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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 Derby County 18 35
2 Bournemouth 18 32
3 Middlesbrough 18 32
4 Ipswich Town 18 31
5 Brentford 18 31
6 Blackburn Rovers 18 30
7 Watford 18 29
8 Nottingham Forest 18 28
9 Charlton Athletic 18 28
10 Norwich City 18 27
11 Wolverhampton Wanderers 18 27
12 Cardiff City 18 26
13 Sheffield Wednesday 18 22
14 Huddersfield Town 18 21
15 Reading 18 21
16 Leeds United 18 20
17 Fulham 18 19
18 Millwall 18 19
19 Birmingham City 18 19
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 18 18
21 Bolton Wanderers 18 18
22 Rotherham United 18 18
23 Wigan Athletic 18 17
24 Blackpool 18 8

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