Plymouth dropped back into the League Two relegation zone after losing by a single goal at Rotherham.

Lewis Grabban scored the only goal from the penalty spot after Darren Purse fouled substitute Gareth Evans.

Alex Revell had earlier gone close for the Millers, while Maxime Blanchard's audacious shot from inside his own half was the closest Argyle came to a goal.

Northampton's home win against Aldershot means Plymouth slip down to second-bottom in the table.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Rotherham United manager Andy Scott tells BBC Radio Sheffield:

"It's a win, that's all that matters at this stage of the season.

"We could have been a lot more comfortable during the last two or three minutes of the game, we made it a bit hairy and scary for ourselves.

"Game management in the last five minutes wasn't good, but they didn't really threaten our goal throughout the whole game.

"We defended very well throughout the whole game, we had numerous opportunities to seal it and didn't take it so you're heart is in you're mouth for the last few minutes."

Plymouth Argyle manager Carl Fletcher told BBC Radio Devon:

Plymouth Argyle manager Carl Fletcher told BBC Radio Devon:

"The ref didn't give us anything all day. he was dying to give something against us.

"We knew it was going to be a fight and Rotherham were better than us today. We didn't do it well enough.

"It was sunny one minute, then windy, it was a bobbly pitch. We're disappointed as we know we didn't do ourselves justice today."

Lineup, Bookings (1) & Substitutions (6)

Rotherham

  • 01 Taylor
  • 17 Mullins
  • 24 Raynes
  • 04 Harrison
  • 08 Taylor Booked
  • 11 Schofield (Evans - 46' )
  • 15 Bradley
  • 18 Pringle (Harrad - 66' )
  • 26 Wood
  • 09 Revell
  • 23 Grabban (Tonge - 88' )

Substitutes

  • 21 Warrington
  • 02 Tonge
  • 07 Evans
  • 28 Cadogan
  • 10 Harrad

Plymouth

  • 23 Cole
  • 02 Berry
  • 05 Purse
  • 14 Bhasera
  • 22 Blanchard
  • 03 Williams (Lennox - 72' )
  • 08 Walton
  • 15 Young (Feeney - 60' )
  • 19 Wotton
  • 32 MacDonald (Hemmings - 79' )
  • 29 Chadwick

Substitutes

  • 01 Larrieu
  • 20 Hourihane
  • 21 Lennox
  • 11 Feeney
  • 31 Hemmings
Ref: Carl Berry
Att: 3,475

Match Stats

Shots

10 6

On target

3 3

Corners

7 3

Fouls

13 10

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:22 Full time

Full Time The match has reached full-time.

90:00 +3:56

Onismor Bhasera takes the free kick.

90:00 +3:56 Booking

Booking Booking for Jason Taylor for dissent.

90:00 +3:40

Free kick awarded for a foul by Mark Bradley on Darren Purse.

90:00 +2:57

Darren Purse has an effort at goal from the edge of the box that misses to the right of the target.

90:00 +2:44

The ball is delivered by Dale Tonge, save made by Jake Cole.

90:00 +2:15

Onismor Bhasera concedes a free kick for a foul on Shaun Harrad. Direct free kick taken by Dale Tonge.

90:00 +1:05

Gareth Evans takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the crossbar.

90:00 +0:11

Free kick awarded for a foul by Gareth Evans on Warren Feeney. Paul Wotton crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel, clearance by Johnny Mullins.

89:59

Mark Bradley delivers the ball, Maxime Blanchard makes a clearance.

88:37

Darren Purse takes a shot. Save by Rhys Taylor.

87:52

Shot by Shaun Harrad from outside the box goes high over the target.

87:02 Substitution

Substitution Dale Tonge on for Lewis Grabban.

86:25

Lewis Grabban takes a shot. Save by Jake Cole.

86:18

The ball is swung over by Lewis Grabban, Darren Purse makes a clearance.

85:20

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ashley Hemmings by Mark Bradley. Onismor Bhasera takes the direct free kick.

84:27

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ashley Hemmings by Mark Bradley. Paul Wotton delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing, clearance by Michael Raynes.

82:31

Onismor Bhasera delivers the ball, clearance made by Johnny Mullins.

81:01

Alex Revell is ruled offside. Jake Cole takes the free kick.

78:21

Jake Cole takes the free kick.

78:21 Substitution

Substitution Ashley Hemmings on for Alex MacDonald.

78:21

Alex Revell challenges Maxime Blanchard unfairly and gives away a free kick.

78:01

Centre by Simon Walton, save by Rhys Taylor.

77:34

Centre by Onismor Bhasera, Johnny Mullins manages to make a clearance.

77:07

The referee penalises Gareth Evans for handball. Darren Purse takes the free kick.

76:38

Effort from the edge of the box by Shaun Harrad goes wide of the left-hand post.

76:02

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Alex Revell by Maxime Blanchard. Rhys Taylor takes the direct free kick.

74:38

The assistant referee signals for offside against Alex Revell. Free kick taken by Jake Cole.

74:29

Gareth Evans crosses the ball.

73:25

Unfair challenge on Darren Purse by Shaun Harrad results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Maxime Blanchard.

71:40 Substitution

Substitution Joe Lennox replaces Robbie Williams.

71:06

Paul Wotton takes a shot from deep inside the box clearing the bar.

69:54

Paul Wotton fouled by Danny Harrison, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Robbie Williams.

69:08 Goal scored

Goal! - Lewis Grabban - Rotherham 1 - 0 Plymouth Penalty taken right-footed by Lewis Grabban and scored. Rotherham 1-0 Plymouth.

68:05

Penalty awarded for an unfair challenge on Gareth Evans by Darren Purse.

67:06

Durrell Berry challenges Gareth Evans unfairly and gives away a free kick. Gareth Evans has an effort direct from the free kick, save made by Jake Cole.

66:28

The ball is crossed by Lewis Grabban, Darren Purse manages to make a clearance.

65:04 Substitution

Substitution Shaun Harrad on for Ben Pringle.

63:19

Warren Feeney fouled by Danny Harrison, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Jake Cole.

62:37

Corner taken right-footed by Gareth Evans, Simon Walton manages to make a clearance.

60:57

Nick Chadwick is caught offside. Rhys Taylor restarts play with the free kick.

59:55

A cross is delivered by Ben Pringle, clearance by Darren Purse.

59:11 Substitution

Substitution Luke Young goes off and Warren Feeney comes on.

57:09

Inswinging corner taken by Gareth Evans.

56:50

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Gareth Evans, clearance by Simon Walton.

56:41

The ball is sent over by Gareth Evans, clearance by Onismor Bhasera.

54:54

Corner from the right by-line taken by Ben Pringle, save by Jake Cole.

54:30

Corner taken right-footed by Gareth Evans from the left by-line, clearance by Onismor Bhasera.

54:25

A cross is delivered by Gareth Evans, clearance made by Darren Purse.

54:01

Lewis Grabban takes a shot. Save by Jake Cole.

53:27

Jason Taylor takes a shot from long distance which goes wide of the left-hand upright.

52:27

Corner taken by Gareth Evans from the left by-line, clearance by Darren Purse.

51:23

Free kick awarded for a foul by Nick Chadwick on Mark Bradley. Direct free kick taken by Rhys Taylor.

49:37

Durrell Berry crosses the ball.

48:34

Centre by Robbie Williams, clearance by Sam Wood.

47:47

The ball is swung over by Ben Pringle, Darren Purse manages to make a clearance.

45:01

The referee gets the second half underway.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Gareth Evans comes on in place of Danny Schofield.

45:00 +1:30 Half time

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

45:00 +1:04

Corner taken by Robbie Williams from the right by-line, clearance by Michael Raynes.

45:00 +0:41

The ball is delivered by Luke Young, Nick Chadwick takes a shot. Save by Rhys Taylor.

43:41

Effort on goal by Danny Schofield from just inside the area clears the crossbar.

42:38

The ball is delivered by Ben Pringle, clearance by Darren Purse.

42:05

Corner taken by Ben Pringle from the right by-line, clearance by Darren Purse.

36:31

Mark Bradley fouled by Onismor Bhasera, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Jason Taylor.

34:35

Danny Harrison produces a cross.

32:46

Onismor Bhasera takes a shot from a long way out which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

28:44

Inswinging corner taken by Luke Young, clearance made by Jason Taylor.

28:06

Lewis Grabban is adjudged to have handled the ball. Jake Cole restarts play with the free kick.

24:55

Ben Pringle delivers the ball, Darren Purse manages to make a clearance.

24:28

The ball is crossed by Mark Bradley.

23:22

Lewis Grabban sends in a cross, Effort on goal by Danny Harrison from just inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.

22:06

Free kick awarded for a foul by Danny Harrison on Onismor Bhasera. Robbie Williams delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel.

20:29

A cross is delivered by Sam Wood, Headed effort from inside the area by Alex Revell misses to the left of the target.

19:13

Handball by Nick Chadwick. Free kick taken by Rhys Taylor.

17:55

Corner from right by-line taken by Robbie Williams.

17:49

The ball is delivered by Alex MacDonald, Johnny Mullins gets a block in.

16:02

Simon Walton concedes a free kick for a foul on Danny Harrison. Ben Pringle delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel, Darren Purse manages to make a clearance.

15:27

A cross is delivered by Luke Young.

13:00

Michael Raynes gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Simon Walton. Robbie Williams delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from left channel, Michael Raynes makes a clearance.

12:08

Luke Young challenges Sam Wood unfairly and gives away a free kick. Sam Wood takes the free kick.

11:21

Simon Walton takes a shot. Save by Rhys Taylor.

10:00

The ball is sent over by Danny Schofield, clearance made by Darren Purse.

8:23

Danny Harrison concedes a free kick for a foul on Simon Walton. Robbie Williams takes the direct free kick.

6:47

Ben Pringle produces a cross, free kick awarded for a foul by Lewis Grabban on Luke Young. Free kick taken by Jake Cole.

5:54

The ball is crossed by Alex Revell, save made by Jake Cole.

5:04

Centre by Danny Harrison, Maxime Blanchard manages to make a clearance.

4:37

Simon Walton concedes a free kick for a foul on Danny Harrison. Jason Taylor takes the free kick.

4:23

Centre by Ben Pringle, clearance by Darren Purse.

3:40

Robbie Williams gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Alex Revell. Ben Pringle crosses the ball in from the free kick, Darren Purse manages to make a clearance.

2:34

Darren Purse fouled by Danny Schofield, the ref awards a free kick. Jake Cole restarts play with the free kick.

0:00

The referee gets the match started.

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