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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 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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