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The City Ground (ATT 28,887) 9th April 2005 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: A Hall

N Forest Nottingham Forest vs Plymouth Argyle Plymouth

Pilgrims hammer Forest

By Alex Livie.   Last Updated: 09/04/05 4:53pm

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Nottingham Forest's hopes of survival were dealt a fresh blow as they were thrashed 3-0 by Plymouth.

Forest's hopes of avoiding the drop are hanging by a thread and a brace of goals by Dexter Blackstock and a strike from David Norris heaped more misery on Gary Megson.

The City Ground was stunned into silence on three minutes as woeful defending by Andy Melville and Chris Doig presented the ball to Blackstock and he rammed home from six yards to put The Pilgrims in the ascendancy.

Plymouth continued to call the shots with the only surprise being it took a further 20 minutes for them to double their advantage.

When the second came, it had more than touch of fortune as Norris' effort took a wicked deflection which took the ball over Paul Gerrard and into the net.

Forest were fleeting visitors into the Plymouth box, although Gareth Taylor headed against the bar before the break.

Hasney Aljofree came close to netting a third when his header thudded against the woodwork but Blackstock did make it 3-0 on 59 minutes when he converted following fine play from Norris.

Nick Chadwick could have added a fourth but Gerrard made a fine save, while at the other end Kris Commons was denied by Luke McCormick.

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Sky Bet Championship

Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Derby County 17 32
2 Bournemouth 17 31
3 Middlesbrough 17 31
4 Brentford 18 31
5 Ipswich Town 17 30
6 Watford 17 29
7 Blackburn Rovers 17 27
8 Charlton Athletic 17 27
9 Wolverhampton Wanderers 17 27
10 Norwich City 17 26
11 Cardiff City 18 26
12 Nottingham Forest 17 25
13 Sheffield Wednesday 17 21
14 Reading 18 21
15 Leeds United 17 20
16 Huddersfield Town 17 20
17 Fulham 18 19
18 Millwall 17 18
19 Rotherham United 17 18
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 17 17
21 Bolton Wanderers 17 17
22 Wigan Athletic 17 16
23 Birmingham City 17 16
24 Blackpool 17 7

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