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Britannia Stadium (ATT 13,017) 16th April 2005 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: C Boyeson

Stoke Stoke City vs Plymouth Argyle Plymouth

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Potters claim vital win

By Mark Townsend.   Last Updated: 16/04/05 4:45pm

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Stoke City ended a sorry run of results with a hard-fought 2-0 victory over Plymouth Argyle at The Britannia Stadium.

Kenwyne Jones and Darel Russell (pictured) got the goals in the first half to give The Potters their first win in six matches.

The home side almost got off to a blistering start when Jones connected with a Clive Clarke cross, but Pilgrims defender David Worrell bravely blocked the effort.

The visitors went close when on-loan Southampton striker Dexter Blackstock fired a fierce effort narrowly wide and the striker again nearly scored when he met a cross from defender Jason Dodd - also on loan from The Saints - but he failed to beat goalkeeper Steve Simonsen.

Another Plymouth loaneee in Akos Buzsaky, from Porto, then came even closer when he struck the woodwork from 25 yards.

But The Potters responded and went ahead when Jones, yet another player on loan from Southampton, headed home an inch-perfect cross from Dave Brammer.

The visitors pressed for an equaliser, but the lead was extended four minutes before the break when Russell's deflected 25-yard strike beat Luke McCormick.

The lively Blackstock was again denied by Simonsen just before the interval after a cross from Worrell.

In the second half, Chris Greenacre almost added a third, but his right-foot shot was stopped by McCormick.

Plymouth kept coming at The Potters and almost reduced the deficit when midfielder Paul Wotton's effort was blocked by Brammer.

However, Stoke held out to give boss Tony Pulis, who has just signed a new contract, a much-needed win.

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Pos Team P Pts
1 Bournemouth 21 39
2 Middlesbrough 21 39
3 Derby County 21 38
4 Ipswich Town 21 38
5 Brentford 21 37
6 Watford 21 35
7 Norwich City 21 33
8 Blackburn Rovers 21 31
9 Nottingham Forest 21 30
10 Charlton Athletic 21 30
11 Cardiff City 21 30
12 Wolverhampton Wanderers 21 30
13 Sheffield Wednesday 21 28
14 Bolton Wanderers 22 26
15 Fulham 21 25
16 Birmingham City 21 25
17 Reading 21 25
18 Huddersfield Town 21 24
19 Leeds United 21 23
20 Millwall 22 23
21 Rotherham United 21 21
22 Brighton and Hove Albion 21 18
23 Wigan Athletic 21 17
24 Blackpool 21 13

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