Hot Currie beats Argyle
By Andy Clarke. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
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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