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Accrington Stanley 5-1 Plymouth Argyle

Sean McConville scored a hat-trick as Accrington Stanley's thrashing of Plymouth guaranteed their League One status and left the Pilgrims in the bottom four with one game to go.

Billy Kee gave Accrington the lead with a penalty, after a foul on Jordan Clark.

But then McConville overtook his team-mate as the club's top scorer in the league thanks to his treble.

The wide man's first came courtesy of a deflected free-kick, after he had been fouled on the edge of the box.

McConville rounded off a superb move for his second, with Kee, Clark and Dan Barlaser involved in catching Plymouth on the counter-attack.

Clark laid the ball off for McConville to finish well just before the break.

The two combined again for McConville's third early in the second half, which he curled beyond Matt Macey for his 14th of the season.

Luke Armstrong wrapped it up from close range in the 66th minute before a Harvey Rodgers own goal gave Plymouth a little late consolation.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Accrington

  • 1Maxted
  • 5Richards-Everton
  • 15SykesSubstituted forRodgersat 45'minutes
  • 3Hughes
  • 4DonacienSubstituted forWilliamsat 80'minutes
  • 7Clark
  • 26Barlaser
  • 28Conneely
  • 11McConville
  • 29KeeSubstituted forSmythat 79'minutes
  • 39Armstrong

Substitutes

  • 6Nolan
  • 9Zanzala
  • 12Williams
  • 17Esteves Sousa
  • 18Rodgers
  • 34Warner
  • 38Smyth

Plymouth

  • 1Macey
  • 26Threlkeld
  • 5Edwards
  • 20Jones
  • 3Sawyer
  • 6NessSubstituted forLameirasat 45'minutes
  • 8FoxSubstituted forLadapoat 45'minutes
  • 7Sarcevic
  • 4Songo'o
  • 10Carey
  • 9TaylorSubstituted forFletcherat 84'minutes

Substitutes

  • 11Lameiras
  • 13Anderson
  • 14Canavan
  • 19Ladapo
  • 23Smith-Brown
  • 29Fletcher
  • 31Cooper
Referee:
Craig Hicks
Attendance:
3,134

Match Stats

Home TeamAccringtonAway TeamPlymouth
Possession
Home48%
Away52%
Shots
Home13
Away12
Shots on Target
Home7
Away2
Corners
Home3
Away7
Fouls
Home12
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Accrington Stanley 5, Plymouth Argyle 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Accrington Stanley 5, Plymouth Argyle 1.

Goal!

Own Goal by Harvey Rodgers, Accrington Stanley. Accrington Stanley 5, Plymouth Argyle 1.

Foul by Ryan Edwards (Plymouth Argyle).

Ben Richards-Everton (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Plymouth Argyle. Conceded by Mark Hughes.

Attempt blocked. Freddie Ladapo (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

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

Corner, Plymouth Argyle. Conceded by Ben Richards-Everton.

Attempt blocked. Graham Carey (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Foul by Alex Fletcher (Plymouth Argyle).

(Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Plymouth Argyle. Alex Fletcher replaces Ryan Taylor.

Oscar Threlkeld (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sean McConville (Accrington Stanley).

Substitution

Substitution, Accrington Stanley. Danny Williams replaces Janoi Donacien because of an injury.

Substitution

Substitution, Accrington Stanley. Paul Smyth replaces Billy Kee.

Attempt missed. Yann Songo'o (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right following a corner.

Corner, Plymouth Argyle. Conceded by Ben Richards-Everton.

Corner, Plymouth Argyle. Conceded by Janoi Donacien.

Graham Carey (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Janoi Donacien (Accrington Stanley).

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Lloyd Jones.

Corner, Plymouth Argyle. Conceded by Harvey Rodgers.

Attempt missed. Gary Sawyer (Plymouth Argyle) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Graham Carey (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Janoi Donacien (Accrington Stanley).

Antoni Sarcevic (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Sean McConville (Accrington Stanley).

Ryan Taylor (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Mark Hughes (Accrington Stanley).

Attempt saved. Daniel Barlaser (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Goal!

Goal! Accrington Stanley 5, Plymouth Argyle 0. Luke Armstrong (Accrington Stanley) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Sean McConville.

Antoni Sarcevic (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Billy Kee (Accrington Stanley).

Attempt missed. Antoni Sarcevic (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Corner, Plymouth Argyle. Conceded by Ben Richards-Everton.

Attempt missed. Harvey Rodgers (Accrington Stanley) header from the centre of the box is too high.

Attempt blocked. Seamus Conneely (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Gary Sawyer.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Luton452613687414691
2Barnsley452613679374291
3Portsmouth442512780473387
4Sunderland442219378433585
5Charlton4525101069402985
6Doncaster4519131374581670
7Peterborough441812146559666
8Coventry441810165351264
9Burton4517121665541163
10Blackpool451517135049162
11Oxford Utd451515155761-460
12Fleetwood441513165650658
13Accrington451412195066-1654
14Rochdale45159215483-2954
15Gillingham451410215872-1452
16Bristol Rovers451215184549-451
17Shrewsbury441214185058-850
18Wycombe451311215467-1350
19Wimbledon451310224263-2149
20Southend45138245367-1447
21Plymouth451211225378-2547
22Walsall451210234971-2246
23Scunthorpe451210235180-2946
24Bradford45117274977-2840
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