Here are Wednesday 12th March's hot topics in the eyes of the media that cover The Football League:

Bolton Wanderers' Stuart Holden set to miss six to nine months (BBC Radio Manchester): Bolton midfielder Stuart Holden will be out of action for six to nine months for the Sky Bet championship side following a knee operation.

AFC Bournemouth - Ward and Daniels on course to return after overcoming minor scares (Bournemouth Echo): Defenders Elliott Ward and Charlie Daniels have both overcome minor scares in their respective comebacks and are on course to return to action in the next few weeks.

Barry Ferguson delighted as Blackpool finally win a game (Blackpool Gazette): Blackpool finally ended their shocking 18-match winless run last night, although Barry Ferguson described the game as one of the worst he's ever seen.

Shaun Maloney return will ease Chris McCann blow (Wigan Today): Shaun Maloney will make a welcome return to action for Wigan Athletic today in the Final Third Development League, to hand Uwe Rosler a much-needed boost.

Sheffield United goalkeeper Mark Howard refuses to give up on Play-Off dream (Sheffield Telegraph): Mark Howard has vowed Sheffield United will be doing everything in their power to qualify for this season's Sky Bet League 1 Play-Offs, writes James Shield.

Hat-trick hero Dele is keeping his feet on the ground (Milton Keynes Citizen): After netting three times at Notts County on Tuesday night, Dele Alli's first professional hat-trick ball is going straight onto his shelf at home.

McMahon - Tranmere Rovers are in a relegation dogfight...but it's a battle we can win (Liverpool Echo): John McMahon says Rovers are in a Sky Bet League 1 relegation dogfight - but is convinced it's a battle they can win.

Former Torquay United boss Ling in African coaching 'thank you' (Torquay Herald Express): Former Torquay manager Martin Ling has delivered a four-day coaching course in Burkina Faso, as a 'thank you' to the League Manager's Association.

Chris Wilder's half-time blast gets Cobblers going (Northampton Chronicle and Echo): Cobblers manager Chris Wilder admitted he had to 'get into' his players at half-time of their vital win Sky Bet League 2 victory at Exeter City.

Russ Wilcox - 'Freaky' Southend United goal highlights how luck has deserted Scunthorpe United (Scunthorpe Telegraph): Luck deserted Scunthorpe United in the eyes of manager Russ Wilcox, as a 40-yard fluke and a 'freaky' second goal earned Southend United a point at Glanford Park.

Hartlepool United still in the mix after 0-0 draw at Accrington Stanley (Hartlepool Mail): Colin Cooper insists he wasn't too disappointed to see his Play-Off chasing Hartlepool United pick up a point at Accrington Stanley.

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