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Macclesfield Town 1-1 Plymouth Argyle

Antoni Sarcevic's late strike rescued a point for Plymouth in a 1-1 League Two draw with Macclesfield at Moss Rose.

Shilow Tracey's first goal for Macclesfield looked like being enough for them to dent Argyle's promotion hopes with a much-needed win but the visitors' leading scorer slotted in after his 84th-minute penalty had been saved by Macc keeper Jonathan Mitchell.

Second-bottom Macclesfield made a blistering start to the game, with numerous chances coming early on.

In the first five minutes alone, Arthur Gnahoua fizzed a shot wide, Connor Kirby scooped a first-time effort over from close in, and Tracey was denied by the feet of keeper Alex Palmer, who also saved from Gnahoua and Nathan Cameron.

But, as Plymouth were growing into the game, Macclesfield finally took the lead after 33 minutes. Danny Whitehead charged forward and, as defenders converged, he slipped in Tracey, who finished emphatically.

But although Plymouth laid siege to the Macclesfield goal in the second half, it was not until Sarcevic went down in the box that they levelled.

He saw his spot-kick saved but was presented with the easiest of second chances and seized it to slot home and rescue a draw.

The draw leaves Plymouth two points adrift of joint leaders Swindon and Exeter.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Macclesfield

Formation 3-5-2

  • 1Mitchell
  • 25Cameron
  • 5Kelleher
  • 15HorsfallBooked at 90mins
  • 16O'KeeffeBooked at 85mins
  • 8TollittSubstituted forHamblinat 90'minutes
  • 19Whitehead
  • 14Kirby
  • 11ArchibaldBooked at 70mins
  • 7Gnahoua
  • 22TraceySubstituted forFitzpatrickat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 6Hamblin
  • 9Ironside
  • 10Stephens
  • 18Blyth
  • 20Wilson
  • 23Fitzpatrick

Plymouth

Formation 3-5-2

  • 24Palmer
  • 5Wootton
  • 6Canavan
  • 3Sawyer
  • 8EdwardsSubstituted forHardieat 65'minutes
  • 7SarcevicBooked at 85mins
  • 25GrantSubstituted forBakinsonat 32'minutes
  • 10Mayor
  • 32CooperSubstituted forTelfordat 79'minutes
  • 17Moore
  • 31Jephcott

Substitutes

  • 1Cooper
  • 11Telford
  • 14Bakinson
  • 15Grant
  • 16Grant
  • 18Hardie
  • 21McFadzean
Referee:
Neil Hair
Attendance:
1,887

Match Stats

Home TeamMacclesfieldAway TeamPlymouth
Possession
Home29%
Away71%
Shots
Home13
Away15
Shots on Target
Home6
Away3
Corners
Home3
Away8
Fouls
Home12
Away3

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Macclesfield Town 1, Plymouth Argyle 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Macclesfield Town 1, Plymouth Argyle 1.

  3. Booking

    Fraser Horsfall (Macclesfield Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  4. Post update

    Byron Moore (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Fraser Horsfall (Macclesfield Town).

  6. Post update

    Corner, Plymouth Argyle. Conceded by Harry Hamblin.

  7. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Antoni Sarcevic (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Macclesfield Town. Harry Hamblin replaces Ben Tollitt.

  9. Post update

    Offside, Macclesfield Town. Ben Tollitt tries a through ball, but David Fitzpatrick is caught offside.

  10. Post update

    Offside, Plymouth Argyle. Tyreeq Bakinson tries a through ball, but Ryan Hardie is caught offside.

  11. Booking

    Antoni Sarcevic (Plymouth Argyle) is shown the yellow card for excessive celebration.

  12. Booking

    Corey O'Keeffe (Macclesfield Town) is shown the yellow card.

  13. Goal!

    Goal! Macclesfield Town 1, Plymouth Argyle 1. Antoni Sarcevic (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from very close range to the centre of the goal following a set piece situation.

  14. Post update

    Penalty saved! Antoni Sarcevic (Plymouth Argyle) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the centre of the goal.

  15. Post update

    Penalty Plymouth Argyle. Antoni Sarcevic draws a foul in the penalty area.

  16. Post update

    Penalty conceded by Danny Whitehead (Macclesfield Town) after a foul in the penalty area.

  17. Post update

    Hand ball by Luke Jephcott (Plymouth Argyle).

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Plymouth Argyle. Dominic Telford replaces George Cooper.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Tyreeq Bakinson (Plymouth Argyle) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by George Cooper with a cross following a corner.

  20. Post update

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

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Swindon33196857362163
2Exeter33189650361463
3Crewe33187860402061
4Plymouth33187854371761
5Cheltenham321412647262154
6Port Vale34141284640654
7Colchester341313847341352
8Northampton331571147361152
9Bradford34131294135651
10Forest Green341210124139246
11Salford341111124444044
12Cambridge34128143844-644
13Walsall34127153546-1143
14Crawley34914114546-141
15Grimsby321011113840-241
16Newport311010112727040
17Leyton Orient34911144352-938
18Oldham34813133752-1537
19Scunthorpe3399154150-936
20Mansfield34811154653-735
21Carlisle33811143350-1735
22Macclesfield34715123240-830
23Morecambe3479183256-2430
24Stevenage34313182345-2222
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