FRIDAY FOOTBALL RUMOURS: Chesterfield Spireites, Sheffield United, Sheffield Wednesday, Derby County

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Negative talk is banned ... as Hartlepool and Chesterfield get ready to clash. Plus today’s back pages and football rumours:

COLIN Cooper has banned all “negative” talk at Hartlepool United and says the side are up for tomorrow’s clash with Chesterfield. Full story: HartlepoolMail

HARTLEPOOL United boss Colin Cooper will give his wounded troops “every chance” to recover for tomorrow’s League Two battle with Chesterfield. Full story: SunderlandEcho

Chesterfield could be assured of at least a play-off place come 5pm on Saturday if they win at Hartlepool United and other results go their way. Full story: DerbyshireTimes

Spireites boss Paul Cook has recalled midfielder Sam Togwell from his loan spell at Wycombe Wanderers earlier than expected. Full story: DerbyshireTimes

Chris Porter, the Sheffield United centre-forward, has warned Hull City that Nigel Clough’s side will not be overawed during their FA Cup semi-final on Sunday. Full story: TheStar

Martin Taylor’s presence on the coaching staff at Bramall Lane has gone largely unnoticed this week. Full story: TheStar

Stuart Gray is hoping for a happy event against Blackburn tomorrow though Leon Best - father of newly born twins - will not be playing. Full story: TheStar

Sam Hutchinson could be back to add midfield beligerence to Wednesday’s bid to bounce back against Blackburn tomorrow. Full story: TheStar

TWENTY years have passed since Derby County have been such prolific scorers in the League. Full story: DerbyTelegraph

MANAGER Mark Robins has challenged his Huddersfield Town players to stand up and be counted when they face Derby County tomorrow. Full story: DerbyTelegraph

And nationally:

www.dailystar.co.uk: CHELSEA have told Atletico Madrid to pay £5m if they want Thibaut Courtois to play against them in the Champions League semi-finals.

www.mirror.co.uk: Roberto Martinez has described as “ridiculous” Arsene Wenger’s criticism of the loan system, and the unfair advantage he claims it gives to clubs like Everton.

www.express.co.uk: DAVID MOYES insists his transfer targets DO want to join Manchester United despite not being able to offer them Champions League football.