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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 28 54
2 Derby County 28 54
3 Middlesbrough 28 53
4 Ipswich Town 28 51
5 Brentford 28 49
6 Watford 28 47
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 28 45
8 Norwich City 28 44
9 Blackburn Rovers 28 39
10 Sheffield Wednesday 28 38
11 Birmingham City 28 37
12 Nottingham Forest 28 34
13 Cardiff City 28 34
14 Bolton Wanderers 28 34
15 Fulham 28 34
16 Reading 28 34
17 Huddersfield Town 28 34
18 Charlton Athletic 28 33
19 Leeds United 28 32
20 Rotherham United 28 30
21 Brighton and Hove Albion 28 29
22 Millwall 28 27
23 Wigan Athletic 28 22
24 Blackpool 28 20

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