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Jayden Stockley: Harry Kane and Mo Salah outscored by Exeter City striker in 2018

I saw one stat with Messi, Ronaldo, Stockley the other day and I was laughing my head off." Exeter City's Jayden Stockley seems to be taking his goalscoring prowess very much in his stride. But it's no laughing matter for League Two defences who have been up against him in 2018 - he has 22 goals so far in this calendar year, more than any other player in England. In fact, only megastars Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo have found the net more often in club matches than the 25-year-old former Bournemouth youngster. "I'm just doing my job really, I'm not even thinking about how many goals I can get, but the balls keep coming in and I get in the right places," he says. Unsurprisingly he was on the scoresheet in City's 2-0 win over Swindon Town at St James Park on Saturday that kept them second in the table - and now has a division-high nine goals for the season, three of them in the last two games. "I'm not one to set targets, I just want to try my best," he continues. "It'd be nice to hopefully chip away at that total throughout the season and end up anywhere on that list really would be nice, a top-10 finish would be lovely. "But it's all about promotions at the end of the day, it's all about the team and I know it's the same old clich

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2018-10-16 02:00:00

EFL: Frank Lampard's misdemeanour and Blackpool team-mates squabble

The English Football League was back to full strength on Saturday, with the return of Championship action after the international break. Of course it did not let us down, with broken records, team-mates scuffling and arguably the league's most notable name given a ticking off. BBC Sport brings you five things you may have missed in the EFL. Blackpool show fighting spirit Anyone remember Newcastle team-mates Kieron Dyer and Lee Bowyer getting sent off for fighting each other? It was 13 years ago, believe it or not. Well, something similar happened between Blackpool's Marc Bola and Donervon Daniels in the closing stages of their 1-0 League One victory at bottom side Plymouth. The pair were given their marching orders after a disagreement got physical, but the Seasiders held on for the points. Asked to describe stoppage time, new Blackpool boss Terry McPhillips said it was "mayhem" and "carnage". He told BBC Radio Lancashire: "I personally thought, watching it live, it was harsh. Whatever's happened, we'll discuss it on Monday." The pair will have plenty of time to kiss and make up, with three-game bans likely to be heading their way. Hat-trick hero Henderson's 'naughty' finishing Veteran striker Ian Henderson has scored 126 career goals, reaching double figures in the league in each of his past five seasons at Rochdale. But the former Colchester man, 33, netted his first senior hat-trick in Dale's 3-0 triumph over Gillingham in League One, taking him to 95 goals for the club. "Maybe three years ago I said one of my goals and ambitions was to become the top goalscorer ever in the club's history," Henderson told BBC Radio Manchester. It is no surprise that he has such confidence - the forward was denied a fourth goal by the referee's whistle - and Henderson's description of his third, an acrobatic scissor kick, was entertaining. "Fortunately enough the technique and timing was right and it went in - it was a little bit of a naughty finish." In a good day for experienced campaigners in the third tier, James Coppinger scored to make it 14 seasons in a row that he has got on the scoresheet for Doncaster. They thrashed previously unbeaten Walsall 4-1. Lampard sees red at Rotherham Frank Lampard made a career out of arriving late in the area, but on Saturday a foray outside his technical area landed him in hot water. The former Chelsea and England midfielder was sent off as 10-man Derby were beaten by Rotherham in the Championship. Having already seen his team concede a penalty and have Tom Lawrence dismissed, Rams boss Lampard lost his rag at another decision that went against him and was sent off. "I didn't get a word from the ref. I need to go back to the rulebook myself because I do not want to be leaving the game," he told BBC Radio Derby. "I was upset with a handball. If those are the rules, managers will get sent off every game. "I like communication with officials but there was none of that. It wasn't a penalty. They got a soft one but we didn't get one." Welcome to football management, Mr Lampard!

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Kory Roberts: Walsall centre-back extends contract until 2020

Walsall centre-back Kory Roberts has signed a one-year contract extension with the League One club. The 20-year-old will stay at the Bescot Stadium until the summer of 2020. Roberts has played 28 times since coming through the club's youth ranks, but has been ruled out of the current campaign after breaking his leg in a pre-season friendly with Stoke City. "It's important for the lad psychologically," Walsall manager Dean Keates told the club website. "I am told we could possibly have him back at the end of the season. "But I've said to Kory 'forget about this season, just make sure you are ready for when you come back for pre-season'."

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Dean Smith: Aston Villa appoint new head coach with John Terry as assistant

Aston Villa have named Dean Smith as their new head coach, with ex-Chelsea defender John Terry as his assistant. Smith, 47, leaves Brentford, who he led to top-10 finishes in the Championship in each of his three seasons as boss. Former England captain Terry, 37 retired on Sunday after leaving Villa in the summer, while Jesus Garcia Pitarch joins as sporting director. Villa sacked Steve Bruce on 3 October after a run of one win in nine Championship games. Former centre-back Smith - whose first managerial role was with Walsall - is a lifelong Villa fan and joins from a Brentford side who are three points and eight places above them in the table. Terry earned 78 England caps, won five Premier League titles, five FA Cups and a Champions League title in his time at Stamford Bridge before leaving in 2017 after two decades at the London club. Pitarch has been director of football at Spanish sides Valencia and Atletico Madrid, helping both sides win the Europa League. "Dean has a clear and successful coaching philosophy as well as a real understanding of Aston Villa Football Club. He is also knowledgeable about the Championship," said Villa CEO Christian Purslow. "John is one of the most decorated players in English football, has an affinity with the club and is ready to make the next step in his career working alongside Dean." Villa had to identify other candidates to replace Bruce after their initial choices; Thierry Henry, Brendan Rodgers and former Manchester United assistant Rui Faria all ruled themselves out of contention. Smith's first game in charge will be against Swansea at Villa Park on 20 October, with the club still only four points outside the play-offs in a congested Championship table. The Bees say assistant head coach Thomas Frank will take training on Thursday following Smith's departure. "Not only an excellent head coach but a thoroughly decent man. I wish him all the best in the future," said Brentford CEO Mark Devlin. All change since Wembley defeat Villa, relegated from the Premier League in 2016, reached the Championship play-off final in May, but they lost to Fulham and missed out on a return to the top flight, which would have been worth in excess of

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John Terry: Dean Smith 'flattered' Aston Villa assistant wants to learn from him

New Aston Villa head coach Dean Smith says he was "flattered" that John Terry wanted to develop as a coach under him. The former Chelsea and England captain, 37, retired from playing on 7 October, after playing for Villa last season. Terry and Richard O'Kelly, who joined Smith at Brentford and Walsall, will both assist the ex-Bees boss at Villa. "I can tap in to John's knowledge base, from the coaches he has played under. It is a team that will work very well together," Smith told BBC WM 95.6. "John knows the football club and he is starting now his fledgling coaching career. "To be honest, I was quite flattered that he wanted to work under us and develop as a coach under me as well. I'm really pleased that he has chosen to do that. "I want people who are there to challenge me, who want to get better and improve." Terry's role with the Championship club has been described as an "excellent fit" by chief executive Christian Purslow. Speaking as Smith, 47, was unveiled to the media on Monday, Purslow added: "He [Terry] is going to help Dean very much in the early days to hit the ground running. "John has familiarised himself with all aspects of the club, beyond simply the normal duties that a professional footballer would focus on. "And I think it's tremendous that a former great footballer has taken a decision now to dedicate himself to trying to become a leading coach, and this is the first step on that long journey. "To have somebody with his background as a player make those first steps in our great club, learning from a hugely experienced coach like Dean, felt to us like an excellent fit." On taking charge of the club he supported as a boy, Smith - who arrived following Steve Bruce's sacking on 3 October - added: "It's a great job. "As a kid, I wanted to play for Aston Villa, but I was never good enough and ended up in the lower leagues. "The next best thing, you become a coach - what better than to be the head coach of the football team you supported?" Relive Smith's first Villa press conference as it happened Promotion still 'a realistic aim' - Smith Villa are 15th in the Championship after winning three of their first 12 league games, but only four points outside the play-offs. Asked if he could guide Villa to promotion this season, Smith said: "It's a realistic aim, I believe, to get promoted this season. That has to be the aim. "This is the most even league I've seen since I've been in it [the Championship]. At the moment, I don't see anybody who looks like they are going to run away with it. "There's not an insurmountable gap between us and the top two or top six." Villa, who are in their third consecutive year in the second tier following their relegation in 2016, finished 13th and fourth under Bruce, losing last season's play-off final to Fulham at Wembley. Analysis - Smith and Terry combination 'could be win-win' Former Villa striker Garry Thompson told BBC WM 95.6: Smith is a progressive manager, he's young, he's hungry. He's not one of the merry-go-round managers. The fact that it's his boyhood club makes it even sweeter for the Villa fans. His connection to the club will give him more time and Terry coming in will give him more time as well. Terry knows the players and their characters. In a way, he will perform a very good function and he is learning the ropes too. It could be win-win.

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Pontus Jansson: Leeds defender given FA charge for comments after Brentford draw

Leeds defender Pontus Jansson has been charged by the Football Association for comments after their Championship draw with Brentford on 6 October. Jansson questioned referee Jeremy Simpson's decision to award Brentford a penalty during a live TV interview. The 27-year-old scored the equaliser but later apologised for his comments. "It is alleged his comments were abusive and/or insulting and/or improper and/or brought the game into disrepute," said an FA statement. He has until 18:00 BST on 17 October to respond to the charge. The FA are also investigating Leeds after objects were thrown at Brentford's Neal Maupay by the crowd after the striker scored the penalty at Elland Road.

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Spain v England: Harry Kane could flourish in La Liga - Sergio Ramos

Venue: Estadio Benito Villamarin, Seville Date: Monday, 15 October Kick-off: 19:45 BST Coverage: Listen on BBC Radio 5 live; follow text commentary on the BBC Sport website and app Spain captain Sergio Ramos believes England counterpart Harry Kane has the ability to succeed in La Liga - and sees him as the dangerman in Monday's Nations League match in Seville. Tottenham's Kane, 25, has gone six games without an international goal. But, asked whether any England players would flourish in Spain, Ramos replied: "Harry Kane is physically a fantastic striker but also technically. "He can surprise you - but not me as we have prepared for him." Spain are in pole position in their Nations League group after back-to-back victories - including beating England 2-1 at Wembley last month. But Ramos, who is set to win his 160th cap, has been impressed by the Three Lions, who finished fourth at the World Cup in Russia. "There are always very technical players in the England team that are dangerous but I can assure you we have been watching them," said the 32-year-old Real Madrid defender. "We know the level of difficulty will be very high. We know we have a fantastic national team in front of us, and even though we played a great game at Wembley there are things we can improve. "England had a fantastic World Cup. They have a lot of personality despite being very young, and offensively they are very dangerous. "Harry Kane is a very good player. We have to keep his scoring drought going because that will be a good sign for us." After England's 0-0 draw with Croatia on Friday, Kane dismissed suggestions he needs a rest, saying he does not think his "game has dipped". While Ramos praised Kane, Spain coach Luis Enrique declared his admiration for England counterpart Gareth Southgate. "I really like Gareth Southgate as a manager," he said. "Maybe historically England haven't always been playing possession football but Southgate likes to play with possession and he is someone I have always followed with curiosity. "I really like the way he interprets football. I hope he won't be lucky against us but I wish him luck every game after that."

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New Tottenham stadium not affecting transfer policy, says chairman Daniel Levy

The construction of Tottenham's new stadium will not directly affect the club's transfer policy, chairman Daniel Levy has again told fans. Spurs made no signings in the summer, becoming the first Premier League club to do so since the current transfer window system was adopted in 2003. Tottenham have since made their joint-best start to a Premier League season, with 18 points from eight games. Levy said the club had a "certain amount earmarked for transfers". Spurs' new 62,062-seat arena is estimated to have cost

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Eden Hazard: Chelsea forward keen to work with Jose Mourinho again

Chelsea forward Eden Hazard says he would like to work with former Blues boss Jose Mourinho again. Belgium international Hazard, 27, has been at Chelsea since 2012 and won the Premier League under Mourinho in 2014-15 and under Antonio Conte in 2016-17. Mourinho now manages Manchester United, whom Chelsea face in their next Premier League match on Saturday, 20 October. "If I'm now asked one coach with whom I want to work again, then I say: 'Mourinho'," Hazard told HLN. "Mourinho's image of an extremely defensive coach isn't completely right." Hazard said Mourinho was not as "adventurous" as Manchester City counterpart Pep Guardiola but added: "The season in which we became champions, we made many goals and played good games." Hazard played under Mourinho for more than two years and was an integral part of Chelsea's title win in 2014-15, scoring 14 Premier League goals and being voted the Professional Footballers' Association Players' Player of the Year. But Mourinho was sacked in December 2015 with the team 16th in the table, and with Hazard having failed to score in 24 appearances. "In 12 years I've only had one bad season - the last six months under Mourinho - and it was partly my fault," added Hazard. "After the title, we asked Mourinho for extra holidays. I came back totally out of shape. "We didn't win, we got into a sort of routine - training, training without having fun. It was better for all parties that the collaboration came to an end." Hazard, the Premier League's top goalscorer this season with seven goals, has said he may have to move to a Spanish club to have a chance of winning the Ballon d'Or, which is awarded to the best footballer of the year. He has also said it was his dream to play for Real Madrid, but has ruled out a transfer in the January window. Chelsea have won six and drawn two of their eight Premier League games in 2018-19 and are second, behind champions Manchester City on goal difference. Manchester United are eighth, seven points behind.

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2018-10-16 02:00:00

Mohamed Salah: Liverpool forward leaves Egypt squad with injury

Mohamed Salah has returned to Liverpool after he was injured during Egypt's 4-1 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying win over eSwatini on Friday. The 26-year-old forward put Egypt 4-0 up shortly before half-time, scoring direct from a corner. Salah, who scored 44 times for Liverpool last season but is without a goal in his past four club appearances, later limped off with a muscle strain. The Reds' next game is at Huddersfield on Saturday, 20 October. Egypt assistant coach Hany Ramzy told Bein Sports: "The initial diagnosis, according to the team doctor, is a strong muscle strain. It is not a tear. I think it is not serious."

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