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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 18 32
3 Middlesbrough 18 32
4 Ipswich Town 18 31
5 Brentford 18 31
6 Blackburn Rovers 18 30
7 Watford 18 29
8 Nottingham Forest 18 28
9 Charlton Athletic 18 28
10 Norwich City 18 27
11 Wolverhampton Wanderers 18 27
12 Cardiff City 18 26
13 Sheffield Wednesday 18 22
14 Huddersfield Town 18 21
15 Reading 18 21
16 Leeds United 18 20
17 Fulham 18 19
18 Millwall 18 19
19 Birmingham City 18 19
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 18 18
21 Bolton Wanderers 18 18
22 Rotherham United 18 18
23 Wigan Athletic 18 17
24 Blackpool 18 8

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