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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 33 65
2 Middlesbrough 33 63
3 Ipswich Town 33 60
4 Bournemouth 33 59
5 Norwich City 33 59
6 Watford 33 59
7 Brentford 33 58
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 33 54
9 Nottingham Forest 33 47
10 Blackburn Rovers 33 44
11 Sheffield Wednesday 33 43
12 Huddersfield Town 33 42
13 Cardiff City 33 41
14 Leeds United 33 41
15 Reading 33 40
16 Charlton Athletic 33 39
17 Birmingham City 33 39
18 Brighton and Hove Albion 33 37
19 Bolton Wanderers 33 37
20 Fulham 33 36
21 Rotherham United 33 34
22 Millwall 33 31
23 Wigan Athletic 33 25
24 Blackpool 33 22

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