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Coming by train! -Derby Telegraph Rams let train take the strain as they head for the capital

DERBY County will travel to tonight's Championship clash away to Queens Park Rangers by train.
They will catch the 10am train from Derby and arrive at St Pancras at 11.35am where they will be met by the team coach and taken to their hotel.
After the game, which kicks off at Loftus Road at 8pm, they will return to Derby by coach.
"There's a few clubs that do it (travel by train)," said manager Nigel Clough.
"Normally, we would have to go overnight because you can't risk the roads.
"You cannot do it on a coach in the time it takes on the train. You would have to allow three hours at least, and it's in the centre of London as well.
"On the train, the players can get up and stretch their legs a bit more than you can on a coach, but it's really to cut down the amount of travelling time.
"You spend a lot of hours on a coach during the season and especially when you are going south it can be more of a problem.
"If you get an accident on the M1, you can be sat on a bus for four hours which we don't want to do."
Derby could make changes tonight.
The Rams collected a point in Saturday's goalless draw at Sheffield Wednesday to stay five clear of the bottom three in the Championship.
Skipper Robbie Savage was rested against Wednesday – the first time he had not started a league game this season.
The 35-year-old midfielder came on as a substitute after 80 minutes and he is an option for Clough.
"We are throwing one or two ideas around at the moment," said the Rams manager.
"They (QPR) are playing a different formation, or have been doing. Whether they change or not, we don't know, so we might change to accomodate them a little bit."
Derby are looking to reach 50 points as soon as possible.
They are on 44 with eight games left, and it remains tight at the bottom end of the table.
"That's why we have been saying for the last few weeks, let's get some points on the board," said Clough.
"We haven't quite managed to get as many as we hoped, and other teams have picked up surprising results as well.
"Things can change quickly. You only have to look at the fixtures in the next two nights. Sc*n*horpe are at home to Peterborough and Sheffield Wednesday at home to Watford. Both could be home wins.
"That's why we want to get to 50 as quickly as we can which is two wins, so we could be there by Saturday tea-time.
"That is the incentive and the aim, but the way the form has been a little bit hit-and-miss of late it will probably be a case of grinding them out more than getting two quick wins, we think.
"Over the last 38 games we haven't had enough draws, but at this stage a win or two will make a huge difference to the table."
Rangers beat Derby 4-2 at Pride Park in October.
"They did turn us over and we probably played them at their absolute maximum that day. They were scoring goals and looking dangerous," said Clough.
"It's been a different story since that game really. Anybody leaving Pride Park that day would've said they'd be in the top six at the end of the season. But they're in the lower reaches with ourselves." Derby Telegraph

This is South Wales - Swans fans escorted by police after clash
Monday, March 22, 2010, 18:00
- VIOLENCE broke out following Swansea City's Championship clash with Queens Park Rangers on Saturday evening.
Police were forced to intervene as up to 100 fans clashed outside Loftus Road in London's Shepherds Bush.
- It is understood that between 50 and 100 fans were led away by officers outside the ground.
A spokesman for London Metropolitan Police said: "A disturbance occurred outside the ground at approximately 5pm between supporters from both clubs. Officers moved quickly to diffuse the situation and escorted the Swansea fans away from the conflict."
One eyewitness said: "As we left the stadium the police led us up a road and past a local pub called the Springbok where the trouble started.
"There seemed to be a skirmish.
"You could see glasses being thrown but police reacted very quickly.
"There was another scuffle outside White City tube station later on."
Trouble spilled into the streets after Swansea fans were left frustrated inside the ground as their Championship game finished one apiece.
However, police were unable to confirm whether there had been any arrests.
Swans manager Paulo Sousa, returning to West London for the first time since he was sacked by QPR in April last year, had criticised Rangers boss Neil Warnock's physical approach to games in the build-up.
And Warnock, speaking after the game, made his own dig at Swansea.
He said: "I did tell the players not to tackle today so as not to upset Paulo."
Meanwhile, on social networking website Twitter, some QPR fans have hit out at the behaviour of Swansea supporters.
Sonnypike posted: "Swansea fans starting a fight with a police horse. A special kind of class."
And another Twitter post from ukcomic said: "Just had to run with my 10-year-old to get out of a fight between Swansea City and QPR supporters.
"It was like the 1970s again." This is South Wales

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