Plymouth Argyle 1 -1 Crewe Alexandra Match Report

Luke Jephcott scored his 13th league goal of the season as Plymouth Argyle and Crewe Alexandra shared the points at Home Park.

Jephcott calmly finessed a penalty into the bottom right corner in the 11th minute after Connor Grant was brought down in the area.

The scores were leveled in the 64th minute when Oli Finney latched onto the end of a pass from Michael Mandron to prod past Michael Cooper to cap off a well-worked team goal.

In stoppage time Pilgrims midfielder Panutche Camara was shown a second yellow card for a second bookable offence.

A point for both teams means that Argyle remain in 15th whilst Crewe slip to 10th in the table with five points separating the sides.

Plymouth Argyle starting lineup

The home side who were confident having beaten Championship outfit Huddersfield Town in the FA Cup last time out started the brighter of the sides and were rewarded for their efforts with a penalty.

Following a short corner routine with teammate Danny Mayor, Grant playing at wing-back drove into the area before being stopped in his path illegally by defender Luke Offord.

A decision that was largely debated by fans on social media meant that Argyle had a penalty and that opportunity that was clinically taken by Jephcott. The Welsh Under 21 sent goalkeeper Dave Richards the wrong way to score his 15th goal in all competitions.

Crewe responded well to going behind but couldn’t break down a stubborn Argyle defence. The closest they got was when Charlie Kirk fed Oli Finney in the 26th minute. But his tame effort couldn’t find a way past Cooper.

Argyle dominated the remainder of the first half but couldn’t add to their lead But in the 38th minute Jephcott had the chance to double his and Argyle’s tally for the afternoon.

Panutche Camara drove through the midfield and found Jephcott on the edge of the area. His powerful left footed strike was denied by Edwards with an acrobatic save.

A barrage of Argyle attempts rained on the Alex goal before the halftime whistle but long-distance efforts from Grant, Kelland Watts or Tyrese Fornah couldn’t find their way past an inspired Edwards or his defenders.

In the second half Argyle started the better of the sides but like the first half struggled to get past Edwards.

A flowing move down the right side of the pitch involving the once again lively Jephcott resulted in a shot for Grant which was parried, and the rebound from Camara was smothered by the goalkeeper in the 60th minute.

Following those missed chances Crewe began to grow back into the game and got the goal their gutsy performance deserved.

Ryan Wintle worked tirelessly to regain possession before finding striker Mandron who swiveled and snuck a pass through the legs of the Argyle defender to Finney.

The midfielder shook off the attention of the covering defender and calmly poked a shot into the bottom right corner.

The hosts introduced Liverpool loanee Adam Lewis for his debut late on as they looked to get all three points. His neat interplay with Grant led to Argyle’s final chance of the game, as the ball came to Camara 20 yards out from goal with 81 minutes played.

The midfielder struck his shot with venom, but it was well matched by Edwards who was certainly the man of the match for the away side.

In the second minute of stoppage time, Camara was shown a second yellow card, stopping a counter-attack giving the referee no choice but to reach for his pocket.

This means Argyle have only lost once in their last six outings, form which they will need to replicate in the coming week as they prepare for consecutive away days to Sunderland midweek before an FA Cup tie with Sheffield United.

 

 

 

 

 

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