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Carroll out to shoot Toon further clear

Newcastle striker Andy Carroll is looking to continue his scoring streak as the Magpies bid to move further clear at the top of the Championship against Preston tomorrow.

Carroll has scored four times in his past four games to take his total for the season to 10 in all competitions. Newcastle go into the clash three points clear of West Brom and can extend that advantage as the Baggies are not in action until Sunday, when they travel to Bristol City.

"I'm delighted to get double figures in my first full season and there's still 15 games to add to that," Carroll said. "I'm getting on the end of chances and they're going in for me right now -- I just can't wait for the next game." Nottingham Forest can move up to second -- for 24 hours at least -- with victory at home to Middlesbrough. Boro went down 2-0 at 10-man Blackpool in midweek to lie three points outside the play-off places and midfielder Barry Robson knows Gordon Strachan's men have to improve.

"The manager sets the standards very, very high at this football club and, if you don't reach those standards, he lets you know," Robson said.

Fourth-placed Swansea travel to Derby looking to get back to winning ways following a disappointing 1-1 draw at struggling Plymouth.

Cardiff, a point behind Swansea in fifth, will look to capitalise on any slip-ups by Paulo Sousa's men with a win at home to Barnsley.

Sixth-placed Leicester and Sheffield United in seventh face trips to struggling sides, with the Foxes up against basement boys Peterborough and the Blades taking on second-bottom Plymouth.

Sheffield Wednesday host Ipswich in a clash between two relegation-threatened sides, while Crystal Palace tackle Coventry hoping to arrest their slide towards the bottom three.

Elsewhere, Reading will look to move further clear of the drop zone when they travel to play-off hopefuls Blackpool, QPR host Doncaster and Scunthorpe welcome Watford.


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