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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 Derby County 34 65
2 Middlesbrough 34 63
3 Norwich City 34 62
4 Watford 34 62
5 Bournemouth 34 60
6 Ipswich Town 34 60
7 Brentford 34 58
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 34 57
9 Nottingham Forest 34 50
10 Sheffield Wednesday 34 46
11 Blackburn Rovers 34 45
12 Charlton Athletic 34 42
13 Birmingham City 34 42
14 Huddersfield Town 34 42
15 Cardiff City 34 41
16 Leeds United 34 41
17 Bolton Wanderers 34 40
18 Reading 34 40
19 Fulham 34 39
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 34 37
21 Rotherham United 34 37
22 Millwall 34 31
23 Wigan Athletic 34 28
24 Blackpool 34 22

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