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

Stoke Stoke City vs Crewe Alexandra Crewe

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Crewe 0

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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Sky Bet Championship
Pos Team P Pts
1 Middlesbrough 35 66
2 Derby County 35 65
3 Watford 35 65
4 Bournemouth 35 63
5 Norwich City 35 62
6 Brentford 35 61
7 Ipswich Town 35 60
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 35 57
9 Nottingham Forest 35 50
10 Blackburn Rovers 35 48
11 Sheffield Wednesday 35 46
12 Charlton Athletic 35 45
13 Birmingham City 35 45
14 Cardiff City 35 44
15 Leeds United 35 44
16 Huddersfield Town 35 42
17 Bolton Wanderers 35 41
18 Reading 35 41
19 Brighton and Hove Albion 35 40
20 Fulham 35 39
21 Rotherham United 35 37
22 Wigan Athletic 35 31
23 Millwall 35 31
24 Blackpool 35 22

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