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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 46 90
2 Watford 46 89
3 Norwich City 46 86
4 Middlesbrough 46 85
5 Brentford 46 78
6 Ipswich Town 46 78
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 46 78
8 Derby County 46 77
9 Blackburn Rovers 46 67
10 Birmingham City 46 63
11 Cardiff City 46 62
12 Charlton Athletic 46 60
13 Sheffield Wednesday 46 60
14 Nottingham Forest 46 59
15 Leeds United 46 56
16 Huddersfield Town 46 55
17 Fulham 46 52
18 Bolton Wanderers 46 51
19 Reading 46 50
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 46 47
21 Rotherham United 46 46
22 Millwall 46 41
23 Wigan Athletic 46 39
24 Blackpool 46 26

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