Peterborough United 1-0 Plymouth Argyle Match Report

A powerful first-half strike from Jonson Clarke-Harris earned Peterborough United all three points against Plymouth Argyle at the Weston Homes Stadium.

Clarke–Harris scored his seventh goal of the season with a left-footed rocket that flew into the bottom corner leaving Michael Cooper with no chance in the Argyle goal.

The result means that Peterborough remain second in the table just two points behind leaders hull City.

Argyle made five changes following the 5-1 defeat against Fleetwood Town

Meanwhile, Argyle slip to 11th, with what was the first time they’ve lost two games in a row during Ryan Lowe’s tenure as manager.

As you’d expect from the league standings the home side started the first half the better of the sides.

Attacking midfielder Sammi Smazodics had a great chance to give Posh the lead after 14 minutes. Siriki Dembele weaved his way through the Argyle defence and eased a ball in behind the backline to Szmodics, but he fired his first-time effort straight at Cooper.

Argyle failed to create many recognisable chances in the first half. The closest they went to scoring was through teenage sensation Luke Jephcott in the 33rd minute. But the striker couldn’t convert from a tight angle following George Cooper’s looped cross.

The hosts dominated possession and could have taken the lead with 36 minutes played. Jonson Clarke Harris beat his man and fed Dembele who checked back onto his left foot inside the area but dragged his shot wide of the target.

Just as the Pilgrims grew into the game, the quality combination of Peterborough’s Clarke-Harris and Dembele showed as they took the lead four minutes before halftime.

Dembele showed yet more trickery to bamboozle and tease the Argyle defence who couldn’t handle the brilliance of the skillful winger. Before slotting a deft through ball to Clarke-Harris who rifled his shot past Cooper from close range.

It remained one-way traffic for the start of the second half as Peterborough looked to extend their lead.

They had the best chance to double the score in the 60th minute after wing-back Dan Butler was set through on goal by the lively Szmodics.

With only the keeper to beat the defender hit his shot hard and low but his effort clipped the outside of the far post rather than the back of the net.

Argyle made changes to try and get into the game, but despite having more possession they couldn’t work any openings on goal. A weak snapshot on the edge of the area from Jephcott in the 72nd minute was the closest they came to troubling Christy Pym in the Peterborough net.

As the away side pushed forward in search of an equaliser they were always going to leave themselves vulnerable at the back and in the 75th minute Peterborough had two huge chances to put the game beyond doubt.

The first fell to Clarke-Harris who latched onto the end of teasing delivery from Butler only to see his scuffed effort palmed away by the Argyle goalkeeper.

Then Dembele, who’s performance deserved a goal, dribbled past three Argyle defenders before cutting into onto his left foot. But from just 10 yards out the winger blazed his shot wide of the left-hand post when it looked easier to score.

After two consecutive losses Peterborough will be happy to get much-needed points to maintain their title challenge.

On the other hand, Argyle will be looking forward to being back at home after two long away days in three days. But their opposition doesn’t get any easier as they face promotion-chasing Lincoln City at Home Park in the FA Cup second round on Saturday.

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