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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 Watford 45 88
2 Bournemouth 45 87
3 Middlesbrough 45 84
4 Norwich City 45 83
5 Ipswich Town 45 78
6 Derby County 45 77
7 Brentford 45 75
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 45 75
9 Blackburn Rovers 45 64
10 Charlton Athletic 45 60
11 Birmingham City 45 60
12 Nottingham Forest 45 59
13 Cardiff City 45 59
14 Sheffield Wednesday 45 59
15 Leeds United 45 55
16 Huddersfield Town 45 54
17 Fulham 45 52
18 Bolton Wanderers 45 51
19 Reading 44 47
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 45 46
21 Rotherham United 44 42
22 Millwall 45 41
23 Wigan Athletic 45 39
24 Blackpool 45 25

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