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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 36 66
2 Middlesbrough 35 66
3 Derby County 35 65
4 Watford 35 65
5 Norwich City 35 62
6 Brentford 35 61
7 Ipswich Town 35 60
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 35 57
9 Nottingham Forest 35 50
10 Blackburn Rovers 35 48
11 Sheffield Wednesday 35 46
12 Charlton Athletic 35 45
13 Birmingham City 35 45
14 Cardiff City 35 44
15 Leeds United 35 44
16 Huddersfield Town 35 42
17 Bolton Wanderers 35 41
18 Reading 35 41
19 Brighton and Hove Albion 35 40
20 Fulham 36 39
21 Rotherham United 35 37
22 Wigan Athletic 35 31
23 Millwall 35 31
24 Blackpool 35 22

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