Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

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Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Club London

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Charlton YOUNG goalkeeper Nick Pope is set to make his first Championship start against Derby tonight, with Stephen Henderson struggling with a hamstring injury. Pope, 22, who kept 16 clean sheets while on loan at York last season, impressed when he replaced Henderson in Saturday's win against Wigan. "I will have a bit more time to prepare for Derby," he said. "I will take it one decision at a time and just keep going like that."

Fulham SCOTT PARKER believes Fulham are the team everyone wants to beat in the Championship this season. The club, relegated from the Premier League last season, have lost their opening two games and host Wolves at Craven Cottage tomorrow. "Every team that comes here will be up for it because we are a big scalp for a lot of teams," said Parker. "We have a totally new squad but we are getting there."

Millwall IAN HOLLOWAY'S side are boosted by the return of Matthew Briggs from suspension and Nicky Bailey from a calf injury as they look to continue their perfect start in the Championship at Sheffield Wednesday. But Ed Upson and Richard Chaplow remain sidelined with hamstring problems. Millwall are yet to concede a goal this season and are unbeaten in 11 games in all competitions stretching back to March. Defender Mark Beevers said: "There is no reason why we can't carry on our good form."

Brentford MARK WARBURTON believes Arsenal loanee Jon Toral can play a major role this season after insisting the 19-year-old Spaniard "is not here to make up the numbers". The attacking midfielder is yet to make a first-team appearance for the Gunners but is looking to gain regular opportunities and ahead of tonight's Championship game at Blackpool, boss Warburton said: "Arsenal want him to train hard and compete for a place and if he is good enough, he'll play. …

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