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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 Derby County 13 26
2 Watford 13 25
3 Middlesbrough 13 23
4 Wolverhampton Wanderers 13 23
5 Norwich City 13 22
6 Nottingham Forest 13 22
7 Charlton Athletic 13 22
8 Bournemouth 13 21
9 Ipswich Town 13 20
10 Cardiff City 13 19
11 Blackburn Rovers 13 19
12 Brentford 13 19
13 Sheffield Wednesday 13 18
14 Rotherham United 13 16
15 Leeds United 13 16
16 Huddersfield Town 13 16
17 Reading 13 15
18 Millwall 13 14
19 Wigan Athletic 13 12
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 13 12
21 Birmingham City 13 11
22 Fulham 13 11
23 Bolton Wanderers 13 8
24 Blackpool 13 6

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