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Cook ‘desperate’ to lead the rebuilding of England side

League round-up: Thomas quells Albion doubt

Jerome Thomas scored twice as West Bromwich Albion, second in the Championship, recovered from the early setback of Matt Mills' goal for Reading to win 3-1 at the Hawthorns and keep the pressure on leaders Newcastle United. "A threat all day," Albion manager Roberto Di Matteo said of Thomas, signed this summer after Portsmouth released him.

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Championship Round-up: Forest and Gunter bring plight home to Plymouth

Nottingham Forest were the latest team to profit from Plymouth's shocking recent form as they inflicted a 1-0 defeat on the hosts at Home Park yesterday, Chris Gunter scoring the goal that brought Forest a first away win this season. Argyle are rooted to the bottom of the Championship table after suffering seven consecutive defeats.

Carroll on song as brave Argyle fail to go distance

Newcastle United 3 Plymouth Argyle 1

Business Diary: GoCompare outfoxes rival's Meerkats

Using Google cleverly to get your ads noticed has become a new art-form. This week's prize for the cleverest, or cheekiest, wheeze goes to the price comparison website GoCompare.com, which has nicked the slogan of rival ComparetheMarket.com. The latter has become famous for inflicting Alexander the irritable Russian Meerkat on the world in what has become an iconic ad campaign. But type "compare the meerkat" into Google and the top two sponsored links take you through to GoCompare's website underneath the header "Comparing Meerkats". That's something that should get Alexander really cross.

Sylvan Ebanks-Blake: 'I'm going into the top flight wide-eyed but confident'

Forced to cut off his dreadlocks before being allowed to join Man United as a schoolboy, Sylvan Ebanks-Blake's rise to the Premier League with Wolves has been far from ordinary

Carling Cup review: Derby knocked out

Sheffield United manager Kevin Blackwell lamented his side's lacklustre display in front of goal as they suffered the humiliation of a first-round Carling Cup exit at home to Port Vale.

McCormack keeps Cardiff in the hunt

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Ebanks-Blake provides bite for Wolves

Sheffield Wednesday 0 Wolverhampton Wanderers 1

Championship round-up: Blues hit by Dann buster as Wolves enjoy their rest day

Championship leaders Wolves, who do not kick-off against Cardiff City until 1pm today, were the biggest winners yesterday, their two closest rivals, Birmingham City and Reading, both spurning the chance to close the gap. After just 52 seconds at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry City’s Scott Dann fired in from Daniel Fox’s corner and Alex McLeish’s Blues could muster neither the guile nor the graft to get back into the match. Scott Sinclair had an equaliser ruled out, but McLeish did not blame the officials.

Plymouth player in drink driving arrest

Plymouth have confirmed teenager Shane White has been arrested for drink driving.

Championship round-up: Rangers reveal Clough's task

Delayed by seven days because of last week's heavy frost, new Derby County manager Nigel Clough at last saw his Rams side perform in the Championship and was not impressed as Wayne Routledge scored one and made the second for Mikele Leigertwood in Queens Park Rangers' 2-0 win at Pride Park. It is only Rangers' second away win.

Plymouth sunk after broadside from Van Persie

Arsenal 3 Plymouth Argyle 1

Lack of strike power hits Everton

Everton may be able to muddle through until the new year with just one fit senior forward, but their manager, David Moyes, knows there will be little light at the end of the tunnel when January comes.

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