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Fleetwood Town 0-4 Plymouth Argyle

Conor Hourihane

Plymouth Argyle earned a convincing win at fellow play-off hopefuls Fleetwood.

Reuben Reid slammed the Pilgrims ahead, having earlier been denied by home keeper Chris Maxwell.

Matt Parsons then hit the woodwork before Luke Young made it 2-0 with a defected second-half effort.

Antoni Sarcevic was denied in a one-on-one with Argyle keeper Jake Cole, Maxime Blanchard headed a third for Plymouth and Conor Hourihane's free-kick made it 4-0.

Argyle's third successive win away from home moves them to eighth in the League Two table, seven points behind Fleetwood in sixth.

Fleetwood manager Graham Alexander told BBC Radio Lancashire:

"I'm a realist and a professional, and getting beaten 4-0 isn't good enough. Before I look for any positives out of that, I have to confront the negatives.

"There's a difference between playing and competing. We played, but I don't think we competed - when you're right on the line and on the verge of going over the line.

"That's the worst feeling I've had all season. I'm really disappointed - I'm not clever enough to come up with a better word than 'disappointed' that isn't a swear word."

Line-ups

Fleetwood

Formation 4-5-1

  • 28Maxwell
  • 15McLaughlinBooked at 85mins
  • 20Taylor
  • 8SchumacherSubstituted forMurdochat 31'minutes
  • 6Pond
  • 5RobertsSubstituted forMorrisat 64'minutes
  • 22Hughes
  • 35MarrowSubstituted forParkinat 52'minutes
  • 10Matt
  • 18SarcevicBooked at 89mins
  • 7Evans

Substitutes

  • 1Davies
  • 4Murdoch
  • 9Parkin
  • 14Hogan
  • 16Cresswell
  • 24Morris
  • 34Mandron

Plymouth

Formation 3-5-2

  • 1Cole
  • 2Berry
  • 26Parsons
  • 17Nelson
  • 16Trotman
  • 4Blanchard
  • 15WottonBooked at 75minsSubstituted forObadeyiat 86'minutes
  • 6Hourihane
  • 7AlessandraSubstituted forBocoat 83'minutes
  • 9ReidSubstituted forMorganat 83'minutes
  • 14Young

Substitutes

  • 8Boco
  • 10Morgan
  • 18Harvey
  • 25Purrington
  • 27Gurrieri
  • 28Obadeyi
  • 32Dawson
Referee:
Steve Bratt
Attendance:
2,131

Match Stats

Home TeamFleetwoodAway TeamPlymouth
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home11
Away16
Shots on Target
Home6
Away7
Corners
Home10
Away8
Fouls
Home15
Away6

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Fleetwood Town 0, Plymouth Argyle 4.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Fleetwood Town 0, Plymouth Argyle 4.

  3. Post update

    Attempt missed. Josh Morris (Fleetwood Town) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

  4. Post update

    Corner, Fleetwood Town. Conceded by Matthew Parsons.

  5. Post update

    Luke Young (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Antoni Sarcevic (Fleetwood Town).

  7. Booking

    Antoni Sarcevic (Fleetwood Town) is shown the yellow card.

  8. Post update

    Matthew Parsons (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Antoni Sarcevic (Fleetwood Town).

  10. Post update

    Conor Hourihane (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  11. Post update

    Foul by Jamille Matt (Fleetwood Town).

  12. Substitution

    Substitution, Plymouth Argyle. Tope Obadeyi replaces Paul Wotton.

  13. Goal!

    Goal! Fleetwood Town 0, Plymouth Argyle 4. Conor Hourihane (Plymouth Argyle) from a free kick with a left footed shot to the top left corner.

  14. Booking

    Conor McLaughlin (Fleetwood Town) is shown the yellow card.

  15. Post update

    Conor Hourihane (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Conor McLaughlin (Fleetwood Town).

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Plymouth Argyle. Romuald Boco replaces Lewis Alessandra.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Plymouth Argyle. Marvin Morgan replaces Reuben Reid.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Conor McLaughlin (Fleetwood Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Plymouth Argyle. Conceded by Nathan Pond.