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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

Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bournemouth 22 42
2 Ipswich Town 22 41
3 Brentford 22 40
4 Middlesbrough 22 39
5 Derby County 22 39
6 Watford 22 38
7 Norwich City 22 34
8 Blackburn Rovers 22 34
9 Nottingham Forest 22 31
10 Wolverhampton Wanderers 22 31
11 Cardiff City 22 30
12 Charlton Athletic 22 30
13 Fulham 22 28
14 Sheffield Wednesday 22 28
15 Birmingham City 22 28
16 Bolton Wanderers 22 26
17 Reading 22 25
18 Leeds United 22 24
19 Rotherham United 22 24
20 Huddersfield Town 22 24
21 Millwall 22 23
22 Brighton and Hove Albion 22 19
23 Wigan Athletic 22 17
24 Blackpool 22 13

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