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Smith strike sees off Stoke

By Rob Lancaster.   Last Updated: 15/03/05 11:00pm

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Gillingham's hopes of Championship survival received a boost as they recorded a 2-1 win over Stoke.

Stan Ternent's team moved level with fourth-bottom Coventry after they picked up a third win from their last four outings.

The home side got off to a dream start when Jonathon Douglas grabbed his first goal in professional football.

The on-loan Blackburn player scored direct from a free-kick on the right flank as Stoke failed to stop the ball drifting into the left-corner of Steve Simonsen's goal.

They could have increased their lead on two separate occasions soon after as Michael Flynn fired wide and Nicky Southall was unable to find the target with a header.

Stoke were second best for much of the opening half with their only opportunity coming when Clive Clarke's free-kick clipped a post.

However the visitors came out a different side in the second 45 minutes and they got back on level terms just nine minutes after the break.

Dave Brammer's floated free kick was met by a firm header from Kenwyne Jones to give the player his second goal for the club since joining on loan from Southampton.

It appeared Stoke were the more likely team to grab the next goal, but a poor clearance allowed Paul Smith a chance to fire the hosts back into the lead.

The Gillingham skipper's sweetly stuck first-time effort proved to be the winner as the visitors saw their six-match unbeaten run come to an end.

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Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bournemouth 39 73
2 Watford 39 72
3 Middlesbrough 39 72
4 Norwich City 39 70
5 Derby County 39 67
6 Ipswich Town 39 67
7 Brentford 39 66
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 39 65
9 Nottingham Forest 39 57
10 Blackburn Rovers 39 54
11 Charlton Athletic 39 54
12 Sheffield Wednesday 39 53
13 Leeds United 39 52
14 Cardiff City 39 51
15 Birmingham City 38 47
16 Brighton and Hove Albion 39 45
17 Bolton Wanderers 39 45
18 Huddersfield Town 39 44
19 Reading 38 44
20 Fulham 39 43
21 Rotherham United 39 40
22 Wigan Athletic 39 35
23 Millwall 39 33
24 Blackpool 39 23

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