Bottom-of-the-table Plymouth secured their first league win of the season against Macclesfield.

Former Oldham striker Warren Feeney gave the Pilgrims the lead, converting Connor Hourihane's cross.

The home side dominated preceedings in caretaker manager Carl Fletcher's first game in charge, with Will Atkinson firing narrowly wide before half-time.

Robbie Williams secured the points for Argyle, thumping in a 25-yard free-kick off the underside of the crossbar.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Plymouth Argyle's caretaker manager Carl Fletcher told BBC Radio Devon:

"I'm pleased for the back four, we worked hard with them in the week and I'm pleased for them to show the efforts they put in they get something out of it.

"Defensively, there are still things we want to try and tighten up.

"There are still things we can work on and get better at, but it's a good starting block."

Macclesfield manager Gary Simpson told BBC Radio Manchester:

"To get beat how we got beat today from two set-pieces is not good really.

"I'll certainly have a look at the team selection now, for certainly home games and it could be a bit different for away games.

"Sometimes you've just got to battle it out and hang in there."

Lineup, Bookings (6) & Substitutions (4)

Plymouth

  • 23 Cole
  • 02 Berry Booked
  • 05 King
  • 06 Nelson
  • 03 Williams
  • 07 Daley (Griffiths - 90' )
  • 08 Walton
  • 13 Soukouna Booked
  • 20 Hourihane
  • 21 Atkinson Booked
  • 11 Feeney

Substitutes

  • 01 Larrieu
  • 15 Young
  • 22 Griffiths
  • 27 Lecointe
  • 10 Hitchcock

Macclesfield

  • 01 Veiga
  • 03 Tremarco Booked (Daniel - 28' )
  • 05 Brown
  • 14 Diagne
  • 16 Brisley Booked
  • 24 Hewitt
  • 08 Draper Booked
  • 17 Wedgebury (Chalmers - 70' )
  • 20 Hamshaw
  • 09 Donnelly
  • 23 Tomlinson (Fairhurst - 73' )

Substitutes

  • 04 Kay
  • 07 Chalmers
  • 11 Daniel
  • 15 Grant
  • 18 Fairhurst
Ref: East
Att: 6,005

Match Stats

Shots

9 13

On target

6 3

Corners

6 5

Fouls

12 12

Live Text Commentary

95:55 Full time

Full Time The referee brings the game to a close.

90:00 +5:25

Shaun Brisley produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the target.

90:00 +4:41

Matthew Hamshaw takes the outswinging corner, Jake Cole makes a save.

90:00 +2:41 Substitution

Substitution Jamie Griffiths is brought on as a substitute for Luke Daley.

90:00 +2:26

Shot on goal by Waide Fairhurst from just inside the area goes over the target.

90:00 +1:03

Waide Fairhurst takes a shot. Save by Jake Cole.

89:19

Effort from the edge of the box by Nathaniel Brown goes wide of the right-hand upright.

86:38

Free kick awarded for a foul by Warren Feeney on Shaun Brisley. Free kick taken by Shaun Brisley.

84:32

Elliott Hewitt produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the target.

83:34

The offside flag is raised against Warren Feeney. Shaun Brisley takes the free kick.

82:44

Unfair challenge on Nathaniel Brown by Simon King results in a free kick. Colin Daniel takes the direct free kick, Nathaniel Brown takes a shot. Save made by Jake Cole.

81:03

Matthew Hamshaw takes the outswinging corner, clearance by Robbie Williams.

77:45

Effort from inside the area by Tony Diagne misses to the left of the target.

76:55

Free kick awarded for a foul by Ladjie Soukouna on Ross Draper. Free kick taken by Nathaniel Brown.

72:59 Substitution

Substitution Waide Fairhurst joins the action as a substitute, replacing Ben Tomlinson.

72:02 Booking

Booking Durrell Berry shown a yellow card.

71:54

Durrell Berry challenges Nathaniel Brown unfairly and gives away a free kick. Matthew Hamshaw takes the direct free kick.

70:55

Simon Walton concedes a free kick for a foul on Matthew Hamshaw. Elliott Hewitt takes the free kick.

70:05

Free kick awarded for a foul by Luke Daley on Ross Draper. Tony Diagne restarts play with the free kick.

69:40

Unfair challenge on Simon Walton by George Donnelly results in a free kick. Jake Cole restarts play with the free kick.

69:19 Substitution

Substitution Sam Wedgbury leaves the field to be replaced by Lewis Chalmers.

67:24

Free kick taken by Shaun Brisley.

67:24 Booking

Booking The referee shows Ladjie Soukouna a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

67:21

Unfair challenge on Sam Wedgbury by Ladjie Soukouna results in a free kick.

66:31

Ben Tomlinson fouled by Simon Walton, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Sam Wedgbury.

64:36

Effort from the edge of the penalty area by Tony Diagne goes wide of the left-hand post.

62:20

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Conor Hourihane, save made by Jose Veiga.

58:20

Matthew Hamshaw crosses the ball, Headed effort on goal by Colin Daniel from just inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.

56:32 Booking

Booking Ross Draper receives a yellow card.

56:29 Booking

Booking Will Atkinson shown a yellow card.

56:13

Will Atkinson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ross Draper. Elliott Hewitt takes the free kick.

52:42

Warren Feeney provided the assist for the goal.

52:42 Goal scored

Goal! - Robbie Williams - Plymouth 2 - 0 Macclesfld Robbie Williams scores a goal direct from the free kick from a long way out to the bottom left corner of the goal. Plymouth 2-0 Macclesfield.

52:02 Booking

Booking Shaun Brisley is cautioned.

51:56

Shaun Brisley concedes a free kick for a foul on Warren Feeney.

51:00

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Conor Hourihane.

48:41

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Will Atkinson by Elliott Hewitt. Conor Hourihane takes the direct free kick.

48:01

Unfair challenge on Simon Walton by George Donnelly results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jake Cole.

46:46

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Curtis Nelson by Ben Tomlinson. Jake Cole takes the direct free kick.

45:01

The referee gets the second half started.

45:00 +2:05 Half time

Half Time The whistle is blown to end the first half.

44:56

Shot by Ladjie Soukouna from just outside the area goes over the net.

44:19

Long distance effort from George Donnelly misses to the left of the goal.

42:49

Unfair challenge on Simon King by George Donnelly results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jake Cole.

41:26

Corner taken by Conor Hourihane, Effort from the edge of the box by Robbie Williams goes wide of the left-hand post.

41:06

Inswinging corner taken by Will Atkinson.

40:48

Conor Hourihane takes a shot. Save by Jose Veiga.

39:07

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Will Atkinson from the right by-line, Simon King concedes a free kick for a foul on Nathaniel Brown. Jose Veiga takes the free kick.

37:36

The assistant referee signals for offside against Ross Draper. Indirect free kick taken by Jake Cole.

34:00

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Sam Wedgbury, Curtis Nelson makes a clearance.

31:20

Simon Walton challenges Ben Tomlinson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Sam Wedgbury takes the free kick, Headed effort on goal by Shaun Brisley from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the target.

30:46

Ben Tomlinson challenges Simon King unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jake Cole takes the direct free kick.

28:43

Conor Hourihane produces a cross, Will Atkinson takes a shot. Save by Jose Veiga.

27:25 Substitution

Substitution (Macclesfield) makes a substitution, with Colin Daniel coming on for Carl Tremarco.

19:07

The assist for the goal came from Conor Hourihane.

19:07 Goal scored

Goal! - Warren Feeney - Plymouth 1 - 0 Macclesfld Warren Feeney grabs a goal from inside the penalty box high into the middle of the goal. Plymouth 1-0 Macclesfield.

18:42

Free kick awarded for a foul by Tony Diagne on Luke Daley. Conor Hourihane delivers the ball,

17:33

George Donnelly takes a shot. Save by Jake Cole.

16:27

Foul by Matthew Hamshaw on Ladjie Soukouna, free kick awarded. Conor Hourihane takes the direct free kick.

15:02

Corner taken by Matthew Hamshaw from the right by-line, Ross Draper produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.

14:34

The assistant referee flags for offside against George Donnelly. Jake Cole restarts play with the free kick.

13:22

Simon Walton takes a shot. Ross Draper gets a block in.

12:53

Will Atkinson takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, Elliott Hewitt manages to make a clearance.

12:39

Warren Feeney takes a shot. Blocked by Shaun Brisley.

10:56

The official flags Warren Feeney offside. Nathaniel Brown restarts play with the free kick.

9:10 Booking

Booking Carl Tremarco goes into the book.

9:01

Unfair challenge on Luke Daley by Carl Tremarco results in a free kick. Simon Walton takes the free kick.

7:34

Ladjie Soukouna produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the target.

4:31

George Donnelly challenges Durrell Berry unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jake Cole restarts play with the free kick.

1:47

Warren Feeney concedes a free kick for a foul on Shaun Brisley. Shaun Brisley takes the direct free kick.

0:51

Corner taken right-footed by Sam Wedgbury, free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Warren Feeney by Nathaniel Brown. Free kick taken by Jake Cole.

0:00

The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.

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