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

Sammy Morsy celebrates his second goal of the week for the Spireites by Tina Jenner Fleetwood v Chesterfield JPT Area Final
Sammy Morsy celebrates his second goal of the week for the Spireites by Tina Jenner Fleetwood v Chesterfield JPT Area Final

Double joy for the Spireites so are they on their way to Wembley? Plus today’s back pages and football rumours:

Chesterfield hold a commanding position going into the second leg of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy northern area final after a 3-1 win over Fleetwood Town at Highbury Stadium. Full story: DT

Chesterfield have one foot in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy final at Wembley after a convincing 3-1 win over League Two promotion rivals Fleetwood in the first leg of the area showpiece. Full story: EuroSport

Chesterfield manager Paul Cook says his side are taking nothing for granted, despite being favourites to reach the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy final. Full story: BBC

Fleetwood Town’s Wembley dream hangs on a knife edge after a comprehensive defeat at the hands of Chesterfield. Full story: BlackpoolGazette

Sheffield United’s status as this season’s FA Cup giant-killers is secure. Rene Meulensteelen’s as Fulham manager is not. Full story: Telegraph

Fulham midfielder Hugo Rodallega seemed inconsolable after being substituted during Fulham’s FA Cup fourth round replay defeat to Sheffield United on Tuesday night. Full story: DailyMail

Wednesday’s hopes of bringing Connor Wickham back when the loan market opens on Friday are set to be dashed by Sunderland. Full story: TheStar

Wickham impressed on loan at Sheffield Wednesday, and the Championship club wanted him back for the second half of the season, but Fletcher’s achilles injury means he is needed at the Stadium of Light. Full story: DailyStar

PATRICK Bamford’s impact as a substitute won him a place in Derby County’s team and the forward, on loan from Chelsea, has started the last two matches. Full story: DerbyTelegraph

Steve McClaren pleased with Jamie Ward after performance for Derby County at Birmingham City. Full story: BurtonMail

And nationally: Swansea City have sacked their manager Michael Laudrup. Garry Monk, the veteran defender, will take over as head coach alongside the current first-team coach Alan Curtis “for the foreseeable future”. Liverpool will receive just 5,168 tickets for their FA Cup fifth round tie with Arsenal on February 16 - despite being entitled to 9,000. (The Mirror) Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored a wonder goal for Paris Saint-Germian during his team’s French League Cup semi-final match against Nantes. West Ham striker Andy Carroll has quickly let his feelings be known after the FA dismissed his appeal for the red card he received against Swansea. Carroll simply wrote: “DISGRACEFUL!!!” on Twitter as news broke that he would serve a three match ban.