Stuart Gray and Malky Mackay

    Lewis McGugan is the latest Sheffield Wednesday player to threaten Wigan, his shot from range whistles just wide. Wednesday have fully settled and centre-back Tom Lees can't quite turn a corner into the net with Scott Carson flapping in the Wigan goal.

  60. Post update

    Robbie Savage

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "Alex Mowatt is quite unfortunate there. Johnny Russell is behind him waiting for the ball but great play from Will Hughes in the build up to the goal."

  61. GOAL

    Derby 1-0 Leeds (Alex Mowatt own goal, 41 mins)

    Alex Mowatt

    Derby make the breakthrough and it owes everything to the driving run from Will Hughes who beats a couple of challenges down the left and drives over a low cross that Alex Mowatt deflects into his own goal. For the second game running, Leeds go behind to an own goal. They'll get no sympathy from Derby, though, who are rewarded for their more attacking approach.

  62. Post update

    Robbie Savage

    BBC Radio 5 live

    John Eustace and Lewis Cook

    "I like the look of Leeds midfielder Lewis Cook, he is definitely one for the future. If he can continue his progression, I can see him moving for big money like Fabian Delph did."

  63. Post update

    Derby 0-0 Leeds

    Three attempts each but not a shot on target at the iPro. Tells you all you need to know. Jordon Ibe tries to change this with a driving run down the left and low cross but Liam Cooper is on hand to clear for Leeds. Cooper is there again soon after to clear a Cyrus Christie cross from the opposite side. They are much better clearances than his attempted one on Boxing Day that saw him chest a cross from Wigan's James McClean into his own net.

  64. Post update

    Robbie Savage

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Neil Redfearn

    "We have had 30 seconds of everyone flying in to each other. It is all fair and square. Two committed teams on show tonight, no doubt about that. You can see this Leeds team enjoy playing for Neil Redfearn."

  65. Post update

    Derby 0-0 Leeds

    The heat rises in the iPro as Rodolph Austin flies in on Chris Martin and concedes a foul. Leeds need to be careful here. They have chucked themselves into a couple of risky tackles and this task will be much, much harder with just 10 men.

  66. Post update

    Derby 0-0 Leeds

    Johnny Russell is back up and threatening the Leeds goal with a curling effort from the edge of the box. His effort strikes Gaetano Berardi, though, and the away side are able to clear. Derby are still the more proactive but Leeds are not really in any danger at the moment.

  67. GOAL

    Ipswich 1-0 Charlton - Tommy Smith (31 mins)

    Tommy Smith, just three yards from the goal-line, scoops the ball over Neil Etheridge to give promotion-chasing Ipswich the lead.


    Derby 0-0 Leeds

    Leeds' Alex Mowatt goes into the book for a late, lunging tackle on Johnny Russell. The ball was long gone and the yellow is fully deserved.

  69. CLOSE!

    Wigan 0-0 Sheffield Wednesday

    Wigan v Sheffield Wednesday

    Sheffield Wednesday have soaked up smatterings of Wigan pressure so far but they break and Atdhe Nuhiu almost slides the ball into the net from Jacques Maghoma's centre but the ball was cleared off the line by Ivan Ramis.

    A slick break away and heart in mouth time for Malky Mackay.

  70. Post update

    Robbie Savage

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "There was no-one near Derby's Jordon Ibe. The referee was on the spot but gave no penalty or booking. It looked like a dive. Giuseppe Bellusci is giving him a right mouthful after that."

  71. Post update

    Derby 0-0 Leeds

    Lewis Cook shows just why he is so highly rated with a driving, penetrating run through the middle of the Derby midfield. But he also shows some naivety by holding on to the ball a tad too long when he had support and is robbed. Soon after, down the other end Jordon Ibe throws himself to the turf in the box in what replays show is an obvious dive. He doesn't get a penalty. Doesn't get a booking, though, either.

  72. Post update

    Derby 0-0 Leeds

    Alex Mowatt forces Leeds' first corner. It is a chance for the away side, who have forced a foothold into this game. It is swung in to the six-yard box but headed clear by Cyrus Christie. Leeds come again through Sam Byram but Jordon Ibe does superbly to track back and slide in to stop Byram putting over a threatening cross.

  73. Post update

    Ipswich 0-0 Charlton

    Johann Berg Gudmundsson has been Charlton's most threatening player in this half, but the visitors have yet to truly test the Ipswich defence.

  74. Post update

    Derby 0-0 Leeds

    A rare Leeds venture into the Derby box ends before it has even really begun as Mirco Antenucci is easily brushed off the ball. You suspect the away side won't get many chances tonight so they will need to make more of openings like that.

  75. Post update

    Robbie Savage

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "Leeds are holding out at the minute. Derby are putting more and more pressure, they are the ones in the ascendancy. If you are Derby, you can be brave by pushing the full-backs on. Midfielders Jeff Hendrick and Will Hughes need to get into the box."

  76. Post update

    Wigan 0-0 Sheffield Wednesday

    Wigan v Sheffield Wednesday

    Wigan's James McClean sees an effort from range bravely blocked by Glenn Loovens and though the home side force a couple of corners, Sheffield Wednesday manager Stuart Gray will be encouraged with this solid early start.

    Wednesday are handy on the road, with just two league defeats away from home this season.

  77. Post update

    Derby 0-0 Leeds

    Mirco Antenucci scored both of Leeds' goals in the 2-0 win over Derby at Elland Road last month and he has his side's first shot tonight after latching on to a pass from Souleymane Doukara. Unfortunately for Leeds, the Italian's radar is off and the ball flies wide of the Derby goal.

  78. Post update

    Derby 0-0 Leeds

    Cyrus Christie is getting very far forward for the home side. He picks up the ball near the edge of the Leeds box and cuts inside before firing a shot high and wide. Poor effort but good positive intent from the full-back.

  79. Post update

    Derby 0-0 Leeds

    Marco Silvestre almost gets his team into trouble with a punch from a cross from Cyrus Christie that allows Jordon Ibe to collect and return into the box. Chris Martin has a sniff but Leeds are able to regain possession and clear. Not the most confident of moments for the away keeper.

  80. Post update

    Derby 0-0 Leeds

    15 minutes gone at the iPro and barring a few little scares, Leeds will be reasonably pleased with what has gone on. They have conceded two-thirds of possession but have not been on the rack and look well organised.

  81. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Peter Howe: What's so refreshing about the Championship is that the top 7 (-Ipswich) pretty much all play attacking football on the deck.

    Keep sending us your views on tonight's matches, who do you think will cope if they achieve promotion this season. Send all your views to #bbcfootball.

  82. Post update

    Robbie Savage

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "Derby winger Jordon Ibe wants the ball all the time. He comes in front the left when he gets it and looks a very confident player."


    Ipswich 0-0 Charlton

    Charlton made the better start, but Ipswich are now on the up and nearly took the lead through a David McGoldrick free-kick which beat the wall but ricocheted off the post.

  84. Post update

    Derby 0-0 Leeds

    Last-ditch stuff at the back from Leeds as Derby pile forward. The home side are building a head of steam here and Leeds need to get a grip. Jordon Ibe looks particularly lively down the left.

  85. Post update

    Wigan 0-0 Sheffield Wednesday

    Keiren Westwood receives two minutes of treatment after a collision with James McClean but the Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper is fine to continue.

  86. Post update

    Derby 0-0 Leeds

    Jordon Ibe gathers possession behind Sam Byram down the left but his ball into the box is poor and gathered by Marco Silvestre. Derby are making most of the running. Leeds have yet to meaningfully venture into the home half.


    Derby 0-0 Leeds

    The ball does eventually go out of play and Leeds are back to XI with Gaetano Berardi coming on for Warnock. It will be like-for-like. Berardi is a right-back by trade but can play on the left.

  88. Post update

    Wigan 0-0 Sheffield Wednesday

    Wigan Athletic

    Wigan won for the first time in nine outings in their last match and have a spring in their step at the DW Stadium, forcing an early corner.

    The Latics sit second bottom and three points from safety before kick-off. A big night ahead for them you feel.

  89. Post update

    Derby 0-0 Leeds

    An early blow for Leeds as captain Stephen Warnock cannot continue. Swiss Gaetano Berardi will come on to replace him once the ball goes out of play.

  90. Post update

    Robbie Savage

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "I played with Stephen Warnock at Blackburn, what a tenacious tackler he was but this does not look good for the Leeds captain. He's struggling. It looks like his ankle ligaments."

  91. Post update

    Derby 0-0 Leeds

    Warnock does not look in good shape. This will be a blow to Leeds as he's been one of their best players this season. Meanwhile, Derby swing over the corner but Leeds are able to hack it clear after a bit of pinball in the box.

  92. Post update

    Derby 0-0 Leeds

    As you'd expect, Derby have started on the front foot. They force the first corner from an attack down the right, which sees Leeds' Stephen Warnock turn his ankle nastily. The replay doesn't make it any prettier to watch.


    Derby 0-0 Leeds

    An early high challenge from Jeff Hendrick on Tommaso Bianchi earns the Derby man a booking. That is called getting stuck in early.

  94. KICK-OFF

    And we are under way...

  95. Post update

    2014 has roughly 90 minutes of English football time left. The teams are out at the iPro, DW and Portman Road. Kick-offs imminent...

  96. Post update

    Robbie Savage

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "I think Derby will get promoted to the Premier League. They play the best football in the league. Sometimes they caught playing from the back but they have a great goalscorer in Chris Martin and pace out wide in Johnny Russell."

  97. Post update

    Ian Dennis

    BBC Radio 5 live senior football reporter

    On the prospect of Newcastle manager Alan Pardew leaving the club: "Someone who is admired at St. James's Park is Derby manager Steve McClaren. Would McClaren want to leave derby, the solid club that they are, and swap it for the unpredictability of Newcastle?"

  98. Post update

    This is your final beer/brew warning. There are five minutes to go until kick-off.

  99. Post update

    Robbie Savage

    BBC Radio 5 live

    "You listen to a lot of managers and players, they say Derby are the best team they have played this season. They try to play out from the back and they will do that again tonight.

    "Leeds are not great but the battle in the middle of the park between Leeds' Lewis Cooke and Derby's Will Hughes will be fascinating."

  100. Hughton fancies Seagulls job

    Chris Hughton
    Image caption: Hughton was sacked by Norwich in April

    Speaking of managerial matters, former Newcastle and Norwich boss Chris Hughton has thrown his hat into the ring for the Brighton job, recently vacated by Sami Hyypia.

    "It's a very good club and one that has a tremendous infrastructure," he told BBC Radio 4. "Anybody like myself that has been out for a while would be interested in that type of job."

    So, Brighton fans, how about Hughton? Is he just what you need? Or is this just the same old faces cropping up time and again? Who else would you like to see down at the Amex? In keeping with the Palace approach, how about a former legend? Does anyone own an Adam Virgo-shaped Bat-Signal?

  101. The merry-go-round starts spinning

    Alan Pardew
    Image caption: Pardew: Set to swap Newcastle for Palace

    You may have noticed that the managerial merry-go-round has royally kicked off in the last week. Warnock: gone. Irvine: gone. Pardew: going. Sherwood and Pulis: in talks? Collocini: really?

    The latest is this: Pardew is in talks with Palace, but for the time being Keith Millen is in temporary charge. Sherwood and Pulis are vying for the West Brom job, which is currently being looked after by Rob Kelly and assistant head coach Keith Downing. At Newcastle, John Carver and Steve Stone look set to be in charge for the next two games at least.

  102. Post update

    Alistair Bruce-Ball

    BBC Sport at the Ipro Stadium

    "Derby start in fourth spot and could move into the automatic promotion spots if results go their way tonight. Leeds have won just once in the last six games - a victory which came against tonight's opponents Derby."

  103. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    Stoke goalkeeper Jack Butland: Looking forward to watching Derby v Leeds tonight, enjoyed my time at both, hoping for a good 0-0 high scoring win for both teams. #fence

  104. Post update

    Derby v Leeds (19:45 GMT)

    Leeds manager Neil Redfearn: "The endeavour and work rate in our win against Derby was top and we played our football. We have the utmost respect for them and it is a tough game for us.

    "We have not had the rub of the green and we said this season we will be two steps forward and one back for us. The performances have been good but we have to work harder to make ourselves more lethal in front of goal."

  105. Post update

    Derby v Leeds (19:45 GMT)

    Derby manager Steve McClaren: "We are used to this, we have had a lot of games. We had a tough week and recovered against Birmingham and we need to continue that. The Championship is lacking consistency, you look at Leeds, they beat us a few week ago and have struggled since. It will be a tough game tonight.

    "They are a good team that can play football. When they hit it off, they can be a big threat. We have to match their fight."

  106. The Damned United

    Derby v Leeds (19:45 GMT)

    Billy Bremner statue at Elland Road
    Image caption: Leeds could do with a player of Billy Bremner's ilk now

    Leeds fans will have been calling their side much worse than damned over recent seasons as they continue to lurch from crisis to promised recovery and then back to crisis. After two failed managerial reigns already this season, they are currently in promised recovery mode under controversial owner Massimo Cellino and caretaker-turned-permanent manager Neil Redfearn.

    After glimpses of better times to come (not least of all the 2-0 win over tonight's opponents at Elland Road last month) things have taken a significant downturn with three defeats in four games. The latest of those came on Boxing Day when Liam Cooper's comical own goal exposed the brittleness that lies underneath their occasionally enterprising attacking play and led to a 2-0 defeat by Wigan.

    No matter which way you look at it, they are in a real dog-fight now in 20th place and desperately need some points. Fast.

  107. Ram-raid on the top two?

    Derby v Leeds (19:45 GMT)

    Derby boss Steve McClaren
    Image caption: McClaren is hoping to take Derby back to the top-flight

    Revie and Clough and would despair at some of the hard times on which their former sides have fallen since the 70s. There have been significant high points for each for sure, but some very low ones too.

    Both are still spoken about as sleeping giants, but at the moment only Derby are stirring from their slumber. Steve McClaren's Rams are fourth in the table and still very much in the frame for an automatic promotion spot. If Ipswich slip up tonight that is exactly where they will end 2014. And if they end the season there maybe people will finally let McClaren forget about that brolly? Not the fake Dutch accent, though. Some crimes are too great.

  108. An historic rivalry

    Derby v Leeds (19:45 GMT)

    Brian Clough leads Leeds out for the 1974 Charity Shield game v Liverpool
    Image caption: Brian Clough swapped Derby for a 44-day stint in charge of Leeds in 1974

    Historically, tonight's biggest fixture is the one taking place at the iPro Stadium between Derby and Leeds. During the late 60s and early 70s, Don Revie's Leeds and Brian Clough's Derby were regular rivals at the top of the first division table, especially the 1971/72 season when the Rams came out on top of four-horse race for the title, finishing a point above United, Liverpool and Manchester City.

    The connection between the clubs was heightened further when Clough succeeded Revie at (then champions) Leeds for a notorious 44-day spell that was only ever destined for disaster. For a largely fictional take on this, I urge you to read David Peace's The Damned United. For a factual look at the way those 44 days further heightened the bitter feud between Revie and Clough get on over to YouTube to watch the 1974 spat between the two just after the latter was sacked by Leeds. You won't be disappointed.

  109. Post update

    Derby v Leeds (19:45 GMT)

    Derby make just one change to the side that thrashed Birmingham on Boxing day as Jake Buxton comes in for Ryan Shotton in defence.

    Leeds manager Neil Redfearn makes two changes from the side that lost to Wigan on Friday, with Rudy Austin and Souleymane Doukara coming in to replace Michael Tonge and Billy Sharp.

    Derby XI: Grant; Christie, Keogh, Buxton, Forsyth; Eustace, Hendrick, Hughes; Russell, Ibe, Martin.

    Leeds XI: Silvestri, Byram, Bellusci, Cooper, Warnock, Austin, Bianchi, Mowatt, Cook, Antenucci, Doukara.

  110. Owls target Wigan double

    Wigan v Sheffield Wednesday (19:45 GMT)

    Stuart Gray
    Image caption: Gray's Wednesday side beat Wigan 2-1 last month

    Sheffield Wednesday may be languishing in mid-table, but the Owls enjoyed a Boxing Day victory against Blackpool and beat Wigan 2-1 at Hillsborough last month - their first win in four meetings against Wigan in all competitions. And although Wednesday lost their last away game 4-0 - at Fulham - it was their first defeat on the road since September.

    A win tonight will keep up Wednesday's pursuit of the play-offs, leaving Stuart Gray's side six points short of sixth-placed Brentford.

  111. Highway out of the danger zone

    Wigan v Sheffield Wednesday (19:45 GMT)

    Malky Mackay and Dave Whelan
    Image caption: Manager Malky Mackay and owner Dave Whelan will be hoping Wigan end 2014 on a high

    History would suggest Wigan are favourites in this match, given they've won both home games against Sheffield Wednesday. But - and it is a big but - the Latics have not won any of their last eight games at the DW Stadium, losing three. When was their last home win? Back in August when they beat Birmingham 4-0.

    However, they did end a run of nine games without victory on Boxing Day when they claimed a 2-0 win at Leeds. Another win here and they will move out of the bottom three and bring a welcome bit of good news to what has been a tough month or so for the club.

  112. Post update

    Wigan v Sheffield Wednesday (19:45 GMT)

    Wigan bid for a second win under Malky Mackay as Sheffield Wednesday visit the DW Stadium.

    The Latics make one change from victory over Leeds as Adam Forshaw replaces Don Cowie.

    Sheffield Wednesday

    Sheffield Wednesday, with three wins in their last five before kick-off, make four changes from their 1-0 triumph over Blackpool.

    Captain Glenn Loovens returns while Lewis McGugan will form part of the attack.

    Wigan: Carson, Tavernier, Taylor, Ramis, McCann, Watson, McClean, Perch, Forshaw, Kiernan, Fortune.

    Sheffield Wednesday: Westwood, Mattock, Loovens, Semedo, Palmer, Nuhui, Maguire, Lees, Helan, Maghoma, McGugan.

  113. Join the debate at #bbcfootball

    As always, we need you to get involved with your opinions on tonight's action through the usual social media channels. As a starting talking point how about this... With all six of tonight's Championship teams having previously played in the Premier League, which of them do you think would fare best in the top-flight now? Answers and reasons on a tweet to #bbcfootball or text to 81111.

  114. Post update

    Ipswich v Charlton (19:45 GMT)

    Ipswich keep faith with the starting line-up which convincingly beat Brentford 4-1 on Boxing Day and extended their unbeaten league run to 10 games.

    Charlton make two changes to the team which drew 1-1 against Cardiff, bringing in Igor Vetokele and Oguchi Onyewu for Joe Gomez and Callum Harriott.

    Ipswich XI: Bialkowski, Chambers, Smith, Berra, Parr, Skuse, Anderson, Tabb, Bishop, McGoldrick, Murphy

    Charlton XI: Etheridge; Onyewu, Bikey, Ben Haim; Solly, Gudmundsson, Buyens, Jackson, Cousins; Vetokele, Tucudean

  115. Portman Road bogey side?

    Ipswich v Charlton (19:45 GMT)

    Charlton players
    Image caption: Charlton are currently 11th in the Championship table

    Charlton have had a tougher time of it of late, claiming just one win in their last 10 games. Their sole victory since 21 October was 1-0 at Reading on 8 November. However, the Addicks are unbeaten in the last three meetings at Portman Road, winning one. Ipswich's last win at home against Athletic was 2-0 in March 2008.

  116. Town hunting another victory

    Ipswich v Charlton (19:45 GMT)

    Noel Hunt celebrates scoring at Charlton
    Image caption: Hunt secured Ipswich a 1-0 win at Charlton in November

    WWWWDDDLDWWWDWWDWW. Ipswich actually only won one of their first five games this season, but the aforementioned sequence is their run since then. Nay bad lads. For your viewing ease, the bolded W is the 1-0 victory they secured at the home of tonight's opponents Charlton on 29 November. It was only just a W, though, with on-loan forward Noel Hunt coming off the bench to score in the 95th minute.

  117. Talk of the Town

    Ipswich v Charlton (19:45 GMT)

    Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy
    Image caption: Big Mick has Ipswich very much on the up

    As is so often the case, this season's Championship has thrown up more than a few surprises, not least of all Bournemouth ending the year top of the lot. Just behind them, though, are another unexpected challenger: Mick McCarthy's Ipswich Town.

    McCarthy has done a belting job at Portman Road since succeeding Paul Jewell in November 2012. He guided them away from trouble in his first few months, finished ninth in his first full season and now has them pushing for promotion after losing only one of the last 19 games. Take a well-earned bow Big Mick.

  118. A tasty finish to 2014

    Football fan
    Image caption: Don't all leave yet, there are still three games left in 2014

    The Premier League has finished its business for 2014, but that doesn't mean football has pulled down the shutters for the year, oh no. We've still got three Championship matches to go before the new calendars kick in.

    The trio of games in question are pretty damn tasty - certainly more than what's still left in your Quality Street* tin (probably the red ones). Second-placed Ipswich host Charlton, fourth-placed Derby take on Leeds and Sheffield Wednesday travel to Wigan. All six of these have been Premier League outfits at some point. And a few of them have realistic designs on being top-flight teams again very soon. Chew on that.

    *Other types of festive sweets are available. In fact, it's probably Easter eggs in the shops now.