League One
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Plymouth Argyle 1-0 Walsall

Plymouth soared away from the League One basement with a home win over Walsall thanks to Ryan Taylor's thumping 67th-minute strike.

Target-man Taylor fired Argyle ahead with an instinctive left-foot strike after Ruben Lameiras' mazy run was halted by a sea of Saddlers defenders on the edge of the box.

A minute before, Walsall goalkeeper Mark Gillespie did well to deny danger man Graham Carey with a brilliant diving save.

Gillespie had also turned Carey's 25-yard free-kick around his post after seven minutes as in-form Argyle - now unbeaten in six - started on the front foot.

Carey then skimmed the top of the net with an audacious 25-yard lob.

Saddlers target man Amadou Bakayoko missed a golden opportunity to put his side ahead on 28 minutes but only managed to scoop Liam Kinsella's through ball into the arms of Remi Matthews.

Matthews had to punch Erhum Oztumer's 45th-minute inswinging corner off his goal-line.

Argyle started the second half well with Gillespie forced to punch away Carey's 30-yard free kick and also dive low to collect a Lameiras angled drive.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Plymouth

  • 34Matthews
  • 18Threlkeld
  • 5Edwards
  • 15Bradley
  • 3Sawyer
  • 7Sarcevic
  • 24Fox
  • 32Diagouraga
  • 10Carey
  • 19Taylor
  • 11Lameiras

Substitutes

  • 2Miller
  • 4Songo'o
  • 8Ainsworth
  • 14Jervis
  • 16Grant
  • 21Wylde
  • 31Cooper

Walsall

  • 1Gillespie
  • 15Kinsella
  • 14Wilson
  • 5Guthrie
  • 3Leahy
  • 19Ismail
  • 7Chambers
  • 2EdwardsSubstituted forJacksonat 75'minutes
  • 17FlanaganBooked at 40mins
  • 10OztumerSubstituted forKouhyarat 86'minutes
  • 20BakayokoBooked at 73minsSubstituted forAgyeiat 75'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Devlin
  • 9Jackson
  • 11Morris
  • 13Roberts
  • 24Roberts
  • 25Kouhyar
  • 32Agyei
Referee:
Kevin Johnson
Attendance:
10,432

Match Stats

Home TeamPlymouthAway TeamWalsall
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home17
Away7
Shots on Target
Home8
Away4
Corners
Home7
Away9
Fouls
Home5
Away8

Live Text

Match ends, Plymouth Argyle 1, Walsall 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Plymouth Argyle 1, Walsall 0.

Ryan Edwards (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Simeon Jackson (Walsall).

David Fox (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Daniel Agyei (Walsall).

Attempt saved. David Fox (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Foul by Ryan Taylor (Plymouth Argyle).

Adam Chambers (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Maz Kouhyar replaces Erhun Oztumer.

Foul by Sonny Bradley (Plymouth Argyle).

James Wilson (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Plymouth Argyle. Conceded by Adam Chambers.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Graham Carey.

Attempt missed. Ruben Lameiras (Plymouth Argyle) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Liam Kinsella (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ruben Lameiras (Plymouth Argyle).

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Daniel Agyei replaces Amadou Bakayoko.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. Simeon Jackson replaces Joe Edwards.

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

Booking

Amadou Bakayoko (Walsall) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Amadou Bakayoko (Walsall).

Foul by Graham Carey (Plymouth Argyle).

Luke Leahy (Walsall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Ryan Taylor (Plymouth Argyle) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Attempt missed. Ruben Lameiras (Plymouth Argyle) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Goal!

Goal! Plymouth Argyle 1, Walsall 0. Ryan Taylor (Plymouth Argyle) left footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ruben Lameiras.

Attempt saved. Graham Carey (Plymouth Argyle) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Sonny Bradley.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Gary Sawyer.

Attempt blocked. Zeli Ismail (Walsall) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Ruben Lameiras (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Adam Chambers (Walsall).

Attempt blocked. Ruben Lameiras (Plymouth Argyle) left footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Zeli Ismail (Walsall) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Ruben Lameiras (Plymouth Argyle) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Attempt saved. Erhun Oztumer (Walsall) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt saved. Graham Carey (Plymouth Argyle) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Ruben Lameiras (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by James Wilson (Walsall).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wigan25175350123856
2Shrewsbury25166333151854
3Blackburn25147445232249
4Scunthorpe26147537221549
5Bradford2615384234848
6Portsmouth26132113330341
7Rotherham26124104435940
8Peterborough2611694337639
9Charlton2510783232037
10Oxford Utd269894139235
11Doncaster2697102928134
12Fleetwood2696113640-433
13Blackpool2688103437-332
14Bristol Rovers26102143643-732
15Gillingham2671092729-231
16Plymouth2687112634-831
17Southend2687113042-1231
18Walsall257993134-330
19MK Dons2678112838-1029
20Oldham2677123948-928
21Wimbledon2576122231-927
22Northampton2665152046-2623
23Rochdale25410112535-1022
24Bury2545161938-1917
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