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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 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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