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


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: CHELSEA have told Atletico Madrid to pay £5m if they want Thibaut Courtois to play against them in the Champions League semi-finals. 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. DAVID MOYES insists his transfer targets DO want to join Manchester United despite not being able to offer them Champions League football.