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Home Park (ATT 14,582) 17th December 2005 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: R Beeby

Plymouth Plymouth Argyle vs Crystal Palace C Palace

Pilgrims see off Palace

By Mark Buckingham.   Last Updated: 17/12/05 6:30pm

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Plymouth Argyle gained a fillip in their battle to avoid relegation as they beat Crystal Palace 2-0 at Home Park.

A quick-fire goal from Nick Chadwick had The Pilgrims in front and Tony Capaldi eased the lingering nerves in stoppage time.

Chadwick put Plymouth ahead just moments after the kick-off when he finished clinically from Micky Evans' knock down.

Home keeper Romain Larrieu saved smartly from Clinton Morrison as Palace gradually recovered from the early setback, but they were struggling to contain a lively Plymouth side.

Evans had a shot blocked by Fitz Hall before a woeful back-pass from Tony Popovic forced goalkeeper Julian Speroni into a clever piece of skill to clear the danger.

Just before half time, Palace could have been level when the predatory instincts of Andy Johnson sniffed a chance which he struck against the post.

Johnson had a shot blocked in the second half, while Larrieu produced a fingertip save to deny Michael Hughes midway through the period.

Akos Buzsaky was just off target with a free kick and, in injury time, Plymouth finally made the game safe when Capaldi finished from David Norris' pass.

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2 Burnley 44 89
3 Derby County 44 81
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10 Blackburn Rovers 44 64
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12 Watford 43 60
13 Middlesbrough 44 58
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16 Leeds United 44 53
17 Huddersfield Town 44 50
18 Charlton Athletic 43 45
19 Doncaster Rovers 44 44
20 Millwall 44 44
21 Birmingham City 43 43
22 Blackpool 44 43
23 Barnsley 44 39
24 Yeovil Town 44 37

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