Maxine Blanchard's late equaliser earned struggling Plymouth a draw against Bristol Rovers.

Matt Harold headed in Matt Gill's corner to put the visitors ahead, before Blanchard saw a header crash off the underside of the crossbar and away.

Harrold almost doubled the advantage but his header flew wide, while Mustapha Carayol drew a save from Argyle keeper Jake Cole.

Blanchard pounced on Luke Young's low cross to earn his side a point.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Bristol Rovers manager Mark McGhee told BBC Radio Bristol:

"I'm not frustrated but I'm not happy and I'm disappointed - we never really got hold of the game.

"Regardless of how well or how badly we played, we had chances to tie the game up - ultimately that's what's cost us tonight.

"Muzzy (Mustapha Carayol) got a bit flash and just needed to put it in the net.

"He's done brilliantly at times and that's where he can improve. He's sitting in there with his head down as he knows he might have won us the game."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (4)

Plymouth Argyle

  • 23 Cole
  • 02 Berry
  • 05 Purse
  • 14 Bhasera (Hemmings - 62' )
  • 22 Blanchard
  • 03 Williams
  • 08 Walton Booked
  • 20 Hourihane
  • 21 Lennox (Young - 46' )
  • 09 Tsoumou
  • 32 MacDonald

Substitutes

  • 01 Larrieu
  • 28 Bignot
  • 15 Young
  • 11 Feeney
  • 31 Hemmings

Bristol Rovers

  • 01 Bevan
  • 04 Woodards
  • 05 Bolger
  • 14 Brown (Smith - 54' )
  • 37 Parks
  • 06 Stanley
  • 08 Gill
  • 17 Paterson
  • 09 Harrold
  • 11 Carayol (Dorman - 88' )
  • 26 Zebroski Booked

Substitutes

  • 02 Smith
  • 23 Lund
  • 34 Dorman
  • 16 Anyinsah
  • 18 Richard
Ref: Haywood
Att: 7,531

Match Stats

Shots

21 13

On target

10 9

Corners

6 9

Fouls

10 12

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:28 Full time

Full Time The final whistle is blown by the referee.

90:00 +2:22

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Mathew Gill from the left by-line, Cian Bolger takes a shot. Clearance by Durrell Berry.

89:44

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Juvhel Tsoumou by James Paterson. Free kick taken by Juvhel Tsoumou.

88:34

The official flags Chris Zebroski offside. Indirect free kick taken by Jake Cole.

87:27

Corner taken by Mathew Gill, clearance by Juvhel Tsoumou.

87:27 Substitution

Substitution Mustapha Carayol goes off and Andy Dorman comes on.

85:57

Header from deep inside the area by Luke Young goes over the bar.

84:51

Alex MacDonald takes a shot from 35 yards and went wide of the right-hand post.

83:04 Goal scored

Goal! - Maxime Blanchard - Plymouth 1 - 1 Bristol R Maxime Blanchard finds the net with a goal from deep inside the penalty box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Plymouth 1-1 Bristol Rovers.

82:35

Foul by James Paterson on Juvhel Tsoumou, free kick awarded. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Luke Young.

80:32

Conor Hourihane takes a shot. Craig Stanley gets a block in.

77:38

Luke Young fouled by Mathew Gill, the ref awards a free kick. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Robbie Williams, Mathew Gill makes a clearance. Darren Purse has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

76:54

Free kick awarded for a foul by Juvhel Tsoumou on Scott Bevan. Direct free kick taken by Scott Bevan.

73:58

Effort on goal by Mustapha Carayol from inside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the bar.

71:51

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mustapha Carayol by Darren Purse. Free kick crossed by James Paterson, clearance made by Darren Purse.

70:41

Conor Hourihane takes a shot. Scott Bevan makes a save. Corner taken by Robbie Williams from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance by James Paterson.

69:30

Corner taken left-footed by Robbie Williams, Cian Bolger makes a clearance.

68:10

Mustapha Carayol takes a shot. Save by Jake Cole.

67:41

Alex MacDonald takes a shot. Save made by Scott Bevan.

67:07

Dan Woodards takes a shot. Blocked by Maxime Blanchard.

65:11

Conor Hourihane takes a shot. Blocked by Tom Parkes.

64:00

Simon Walton has an effort at goal from outside the penalty area which goes wide right of the goal.

61:22 Substitution

Substitution Onismor Bhasera goes off and Ashley Hemmings comes on.

60:33

Shot by Alex MacDonald from outside the box goes high over the crossbar.

59:04

Mustapha Carayol takes a shot. Save by Jake Cole. Corner taken right-footed by Mathew Gill, Chris Zebroski takes a shot. Robbie Williams gets a block in. Outswinging corner taken by Mathew Gill, Tom Parkes takes a shot. Save by Jake Cole.

56:30

Michael Smith produces a left-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the bar.

55:59

Robbie Williams challenges Michael Smith unfairly and gives away a free kick. Cian Bolger takes the direct free kick.

55:46

Conor Hourihane fouled by Mathew Gill, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Jake Cole.

55:01

The assistant referee signals for offside against Onismor Bhasera. Scott Bevan restarts play with the free kick.

53:15

Corner taken by Mathew Gill, clearance made by Luke Young.

53:15 Substitution

Substitution (Bristol Rovers) makes a substitution, with Michael Smith coming on for Lee Brown.

51:38

Cian Bolger takes the direct free kick.

51:38 Booking

Booking Simon Walton goes into the referee's book.

51:29

Foul by Simon Walton on Craig Stanley, free kick awarded.

50:45

Alex MacDonald produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the goal.

48:31

Cian Bolger gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Onismor Bhasera. Robbie Williams crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance made by Tom Parkes.

46:22

Robbie Williams produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the goal.

46:08

Robbie Williams takes a short corner.

45:50

Luke Young takes a shot. Tom Parkes gets a block in.

45:01

The second half kicks off.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Luke Young on for Joe Lennox.

45:00 +2:06 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to signal half-time.

45:00 +0:52

Conor Hourihane takes a shot. Blocked by Craig Stanley.

42:59

Corner taken right-footed by Mathew Gill from the left by-line, save by Jake Cole.

42:44

Mustapha Carayol takes a shot. Darren Purse gets a block in.

42:25

Chris Zebroski is caught offside. Jake Cole takes the free kick.

39:32

A cross is delivered by Mustapha Carayol, Headed effort from inside the area by Matt Harrold misses to the left of the goal.

38:25

Unfair challenge on Tom Parkes by Durrell Berry results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Tom Parkes.

36:15

Juvhel Tsoumou concedes a free kick for a foul on Craig Stanley. Tom Parkes restarts play with the free kick.

34:08

Unfair challenge on Maxime Blanchard by Matt Harrold results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Robbie Williams.

33:06

Foul by Simon Walton on Tom Parkes, free kick awarded. Scott Bevan takes the free kick.

32:44

Lee Brown concedes a free kick for a foul on Robbie Williams. Robbie Williams takes the free kick.

31:21

Jake Cole takes the direct free kick.

31:21 Booking

Booking Chris Zebroski booked for unsporting behaviour.

31:18

Chris Zebroski challenges Darren Purse unfairly and gives away a free kick.

27:52

Matt Harrold fouled by Simon Walton, the ref awards a free kick. Tom Parkes takes the direct free kick.

27:16

Shot by Conor Hourihane from a long way out goes over the crossbar.

24:45

Shot from just outside the box by Juvhel Tsoumou goes over the bar.

23:18

Alex MacDonald takes a shot. Scott Bevan makes a comfortable save.

21:59

Alex MacDonald takes the outswinging corner, clearance made by Dan Woodards.

20:02

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Juvhel Tsoumou by Cian Bolger. Alex MacDonald has an effort direct from the free kick, save by Scott Bevan. Short corner worked by Alex MacDonald.

17:01

Mathew Gill challenges Joe Lennox unfairly and gives away a free kick. The ball is swung over by Robbie Williams, Headed effort from deep inside the penalty area by Maxime Blanchard goes harmlessly over the crossbar.

15:41

Free kick awarded for a foul by Juvhel Tsoumou on Tom Parkes. Direct free kick taken by Tom Parkes.

14:46

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Mathew Gill from the left by-line, Shot by Tom Parkes from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.

13:03

Assist on the goal came from Mathew Gill.

13:03 Goal scored

Goal! - Matt Harrold - Plymouth 0 - 1 Bristol R Matt Harrold scores a headed goal from close range. Plymouth 0-1 Bristol Rovers.

12:26

Mustapha Carayol takes a shot. Durrell Berry gets a block in. Mathew Gill takes the inswinging corner,

12:00

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Robbie Williams by Matt Harrold. Jake Cole takes the direct free kick.

10:37

Corner taken left-footed by Robbie Williams from the left by-line to the near post, Header from close range by Juvhel Tsoumou clears the bar.

8:44

Matt Harrold is caught offside. Jake Cole takes the indirect free kick.

6:56

Inswinging corner taken by Mathew Gill from the left by-line, Simon Walton makes a clearance.

3:01

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Darren Purse by Chris Zebroski. Jake Cole takes the direct free kick.

2:45

Foul by Alex MacDonald on Cian Bolger, free kick awarded. Tom Parkes takes the free kick.

0:53

Juvhel Tsoumou takes a shot. Cian Bolger gets a block in.

0:00

The ref blows the whistle to begin the match.

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