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Plymouth Argyle 2-1 Stevenage

Plymouth defender Niall Canavan bundled in a stoppage-time winner as Ryan Lowe's side beat battling Stevenage at Home Park.

The win lifted Argyle into the League Two play-off places after a third successive victory.

Argyle had taken a 23rd minute lead after Canavan's cross-field ball found Byron Moore on the right.

Moore cut in and went for goal, his shot looping up off marker Tyler Denton and in to the far corner over keeper Paul Farman.

Boro levelled with an almost identical move on the hour.

Central defender Ben Nugent made a superb cross-field pass out to the right where Elliott List took the ball down before sending a low drive past keeper Alex Palmer.

Argyle will rue missed opportunities after going 1-0 up.

George Cooper's 28th minute free kick needed to be saved by Farman, at full stretch, and a minute later midfielder Antoni Sarcevic sent his shot inches wide.

With Argyle pressing, playmaker Danny Mayor teed up Billy Clarke, whose shot beat Farman but smashed off the far post.

But then in the sixth minute of stoppage time Canavan claimed the winner from a yard out.

Match report supplied by PA Media.

Line-ups

Plymouth

  • 24Palmer
  • 5Wootton
  • 6CanavanBooked at 65mins
  • 25Grant
  • 8Edwards
  • 17Moore
  • 7SarcevicBooked at 43mins
  • 10Mayor
  • 32CooperSubstituted forGrantat 80'minutes
  • 39RuddenSubstituted forGrantat 68'minutes
  • 18ClarkeSubstituted forTelfordat 59'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Cooper
  • 2Riley
  • 11Telford
  • 15Grant
  • 16Grant
  • 20Randell
  • 33Wilson

Stevenage

  • 1Farman
  • 4Digby
  • 5Cuthbert
  • 31NugentBooked at 88mins
  • 33DentonSubstituted forTaylorat 90+2'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 10Kennedy
  • 18ParrettBooked at 60mins
  • 32Lakin
  • 35Mackail-Smith
  • 9CowleySubstituted forSonupeat 72'minutes
  • 34ListSubstituted forTimlinat 78'minutes

Substitutes

  • 11Sonupe
  • 13Bastien
  • 15Vancooten
  • 16Iontton
  • 25Taylor
  • 28Guthrie
  • 44Timlin
Referee:
John Busby
Attendance:
11,719

Match Stats

Home TeamPlymouthAway TeamStevenage
Possession
Home65%
Away35%
Shots
Home19
Away8
Shots on Target
Home7
Away3
Corners
Home13
Away0
Fouls
Home9
Away14

Live Text

Match ends, Plymouth Argyle 2, Stevenage 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Plymouth Argyle 2, Stevenage 1.

Goal!

Goal! Plymouth Argyle 2, Stevenage 1. Niall Canavan (Plymouth Argyle) left footed shot from very close range to the top left corner. Assisted by Joel Grant.

Booking

Paul Taylor (Stevenage) is shown the yellow card.

Joe Edwards (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Paul Taylor (Stevenage).

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

Foul by Ben Kennedy (Stevenage).

Substitution

Substitution, Stevenage. Paul Taylor replaces Tyler Denton because of an injury.

Foul by Antoni Sarcevic (Plymouth Argyle).

Ben Nugent (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Byron Moore (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Dean Parrett (Stevenage).

Booking

Ben Nugent (Stevenage) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt missed. Scott Wootton (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Antoni Sarcevic.

Corner, Plymouth Argyle. Conceded by Paul Farman.

Attempt saved. Joel Grant (Plymouth Argyle) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Niall Canavan (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Dean Parrett (Stevenage).

Offside, Plymouth Argyle. Danny Mayor tries a through ball, but Conor Grant is caught offside.

Attempt saved. Josh Grant (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Corner, Plymouth Argyle. Conceded by Scott Cuthbert.

Substitution

Substitution, Plymouth Argyle. Conor Grant replaces George Cooper.

Substitution

Substitution, Stevenage. Michael Timlin replaces Elliott List.

Attempt missed. Antoni Sarcevic (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Danny Mayor.

Offside, Plymouth Argyle. George Cooper tries a through ball, but Dominic Telford is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Stevenage. Emmanuel Sonupe replaces Jason Cowley.

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

Foul by Charlie Lakin (Stevenage).

Attempt missed. Tyler Denton (Stevenage) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Attempt saved. Niall Canavan (Plymouth Argyle) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by George Cooper with a cross.

Corner, Plymouth Argyle. Conceded by Paul Digby.

Corner, Plymouth Argyle. Conceded by Scott Cuthbert.

Niall Canavan (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Jason Cowley (Stevenage).

Substitution

Substitution, Plymouth Argyle. Joel Grant replaces Zak Rudden.

Booking

Niall Canavan (Plymouth Argyle) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Niall Canavan (Plymouth Argyle).

Elliott List (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

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

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Swindon24144643261746
2Exeter2412843427744
3Crewe23125642281441
4Bradford23117530191140
5Forest Green2411762718940
6Colchester23108534221238
7Plymouth22115633231038
8Cheltenham23910434191537
9Northampton2410683328536
10Port Vale2481063029134
11Salford248883133-232
12Cambridge248792827131
13Newport227872020029
14Scunthorpe2477103133-228
15Crawley246993134-327
16Walsall2476112232-1027
17Leyton Orient2468103241-926
18Oldham236892535-1026
19Carlisle2467112236-1425
20Mansfield2459103035-524
21Grimsby225892228-623
22Macclesfield2251072024-419
23Morecambe2446142043-2318
24Stevenage23211101529-1417
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