Reuben Reid swooped in for an 82nd-minute winner for Plymouth to see off West Country rivals Bristol Rovers.

The on-loan striker powered a close-range header past Rovers goalkeeper Steve Mildenhall from a Conor Hourihane free-kick.

Rovers' Ryan Brunt created the best chance of the first half, but his angled shot was deflected for a corner.

After the break, Plymouth goalkeeper Luke McCormick tipped David Clarkson's shot around the post.

Plymouth's Lewis Alessandra then teed up Rommy Boco, whose 18-yard shot hit a defender and looped over the crossbar. And from the resulting corner, Rovers somehow kept out Neal Trotman's powerful goal-bound header.

Mildenhall denied Argyle targetman Marvin Morgan at the far post following skipper Hourihane's free-kick from the left, before Reid netted late from a quick set-piece from his captain.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Bristol Rovers manager John Ward told BBC Radio Bristol:

"Even at half time I said to the boys: 'I hope we haven't lost the opportunity to win the game'.

"I saw Plymouth play on Tuesday and they will have seen us on Wednesday and I thought both teams were below those key performances.

"We both played better on those evenings than we were able to today. Going into the first half I thought we could have played better and beaten them.

"We fizzled out at in the top third of the pitch and have not worked the keeper enough times for me to sit here and claim we could have got a draw."

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Saturday, 7 September 2013

League Two

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Plymouth 1-0 Bristol Rovers FT
(HT 0-0)
  • Reid 82

    Plymouth

    • 23 McCormick
    • 02 Berry
    • 05 Branston
    • 16 Trotman
    • 28 Reckord
    • 06 Hourihane yellow card
    • 07 Alessandra
    • 08 Boco
    • 20 Bencherif (Young 66)
    • 09 Reid
    • 10 Morgan

    Substitutes

    • 01 Cole,
    • 03 Blackman,
    • 04 Blanchard,
    • 11 Blizzard,
    • 14 Young,
    • 18 Harvey,
    • 27 Gurrieri

    Bristol Rovers

    • 01 Mildenhall
    • 02 Smith
    • 06 Parks
    • 14 Brown
    • 29 McChrystal
    • 15 Norburn
    • 17 Harrison (Harrold 83)
    • 30 Lockyer (Hunter 87)
    • 32 O'Toole yellow card
    • 07 Clarkson (Santos 69)
    • 26 Brunt

    Substitutes

    • 20 Gough,
    • 05 Kenneth,
    • 35 Southway,
    • 08 Gill,
    • 31 Hunter,
    • 33 Santos,
    • 09 Harrold
    Ref: Andy DaviesAtt: 8,631
    PLYMOUTH
    BRISTOL ROVERS

    Possession

    • Plymouth 58%
    • Bristol Rovers 42%

    Attempts on target

    • Plymouth 1
    • Bristol Rovers 3

    Attempts off target

    • Plymouth 7
    • Bristol Rovers 4

    Corners

    • Plymouth 6
    • Bristol Rovers 7

    Fouls

    • Plymouth 9
    • Bristol Rovers 13
    • Final Result
    • Full Time
    • 90:00+4:24 The final whistle is blown by the referee.
    • 90:00+3:58 Corner taken by Alefe Santos.
    • 90:00+0:52 Free kick taken by Luke McCormick.
    • 90:00+0:32 Foul by Ryan Brunt on Jamie Reckord, free kick awarded.
    • 89:13 Corner taken by Lewis Alessandra from the left by-line.
    • 87:00 Booking
    • 87:00 John-Joe O'Toole booked.
    • 86:02 Substitution Shaquille Hunter is brought on as a substitute for Tom Lockyer.
    • 84:15 Shot by Luke Young went wide right of the net.
    • 82:03 Substitution Ellis Harrison goes off and Matt Harrold comes on.
    • 81:19 Conor Hourihane provided the assist for the goal.
    • 81:19 GOAL - Reuben ReidPlymouth 1 - 0 Bristol Rovers Reuben Reid grabs a goal with a headed effort. Plymouth 1-0 Bristol Rovers.
    • 81:02 Conor Hourihane crosses the ball.
    • 80:47 Conor Hourihane restarts play with the free kick.
    • 80:31 Unfair challenge on Marvin Morgan by Tom Lockyer results in a free kick.
    • 79:42 Luke McCormick takes the free kick.
    • 79:36 Ellis Harrison gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Neal Trotman.
    • 79:07 Ryan Brunt takes a shot.
    • 77:13 Conor Hourihane takes the free kick.
    • 77:06 Ryan Brunt challenges Durrell Berry unfairly and gives away a free kick.
    • 76:13 Luke McCormick restarts play with the free kick.
    • 75:29 Conor Hourihane delivers the ball.
    • 72:39 Steve Mildenhall restarts play with the free kick.
    • 72:24 Unfair challenge on Tom Parkes by Neal Trotman results in a free kick.
    • 72:08 Corner taken by Lewis Alessandra from the right by-line.
    • 71:36 Free kick taken by Conor Hourihane.
    • 71:03 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Reuben Reid by Tom Parkes.
    • 70:07 Lewis Alessandra has an effort at goal and missed to the left of the target.
    • 68:51 Substitution David Clarkson goes off and Alefe Santos comes on.
    • 68:02 Ellis Harrison takes a shot.
    • 65:59 Guy Branston manages to make a clearance.
    • 65:51 Corner taken by Oliver Norburn.
    • 65:34 Substitution Luke Young replaces Hamza Bencherif.
    • 65:03 Shot by Marvin Morgan went harmlessly over the bar.
    • 64:47 Header by Neal Trotman against the bar.
    • 64:35 Corner taken by Lewis Alessandra from the right by-line.
    • 63:38 Romuald Boco takes a shot.
    • 55:54 Luke McCormick restarts play with the free kick.
    • 55:48 Neal Trotman fouled by Ryan Brunt, the ref awards a free kick.
    • 54:50 Shot by Marvin Morgan missed to the right of the net.
    • 53:37 The ball is delivered by Tom Lockyer.
    • 50:43 The ball is swung over by Reuben Reid.
    • 49:45 Header at goal by Mark McChrystal to the left of the net.
    • 49:16 Free kick taken by Oliver Norburn.
    • 49:07 Foul by Guy Branston on Ryan Brunt, free kick awarded.
    • 47:46 David Clarkson takes a shot.
    • 46:43 Free kick taken by Luke McCormick.
    • 46:35 The referee penalises Ryan Brunt for handball.
    • 45:01 The second half begins.
    • Half Time
    • 45:00+3:14 The whistle is blown to end the first half.
    • 45:00+1:06 Luke McCormick takes the free kick.
    • 45:00+1:01 Tom Lockyer challenges Jamie Reckord unfairly and gives away a free kick.
    • 45:00+0:33 Tom Parkes restarts play with the free kick.
    • 45:00+0:26 Foul by Marvin Morgan on Oliver Norburn, free kick awarded.
    • 44:17 Luke McCormick takes the free kick.
    • 44:03 Unfair challenge on Durrell Berry by Ellis Harrison results in a free kick.
    • 42:58 Foul by Romuald Boco on Tom Lockyer, free kick awarded.
    • 41:54 Conor Hourihane crosses the ball.
    • 39:31 A cross is delivered by Durrell Berry.
    • 38:05 Luke McCormick takes the free kick.
    • 37:59 Unfair challenge on Neal Trotman by Ellis Harrison results in a free kick.
    • 36:50 Clearance made by Hamza Bencherif.
    • 36:32 Corner taken by Oliver Norburn.
    • 35:13 Corner taken by Oliver Norburn from the left by-line.
    • 34:59 Hamza Bencherif makes a clearance.
    • 34:34 Corner taken by Oliver Norburn from the left by-line.
    • 33:35 Tom Parkes has a headed effort at goal.
    • 33:08 Corner from the left by-line taken by Oliver Norburn.
    • 30:52 The ball is crossed by Conor Hourihane.
    • 29:16 Free kick crossed by Conor Hourihane.
    • 28:51 Ellis Harrison concedes a free kick for a foul on Durrell Berry.
    • 26:35 Conor Hourihane crosses the ball.
    • 26:12 Conor Hourihane takes the free kick.
    • 26:00 Ellis Harrison gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Lewis Alessandra.
    • 23:55 Clearance made by Hamza Bencherif.
    • 23:41 Free kick taken by Michael Smith.
    • 23:31 Guy Branston concedes a free kick for a foul on Ryan Brunt.
    • 22:26 Durrell Berry takes the free kick.
    • 22:19 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Reuben Reid by Lee Brown.
    • 18:27 Shot by Ryan Brunt went wide of the right-hand upright.
    • 18:09 Corner from the right by-line taken by Oliver Norburn.
    • 17:52 A cross is delivered by Lee Brown.
    • 17:03 Shot by Oliver Norburn went wide of the left-hand upright.
    • 16:47 Clearance made by Guy Branston.
    • 16:22 Steve Mildenhall crosses the ball in from the free kick.
    • 16:18 The assistant referee flags for offside against Romuald Boco.
    • 15:56 Free kick taken by Luke McCormick.
    • 15:51 David Clarkson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Neal Trotman.
    • 15:29 Clearance by Guy Branston.
    • 15:20 Free kick crossed by Mark McChrystal.
    • 15:04 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ryan Brunt by Guy Branston.
    • 13:20 Hamza Bencherif takes a shot and went wide right of the net.
    • 12:51 Luke McCormick takes the free kick.
    • 12:42 The referee penalises Ryan Brunt for handball.
    • 11:47 The ball is sent over by Marvin Morgan.
    • 8:26 Steve Mildenhall restarts play with the free kick.
    • 8:11 The referee penalises Reuben Reid for handball.
    • 8:01 Tom Parkes makes a clearance.
    • 7:55 Jamie Reckord delivers the ball.
    • 5:54 Steve Mildenhall restarts play with the free kick.
    • 5:39 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ryan Brunt by Neal Trotman.
    • 5:23 Corner taken by Lewis Alessandra from the right by-line.
    • 4:44 Clearance made by Tom Parkes.
    • 4:30 Corner taken by Lewis Alessandra.
    • 4:02 Corner taken by Lewis Alessandra.
    • 3:40 Free kick taken by Michael Smith.
    • 3:21 The referee books Conor Hourihane for unsporting behaviour.
    • 3:21 Booking
    • 2:14 Conor Hourihane gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Tom Lockyer.
    • 0:00 The game gets underway.

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