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5 December 2020

Nolan and Jackson on target as Blues return to winning ways

Two second-half goals in as many minutes saw Town come from behind to pick up three points at 10-man Plymouth.

Luke Jephcott put the hosts ahead early on as the hosts but quickfire goals from Jon Nolan and Kayden Jackson midway through the second half - following the dismissal of Danny Mayor - saw Blues comeback to claim a victory on the road.

Paul Lambert made three changes to the starting XI from the draw at Oxford in midweek as Brett McGavin, Alan Judge and Jackson replaced Andre Dozzell (suspension), Keanan Bennetts and Aaron Drinan respectively.

A last-ditch tackle from Frank Nouble prevented Judge from pulling the trigger from inside the area as Blues looked to threaten from an early corner.

Town could well have had a penalty on seven minutes after Jack Lankester appeared to be brought down by Jerome Opoku but referee Ollie Yates waved away the appeals.

Plymouth took the lead with a well-worked goal with just under 15 minutes played. Nouble held up the ball before laying it out to Conor Grant on the left wing. Grant's drilled cross was met by Jephcott, whose shot from the edge of the six-yard box bounced off the underside of the crossbar and was adjuged to have gone over the line.

Jackson looked set to equalise just over five minutes later after latching onto Lankester's through ball but Will Aimson put in a well-timed challenge to block his shot from inside the box.

Luke Chambers fired wide from 25 yards after Judge and Stephen Ward had worked the ball well down the left wing, Lankester also not too far away from getting a vital touch.

Mayor cut inside from the left wing and curled wide of the far post as the hosts continued to look dangerous on the counter attack.

Dai Cornell then had to be alert as Jephcott looked to be in for what would have been his second goal, smothing at the feet of the Argyle forward.

McGavin picked up the first booking after the break for a trip on Panutche Camara, Plymouth's Mayor also getting a yellow card for time wasting shortly afterwards.

With a number of Pilgrims players putting their bodies on the line inside the box, McGavin then tried his luck from range but his powerful drive was straight at Michael Cooper.

Town then nearly pulled off a carbon copy of the opening goal - Ward, Judge and Armando Dobra all combining down the left-hand side before the latter's low cross found Jackson, who saw his shot turned behind by Opoku.

Plymouth were reduced to 10 men with 20 minutes to go, Mayor picking up a second yellow card after scything down Dobra in the middle of the park. Nouble was also booked for dissent in the aftermath.

That provided the spark for a Blues revival. Three minutes later, Nolan brought down a deep cross into the box and half-volleyed into the top corner.

Town were celebrating again in just a matter of seconds as Jackson found the bottom corner with a left-footed strike to turn the game on it's head after substitute Oli Hawkins had brought the ball down on his chest.

Watts fired over from the edge of the box late on but Blues held on for the three points

Plymouth: Cooper, Watts, Aimson, Nouble (Reeves 78), Edwards (C) (Moore 78), Mayor, Grant, Fornah (Telford 90), Opoku, Camara, Jephcott (Hardie 68).

Subs: McCormick, Wooton, Canavan.

Town: Cornell, Chambers (C), Woolfenden, McGuinness, Ward, McGavin (Bennetts 65), Nolan, Dobra, Lankester (Hawkins 65), Jackson, Judge. 

Subs: Holy, Nsiala, Ndaba, Huws, Gibbs.

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