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Pulis takes charge of first West Brom match

Tony Pulis will take charge of his first match against Gateshead today after being named West Bromwich Albion's new head coach.

Tony Pulis will take charge of West Brom against Gateshead today Credit: PA

He could be without Victor Anichebe (groin) but is definitely without Jonas Olsson who is still recovering from an Achilles operation.

Georgios Samaras, Gareth McAuley, Jason Davidson and Brown Ideye could all start with Pulis ready to give his players a clean slate.

Provisional squad

Foster, Myhill, Pocognoli, Gamboa, Dawson, Lescott, McAuley, Yacob, Davidson, Wisdom, Baird, Varela, Gardner, Brunt, Morrison, Dorrans, Mulumbu, Blanco, Sessegnon, Ideye, Berahino, Samaras.

Pulis: 'Call me head bottle washer if you want'

Tony Pulis speaks to the media about his new job Credit: West Bromwich Albion

Tony Pulis has dismissed any confusion over the hierarchy at West Brom and insists he understands the job ahead of him.

The former Stoke and Crystal Palace boss has been appointed as the new Baggies head coach on a two-and-a-half year deal to replace Alan Irvine.

The structure at The Hawthorns has come under fire, with Pulis the fourth head coach in just over a year.

But the new boss, who has predominantly been a manager, said titles do not matter and it's all about Premier League survival.

Someone said to me, 'do you mind being called head coach?' You can call me 'head bottle washer' if you want, it doesn't make a difference as long as I know what I'm in charge of.

Everyone understands what we have to do. There's been a lot said about how the club has been run in the past and now with me coming in. The most important thing is everyone works together.

Just because I've walked in the door doesn't mean we'll stay up. There's lots of work to do and for me it's the right club at the right time.

I've got a decent record of helping places turn around, but there have only been four home wins at The Hawthorns in 2014.

– TONY PULIS

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Midlands Matchday Live: Full-time scores

Premier League:

  • West Ham 2 - 0 Leicester
  • Aston Villa 1 - 1 Man Utd
  • QPR 3 - 2 West Brom

Championship:

  • Huddersfield 0 - 1 Birmingham
  • Wolves 1 - 1 Brighton

League One:

  • Gillingham 2 - 3 Chesterfield
  • Peterborough 0 - 1 Preston
  • Rochdale 2 - 1 Notts County
  • Coventry 1 - 1 Fleetwood
  • Crawley 1 - 2 Port Vale
  • Sheffield Utd 1 - 1 Walsall

League Two:

  • Wimbledon 0 - 1 Mansfield
  • Carlisle 2 - 1 Northampton
  • Cheltenham 1 - 1 Portsmouth
  • Shrewsbury 1 - 0 Morecambe

Midlands Matchday Live: Half-time scores

Premier League:

  • West Ham 1 - 0 Leicester
  • Aston Villa 1 - 0 Man Utd
  • QPR 1 - 2 West Brom

Championship:

  • Huddersfield 0 - 0 Birmingham
  • Wolves 0 - 1 Brighton

League One:

  • Gillingham 0 - 1 Chesterfield
  • Peterborough 0 - 1 Preston
  • Rochdale 0 - 1 Notts County
  • Coventry 0 - 1 Fleetwood
  • Crawley 0 - 2 Port Vale
  • Sheffield Utd 0 - 0 Walsall

League Two:

  • Wimbledon 0 - 0 Mansfield
  • Carlisle 1 - 0 Northampton
  • Cheltenham 1 - 0 Portsmouth
  • Shrewsbury 0 - 0 Morecambe

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Worcester City's FA Cup dreams are over after thrilling penalty shoot out

Scunthorpe United's Sam Slocombe saves the penalty from Worcester City's Wayne Thomas during the FA Cup second round replay Credit: PA

Worcester City's FA Cup dreams are over after losing to Scunthorpe in a thrilling penalty shoot out in tonight's second round replay.

A total of 37 penalties were taken, finishing 14-13 to Scunthorpe, and it's being credited as the longest penalty shoot-out in FA Cup history.

Worcester City's Wayne Thomas is consoled by Tristian Dunkley after losing in the peanlty shoot out to Scunthorpe United Credit: PA

Extra time for Worcester vs Scunthorpe in FA Cup

Sean Geddes' strike has kept Worcester City's FA Cup dreams alive Credit: PA

Worcester City have taken their FA Cup second round replay to extra time against Scunthorpe at Aggborough Stadium in Kidderminster.

Sean Geddes' equaliser rejuvenated the hosts after they went down just before half time.

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