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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 Bournemouth 44 84
3 Middlesbrough 44 84
4 Norwich City 44 82
5 Derby County 44 76
6 Ipswich Town 44 75
7 Brentford 44 72
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 44 72
9 Blackburn Rovers 43 60
10 Charlton Athletic 44 60
11 Nottingham Forest 44 59
12 Sheffield Wednesday 44 59
13 Cardiff City 44 56
14 Birmingham City 43 54
15 Huddersfield Town 44 53
16 Leeds United 44 52
17 Bolton Wanderers 44 51
18 Fulham 44 49
19 Reading 42 47
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 44 46
21 Rotherham United 43 44
22 Millwall 43 40
23 Wigan Athletic 44 39
24 Blackpool 44 25

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