Sheffield United missed the opportunity to move back into the automatic promotion places in the Championship as they lost 1-0 at Swansea City.

The Blades slipped to third on Friday as Norwich City won, but they had the chance to respond on Saturday and, with Leeds United beaten, could have moved within a point of top spot.

However, Chris Wilder's men passed up clear openings in the first half at the Liberty Stadium and were duly punished as Oliver McBurnie netted for Swansea 25 minutes from time.

Billy Sharp and David McGoldrick were both profligate before the break for the Blades, the former shooting too close to Erwin Mulder with the goal gaping before the latter directed a poor header wide.

Swansea were much improved following the restart and got their reward when Nathan Dyer squared for McBurnie to slide the ball into the net.

Dean Henderson made a superb double-save to keep the visitors in the match, brilliantly turning away a curling strike from reported Leeds target Daniel James after blocking an initial shot, but his efforts were in vain.

The English Football League has confirmed 11 Championship clubs have made contact regarding Leeds United after their head coach Marcelo Bielsa admitted to sending spies to watch training sessions of every team his side have faced this season.

Bielsa made a full and frank confession on Wednesday after an employee of the club was caught outside Derby County's training ground in the week leading up to Leeds' 2-0 victory over the Rams.

The EFL launched a formal investigation after Derby lodged a complaint, and more unnamed clubs have since made their views known.

A statement from the EFL read: "The EFL has received a communication on behalf of a number of Championship clubs in regard to the current matter involving Leeds United.

"The request attributed to 11 clubs will be considered as part of the current investigation that has commenced."

On Friday, Bristol City owner Steve Lansdown said Leeds should be docked points.

"The only thing that makes sense if I'm honest is a points deduction," Lansdown told BBC Points West.

"They ought to seriously consider it but I don't think that will happen as I don't think the EFL will be strong enough to do something like that.

"A fine would go some way towards showing it's not acceptable. Whatever happens we mustn't condone it.

"If he'd asked to send someone to watch our training we would have said no. And every other football club would say no. So why does he think it's acceptable to do it?

"However great a coach he is, it's the wrong thing to do. Poking around and skulking around a training ground is not part of the game."

Leeds' win over Derby kept them top of the Championship and on course for promotion back to the Premier League after an absence of almost 15 years.

Norwich City moved back into the Championship's top two with a 3-1 victory over play-off hopefuls Birmingham City at Carrow Road on Friday.

Leeds United coach Marcelo Bielsa's Derby County analysis dossier was "pretty standard for the industry", according to the head of sports data giant OptaPro.

Jurgen Klopp spoke out against Marcelo Bielsa after the Leeds United boss confessed to spying on every team the Championship leaders have faced this season.

Premier League winner Marc Albrighton has signed a new contract with Leicester City.

The winger, who helped the Foxes to their incredible title triumph in 2015-16, will stay with the club until 2022, the Foxes confirmed on Friday.

Albrighton, 29, said he had no doubts about renewing his commitment to Leicester, for whom he scored their first Champions League goal.

"It was totally straightforward," he told the club's website. "Leicester offered me a deal and I was always going to sign it. I've had some good times here and hopefully I can continue to do so.

"When I first signed, I looked at the squad that was in the dressing room and the club itself in terms of its fanbase and what sort of club it was.

"It was a family club back then and it's a family club now. It's something that suits me down to the ground. It really fits in well with me as a person and it's the perfect fit for me."

Albrighton, who joined on a free transfer from Aston Villa in 2014, has made 21 Premier League appearances so far this term, scoring two goals.

Leicester have also confirmed defender Yohan Benalouane has joined Nottingham Forest on a permanent deal, signing an 18-month contract.

Benalouane made 29 appearances for the club in all competitions, including 16 in the Premier League, after joining from Atalanta in August 2015.

The Tunisia international becomes the first signing for former Foxes boss Martin O'Neill after his appointment at the City Ground this week.

Championship leaders Leeds United have completed the signing of experienced goalkeeper Kiko Casilla on a four-year deal from Real Madrid.

Derby County manager Frank Lampard was unhappy with Leeds United counterpart Marcelo Bielsa's presentation on Wednesday.

Marcelo Bielsa's explanation of the questionable scouting methods scrutinised during 'Spygate' led the Leeds United boss to reveal how his detailed dossiers once surprised even Pep Guardiola.

Marcelo Bielsa has admitted Leeds United have had spies watching every opponent they have faced this season.

The English Football League (EFL) has asked Leeds United for their observations amid the spying scandal engulfing the Championship leaders.

Marcelo Bielsa has admitted sending a member of Leeds' staff to spy on Derby County training ahead of last weekend's meeting between the clubs.

The Football Association is investigating the incident while Leeds released a statement reminding Bielsa of his responsibilities.

And Leeds have been asked to explain the incident by the EFL, which suggested the club may have broken its regulations.

"The decision to progress this matter to a formal investigation comes as a result of the club's manager, Marcelo Bielsa, admitting to instructing an individual to undertake the acts being complained of in a television interview broadcast on Sky Sports on Friday 11 January 2019," the EFL said.

"The Football Association has also confirmed they are considering the same matter in line with its own rules and the EFL will work with its FA counterparts to ensure that any potential action taken does not prejudice those investigations being undertaken."

Derby boss Frank Lampard, whose side lost 2-0 at Leeds, has hit out at Bielsa over the incident.

"It wasn't an apology, it was an admission," he told reporters. "It wasn't peeking over a fence, it was on hands and knees with pliers in hand.

"Now it is about how much the League or FA decide they want to stop what happened going forward – or if they don't. Maybe other clubs will copy it if it is not dealt with."

Nottingham Forest have appointed club legend Martin O'Neill as their new manager.

O'Neill replaces Aitor Karanka, who left the club last Friday, and will be tasked with leading Forest into the Championship play-offs.

As a player O'Neill won the then European Cup twice with Forest, also winning the First Division and European Super Cup as well as the League Cup on two occasions.

Forest are ninth in the table, four points adrift of arch rivals Derby County, who occupy the final play-off place in sixth.

O'Neill has enjoyed managerial spells with Leicester City, Celtic, Aston Villa and Sunderland in his career, and left his post as Republic of Ireland manager after five years in the job in November.

Ireland reached the last 16 of Euro 2016 under his leadership but a failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup and UEFA Nations League relegation led to his departure.

His first match as Forest boss sees them host Bristol City at the City Ground on Saturday.

Derby County manager Frank Lampard is keen to leave the "spygate" story behind and let the Football Association (FA) handle any punishment towards Leeds United.

Substitute Adam Armstrong made one goal and scored another as Blackburn Rovers struck twice in the last four minutes of normal time to beat Millwall 2-0 at The Den.

A drab contest appeared set to end goalless until Blackburn hit the front in somewhat bizarre fashion in the 86th minute, Armstrong's cross from the left eventually finding its way in off the face of Joe Nuttall.

Armstrong immediately added a second to make the points safe and leave Millwall, who had won their previous four matches in all competitions, five points clear of the Championship's bottom three. Rovers leapfrog Stoke City into 14th and are six points off the play-offs.

The only moments of note in a dismal opening 45 minutes concerned injuries. Millwall forward Tom Elliott was forced off after hurting his left arm in a first-minute challenge, while referee Robert Jones was another early casualty as he picked up an injury and was replaced by fourth official Gavin Ward.

There was little improvement after the break, but Blackburn went ahead when Armstrong - a 74th-minute replacement for Bradley Dack - exchanged passes with Lewis Travis and delivered a low cross that was bundled in by Nuttall, after James Meredith's attempted clearance had struck team-mate Shaun Hutchinson.

Blackburn's second goal came a minute later, Armstrong finding the bottom-right corner with a fine finish from just inside the penalty area.

 

 

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