• Wednesday down Birmingham to move into play-off places
• Woolery seals late victory for Bolton against Rotherham
• Leeds manager Evans frustrated by Forest winner

Gary Hooper fired Wednesday into the play-off zone with two second-half goals at St Andrew’s, earning high praise from the coach Lee Bullen. “His first was fantastic. Some of the one-touch play on a difficult pitch was sublime. To go and get the second a few minutes later made us ecstatic. He has been a great signing for us.” Gary Rowett said he had been left frustrated. “In the second half we had a great chance when [Clayton] Donaldson missed from close range. I was disappointed – another goal at that point might have deflated Wednesday and put it out of their reach.”

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An estimated 10,000 Liverpool fans left Anfield in the 77th-minute of Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Sunderland in protest at the club’s new £77 match ticket for next season. Liverpool fan Rob Gutmann was among them

I’ve never seen a crowd finish a football team like that. The match was won, Liverpool 2 Sunderland 0. Then the 77th-minute protest began. About half the Kop walked, and a significant portion of the rest voted with their feet too. The dissenting mass totally sucked the life out of their team, Sunderland seized the moment, and the win was stolen. The point, emphatically made.

Related: Liverpool fans’ walkout protest: around 10,000 leave in 77th minute over ticket prices

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Also featuring: Riyad Mahrez and his goal of the day; and Manchester City’s uneasy record against the top six

It’s the start of February, 25 games gone and Leicester are five points clear at the top. Whatever magic Claudio Ranieri has sprinkled on his team, the rest of the division will fancy some of it.

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• Wenger acutely conscious of the need to beat Bournemouth away on Sunday
• Arsenal have now gone four games without a win in the Premier League

It was one of those bombshells, the sort that immediately commandeers the news agenda, and it was felt extremely keenly at Arsenal. Pep Guardiola would officially succeed Manuel Pellegrini as the Manchester City manager at the end of the season, but what did it mean for the Premier League title race?

More specifically, might City be adversely affected, now that their players knew they would be playing for a soon-to-be ex-manager, meaning that Arsenal and their rivals could profit?

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• Guus Hiddink praises English crowds for encouraging pace and purpose
• Manchester United’s Louis van Gaal still regarded as philosophical rival

One of Louis van Gaal’s tasks when Manchester United travel to Chelsea on Sunday is to ensure that the away fans do not find themselves identifying more with the home manager, Guus Hiddink, a long-standing philosophical rival of Van Gaal.

The United manager needs to win hearts and minds as well as matches and will be keenly aware that his style will be compared and contrasted to that of Hiddink, who has for years been seen as a champion of the sort of adventurous football for which United fans have pined throughout much of this campaign.

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