Sheffield Football Rumours: The latest Blades and Owls gossip - Thursday

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Who is being watched at Sheffield United? Are Sheffield Wednesday guilty of ‘horrific’ challenges? Plus today’s back pages.

Chris Morgan is making some big strides towards a comeback in what could prove to be a huge lift for Sheffield United’s promotion hopes in the second half of the season. READ MORE: { |SheffieldTelegraph|Read the full story in the Sheffield Telegraph}

Sheffield Wednesday’s players are being told not to “shy away” from the pressure of representing a big name club. READ MORE: SheffieldTelegraph

Stevenage crushed Sheffield Wednesday with a 5-1 scoreline that will crank up the pressure on Owls boss Gary Megson. READ MORE: EuroSport

A FURIOUS Karl Robinson has pleaded for more protection for his players after two “horrific” challenges went unpunished in Dons’ match against Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday. READ MORE: MiltonKeynesCitizen

Stevenage manager Graham Westley was not completely satisfied with his side’s five-star display against Sheffield Wednesday despite seeing them secure arguably the biggest win in the club’s history. READ MORE: EuroSport

Darren Potter was not phased by the reception he received at former club Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday. READ MORE: mk-news

BLACKBURN Rovers’ £1.1m deadline day signing Jordan Slew is taking inspiration from Junior Hoilett as he bids to follow the Canadian into the first team at Ewood Park. READ MORE: LancashireTelegraph


THE GUARDIAN: The challenge of the Champions League has been anticipated for the past few years at Manchester City, but a grand occasion can also be a trial. Also: Hundreds of Lancashire followers will gather in Taunton today and thousands who are unable to do so will hang on every score update from the south-west as the county teeter on the brink of ending a 77-year wait for an outright championship title.

DAILY MAIL: Manchester United and neighbours City both needed spectacular equalisers to rescue them from defeat in their opening Champions League games last night. Also: Toby Flood will be reinstated at fly-half in place of Jonny Wilkinson for England’s Pool B encounter with Georgia in Dunedin on Sunday, with the side led by a returning Lewis Moody.

THE TIMES: Manchester City came from behind to ensure their first appearance in the Champions League did not end in disappointment on a captivating evening at Etihad Stadium. Also: Mikel Arteta yesterday insisted that he can cope with the pressure of replacing Cesc Fabregas at Arsenal.

DAILY STAR: Aleksandar Kolarov rescued Manchester City on their big European return last night. Also: Goldie oldie Ryan Giggs grabbed a stunning equaliser to rescue Manchester United in Lisbon last night.

DAILY MIRROR: Aleksandar Kolarov prevented Manchester City’s much-hyped Champions League debut from going flat. Also: Kenny Dalglish wants managers and referees to meet regularly.

DAILY TELEGRAPH: Ryan Giggs scored a superb equalising goal for Manchester United against Benfica last night as his side started their Champions League campaign with a 1-1 draw in Portugal. Also: England coach Martin Johnson will pick Toby Flood at fly-half ahead of Jonny Wilkinson for Sunday’s match against Georgia.

THE SUN: Roberto Mancini expected an ear-bashing from his old man - even though Aleksandar Kolarvo rescued a Champions League point for Manchester City. Also: Alex Ferguson hailed Ryan Giggs after his wonder goal got United a point in Lisbon.

DAILY EXPRESS: Both Manchester clubs have been scoring for fun in the Premier League but they found Europe a different matter last night. Also: New Zealand was reeling in collective shock yesterday after the All Blacks’ key player, Dan Carter, pulled out of the side to play Japan in the World Cup tomorrow with a back injury.

THE INDEPENDENT: On the night Manchester City made their debut in the Champions League, and just rescued a draw after falling behind to Napoli at home, the Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson managed to steal the attention from his neighbouring club after his side’s creditable draw in Benfica. Also: Yossi Benayoun has revealed Arsene Wenger’s last-minute plunge into the transfer market did contain more forethought than the trolley dash it has been derided as.