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Robert Gledhill

Deputy sports editor, The Yorkshire Post and Johnston Press Yorkshire

Big-match verdict, Rotherham v Portsmouth: Joe Mattock back on track as Millers eye play-offs

JOE MATTOCK clearly remembers all his goals – because he does not score many.

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WINNER: Rotherham's Joe Mattock. Picture: Marie Caley

Rotherham United 1 Portsmouth 0: Joe Mattock grabs late winner for Millers

KENNY JACKETT made an unhappy return to the New York Stadium for this encounter between two sides bidding to break into the play-off places.

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Hull's Jon Toral pleads with the referee after his first-half strike was disallowed.
Picture: Jonathan Gawthorpe

The Verdict: Hull City strikers backed to get back on goal trail

BONFIRES were being built the last time Hull City were out of the Championship’s bottom six and it is going to take a few fireworks to prevent a second successive relegation.

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GET IN: Rajiv van la Parra opened the scoring for Town against Bolton at the Macron Stadium. Pictures: Bruce Rollinson

The Verdict (highlights) – Kongolo impresses as Huddersfield Town progress at expense of Bolton

FIVE games in 15 days have left players and fans alike with little time to draw breath.

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Rajiv Van La Parra celebrates scoring  the Terriers opening goal.

Bolton 1 Huddersfield Town 2: Rival managers split on ‘leg-breaker’ challenge

TWO quickfire goals soon after the break helped Huddersfield into the fourth round at the Macron Stadium.

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On the up: Striker Nouha Dicko scored a cracking goal for Hull as they looked to climb away from trouble, and even though they were pegged back by Fulham, the striker believes they will survive. (Picture: Jonathan Gawthorpe)

Nouha Dicko confident Hull City can escape trouble as Adkins sets his target

HULL City fans hailed the return of two strikers from injury but it was a third who believes he can go on to score the goals to prevent a second successive relegation.

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Beaten: Bradford goalkeeper Colin Doyle is dejected as Jake Jervis turns to celebrate Plymouth's winner.
Picture: Bruce Rollinson

Big-match verdict: Bradford 0 Plymouth 1- City hit the road aiming to atone

VALLEY Parade was a fortress for Bradford City last season yet it was not enough to secure an automatic promotion place.

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Bradford City 0 Plymouth 1: First goal was crucial, admits McCall

TONY MCMAHON returned from suspension only to have a 78th-minute penalty saved as third-placed Bradford City fell to a fourth home defeat against bottom of the table Plymouth at Valley Parade.
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Rotherham's Kieffer Moore: Could be returning to Ipswich.

Paul Warne seeks talks over future of Millers top scorer Kieffer Moore

ROTHERHAM United fear they could lose their top-scorer in the New Year and manager Paul Warnes knows there is nothing they can do about it.

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On target: Rotherham's Keiffer Moore scores to make it 2-1.
Picture: Dean Atkins

Verdict: Rotherham United first team must wait on chance for redemption after dismal Gills defeat

CUP football will get in the way of Rotherham United trying to right a few wrongs after they failed to make it six successive home league wins for the first time in 15 years – a promotion campaign.

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Rotherham United 1 Gillingham 3

Rotherham United 1 Gillingham 3: 'Hugely disappointed' Paul Warne infuriated by Millers lack of spark

ROTHERHAM gave a disjointed display and failed to make it six home league wins in succession as they fell to the struggling Gills at the New York Stadium.
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Joy: Sheffield United players mob Paul Coutts after his opener against Reading.
Picture: Simon Bellis/Sportimage

Big-match verdict, Sheffield United 2 Reading 0: Keep under-estimating us – Blades star Mark Duffy

SHEFFIELD United players will need little motivating for their next big Championship test – another Yorkshire derby on Friday night.

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Billy Sharp of Sheffield Utd has the header saved (Picture: Simon Bellis/Sportimage)

Sheffield United 2 Reading 0: Coutts inspires Blades to victory

BACK from a ban and back with a bang. That was Blades midfield man Paul Coutts at Bramall Lane.

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Spot on: Doncaster's Ben Whiteman, centre, is congratulated by James Coppinger and John Marquis for completing his hat-trick from the penalty spot. 
Picture: Chris Etchells

The Verdict – Doncaster v Southend: The only way is up for Rovers says hat-trick hero Ben Whiteman

BEN WHITEMAN kept the match-ball, but was quick to pay tribute to the part Doncaster Rovers’ talisman James Coppinger played in his 10-minute hat-trick.

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Ben Whiteman scores from the penalty spot. Picture: Chris Etchells

Doncaster Rovers 4 Southend 1: Our quality was superb, hails Fergie

DONCASTER Rovers claimed their first home league victory in six months to end the three-match winning run of visitors Southend United, who were sunk by a 10-minute hat-trick from Sheffield United loanee Ben Whiteman straight after the break.

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Take that: Charlie Wyke heads in Bradford's opener against Doncaster Rovers. 
Picture: Bruce Rollinson

Verdict: Striker Charlie Wyke regarded as key to Bradford City success

STRIKER Charlie Wyke was still rubbing the back of his head long after the final whistle.

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Frustrated Ferguson warning of big changes for Doncaster Rovers

DARREN FERGUSON had a simple message for his players at Valley Parade.

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Charlie Wyke celebrates scoring Bradford's opener with Tony McMahon.  Picture Bruce Rollinson

Bradford City 2 Doncaster Rovers 0: Wyke helps Bantams gain revenge in Yorkshire derby

CHARLIE WYKE made a goal-scoring return for Bradford City as they gained revenge for their League Cup home defeat to Doncaster Rovers.

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Rotherham United's Jamie Proctor. (Picture: Tony Johnson)

Big match verdict: Proctor injury blow adds to the misery for Rotherham United chief Warne

WITH the transfer window sliding shut, Rotherham United manager Paul Warne is hoping an injury to striker Jamie Proctor does not prove as serious as it looked.

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Rotherham United 0 Charlton Athletic 2: Injury blow adds to Millers woes in Addicks defeat

ROTHERHAM striker Jamie Proctor was carried off by stretcher as the Millers fell to Charlton at the New York Stadium.
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