Di Matteo happy to stay in hunt

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West Brom manager Roberto Di Matteo was delighted to see his side keep pace in the race for automatic promotion from the Coca-Cola Championship with a 1-0 win at Plymouth.

It was imperative Di Matteo's side stayed in touch with leaders Newcastle after the Magpies' 5-1 win over Cardiff on Friday night, and they did so thanks to a 66th-minute goal from recalled striker Simon Cox.

Di Matteo said: "He wasn't out of the team because he wasn't performing well. We changed the shape of the team a little bit and then we started to win games. That was the reason."

Albion, who finished the game with 10 players following the 90th-minute red card for Jerome Thomas for a foul on substitute David McNamee, had an 84th-minute opportunity to double their lead but home keeper David Stockdale saved Graham Dorrans' penalty.

McNamee fouled fellow substitute Luke Moore after the goalkeeper had kept out Chris Brunt's 18-yard strike and the ball ran loose, but Stockdale guessed the right way and kept second-from-bottom Plymouth only one goal down.

Di Matteo admitted: "We are pleased with the result because we had two tough games, at Blackpool and here.

"I was pleased with the manner in which we won as well because it was a difficult pitch. You could not really play much football on it.

"We adapted pretty well to it and we won. We are very pleased with the three points.

"It is a shame that we have not got much time to enjoy our win. We have to travel home now and then focus on Scunthorpe on Tuesday and that's the way it is. It goes on and on. It is a marathon."

Argyle boss Paul Mariner felt his side did well despite their defeat, saying: "When you are in our position you find that something - and it might only be one thing - goes against you. We know that we should have done something when they scored and we didn't do it."

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Luke Moore
West Bromwich Albion
Jerome Thomas
Chris Brunt
Scunthorpe United
Graham Dorrans
David McNamee
Cardiff City
Newcastle United
David Stockdale
Roberto Di Matteo
Simon Cox
Plymouth Argyle

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