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Bramall Lane (ATT 17,908) 28th September 2004 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: M Dean

Sheff Utd Sheffield United vs Sunderland S'land

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S'land 0

Honours even at Deepdale

By Rob Lancaster.   Last Updated: 28/09/04 9:00pm

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Plymouth made sure they didn't return from their long trip to Preston empty handed as they secured a 1-1 draw at Deepdale.

The match was Billy Davies first game since being handed the Lilywhites job on a permanent basis, but he was left frustrated as his players failed to capitalise on their dominance and gave away a sloppy goal from a set-piece.

After winning four of their last six games, hopes were high for the home side but some wasteful finishing cost them dear.

Preston bossed the opening exchanges and loan signing Guylain Ndumbu-Nsungu came close to grabbing a goal on his debut as he looked to show Davies he was worth recruiting on a permanent basis.

However their early pressure counted for nothing and they were left stunned on 19 minutes when Mathias Doumbe, recalled by boss Bobby Williamson, headed home a left wing corner from the impressive Lee Makel.

The goal clearly boosted Argyle's confidence and they made sure the score remained the same with some rock-solid defending.

They could have even gone further ahead but both Micky Adams and Stevie Crawford wasted good chances to double their advantage.

It appeared there was little way back into the contest for the home team until Richard Cresswell struck just after the hour mark to give both sides a point apiece.

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Sky Bet Championship

Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bournemouth 39 73
2 Watford 39 72
3 Middlesbrough 39 72
4 Norwich City 39 70
5 Derby County 39 67
6 Ipswich Town 39 67
7 Brentford 39 66
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 39 65
9 Nottingham Forest 39 57
10 Blackburn Rovers 39 54
11 Charlton Athletic 39 54
12 Sheffield Wednesday 39 53
13 Leeds United 39 52
14 Cardiff City 39 51
15 Birmingham City 38 47
16 Brighton and Hove Albion 39 45
17 Bolton Wanderers 39 45
18 Huddersfield Town 39 44
19 Reading 38 44
20 Fulham 39 43
21 Rotherham United 39 40
22 Wigan Athletic 39 35
23 Millwall 39 33
24 Blackpool 39 23

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