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Plymouth Argyle 3-0 Walsall

Ryan Taylor scored twice as Ryan Lowe's 10-man Plymouth beat Walsall at Home Park to soar up to second in the League Two table.

Argyle got off to the perfect start when Taylor coolly added the finishing touch to Callum McFadzean's near-post cross from the left in the 13th minute.

Lowe's side - already without duo Byron Moore and Joel Grant - suffered another injury blow as forward Dom Telford pulled up, holding his hamstring, as he closed in on goal.

Telford's replacement, on-loan 19-year-old Rangers striker Zak Rudden, made an immediate impression on his English Football League and Argyle debut, almost scoring with his first touch.

Striker Elijah Adebayo twice forced saves from Argyle keeper Alex Palmer with Walsall's best efforts on goal.

Substitute Antoni Sarcevic made it 2-0 in the 82nd minute with a thumping low shot after latching onto Danny Mayor's measured forward pass into the penalty area.

Sarcevic was red carded for a midfield challenge on Stuart Sinclair in the 85th minute before Taylor pounced on a bouncing through-ball to rifle home Argyle's third four minutes later.

Report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Plymouth

  • 24Palmer
  • 5Wootton
  • 6Canavan
  • 3SawyerBooked at 37mins
  • 8Edwards
  • 2RileySubstituted forBaxterat 61'minutes
  • 15GrantSubstituted forSarcevicat 77'minutesBooked at 85mins
  • 10Mayor
  • 21McFadzean
  • 11TelfordSubstituted forRuddenat 26'minutes
  • 9Taylor

Substitutes

  • 1Cooper
  • 7Sarcevic
  • 14Baxter
  • 19Lolos
  • 20Randell
  • 25Grant
  • 39Rudden

Walsall

  • 1Roberts
  • 5J Clarke
  • 6ScarrBooked at 80mins
  • 4Sadler
  • 2NormanBooked at 65mins
  • 7Sinclair
  • 26LiddleBooked at 77mins
  • 8KinsellaSubstituted forHardyat 72'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 21Cockerill-MollettSubstituted forMcDonaldat 56'minutes
  • 10GordonSubstituted forLaveryat 55'minutes
  • 11Adebayo

Substitutes

  • 9Lavery
  • 13Rose
  • 17Hardy
  • 20Bates
  • 24Facey
  • 25McDonald
  • 33Jules
Referee:
Josh Smith
Attendance:
9,337

Match Stats

Home TeamPlymouthAway TeamWalsall
Possession
Home46%
Away54%
Shots
Home13
Away11
Shots on Target
Home5
Away3
Corners
Home4
Away6
Fouls
Home19
Away15

Live Text

Match ends, Plymouth Argyle 3, Walsall 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Plymouth Argyle 3, Walsall 0.

Corner, Walsall. Conceded by Callum McFadzean.

Mat Sadler (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ryan Taylor (Plymouth Argyle).

Booking

James Hardy (Walsall) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by James Hardy (Walsall).

Callum McFadzean (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Wesley McDonald (Walsall) right footed shot from long range on the left is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Gary Liddle.

Goal!

Goal! Plymouth Argyle 3, Walsall 0. Ryan Taylor (Plymouth Argyle) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Alex Palmer.

Offside, Walsall. Elijah Adebayo tries a through ball, but Caolan Lavery is caught offside.

Mat Sadler (Walsall) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Zak Rudden (Plymouth Argyle).

Foul by Dan Scarr (Walsall).

Gary Sawyer (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Dismissal

Antoni Sarcevic (Plymouth Argyle) is shown the red card.

Stuart Sinclair (Walsall) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Antoni Sarcevic (Plymouth Argyle).

Wesley McDonald (Walsall) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Danny Mayor (Plymouth Argyle).

Goal!

Goal! Plymouth Argyle 2, Walsall 0. Antoni Sarcevic (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Danny Mayor.

Callum McFadzean (Plymouth Argyle) hits the left post with a left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left. Assisted by Danny Mayor following a corner.

Corner, Plymouth Argyle. Conceded by Cameron Norman.

Booking

Dan Scarr (Walsall) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Dan Scarr (Walsall).

Danny Mayor (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

James Clarke (Walsall) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Antoni Sarcevic (Plymouth Argyle).

Substitution

Substitution, Plymouth Argyle. Antoni Sarcevic replaces Conor Grant.

Booking

Gary Liddle (Walsall) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Gary Liddle (Walsall).

Danny Mayor (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick on the left wing.

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

Foul by Zak Rudden (Plymouth Argyle).

Attempt missed. Conor Grant (Plymouth Argyle) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Jose Baxter.

Substitution

Substitution, Walsall. James Hardy replaces Liam Kinsella.

Foul by Mat Sadler (Walsall).

Zak Rudden (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Elijah Adebayo (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Attempt saved. Stuart Sinclair (Walsall) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Caolan Lavery.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Exeter532063311
2Plymouth531193610
3Forest Green531153210
4Macclesfield53026339
5Newport52304229
6Crewe530256-19
7Grimsby522110648
8Cheltenham52218448
9Bradford52215238
10Swindon52218628
11Cambridge52216518
12Crawley52129817
13Leyton Orient521268-27
14Mansfield51318716
15Salford51317706
16Port Vale513179-26
17Colchester512256-15
18Morecambe512257-25
19Walsall512225-35
20Northampton511335-24
21Carlisle5113610-44
22Oldham511337-44
23Stevenage502304-42
24Scunthorpe5014512-71
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