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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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2 Watford 39 72
3 Middlesbrough 39 72
4 Norwich City 39 70
5 Derby County 39 67
6 Ipswich Town 39 67
7 Brentford 39 66
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 39 65
9 Nottingham Forest 39 57
10 Blackburn Rovers 39 54
11 Charlton Athletic 39 54
12 Sheffield Wednesday 39 53
13 Leeds United 39 52
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17 Bolton Wanderers 39 45
18 Huddersfield Town 39 44
19 Reading 38 44
20 Fulham 39 43
21 Rotherham United 39 40
22 Wigan Athletic 39 35
23 Millwall 39 33
24 Blackpool 39 23

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