Plymouth Argyle climbed out of the League Two relegation zone with a late equaliser against Crawley Town.

Centre-back Maxine Blanchard scored a 90th-minute overhead-kick to lift the hosts one point clear of the drop zone.

Crawley had taken the lead in first-half injury time when David Hunt's left-wing free-kick was met by the head of Pablo Mills.

The late equaliser denied the visitors a chance to go top following defeats for Southend  and Cheltenham. 

But they do move up to second on goal difference and three points clear of fourth-placed Swindon.

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Plymouth Argyle manager Carl Fletcher told BBC Radio Devon:

"Where we are at the moment, we have to make sure we are hard to beat. Overall we knew we had to defend corners well, long throws and they were getting balls in the box but I thought generally we did that.

"The lads stuck to their task really well with what we worked on all week and put their heads and bodies on the line. In terms of doing our jobs and in terms of doing the ugly stuff right we did that quite well.

"Every point is vital at the moment and to take one away from the teams towards the top of the league is a real bonus."

Crawley assistant manager Paul Raynor told BBC Sussex:

"One of their guys switched off for our goal, and Tyrone Barnett switched off, his man scored the equaliser. That's the bottom line. But the game should be dead and buried before that.

"We had enough possession and created some chances, and didn't kill the game off. And when you don't do that, 1-0 is a slender lead, and that can happen.

"Scott Shearer has had one save in the game, and I feel for the back four. They've been very solid."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (4)

Plymouth Argyle

  • 23 Cole
  • 05 Purse Booked
  • 14 Bhasera
  • 22 Blanchard
  • 28 Bignot
  • 08 Walton
  • 15 Young (Lennox - 87' )
  • 19 Wotton
  • 31 Hemmings
  • 11 Feeney (Soukouna - 70' )
  • 27 Lecointe (Sutherland - 87' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Larrieu
  • 02 Berry
  • 13 Soukouna
  • 21 Lennox
  • 10 Sutherland

Crawley Town

  • 25 Shearer
  • 03 Howell
  • 04 Mills
  • 05 McFadzean
  • 28 Davis (Akpan - 46' )
  • 08 Torres Booked
  • 13 Hunt
  • 15 Bulman
  • 22 Neilson
  • 09 Tubbs
  • 23 Barnett

Substitutes

  • 01 Kuipers
  • 20 Wassmer
  • 06 Akpan
  • 11 Simpson
  • 12 Smith
Ref: Phil Gibbs
Att: 6,417

Match Stats

Shots

9 13

On target

6 5

Corners

4 11

Fouls

8 14

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:32 Full time

Full Time The match has reached full-time.

90:00 +3:01

Foul by Tyrone Barnett on Darren Purse, free kick awarded. Jake Cole takes the direct free kick.

89:19

Paul Wotton provided the assist for the goal.

89:19 Goal scored

Goal! - Maxime Blanchard - Plymouth 1 - 1 Crawley Maxime Blanchard scores a goal from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Plymouth 1-1 Crawley Town.

89:05

Outswinging corner taken by Joe Lennox from the right by-line,

88:47

Ashley Hemmings takes a shot. Scott Shearer makes a fantastic save.

86:25

Strike comes in from Dean Howell from the free kick.

86:25 Substitution

Substitution Joe Lennox comes on in place of Luke Young.

86:25 Substitution

Substitution Craig Sutherland on for Matt Lecointe.

86:25

Unfair challenge on Sergio Torres by Maxime Blanchard results in a free kick.

82:02

The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Jake Cole.

76:26

Foul by Maxime Blanchard on Matthew Tubbs, free kick awarded. The free kick is swung in right-footed by David Hunt, Paul Wotton makes a clearance.

71:47

Hope Akpan challenges Paul Bignot unfairly and gives away a free kick. Paul Bignot takes the free kick.

71:33

Tyrone Barnett takes a shot. Blocked by Darren Purse.

69:41 Substitution

Substitution Ladjie Soukouna on for Warren Feeney.

68:23

Cross/shot by Kyle McFadzean.

66:09

Matthew Tubbs takes a shot. Save by Jake Cole.

65:55

Unfair challenge on Simon Walton by Tyrone Barnett results in a free kick. Jake Cole takes the direct free kick.

62:29

Warren Feeney takes a shot. Blocked by Hope Akpan.

61:35

Dannie Bulman gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Maxime Blanchard. Ashley Hemmings crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance by Kyle McFadzean.

60:34

Free kick awarded for a foul by Kyle McFadzean on Matt Lecointe. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Ashley Hemmings, clearance made by Tyrone Barnett.

60:16

Shot from just outside the box by Hope Akpan goes over the bar.

59:16

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by David Hunt from the right by-line, clearance by Darren Purse.

58:09

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Ashley Hemmings, Dannie Bulman makes a clearance.

55:00

David Hunt fouled by Ashley Hemmings, the ref awards a free kick. Kyle McFadzean takes the direct free kick.

45:01

The referee gets the second half started.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Claude Davis goes off and Hope Akpan comes on.

45:00 +3:16 Half time

Half Time The referee calls an end to the first half.

45:00 +2:29

Claude Davis gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ashley Hemmings. Free kick crossed right-footed by Luke Young, Tyrone Barnett makes a clearance.

45:00 +1:56

Tyrone Barnett is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Simon Walton takes the free kick.

45:00 +0:09

Assist by David Hunt.

45:00 +0:09 Goal scored

Goal! - Pablo Mills - Plymouth 0 - 1 Crawley Pablo Mills finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close in. Plymouth 0-1 Crawley Town.

44:35

Matt Lecointe challenges Sergio Torres unfairly and gives away a free kick. A cross is delivered by David Hunt,

43:13

Corner taken right-footed by Claude Davis from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Darren Purse.

41:26

Foul by Warren Feeney on Claude Davis, free kick awarded. Scott Shearer takes the free kick.

37:43

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Sergio Torres by Paul Wotton. Dean Howell restarts play with the free kick.

36:24

Direct free kick taken by Scott Shearer.

36:24 Booking

Booking Darren Purse receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.

36:16

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Matthew Tubbs by Darren Purse.

34:44

The ball is swung over by Dean Howell, Header by Dannie Bulman from deep inside the penalty area misses to the left of the goal.

32:55

Pablo Mills challenges Warren Feeney unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed by Ashley Hemmings.

31:52

Ashley Hemmings takes a shot. Save by Scott Shearer.

28:06

Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by David Hunt, Tyrone Barnett produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the target.

27:33

Inswinging corner taken by David Hunt from the left by-line, save by Jake Cole.

26:52

Inswinging corner taken by David Hunt from the right by-line played to the near post, Darren Purse makes a clearance.

26:09

Corner taken right-footed by David Hunt from the right by-line, Matthew Tubbs takes a shot. Save made by Jake Cole.

25:48

Corner taken right-footed by David Hunt, clearance made by Darren Purse.

25:07

Free kick awarded for a foul by Paul Bignot on Matthew Tubbs. Scott Shearer restarts play with the free kick.

24:40

Warren Feeney fouled by Kyle McFadzean, the ref awards a free kick. Darren Purse takes the free kick.

22:18

The offside flag is raised against Warren Feeney. Scott Shearer restarts play with the free kick.

21:05

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by David Hunt, Header from deep inside the penalty area by Kyle McFadzean goes harmlessly over the crossbar.

20:53

Shot from outside the box by Kyle McFadzean misses to the left of the target.

19:31

Effort on goal by Matthew Tubbs from inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the bar.

18:46

Corner taken by David Hunt from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Simon Walton.

16:00

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Luke Young by Sergio Torres. Direct free kick taken by Jake Cole.

14:40

Corner taken short by Luke Young, Shot from outside the penalty box by Paul Wotton goes wide right of the goal.

14:24

Ashley Hemmings takes a shot. Dean Howell gets a block in.

12:56

David Hunt takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, Simon Walton makes a clearance.

11:14

Sergio Torres challenges Luke Young unfairly and gives away a free kick. Darren Purse takes the free kick.

9:30

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Matt Lecointe by Claude Davis. Maxime Blanchard takes the free kick.

8:15

Corner taken left-footed by Ashley Hemmings, Darren Purse produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.

7:11

Ashley Hemmings restarts play with the free kick.

7:11 Booking

Booking Sergio Torres is booked.

7:06

Unfair challenge on Ashley Hemmings by Sergio Torres results in a free kick.

6:33

Tyrone Barnett takes a shot. Darren Purse gets a block in.

6:04

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by David Hunt from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Simon Walton.

4:03

Unfair challenge on Matt Lecointe by Claude Davis results in a free kick. Darren Purse takes the direct free kick.

1:49

Shot on goal by Warren Feeney from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.

0:25

Unfair challenge on Ashley Hemmings by Pablo Mills results in a free kick. Paul Wotton has a direct shot on goal from the free kick, blocked by Dean Howell.

0:00

The game gets underway.

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