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Plymouth Argyle 2-1 Colchester United

David Fox (24) of Plymouth Argyle waves the physio on after a collision between referee Kevin Johnson and Jimmy Spencer
Referee Johnson was treated on the pitch and then taken to hospital following a collision

Plymouth extended their unbeaten League Two run to 13 matches with a win over Colchester in a match that saw referee Kevin Johnson leave the field on a stretcher following a collision.

Craig Tanner scored the opener for Plymouth in the 16th minute before Craig Slater's superb free-kick made it 1-1 in the 31st minute.

There was a 10-minute delay in the closing stages after referee Johnson collided with Plymouth's Jimmy Spencer.

It took until the 87th minute for the match to be decided when Ryan Donaldson's instinctive charge-down looped over keeper Sam Walker.

Plymouth held on through 16 minutes of added time for their 11th win in those 13 unbeaten matches.

Both clubs' physios treated Johnson on the field before he was taken to nearby Derriford Hospital.

"We don't have any major concerns about him," Plymouth Argyle club doctor Paul Giles told the club website after the match.

"There was a rumour that he had a fit - there were no fits. He was alert and talking right throughout the whole incident.

"There was an accidental collision and he was struck in the back and had a hyper-extension injury to his neck, and heard a click. He was alert; he was orientated; he didn't lose consciousness."

Line-ups

Plymouth

  • 23McCormick
  • 2Miller
  • 5BulvitisBooked at 68mins
  • 15Bradley
  • 16Purrington
  • 4Songo'o
  • 24Fox
  • 10CareyBooked at 72mins
  • 27TannerSubstituted forDonaldsonat 74'minutes
  • 8SlewSubstituted forJervisat 61'minutes
  • 9SpencerSubstituted forSmithat 90+6'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Smith
  • 7Goodwillie
  • 11Donaldson
  • 14Jervis
  • 19Osborne
  • 21Dorel
  • 22Ijaha

Colchester

  • 1Walker
  • 2Brindley
  • 30Doyley
  • 5Prosser
  • 14WynterBooked at 56mins
  • 24SlaterSubstituted forSzmodicsat 90+1'minutes
  • 12Vincent-YoungSubstituted forFosu-Henryat 90+1'minutes
  • 28Guthrie
  • 7Wright
  • 9Porter
  • 17JohnstoneSubstituted forBonneat 90+2'minutes

Substitutes

  • 10Szmodics
  • 18Eastman
  • 19Bonne
  • 23O'Donoghue
  • 29Bransgrove
  • 31Fosu-Henry
  • 32Kamara
Referee:
Kevin Johnson
Attendance:
8,650

Match Stats

Home TeamPlymouthAway TeamColchester
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home9
Away10
Shots on Target
Home2
Away4
Corners
Home6
Away5
Fouls
Home13
Away17

Live Text

Match ends, Plymouth Argyle 2, Colchester United 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Plymouth Argyle 2, Colchester United 1.

Attempt saved. Macauley Bonne (Colchester United) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Ryan Donaldson.

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Connor Smith.

Corner, Colchester United. Conceded by Ben Purrington.

Sonny Bradley (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Chris Porter (Colchester United).

Foul by Jake Jervis (Plymouth Argyle).

Lloyd Doyley (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Nauris Bulvitis (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Chris Porter (Colchester United).

Foul by Jake Jervis (Plymouth Argyle).

Richard Brindley (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Plymouth Argyle. Connor Smith replaces James Spencer.

Corner, Plymouth Argyle. Conceded by Alex Wynter.

Hand ball by Chris Porter (Colchester United).

Foul by Nauris Bulvitis (Plymouth Argyle).

Chris Porter (Colchester United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Macauley Bonne replaces Denny Johnstone.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Sammie Szmodics replaces Craig Slater.

Substitution

Substitution, Colchester United. Tarique Fosu-Henry replaces Kane Vincent-Young.

Attempt missed. Yann Songo'o (Plymouth Argyle) header from very close range is close, but misses the top right corner following a corner.

Corner, Plymouth Argyle. Conceded by Richard Brindley.

Corner, Plymouth Argyle. Conceded by Lloyd Doyley.

Goal!

Goal! Plymouth Argyle 2, Colchester United 1. Ryan Donaldson (Plymouth Argyle) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Plymouth Argyle. Ryan Donaldson replaces Craig Tanner.

Attempt missed. James Spencer (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Hand ball by Chris Porter (Colchester United).

Booking

Graham Carey (Plymouth Argyle) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Graham Carey (Plymouth Argyle).

Richard Brindley (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Nauris Bulvitis (Plymouth Argyle).

Chris Porter (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Booking

Nauris Bulvitis (Plymouth Argyle) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Nauris Bulvitis (Plymouth Argyle).

Chris Porter (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Nauris Bulvitis (Plymouth Argyle).

Chris Porter (Colchester United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Delay in match Kurtis Guthrie (Colchester United) because of an injury.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Plymouth15112226131335
2Carlisle1587027151231
3Doncaster158343022827
4Luton156632415924
5Portsmouth157352316724
6Notts County156452221122
7Crewe155731918122
8Grimsby156361818021
9Accrington155551920-120
10Crawley155551619-320
11Yeovil156271419-520
12Morecambe156272029-920
13Mansfield154741515019
14Barnet154742023-319
15Blackpool154652319418
16Cheltenham153841819-117
17Stevenage145272022-217
18Colchester154561921-217
19Exeter155191619-316
20Hartlepool153752328-516
21Wycombe154471621-516
22Cambridge154471319-616
23Leyton Orient154381620-415
24Newport142571622-611
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