League One Live! Danny Cowley press conference recap and and latest from Sunderland, Charlton Athletic, Blackpool, Peterborough United and rest of division

Good afternoon and welcome to our live press day blog from The News.

Thursday, 22nd April 2021, 6:43 pm

With Danny Cowley due to speak at 2pm, we will be bringing live updates from his media briefing.

And there will be all the up-to-the-minute news from around the division as managers and players speak as the League One run-in reaches fever pitch.

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Last updated: Thursday, 22 April, 2021, 18:50

  • Danny Cowley due to address press at 2pm
  • News on Brown and Hiwula’s fitness

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That wraps up the blog for today - please feel free to scroll down and recap on all the Danny Cowley press conference news and latest from the top end of League One. See you next time!

Charlton handed triple boost for Posh clash

Charlton looks Pompey’s strongest rivals for sixth place and face second-placed Peterborough on Saturday.

It’s a tough task for the Addicks who have a testing run-in. but they have been boosted by the returns of Conor Washington, Ian and Ryan Inniss for the game.

Boss Nigel Adkins told the South London Press: ‘I went to watch Peterborough play Sunderland. Peterborough are a good side, massive threats. There’s every chance they’re going to be in the automatic promotion position to go up.

‘We know it’s going to be a tough game but I’d like to hope Peterborough know it’s going to be a tough game for them as well. We’ve got momentum, spirit. We’ve been solid in our defensive resolve and we’ve got a massive goal threats which have been demonstrated again tonight.’

Oxford United issues

Oxford United have a trio of players unavailable as they go to Plymouth, who were trounced 6-0 by Charlton on Tuesday night.

Brandon Barker is missing with a hamstring issue, Cameron Brannagan has a dead leg and James Henry is suspended.

Hull boss Grant McCann spoke earlier today as his side bid to maintain top spot

Apologies for the issues which have been hindering the website today, but we appear to be back in business. I’ve just spent the past 30 minutes of so doing a live Q&A with plenty of titbits to update you with including news on the Cowleys’ futures and player updates. The link is here

Pompey’s play-off rivals saw their 16-game unbeaten run on Tuesday night - and there’s injury news ahead of their game with Shrewsbury

Lee Johnson has delivered an update on Aidan McGeady’s fitness - and he’s rated as ‘50-50’ for this weekend with an ankle issue.

‘I’d put Aiden at 50-50 ,’ he said: ‘He’s tough, like I’ve said, so he wants to play. He’s still very bruised, but at the same time it is a superficial injury.’

‘It’s not anything bone-related or ligament-related, so if he can handle the pain of smashing one in from 25 yards, hopefully in the top corner, then he can play. It’s as simple as that.’

Meanwhile, Jon McLaughlin and Tom Flanagan could be back for Sunderland before the end of the regular season.

Charlton’s Alex Gilbey has been speaking as Charlton take the box seat in the race for the final play-off place.

He said: ‘We have sent a statement out. We’re just buzzing now. I’m buzzing to get another goal. I’m loving my football at the minute.

‘Since the new gaffer’s come in, he’s put a lot of faith in me and I’m just trying to repay him that faith. He just said to me: “Listen, go out and do what you can do, and show people how good you are as a player”.

‘The gaffer has given me license to bomb forward and obviously try and score goals, and that’s what I’m doing so long may it continue.’

Another line from the press conference was some positive news on Jordy Hiwula’s fitness. More to come on that later at portsmouth.co.uk, but could still be hope for this season for the striker

That brings the presser to a close with a lot of ground cover in nearly an hour of chat with the local press. A defence of his player’s work ethic, how he’s dealing with the problems faces, lifting himself after the disappointment of late and news on Lee Brown.

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