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West Ham target Villarreal’s Pablo Fornals as Lobotka interest cools

• Spain midfielder emerges as key target for Manuel Pellegrini• West Ham also interested in Ozan Kabak from StuttgartWest Ham have targeted Villarreal’s Pablo Fornals after cooling their interest in Celta Vigo’s Stanislav Lobotka.Manuel Pellegrini is d…

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League One roundup: Luton seal title as Plymouth go down on goal difference

• Plymouth, Scunthorpe and Walsall relegated to League Two• Doncaster seal final play-off spot with win over CoventryLuton sealed the title while Plymouth, Scunthorpe and Walsall were relegated in a dramatic finale to the League One season.The Hatters …

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Bordeaux keen on signing Plymouth’s Ruben Lameiras at end of the season

• Former Spurs youth midfielder is out of contract in June• Lameiras could follow Josh Maja from League One to Ligue 1Bordeaux are interested in signing Plymouth’s Ruben Lameiras at the end of the season after the former Tottenham youth team player’s i…

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Bordeaux keen on signing Plymouth’s Ruben Lameiras at end of the season

• Former Spurs youth midfielder is out of contract in June• Lameiras could follow Josh Maja from League One to Ligue 1Bordeaux are interested in signing Plymouth’s Ruben Lameiras at the end of the season after the former Tottenham youth team player’s i…

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Football helping prisoners: ‘I watch Match of the Day in my cell religiously’ | Ben Fisher

At a prison in Devon professionals from county rivals Exeter City and Plymouth Argyle are participating in an innovative pilot programme putting football at the centre of rehabilitationThere is a fiercely contested drop-ball during a five-a-side kickab…

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Football League roundup: Ipswich earn first win of the season at Swansea

Trevoh Chalobah scores winner for IpswichForest Green only unbeaten team in Football LeagueAt the 12th attempt, Ipswich secured their first win of the campaign, defeating Swansea 3-2 away. It looked like it would be another desperate afternoon for Ipsw…

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James Brent lays foundations for Plymouth’s dream of greater things | Ben Fisher

After ultimately saving Argyle, the owner has helped to give fans the chance to dream of reaching the ChampionshipLast Sunday marked seven years since a financially crippled Plymouth Argyle entered administration, a time when 40 full?time staff went ni…

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Golden Goal: Scott Sinclair for Plymouth v Barnet (2007)

The much-travelled Celtic forward first made his name with a wonder effort in the FA Cup at Barnet, during a spell on loan at Plymouth from Chelsea

It was quite the calling card. With his team a goal up but under the cosh against lower-league opposition, a 17-year-old with fewer than 50 minutes of first-team football to his name was summoned from the bench and proceeded to settle matters with his first senior goal. And how – seven or eight seconds of carefully controlled chaos, it was one of those show-stoppers worthy of a more prestigious platform, but many among the 5,204 present on that perishing January afternoon left the ground speaking of little else but the moment of improvised brilliance with which this hitherto unheard-of teenager had put the fourth round FA Cup tie beyond the home side.

A decade, a host of clubs and millions in earnings later, the boy who scored has grown up, spending several of the intervening years flitting between the shadows and the tabloid glare. He continues to enjoy what is by most standards a stellar football career as a much loved staple in a team of all-conquering champions. But despite his success, the prevailing and possibly unfair view seems to be that at the age of 28 his is a talent that remains resolutely unfulfilled. Only Scott Sinclair knows for certain when he felt happiest and most alive on a football pitch, but around 4.42pm on 27 January, 2007 at Underhill is probably as good a guess as any.

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League One and League Two: a fan from each club previews the 2017–18 season

If the fans who spoke to us are right, Bradford City, Bristol Rovers, Bury, Charlton and Southend United – and a few other clubs – will be in the play-offs

• Championship: fans preview the season

It would be nice to stay clear of relegation and have a comfortable season with a few big wins to keep us going. I’d like a number of our younger players to establish themselves here rather than being bought by Premier League clubs.

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Tell your kids not to be gloryhunting fans. They’ll thank you in the end

Your children will avoid the pain you suffered if they support a successful club, but they’ll also miss out on their heritage

By Damon Green for When Saturday Comes, of the Guardian Sport Network

A colleague at work, drawn and tired, complained to me recently that he doesn’t want his son to grow up supporting his team. Their performances have been so shameful and the management of the club has been so dire that he would be ashamed to pass on such a legacy. I looked at him for a second, then laughed in his face. He supports Arsenal.

But it’s a dilemma we all face. When our children reach the age where bullies, those active agents of Darwinism, start to single out from the herd those with sticking-out ears, or not-quite-brand-new trainers, or parents who thought Astro-Hercules was an excel lent name for a small boy, it is only natural to want to give the spiteful bastards as little ammunition as possible. And so, as parents, we decide if we really wish to inflict our own woes on our poor, innocent children.

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How does it feel to win the play-offs? AFC Wimbledon boss Neal Ardley explains

Winning a play-offs final is thrilling but it can be stressful – especially if you have a family holiday booked and your taxi to Heathrow is waiting outside Wembley

By Richard Foster for The Agony and the Ecstasy of the Guardian Sport Network

Another chapter in the story of AFC Wimbledon’s remarkable rise up the leagues was written last May, when they went to Wembley and secured their sixth promotion in 13 seasons. The club had only played their first competitive match in 2002 – in the tenth-tier Combined Counties League – but here they were competing for a place in League One, where they would meet their nemeses, MK Dons.

Their 2-0 victory over Plymouth Argyle in the final was fully deserved, with Lyle Taylor’s accomplished finish setting them on their way before Ade Akinfenwa delivered the perfect swansong to his AFC Wimbledon career with his penalty in the 100th minute. That the match was played out in front of 57,956 fans – a bigger crowd than had watched the League One final the previous day – shows just how much people were invested in AFC Wimbledon’s triumph.

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Football League your thoughts: Darren Bent leads dramatic Derby comeback

Derby rally from 3-0 down to draw with Bristol City, Fulham make a comeback of their own against Wigan, Shrewsbury breach Scunthorpe’s fortress and Plymouth win a high-stakes Devon derby

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Liverpool’s Jürgen Klopp defends fielding youngsters in Plymouth replay

• Liverpool manager started four teenagers in FA Cup third-round replay victory
• Klopp: ‘If I always let the same players play I would be a real idiot. So I don’t’

Jürgen Klopp felt that some of his younger players were worried about being “embarrassed” by lower-league opponents during the first half of Liverpool’s narrow FA Cup third-round replay victory against Plymouth Argyle, although the German maintained that he picked the right team on a night when Lucas Leiva scored for the first time in more than six years.

Related: Lucas heads lax Liverpool through in FA Cup replay against plucky Plymouth

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Steven Gerrard tells Daniel Sturridge to fight for his Liverpool future

• Former captain urges striker to stay put and ignore transfer offers
• Sturridge endured difficult night against Plymouth Argyle in FA Cup

Steven Gerrard has told Daniel Sturridge to roll up his sleeves and fight for his Anfield future.

The former Liverpool captain watched on at Home Park as the striker endured a disappointing night in the 1-0 win against Plymouth Argyle in the FA Cup third‑round replay before being substituted by the manager, Jürgen Klopp.

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Steven Gerrard tells Daniel Sturridge to fight for his Liverpool future

• Former captain urges striker to stay put and ignore transfer offers
• Sturridge endured difficult night against Plymouth Argyle in FA Cup

Steven Gerrard has told Daniel Sturridge to roll up his sleeves and fight for his Anfield future.

The former Liverpool captain watched on at Home Park as the striker endured a disappointing night in the 1-0 win against Plymouth Argyle in the FA Cup third‑round replay before being substituted by the manager, Jürgen Klopp.

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Lucas heads lax Liverpool through in FA Cup replay against plucky Plymouth

It was one of those nights that reminded us why the FA Cup third round is so special, even if Liverpool ended up surviving the sort of giant-killing that would have troubled Jürgen Klopp for years to come. Plymouth Argyle, 67 places below Liverpool on the league ladder, played with courage and spirit throughout and came within the width of an upright of taking this replay into extra time.

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Plymouth Argyle v Liverpool: FA Cup third round replay – live!

6.34pm GMT

Tonight’s match programme is a thing of beauty…

Tonight’s souvenir match-day programme #pafc #ARGLIV @thegraphicbomb pic.twitter.com/LRkv1W8BSp

1.06pm GMT

Hello. The first instalment of this Cup tie earned mixed reviews. On a thin third-round weekend, fourth-tier Plymouth holding a Liverpool side to a draw, no matter the names involved, was comfortably the headline act. The result was a piece of FA Cup history in itself: the first draw earned by a fourth-tier side at Anfield since 1974.

Like an Oscar-nominated art house film, for every neutral moved to tears by Plymouth’s defensive masterclass, there was another bored to tears. I enjoyed it; I don’t know if I’d watch it again. If this is the magic of the Cup these days, the naysayers sniffed, then no wonder we’re switching off.

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Plymouth Argyle v Liverpool: FA Cup third round replay – live!

6.34pm GMT

Tonight’s match programme is a thing of beauty…

Tonight’s souvenir match-day programme #pafc #ARGLIV @thegraphicbomb pic.twitter.com/LRkv1W8BSp

1.06pm GMT

Hello. The first instalment of this Cup tie earned mixed reviews. On a thin third-round weekend, fourth-tier Plymouth holding a Liverpool side to a draw, no matter the names involved, was comfortably the headline act. The result was a piece of FA Cup history in itself: the first draw earned by a fourth-tier side at Anfield since 1974.

Like an Oscar-nominated art house film, for every neutral moved to tears by Plymouth’s defensive masterclass, there was another bored to tears. I enjoyed it; I don’t know if I’d watch it again. If this is the magic of the Cup these days, the naysayers sniffed, then no wonder we’re switching off.

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Liverpool’s Joël Matip will not play in FA Cup replay against Plymouth

• Defender has not travelled to Devon with squad
• Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho among those to make trip

Joël Matip has not travelled with the Liverpool squad for their FA Cup replay against Plymouth and will not feature on Wednesday night after being left out of the squad.

Related: Plymouth’s Jake Jervis: ‘We’ve done the tough part in getting Liverpool here’

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Plymouth’s Jake Jervis: ‘We’ve done the tough part in getting Liverpool here’

The forward talks about a nomadic career that has taken in the Turkish and Scottish top divisions and his hopes for a new career highlight in the FA Cup

Jake Jervis was an intrepid footballing nomad until he settled at Home Park. As he prepares to take on Liverpool with Plymouth Argyle, his 11th club, in an FA Cup replay on Wednesday, the 25-year-old forward hopes to add a new highlight to a colourful career, ideally a win and goal to top the most satisfying – and most puzzling – he has scored to date.

That was in a 2-2 draw away against Fenerbahce, on his debut for Elazigspor, who in 2013 were in Turkey’s top flight. “It was a full house [in the 50,000-capacity Sukru Saracoglu Stadium] and the atmosphere was crazy, absolutely deafening,” Jervis says. “But when I scored it went totally quiet. Our fans were just in a tiny little section in the top corner and I couldn’t hear them. I thought it must have been offside. It felt like a crazy experience and it’s been the highlight of my career so far.”

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