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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 24 48
2 Ipswich Town 23 44
3 Middlesbrough 24 43
4 Derby County 23 42
5 Watford 24 41
6 Brentford 24 40
7 Norwich City 24 37
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 24 37
9 Blackburn Rovers 24 35
10 Nottingham Forest 24 31
11 Charlton Athletic 23 31
12 Cardiff City 24 31
13 Sheffield Wednesday 23 31
14 Birmingham City 24 31
15 Bolton Wanderers 24 29
16 Reading 24 29
17 Fulham 23 28
18 Huddersfield Town 24 28
19 Rotherham United 24 26
20 Leeds United 23 24
21 Millwall 24 23
22 Wigan Athletic 23 20
23 Brighton and Hove Albion 23 20
24 Blackpool 24 14

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