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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 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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