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Home Park (ATT 14,918) 26th February 2005 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: A Kaye

Plymouth Plymouth Argyle vs Crewe Alexandra Crewe

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Crewe 0

Pilgrims ease past Railwaymen

By Mark Kendall.   Last Updated: 26/02/05 6:45pm

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Plymouth pulled further away from the relegation zone with a resounding 3-0 win over Crewe - their second home success of the week.

Paul Wotton, Dexter Blackstock and Scott Taylor were on the scoresheet as Crewe - who played the entire second half with ten men following Steven Foster's dismissal - ended the game well beaten.

David Norris had already seen a long-range effort fly narrowly wide when the hosts hit the front midway through the first period.

Recent signing Nick Chadwick latched on to Clayton Ince's parry and squared for Wotton (pictured) to fire home from 18 yards.

Crewe struggled to find a way back into the game, and their task was made even harder when Foster received his marching orders for tugging back Chadwick as he closed on goal three minutes before the break.

However, the ten men started the second half brightly and Kenny Lunt saw a decent volley from range saved by Luke McCormick.

Substitute Dexter Blackstock gave the hosts some breathing space on 68 minutes shortly after coming on.

The on-loan Southampton hit-man shot home crisply from the edge of the box for his second goal in as many games.

Luke Varney could have given Crewe late hope, but put a header wide ten minutes from time.

The Pilgrims put a gloss on the scoreline when Taylor - another substitute - prodded home from close range in injury time to notch his first goal since his move from Blackpool.

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Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Watford 44 85
2 Bournemouth 44 84
3 Middlesbrough 44 84
4 Norwich City 44 82
5 Derby County 44 76
6 Ipswich Town 44 75
7 Brentford 44 72
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 44 72
9 Blackburn Rovers 44 63
10 Charlton Athletic 44 60
11 Nottingham Forest 44 59
12 Sheffield Wednesday 44 59
13 Birmingham City 44 57
14 Cardiff City 44 56
15 Huddersfield Town 44 53
16 Leeds United 44 52
17 Bolton Wanderers 44 51
18 Fulham 44 49
19 Reading 43 47
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 44 46
21 Rotherham United 43 41
22 Millwall 44 40
23 Wigan Athletic 44 39
24 Blackpool 44 25

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