Here are Monday 24th February's hot topics in the eyes of the media that cover The Football League:

Shay Given will remember his Middlesbrough loan fondly (The Northern Echo): After his loan from Aston Villa ended following Saturday's 0-0 draw with Leeds United, Given admitted 'I could be back again this season.'

Nottingham Forest can still win promotion, insists Billy Davies (Nottingham Post): Despite a 3-1 defeat at Burnley on Saturday, the Forest boss believes they can overturn the eight-point deficit to the Clarets and win automatic promotion from the Sky Bet Championship.

Barry Ferguson 'has stomach for dogfight' (BBC Radio Lancashire): The Blackpool manager concedes that the club are now in a battle to stay clear of relegation after their winless run was extended to 15 league matches.

Lee Clark - Lee Novak is an absolute dream to work with (Birmingham Mail): Birmingham City boss Lee Clark heaps praise on striker Lee Novak following his weekend double.

Brighton and Hove Albion try to bring in back-up for Leonardo Ulloa (The Argus): The Seagulls are trying to bring in a striker to support front man Ulloa, with the Argus reporting the club will make a move this week.

Graham Westley - Stevenage need to win half of remaining games (The Comet): Westley believes his Stevenage side needs to win at least half of their 16 matches if the club is to remain in Sky Bet League 1.

Leyton Orient's character delights manager Russell Slade (The Docklands and East London Advertiser): Leyton Orient have shown character to bounce back from three straight defeats and return to the top of League 1, according to Slade.

Defiant Gillingham manager Peter Taylor defends his team selection (Kent Online): Taylor has made no apologies for rotating his squad in their weekend defeat to Oldham Athletic.

Bristol City boss Steve Cotterill furious after 'abysmal' display at Bramall Lane (Bristol Post): Furious Bristol City boss Steve Cotterill labelled his team's performance "abysmal" after watching them lose 3-0 to Sheffield United at Bramall Lane on Saturday.

Wycombe Wanderers prepare for defining week (The Guardian): Wycombe play Exeter City on Tuesday before prospective new owners will be divulged on Wednesday.

Experienced players let Exeter City down (Express & Echo): Exeter manager Paul Tisdale may be genuinely tempted to do away with his experienced players after Saturday's defeat to Rochdale.

Bury boss David Flitcroft bids to secure extension to Ipswich Town defender Frederic Veseli's loan stay (Bury Times): Ipwich manager Mick McCarthy will decide the immediate future of Swiss Under-21 international defender Frederic Veseli following the end of his two-month loan deal at Bury.

Neal Ardley - Don't call AFC Wimbledon 'unlucky' (Wimbledon Guardian): AFC Wimbledon manager Neal Ardley refused to call his side unlucky after they went down to a late winner at home to Bury.

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