Raffaele De Vita's late strike gave Swindon a narrow victory over bottom-of-the-league Plymouth.

Jake Jervis had an early opportunity for the visitors but headed wide from Liam Ridehalgh's deep cross.

Plymouth's best chance came from Jamie Griffith's header, which was tipped over the bar by Wes Foderingham.

De Vita secured victory for Swindon with a neat finish from Matt Ritchie's cross, leaving Plymouth four points adrift at the bottom of League Two.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Plymouth Argyle caretaker manager Carl Fletcher told BBC Radio Devon:

"Disappointed in the result but the performance was really good from the lads. They did everything we asked.

"That's probably the best performance of the season. I can't be more proud of them.

"In football sometimes you don't get what you deserve, and I don't think we deserved to lose today."

Swindon Town manager Paolo di Canio told BBC Wiltshire:

"I'm very happy. It was difficult today but once again the best team on the field tried to play football.

"The goal we scored they should show at Champions League level in the way we move the ball, the quality of the passing and the finish.

"It was a tough week for me [after his father passed away]."

Lineup, Bookings (5) & Substitutions (6)

Plymouth Argyle

  • 23 Cole
  • 02 Berry
  • 06 Nelson
  • 19 Gibson
  • 03 Williams Booked
  • 08 Walton
  • 13 Soukouna (Griffiths - 77' )
  • 20 Hourihane Booked
  • 21 Atkinson (Bhasera - 90' )
  • 11 Feeney (Vassel - 66' )
  • 27 Lecointe

Substitutes

  • 01 Larrieu
  • 14 Bhasera
  • 15 Young
  • 22 Griffiths
  • 24 Vassel

Swindon

  • 35 Foderingham
  • 04 Flint
  • 07 Caddis
  • 36 Ridehalgh
  • 08 Ferry
  • 10 Ritchie
  • 12 McCormack Booked
  • 24 Smith (Risser - 85' )
  • 23 De Vita Booked
  • 33 Jervis (Connell - 90' )
  • 34 Montano (Kerrouche - 46' Booked )

Substitutes

  • 05 Devera
  • 13 Risser
  • 17 Connell
  • 29 Magera
  • 39 Kerrouche
Ref: Woolmer
Att: 6,872

Match Stats

Shots

11 14

On target

8 5

Corners

7 5

Fouls

7 11

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:48 Full time

Full Time The match has reached full-time.

90:00 +4:16

Jamie Griffiths takes a shot. Blocked by Paul Caddis. Outswinging corner taken by Conor Hourihane, clearance made by Aden Flint.

90:00 +2:14 Substitution

Substitution Will Atkinson leaves the field to be replaced by Onismor Bhasera.

90:00 +1:12 Substitution

Substitution Jake Jervis leaves the field to be replaced by Alan Connell.

89:53

Matt Lecointe concedes a free kick for a foul on Oliver Risser. Wesley Foderingham restarts play with the free kick.

84:31

Wesley Foderingham takes the direct free kick.

84:31 Substitution

Substitution Jonathan Smith leaves the field to be replaced by Oliver Risser.

84:31

Unfair challenge on Matt Ritchie by Jamie Griffiths results in a free kick.

82:47

Durrell Berry fouled by Mehdi Kerrouche, the ref awards a free kick. Simon Walton takes the free kick.

82:01 Booking

Booking Raffaele De Vita receives a caution.

81:27

Assist on the goal came from Matt Ritchie.

81:27 Goal scored

Goal! - Raffaele De Vita - Plymouth 0 - 1 Swindon A goal is scored by Raffaele De Vita from just inside the penalty area to the bottom right corner of the goal. Plymouth 0-1 Swindon.

78:23

Corner taken right-footed by Will Atkinson from the left by-line, clearance made by Aden Flint.

76:42

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Conor Hourihane from the right by-line, Jamie Griffiths takes a shot. Save made by Wesley Foderingham.

76:42 Substitution

Substitution Jamie Griffiths replaces Ladjie Soukouna.

75:36

Effort on goal by Liam Ridehalgh from just inside the area clears the crossbar.

74:36

Jonathan Smith challenges Conor Hourihane unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jake Cole.

73:50

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Raffaele De Vita by Durrell Berry. Direct free kick taken by Liam Ridehalgh.

71:46

Short corner worked by Matt Ritchie, Simon Ferry takes a shot. Ladjie Soukouna gets a block in. The ball is crossed by Mehdi Kerrouche, Jonathan Smith has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.

68:29

Ladjie Soukouna challenges Liam Ridehalgh unfairly and gives away a free kick. Wesley Foderingham restarts play with the free kick.

67:00

Long range effort from Jake Jervis misses to the left of the goal.

65:45

Shot on goal by Jake Jervis from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.

65:02 Substitution

Substitution Isaac Vassell is brought on as a substitute for Warren Feeney.

63:00

Jonathan Smith produces a right-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses left.

58:48

Simon Walton takes a shot. Blocked by Aden Flint.

57:46

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ladjie Soukouna by Simon Ferry. Will Atkinson crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, Liam Ridehalgh manages to make a clearance.

57:27

The referee blows for offside against Warren Feeney. Wesley Foderingham takes the indirect free kick.

56:46

Foul by Simon Ferry on Ben Gibson, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Jake Cole.

54:10

Mehdi Kerrouche produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick.

54:10 Booking

Booking Conor Hourihane is cautioned.

54:01

The referee gives a free kick against Conor Hourihane for handball.

52:28

Conor Hourihane takes a shot. Save made by Wesley Foderingham.

51:07

Jake Cole restarts play with the free kick.

51:07 Booking

Booking The referee shows Mehdi Kerrouche a yellow card for dissent.

50:52

Handball by Mehdi Kerrouche.

45:45

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Simon Ferry by Conor Hourihane. Free kick taken by Alan McCormack.

45:01

The second half begins.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Mehdi Kerrouche replaces Cristian Montano.

45:00 +1:20 Half time

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

44:27

Shot from just outside the box by Simon Walton misses to the left of the target.

42:36

Matt Ritchie takes a shot. Blocked by Ben Gibson. Foul by Ladjie Soukouna on Paul Caddis, free kick awarded. Matt Ritchie produces a cross, Raffaele De Vita takes a shot. Blocked by Durrell Berry. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Raffaele De Vita, save made by Jake Cole.

41:11

Warren Feeney fouled by Aden Flint, the ref awards a free kick. Robbie Williams produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick, save made by Wesley Foderingham.

40:37

Cristian Montano has an effort at goal from just inside the box that misses to the right of the target.

37:29

Conor Hourihane takes the direct free kick.

37:29 Booking

Booking Caution for Alan McCormack.

37:23

Unfair challenge on Warren Feeney by Alan McCormack results in a free kick.

35:10

Conor Hourihane fouled by Simon Ferry, the ref awards a free kick. Simon Walton takes the free kick.

34:48

Liam Ridehalgh sends in a cross, Matt Ritchie takes a shot. Save by Jake Cole.

33:00

Jake Jervis takes the inswinging corner, Foul by Cristian Montano on Robbie Williams, free kick awarded. Jake Cole takes the free kick.

29:38

Cristian Montano takes a shot. Save by Jake Cole.

26:46

Paul Caddis gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Warren Feeney. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Will Atkinson.

25:28 Booking

Booking Robbie Williams booked.

23:44

Curtis Nelson takes a shot. Aden Flint gets a block in. Effort on goal by Warren Feeney from just inside the penalty box goes harmlessly over the target.

22:50

Foul by Cristian Montano on Ladjie Soukouna, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Robbie Williams.

21:13

Inswinging corner taken by Matt Ritchie, Aden Flint challenges Conor Hourihane unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jake Cole restarts play with the free kick.

18:36

A cross is delivered by Liam Ridehalgh, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Jake Jervis misses to the right of the target.

17:34

Unfair challenge on Matt Ritchie by Ladjie Soukouna results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Paul Caddis.

15:49

Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Will Atkinson, Curtis Nelson takes a shot. Blocked by Matt Ritchie.

15:29

The offside flag is raised against Cristian Montano. Indirect free kick taken by Jake Cole.

9:02

Robbie Williams produces a cross, clearance by Aden Flint. Inswinging corner taken by Conor Hourihane from the right by-line played to the near post, Aden Flint manages to make a clearance. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Will Atkinson, Curtis Nelson takes a shot. Blocked by Matt Lecointe. Robbie Williams takes a shot. Save made by Wesley Foderingham.

6:50

Corner from the right by-line taken by Conor Hourihane, save by Wesley Foderingham.

0:00

The game gets underway.

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