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Plymouth Argyle 2-1 Crewe Alexandra

Plymouth ended the four-match League Two winning streak of promotion rivals Crewe Alexandra with victory at a windswept Home Park.

Harry Pickering scored a brilliant individual goal to put Crewe in front in the 52nd minute.

Pickering made space for himself on the edge of the box before delivering a delicious 20-yard curling shot past diving goalkeeper Alex Palmer into the top corner.

Five minutes later and Plymouth were level through Luke Jephcott.

The Wales Under-19 international scored his sixth goal since being recalled from a loan at non-league Truro, meeting a pin-point Byron Moore cross from the right with a deft headed finish.

Crewe should have gone ahead when Stephen Walker teed up Chris Porter with an open goal after beating Palmer, but the forward skewed his shot wide from 12 yards.

Alex were made to rue that missed opportunity when Danny Mayor won a 71st-minute penalty and Antoni Sarcevic drilled the ball into the bottom corner past Will Jaaskelainen.

The Crewe keeper made a superb save minutes later, keeping out George Cooper's goal-bound free-kick at the far post.

Match report supplied by PA Media

Line-ups

Plymouth

  • 24Palmer
  • 5Wootton
  • 6Canavan
  • 21McFadzeanSubstituted forBakinsonat 75'minutes
  • 8Edwards
  • 7Sarcevic
  • 25Grant
  • 10Mayor
  • 32CooperSubstituted forHardieat 77'minutes
  • 17Moore
  • 31JephcottSubstituted forGrantat 86'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Cooper
  • 11Telford
  • 14Bakinson
  • 15Grant
  • 16Grant
  • 18Hardie
  • 20Randell

Crewe

  • 1Jaaskelainen
  • 2Ng
  • 28Nottingham
  • 21OffordBooked at 66mins
  • 3Pickering
  • 12GreenSubstituted forAneneat 82'minutes
  • 8Jones
  • 4Wintle
  • 29WalkerSubstituted forDaleat 72'minutes
  • 9Porter
  • 10KirkSubstituted forAinleyat 79'minutes

Substitutes

  • 7Powell
  • 11Ainley
  • 13Richards
  • 14Finney
  • 15Hunt
  • 17Anene
  • 19Dale
Referee:
Tom Nield
Attendance:
11,567

Match Stats

Home TeamPlymouthAway TeamCrewe
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home12
Away14
Shots on Target
Home4
Away2
Corners
Home4
Away7
Fouls
Home7
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Plymouth Argyle 2, Crewe Alexandra 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Plymouth Argyle 2, Crewe Alexandra 1.

Attempt saved. Ryan Hardie (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Joel Grant.

Harry Pickering (Crewe Alexandra) hits the right post with a left footed shot from the right side of the box following a corner.

Corner, Crewe Alexandra. Conceded by Josh Grant.

Offside, Crewe Alexandra. James Jones tries a through ball, but Chris Porter is caught offside.

Substitution

Substitution, Plymouth Argyle. Joel Grant replaces Luke Jephcott.

Attempt blocked. Chuma Anene (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Michael Nottingham.

Owen Dale (Crewe Alexandra) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Byron Moore (Plymouth Argyle).

Offside, Plymouth Argyle. Danny Mayor tries a through ball, but Antoni Sarcevic is caught offside.

Corner, Plymouth Argyle. Conceded by Chris Porter.

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

Corner, Plymouth Argyle. Conceded by Michael Nottingham.

Attempt blocked. Ryan Hardie (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Luke Jephcott.

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Chuma Anene replaces Paul Green.

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Callum Ainley replaces Charlie Kirk.

Attempt blocked. Charlie Kirk (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ryan Wintle.

Attempt saved. Ryan Wintle (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Harry Pickering.

Substitution

Substitution, Plymouth Argyle. Ryan Hardie replaces George Cooper.

Foul by Paul Green (Crewe Alexandra).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Plymouth Argyle. Tyreeq Bakinson replaces Callum McFadzean.

Attempt missed. Byron Moore (Plymouth Argyle) left footed shot from very close range is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Danny Mayor.

Substitution

Substitution, Crewe Alexandra. Owen Dale replaces Stephen Walker.

Goal!

Goal! Plymouth Argyle 2, Crewe Alexandra 1. Antoni Sarcevic (Plymouth Argyle) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Penalty conceded by Harry Pickering (Crewe Alexandra) after a foul in the penalty area.

Penalty Plymouth Argyle. Danny Mayor draws a foul in the penalty area.

Attempt saved. Antoni Sarcevic (Plymouth Argyle) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Danny Mayor.

Attempt blocked. Josh Grant (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Danny Mayor.

Attempt blocked. Paul Green (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Charlie Kirk.

Attempt missed. Chris Porter (Crewe Alexandra) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Stephen Walker.

Booking

Luke Offord (Crewe Alexandra) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Luke Offord (Crewe Alexandra).

Antoni Sarcevic (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Charlie Kirk (Crewe Alexandra) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Stephen Walker following a fast break.

Corner, Plymouth Argyle. Conceded by Perry Ng.

Foul by Michael Nottingham (Crewe Alexandra).

Luke Jephcott (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Stephen Walker (Crewe Alexandra).

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Swindon33196857362163
2Exeter33189650361463
3Crewe33187860402061
4Plymouth32186853361760
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
22Morecambe3479183256-2430
23Macclesfield33714123139-829
24Stevenage34313182345-2222
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