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Selhurst Park (ATT 18,781) 20th August 2005 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: P Walton

C Palace Crystal Palace vs Plymouth Argyle Plymouth

Ward the hero for Eagles

By Adam Marshall.   Last Updated: 20/08/05 6:30pm

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Darren Ward was Crystal Palace's hero as Iain Dowie's men earned their first win of the new Championship season.

The former Millwall defender scored the only goal of the game against Plymouth Argyle to cheer the Selhurst Park faithful.

Nuno Mendes's appeal for a penalty after a clash with Emmerson Boyce fell on deaf ears as Plymouth started confidently.

Palace's first real attempt came when star striker Andy Johnson was inches off target from Garry Borrowdale's centre. Only Roman Larrieu prevented the England international from getting on the scoresheet just before half time following Boyce's cross.

Plymouth seemed to be containing the South Londoners and Larrieu was enjoying himself, parrying Jobi McAnuff's shot onto a post in fine fashion.

The breakthrough did arrive, though, when Ward netted from close range after Ben Watson's corner fell nicely for him. The centre back profited after touches from Boyce and Johnson.

Gabor Kiraly stopped Paul Wotton's header after good play by Akos Buszaky but Palace took the points, despite Ward making a blatant handball in the closing stages and escaping a red card.

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Sky Bet Championship

Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Leicester City 44 96
2 Burnley 44 89
3 Derby County 44 81
4 Queens Park Rangers 44 76
5 Wigan Athletic 43 70
6 Reading 44 67
7 Brighton and Hove Albion 44 66
8 Nottingham Forest 44 65
9 Ipswich Town 44 65
10 Blackburn Rovers 44 64
11 Bournemouth 44 63
12 Watford 43 60
13 Middlesbrough 44 58
14 Bolton Wanderers 44 55
15 Sheffield Wednesday 44 53
16 Leeds United 44 53
17 Huddersfield Town 44 50
18 Charlton Athletic 43 45
19 Doncaster Rovers 44 44
20 Millwall 44 44
21 Birmingham City 43 43
22 Blackpool 44 43
23 Barnsley 44 39
24 Yeovil Town 44 37

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