Debutant Alex MacDonald completed a dramatic turnaround for relegation-threatened Plymouth as they held title-chasing Southend to a draw.

Michael Timlin gave the Shrimpers the lead after blocking keeper Jake Cole's attempted clearance and David Martin made it 2-0 from close range.

Nick Chadwick pulled one back from 20 yards out with five minutes left.

And Burnley loanee MacDonald pounced on a rebound after Joe Lennox's shot hit the post for a point.

MacDonald joined Argyle on transfer deadline day and his 88th-minute goal prevented Southend from going top, although his new side remain in the relegation zone.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Plymouth Argyle manager Carl Fletcher told BBC Radio Devon:

"I thought the fans were great today, especially in the first half when things weren't going too well. They kept behind the team non stop.

"That team spirit and bond we've got in the changing room is a rare thing.

"The lads don't know when they're beaten, which is a good thing."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (4)

Plymouth

  • 23 Cole
  • 05 Purse
  • 14 Bhasera
  • 22 Blanchard Booked
  • 28 Bignot
  • 08 Walton (Hourihane - 66' )
  • 15 Young (Lennox - 66' )
  • 19 Wotton
  • 09 Tsoumou (MacDonald - 70' )
  • 29 Chadwick
  • 31 Hemmings

Substitutes

  • 01 Larrieu
  • 02 Berry
  • 20 Hourihane
  • 21 Lennox
  • 32 MacDonald

Southend

  • 01 Morris
  • 02 Clohessy
  • 03 Gilbert
  • 06 Bilel
  • 23 Barker
  • 27 Baldwin
  • 04 Hall
  • 08 Timlin Booked
  • 14 Martin Booked (Harris - 83' )
  • 19 Kalala
  • 22 Dickinson Booked

Substitutes

  • 12 Ferdinand
  • 16 Prosser
  • 07 Grant
  • 09 Harris
  • 24 Benyon
Ref: Sarginson
Att: 6,328

Match Stats

Shots

11 12

On target

7 6

Corners

5 8

Fouls

12 17

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:17 Full time

Full Time The referee brings the game to a close.

89:58

Neil Harris fouled by Darren Purse, the ref awards a free kick. Ryan Hall sends in a cross, Header from deep inside the penalty area by Pat Baldwin goes harmlessly over the crossbar.

87:50

Joe Lennox provided the assist for the goal.

87:50 Goal scored

Goal! - Alex MacDonald - Plymouth 2 - 2 Southend A goal is scored by Alex MacDonald from close in to the bottom right corner of the goal. Plymouth 2-2 Southend.

87:25

Corner from the right by-line taken by Conor Hourihane, Shot by Joe Lennox from inside the box bounces off the post.

86:51

Corner taken right-footed by Paul Wotton from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by JP Kalala.

85:19 Goal scored

Goal! - Nick Chadwick - Plymouth 1 - 2 Southend Nick Chadwick fires in a goal from just outside the penalty area to the top right corner of the goal. Plymouth 1-2 Southend.

84:47

Foul by Liam Dickinson on Onismor Bhasera, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Jake Cole.

83:44

Nick Chadwick concedes a free kick for a foul on Chris Barker. Direct free kick taken by Glenn Morris.

82:42 Substitution

Substitution David Martin goes off and Neil Harris comes on.

81:15

Short corner taken by Ryan Hall from the left by-line.

80:58

Ryan Hall takes a shot. Jake Cole makes a save.

79:45

Unfair challenge on Paul Bignot by David Martin results in a free kick. The ball is crossed by Paul Wotton, Maxime Blanchard has a header from inside the six-yard box and clears the crossbar.

78:49

Liam Dickinson takes a long range shot clearing the crossbar.

78:00

David Martin fouled by Paul Bignot, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Liam Dickinson.

74:00

Corner taken right-footed by Paul Wotton, Chris Barker makes a clearance.

72:15

Unfair challenge on Peter Gilbert by Alex MacDonald results in a free kick. Chris Barker takes the free kick.

70:49

Jake Cole takes the direct free kick.

70:49 Booking

Booking Booking for Liam Dickinson for unsporting behaviour.

70:24

Free kick awarded for a foul by Liam Dickinson on Darren Purse.

69:28

Glenn Morris restarts play with the free kick.

69:28 Substitution

Substitution Alex MacDonald on for Juvhel Tsoumou.

69:28

Juvhel Tsoumou gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Chris Barker.

68:50

Conor Hourihane takes a shot. Save by Glenn Morris.

66:16

Juvhel Tsoumou is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Chris Barker takes the free kick.

65:31 Substitution

Substitution Luke Young leaves the field to be replaced by Joe Lennox.

65:31 Substitution

Substitution Conor Hourihane is brought on as a substitute for Simon Walton.

60:19

Nick Chadwick concedes a free kick for a foul on Peter Gilbert. Free kick taken by Chris Barker.

59:07

Corner taken right-footed by Paul Wotton from the right by-line, Liam Dickinson makes a clearance.

58:44

Ashley Hemmings takes a shot. Blocked by David Martin.

57:26

Direct free kick taken by Juvhel Tsoumou.

57:26 Booking

Booking Michael Timlin receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

56:35

Outswinging corner taken by Paul Wotton, Ryan Hall manages to make a clearance. Michael Timlin is adjudged to have handled the ball.

56:09

Ashley Hemmings fouled by Sean Clohessy, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Paul Wotton from left wing, save by Glenn Morris.

53:41

Shot from close range by Ryan Hall misses to the right of the goal.

52:15

Nick Chadwick takes a shot. Glenn Morris makes a save.

51:41

Darren Purse restarts play with the free kick.

51:41 Booking

Booking Booking for David Martin for unsporting behaviour.

51:30

Free kick awarded for a foul by David Martin on Paul Bignot.

50:57

Foul by Ashley Hemmings on Sean Clohessy, free kick awarded. Glenn Morris takes the free kick.

47:35

David Martin challenges Paul Bignot unfairly and gives away a free kick. Paul Bignot takes the direct free kick. Ashley Hemmings takes a shot. Glenn Morris makes a save.

47:17

Michael Timlin gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Paul Wotton. Paul Wotton restarts play with the free kick.

45:01

The second half begins.

45:00 +2:19 Half time

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

45:00 +1:51

Effort on goal by Bilel Mohsni from long range goes over the crossbar.

45:00 +0:36

Luke Young fouled by David Martin, the ref awards a free kick. Paul Bignot restarts play with the free kick.

44:18

The referee penalises Sean Clohessy for handball. Ashley Hemmings takes the free kick.

42:44

Ryan Hall takes a shot. Save made by Jake Cole.

40:59

Unfair challenge on Luke Young by Ryan Hall results in a free kick. The free kick is delivered left-footed by Ashley Hemmings from right wing, JP Kalala manages to make a clearance.

36:03

The ball is swung over by Ryan Hall, Strike from close range by Bilel Mohsni clears the bar.

33:32

The assist for the goal came from Liam Dickinson.

33:32 Goal scored

Goal! - David Martin - Plymouth 0 - 2 Southend Goal scored by David Martin from close range high into the middle of the goal. Plymouth 0-2 Southend.

33:13

Corner taken left-footed by Ryan Hall, Liam Dickinson takes a shot.

32:41

Corner taken left-footed by Ryan Hall to the near post, clearance by Simon Walton.

31:47

Michael Timlin fouled by Luke Young, the ref awards a free kick. Ryan Hall crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance made by Darren Purse.

30:39

Unfair challenge on Juvhel Tsoumou by Bilel Mohsni results in a free kick. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Juvhel Tsoumou, save by Glenn Morris.

30:16

Ryan Hall takes a shot. Darren Purse gets a block in.

29:47

Direct free kick taken by Michael Timlin.

29:47 Booking

Booking Maxime Blanchard shown a yellow card.

29:21

Unfair challenge on Ryan Hall by Maxime Blanchard results in a free kick.

28:08

Free kick awarded for a foul by JP Kalala on Nick Chadwick. Simon Walton takes the direct free kick.

25:54

Liam Dickinson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Paul Wotton. Jake Cole takes the free kick.

18:11

Corner taken left-footed by Ryan Hall, Liam Dickinson takes a shot. Blocked by Ashley Hemmings.

17:41

Inswinging corner taken by Ryan Hall from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance by Onismor Bhasera.

16:18

Shot from long distance by Paul Wotton goes wide of the left-hand upright.

15:22

Sean Clohessy concedes a free kick for a foul on Ashley Hemmings. Maxime Blanchard takes the direct free kick.

14:00

Corner taken by Ryan Hall from the left by-line, Unfair challenge on Darren Purse by Pat Baldwin results in a free kick. Jake Cole takes the direct free kick.

13:29

Corner taken by JP Kalala from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance by Paul Bignot.

13:12

Peter Gilbert fouled by Juvhel Tsoumou, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Peter Gilbert.

12:26

JP Kalala takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Paul Bignot.

11:04

Pat Baldwin concedes a free kick for a foul on Nick Chadwick. Free kick crossed by Paul Wotton, save by Glenn Morris.

9:27

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Onismor Bhasera by Pat Baldwin. Jake Cole takes the direct free kick.

9:02

Free kick awarded for a foul by Juvhel Tsoumou on Peter Gilbert. Free kick taken by JP Kalala.

8:20

Ashley Hemmings challenges JP Kalala unfairly and gives away a free kick. Sean Clohessy restarts play with the free kick.

4:56

Handball decision goes against Nick Chadwick. Free kick taken by Chris Barker.

2:47

Pat Baldwin gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nick Chadwick. Paul Wotton produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick.

0:58 Goal scored

Goal! - Michael Timlin - Plymouth 0 - 1 Southend Michael Timlin scores a goal from deep inside the penalty area low into the middle of the goal. Plymouth 0-1 Southend.

0:24

The official flags Juvhel Tsoumou offside. Glenn Morris takes the direct free kick.

0:00

The game begins.

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