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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 18 35
2 Bournemouth 18 32
3 Middlesbrough 18 32
4 Ipswich Town 18 31
5 Brentford 18 31
6 Blackburn Rovers 18 30
7 Watford 18 29
8 Nottingham Forest 18 28
9 Charlton Athletic 18 28
10 Norwich City 18 27
11 Wolverhampton Wanderers 18 27
12 Cardiff City 18 26
13 Sheffield Wednesday 18 22
14 Huddersfield Town 18 21
15 Reading 18 21
16 Leeds United 18 20
17 Fulham 18 19
18 Millwall 18 19
19 Birmingham City 18 19
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 18 18
21 Bolton Wanderers 18 18
22 Rotherham United 18 18
23 Wigan Athletic 18 17
24 Blackpool 18 8

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