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Britannia Stadium (ATT 14,080) 18th October 2005 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: N Miller

Stoke City Stoke City vs Crewe Alexandra Crewe

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Bangoura sets up Potters win

By Andy Clarke.   Last Updated: 18/10/05 4:31pm

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Sambegou Bangoura scored his first goal in a Stoke City shirt to lead the Potters to a 2-0 victory over neighbours Crewe at the Britannia Stadium.

City's club-record signing marked his first start for the club with a goal shortly before the interval. Michael Duberry added a second after the break before being sent off in the closing stages.

Bangoura completed a £900,000 move from Standard Liege in August, but did not make his first appearance until the weekend because of red tape and prolonged fitness problems.

He missed two chances to put the home side ahead, blazing over from close range and then heading wide, before finally grabbing his first goal when he drove in a shot from 20 yards.

Darel Russell angled a shot just wide of the far post for the home side, before Crewe defender Steve Foster missed two headed chances to draw his side level.

Dario Gradi's men paid the price when Duberry rose to head in Russell's cross in the 65th minute and they never threatened to get back into the game.

However, Duberry was shown a straight red card for an apparent elbow on Alex substitute Pavol Suhaj in the last minute.

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2 Burnley 42 83
3 Derby County 42 75
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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
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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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