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Plymouth 1 Stanley 0

7 February 2015

Stanley suffered a fifth successive league defeat as they went down 1-0 to Plymouth Argyle.

Lewis Alessandra's first half goal was the difference between the teams at Home Park.

Plymouth hadn't celebrated a victory in their last seven games but they enjoyed their first win over Stanley at Home Park.

John Coleman switched his squad around in the hunt for a win. He made six changes to the team which lost to Northampton, bringing in deadline day signings striker Terry Gornell and keeper Scott Davies as well as Anthony Barry, Nicky Hunt, Josh Windass and Shay McCartan.

James Gray missed out altogether with a groin strain while Adam Buxton, Kal Naismith, Sean Maguire and Andy Procter dropped to the bench with the other deadline day signing Gerardo Bruna also a substitute.

There wasn't much goalmouth action in the first half hour with Stanley new signing Davies the first keeper to make a save when he rushed out deny Olly Lee as the midfielder raced through in the area.

Stanley's best chance of the game came four minutes later when Josh Windass picked up a poor back pass and, although Shay McCartan was rushing in unmarked, Windass  had a go himself  but his strike took a deflection.

Plymouth took the lead on 42 minutes when Stanley lost the ball in the box and former Morecambe striker Lewis Alessandra belted the ball home from a tight angle.

The Pilgrims almost got a second on the stroke of half-time but Davies managed to clear the ball before top scorer Reuben Reid could pounce.

Left back Michael Liddle came on after the break for Seamus Conneely with Dean Winnard moving into the centre of defence as Coleman looked for the winning formula.

The early chances fell for the home side with Reuben Reid heading wide and Hunt blocking a goalbound effort with goalscorer Alessandra also firing over the bar.

Defender Curtis Nelson had what looked like a simple tap-in but Stanley somehow managed to throw their bodies in front of the shot as Plymouth piled on the pressure.

Stanley still had half-chances with Gornell heading over the bar while Windass fired narrowly wide on the hour mark.

Coleman made two swift substitutions with Kal Naismith and Sean Maguire entering the fray for the final 25 plus minutes.

However Plymouth still had the better chances with Davies denying Reuben Reid at the near post and then the striker ran clean through but the Fleetwood loan keeper kept out Reid's goalbound effort with his legs.

With five minutes left, Gornell needed treatment to a bloody nose after taking a blow to the face from Peter Hartley, which referee Brendan Malone didn't punish.

In the finale, Davies kept out Carl McHugh's header while McHugh was in action at the other end to block Hunt's goalbound strike.

Windass blasted over in injury time as, despite late Stanley pressure, Plymouth took all three points.

STANLEY: Davies, Hunt, Conneely (Liddle 60), Atkinson, Winnard; Barry, Joyce; Mingoia (Naismith 60), Windass, McCartan(Maguire 63), Gornell

SUBS: Macey, Buxton, Bruna, Procter


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