Here are Tuesday 18th February's hot topics in the eyes of the media that cover The Football League:

McDermott and Fazackerley future in doubt (BBC Sport): The futures of Birmingham City's assistant manager Terry McDermott and first-team coach Derek Fazackerley are in doubt, amid reports the pair have left the Sky Bet Championship club.

Darren Ferguson: 'Posh penalty-takers had plenty of bottle' (Peterborough Telegraph): Peterborough United manager Darren Ferguson praised the 'bottle' shown by his players as they clinched a date at Wembley with a penalty shoot-out victory at Swindon.

Double blow for Swindon Town (Swindon Advertiser): Swindon Town suffered a miserable double blow as they were knocked out of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy on penalties and learned that striker Nile Ranger could be out of action until the end of the Sky Bet League 1 season through injury.

Blackburn Rovers boss Bowyer may loan one of his 'keepers out but insists that youngster Kean is still in his plans (Lancashire Telegraph): Blackburn Rovers boss Gary Bowyer has stressed that Jake Kean remains a firm part of his plans - but he has not ruled out allowing one of his goalkeepers out on loan.

Scruffy win is what we need, says Adam Chapman (South Wales Argus): Newport County host third-placed Oxford United tonight in the first of five successive home games as they aim to get their Sky Bet League 2 promotion push back on track.

Sheffield United: Questions posed in transfer market (The Sheffield Star): Sheffield United could revise their list of loan targets if progress continues to prove slow in the transfer market, manager Nigel Clough has admitted.

Wickham remains desperate to prove himself with Sunderland - but refuses to rule out another loan departure (The Northern Echo): Connor Wickham, who enjoyed a loan spell at Sheffield Wednesday earlier this season, remains determined to prove himself at Sunderland, but will ask to leave on loan for the third time in his Black Cats career if his first-team prospects do not improve.

Norwich City's Declan Rudd has grown up on loan at Preston North End (The Pink'Un): Norwich City's former England Under-21 keeper Declan Rudd believes he will return to Carrow Road a far better keeper for his extended loan spell at League 1 promotion hopefuls Preston North End.

Argyle facing a test of character after York defeat, admits boss John Sheridan (The Plymouth Herald): John Sheridan has admitted Plymouth Argyle face a test of character after the crushing 4-0 defeat by York City at Home Park on Saturday.

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