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Returning hero Pulis has last laugh

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Leagues 1 & 2: Green's late show boosts Charlton

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Rovers hope new faces can turn season around

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League Two: Hemmings crowns Argyle turnaround

Plymouth Argyle produced a superb second-half comeback to claim a crucial 3-2 victory at Bristol Rovers yesterday, allowing them to go into the new year with renewed hope of avoiding dropping out of the Football League.

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Winger Danny Green struck in the last minute in the top-versus-nearly-bottom clash at Yeovil as form eventually won out, Charlton chalking up a 3-2 win in an enthralling encounter at Huish Park.

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