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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 42 90
2 Burnley 42 83
3 Derby County 42 75
4 Queens Park Rangers 42 73
5 Wigan Athletic 41 67
6 Reading 42 64
7 Brighton and Hove Albion 42 64
8 Ipswich Town 42 64
9 Bournemouth 42 62
10 Blackburn Rovers 42 60
11 Nottingham Forest 42 59
12 Middlesbrough 42 58
13 Watford 41 57
14 Bolton Wanderers 42 54
15 Sheffield Wednesday 42 50
16 Leeds United 42 50
17 Huddersfield Town 42 46
18 Birmingham City 41 43
19 Doncaster Rovers 42 43
20 Blackpool 42 42
21 Charlton Athletic 41 41
22 Millwall 42 40
23 Barnsley 42 39
24 Yeovil Town 42 36

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