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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 Bournemouth 22 42
2 Ipswich Town 22 41
3 Brentford 22 40
4 Middlesbrough 22 39
5 Derby County 22 39
6 Watford 22 38
7 Norwich City 22 34
8 Blackburn Rovers 22 34
9 Nottingham Forest 22 31
10 Wolverhampton Wanderers 22 31
11 Cardiff City 22 30
12 Charlton Athletic 22 30
13 Fulham 22 28
14 Sheffield Wednesday 22 28
15 Birmingham City 22 28
16 Bolton Wanderers 22 26
17 Reading 22 25
18 Leeds United 22 24
19 Rotherham United 22 24
20 Huddersfield Town 22 24
21 Millwall 22 23
22 Brighton and Hove Albion 22 19
23 Wigan Athletic 22 17
24 Blackpool 22 13

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