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Home Park (ATT 17,923) 3rd January 2005 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: D Gallagher

Plymouth Plymouth Argyle vs Ipswich Town Ipswich

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Hot Currie beats Argyle

By Andy Clarke.   Last Updated: 03/01/05 5:20pm

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Ipswich opened up a five-point lead at the top of The Championship as two Darren Currie goals gave them a 2-1 win at Plymouth.

Currie was the most inventive player on show at Home Park and it was fitting that he should settle the match with a penalty and a neatly-taken volley.

Micky Evans pulled a goal back three minutes from time for Argyle, but Ipswich were full value for their victory.

Paul Wotton's well-struck free-kick was as close as Plymouth came to scoring in the first half, while their keeper Romain Larrieu had to make smart saves to deny Shefki Kuqi and Darren Bent, and Tommy Miller and Bent both flashed shots just over.

All the goals came in the second period, with Currie opening the scoring with a coolly-taken penalty after Bent had taken the ball around Larrieu only to be pushed over by Wotton.

Kuqi should have added a second when Currie pulled the ball back to him six yards out, but he side-footed weakly wide of the near post.

However, Currie did grab the decisive second when Fabian Wilnis picked out Jim Magilton's run, and he unselfishly squared the ball for Currie to volley in.

Evans threw Plymouth a lifeline when he bundled the ball over the line after his own volleyed effort had been hacked away, but Plymouth never looked likely to equalise.

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Sky Bet Championship

Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bournemouth 22 42
2 Ipswich Town 22 41
3 Brentford 22 40
4 Middlesbrough 22 39
5 Derby County 22 39
6 Watford 22 38
7 Norwich City 22 34
8 Blackburn Rovers 22 34
9 Nottingham Forest 22 31
10 Wolverhampton Wanderers 22 31
11 Cardiff City 22 30
12 Charlton Athletic 22 30
13 Fulham 22 28
14 Sheffield Wednesday 22 28
15 Birmingham City 22 28
16 Bolton Wanderers 22 26
17 Reading 22 25
18 Leeds United 22 24
19 Rotherham United 22 24
20 Huddersfield Town 22 24
21 Millwall 22 23
22 Brighton and Hove Albion 22 19
23 Wigan Athletic 22 17
24 Blackpool 22 13

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