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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 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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