League Two
Plymouth0Scunthorpe2

Plymouth Argyle 0-2 Scunthorpe United

Dave Syers

Dave Syers's 10th goal of the season and a late own goal by Jake Cole saw second-placed Scunthorpe win a close game against Plymouth.

The best chance of an even first half fell to the visitors' Gary McSheffrey, who scuffed his chipped shot wide.

Argyle's Lewis Alessandra hit the post twice in the second period before Syers slid in to put the Iron in front.

In injury-time, Hakeeb Adelakun's shot cannoned back off the post and went in off unfortunate goalkeeper Cole.

The result sees Scunthorpe extend their new club-record of successive games without defeat to 21 matches.

Plymouth, themselves chasing a play-off place, gave the visitors a tough game at Home Park, Conor Hourihane forcing a fine finger-tip save from Sam Slocombe in the first half after a good lay-off from Reuben Reid.

They were unlucky not to score after the break, but Scunthorpe eventually found a way through after good work from Paul Hayes, who found midfielder Syers inside the six-yard box to prod home right-footed, and the points were sealed in fortuitous circumstances late on.

Before the game, Argyle announced that defender Guy Branston has been released from his contract with immediate effect.

The 35-year-old has been suffering with an ankle injury.

Scunthorpe United manager Russ Wilcox told BBC Radio Humberside:

Media playback is not supported on this device

Post-match: Scunthorpe boss Wilcox

"It's a big win, they're all big wins now. It was well-deserved today and we played some outstanding football.

"It's so important that the players can manage the game out there. We were very brave out there today too, we were the away team and were playing out from the back.

"To get a clean sheet today against a team who are in fantastic form, who've won four out five, is a great achievement."

Line-ups

Plymouth

  • 1Cole
  • 2Berry
  • 6HourihaneBooked at 73mins
  • 17Nelson
  • 16Trotman
  • 4BlanchardSubstituted forObadeyiat 84'minutes
  • 26Parsons
  • 11BlizzardSubstituted forGurrieriat 84'minutes
  • 7Alessandra
  • 9ReidSubstituted forMorganat 84'minutes
  • 14Young

Substitutes

  • 8Boco
  • 10Morgan
  • 15Wotton
  • 18Harvey
  • 20Banton
  • 27Gurrieri
  • 28Obadeyi

Scunthorpe

  • 1SlocombeBooked at 90mins
  • 18Nolan
  • 30Williams
  • 4McAllisterSubstituted forWaterfallat 90+5'minutes
  • 5Mirfin
  • 6Canavan
  • 14Hawkridge
  • 24Syers
  • 27MaddenSubstituted forHayesat 63'minutes
  • 29Winnall
  • 28McSheffreySubstituted forAdelakunat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Ribeiro
  • 7Sparrow
  • 13Severn
  • 15Waterfall
  • 16Adelakun
  • 26Alabi
  • 39Hayes
Referee:
Darren Drysdale
Attendance:
8,198

Match Stats

Home TeamPlymouthAway TeamScunthorpe
Possession
Home39%
Away61%
Shots
Home16
Away16
Shots on Target
Home2
Away7
Corners
Home4
Away10
Fouls
Home5
Away7

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Plymouth Argyle 0, Scunthorpe United 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Plymouth Argyle 0, Scunthorpe United 2.

  3. Substitution

    Substitution, Scunthorpe United. Luke Waterfall replaces Sean McAllister.

  4. Goal!

    Own Goal by Jake Cole, Plymouth Argyle. Plymouth Argyle 0, Scunthorpe United 2.

  5. Post update

    Hakeeb Adelakun (Scunthorpe United) hits the left post with a right footed shot from the centre of the box.

  6. Booking

    Sam Slocombe (Scunthorpe United) is shown the yellow card.

  7. Post update

    Attempt missed. Lewis Alessandra (Plymouth Argyle) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Marvin Morgan (Plymouth Argyle).

  9. Post update

    Eddie Nolan (Scunthorpe United) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  10. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Lewis Alessandra (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

    Foul by Sean McAllister (Scunthorpe United).

  13. Substitution

    Substitution, Plymouth Argyle. Tope Obadeyi replaces Maxime Blanchard.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Plymouth Argyle. Andres Gurrieri replaces Dominic Blizzard.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Plymouth Argyle. Marvin Morgan replaces Reuben Reid.

  16. Post update

    Lewis Alessandra (Plymouth Argyle) hits the left post with a left footed shot from the right side of the box.

  17. Post update

    Attempt saved. Paul Hayes (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the centre of the goal.

  18. Post update

    Corner, Scunthorpe United. Conceded by Maxime Blanchard.

  19. Goal!

    Goal! Plymouth Argyle 0, Scunthorpe United 1. Dave Syers (Scunthorpe United) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Paul Hayes.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Maxime Blanchard (Plymouth Argyle) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Chesterfield371812760342666
2Scunthorpe371617458372165
3Rochdale361971056391764
4Fleetwood371871254421261
5Burton37161384136561
6Oxford Utd371414948371156
7Southend371313114436852
8York371313114438652
9Plymouth36149134040051
10Hartlepool371310144440449
11Cheltenham361114114146-547
12Morecambe361211134350-747
13Dag & Red361113124445-146
14Newport341111124346-344
15Wimbledon371111153642-644
16Mansfield371013143750-1343
17Bury35915114040042
18Bristol Rovers361012143440-642
19Portsmouth37915133851-1342
20Wycombe361011153844-641
21Accrington361011154047-741
22Exeter361010164148-740
23Northampton36911163045-1538
24Torquay3689193354-2133
View full League Two table

Top Stories