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Two Gary Taylor-Fletcher goals extended play-off candidates Blackpool's unbeaten run to 10 matches as Ian Holloway's side beat Doncaster 3-1 last night to move up to fourth in the Championship.

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Leeds fans want man 'they can't stand'

A quiet life on the farm in Cornwall or a lively one working for Ken Bates? That is the choice Neil Warnock could be faced with after Bates lost patience with Leeds United manager Simon Grayson yesterday after the 4-1 home defeat to Birmingham City on Tuesday.

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