Plymouth Argyle need four more points to secure their Football League survival after they beat Aldershot at Home Park to go six games unbeaten.

Alex MacDonald's deflected 14th-minute strike separated the sides as it looped over Aldershot keeper Jamie Young.

The Shots then laid siege to Argyle's goal as Peter Vincenti saw a first-half header saved by Romain Larrieu.

In the second half Ben Herd had a goal ruled out for offside while Danny Hylton hit the post.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Plymouth Argyle manager Carl Fletcher told BBC Radio Devon:

"We couldn't kick it, pass it, we didn't play well but I don't care. We got the result and that's the main thing.

"If anyone questions my lads' desire, they'll have me to answer to.

"Another clean sheet, it's great for the defenders and the goalie. You keep clean sheets, you're going to win games.

"The lads knew it was going to be tough; winning your headers, sticking your foot out and putting your body on the line and they did that great today."

Aldershot manager Dean Holdsworth told BBC Surrey:

"That's the bitterness of football sometimes that you don't get what you deserve.

"We've absolutely dominated that game. We've had the ball in the back of the net twice, we've hit the post twice. I've just said to the players, if we play like that every week we're gonna be a good side.

"I thought the play-offs would be a long shot for us, but with the performance of the players today they've got every right to feel a little down.

"It was like the Alamo. I wish we wee playing tomorrow. We're like a wounded animal, we want to snap back, but we will do".

Lineup, Bookings (6) & Substitutions (6)

Plymouth

  • 01 Larrieu
  • 02 Berry
  • 05 Purse
  • 14 Bhasera Booked
  • 22 Blanchard
  • 03 Williams Booked
  • 08 Walton
  • 19 Wotton Booked
  • 11 Feeney Booked (Fletcher - 69' )
  • 29 Chadwick (Tsoumou - 57' )
  • 32 MacDonald (Hourihane - 87' )

Substitutes

  • 33 Chenoweth
  • 20 Hourihane
  • 09 Tsoumou
  • 10 Fletcher
  • 31 Hemmings

Aldershot

  • 01 Young
  • 02 Herd Booked
  • 03 Straker
  • 05 Jones Booked
  • 15 Morris
  • 23 Vincenti
  • 28 Brown
  • 17 Mekki (Molesley - 84' )
  • 25 Smith (Connolly - 81' )
  • 10 Hylton (Madjo - 90' )
  • 38 Risser

Substitutes

  • 31 Clement
  • 18 Berqvrst
  • 26 Molesley
  • 19 Connolly
  • 27 Madjo
Ref: Linington
Att: 8,677

Match Stats

Shots

6 12

On target

2 6

Corners

2 9

Fouls

14 13

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:44 Full time

Full Time The referee signals the end of the game.

90:00 +1:55

Conor Hourihane fouled by Guy Madjo, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Darren Purse.

90:00 +0:27

Direct free kick taken by Robbie Williams.

90:00 +0:27 Booking

Booking The referee cautions Ben Herd for unsporting behaviour.

90:00 +0:18

Foul by Ben Herd on Onismor Bhasera, free kick awarded.

89:08 Substitution

Substitution (Aldershot) makes a substitution, with Guy Madjo coming on for Danny Hylton.

87:18

Mark Molesley takes a shot. Blocked by Onismor Bhasera. Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Anthony Straker.

85:46

Outswinging corner taken by Ben Herd from the right by-line.

85:46 Substitution

Substitution (Plymouth) makes a substitution, with Conor Hourihane coming on for Alex MacDonald.

85:46

Aaron Morris takes a shot. Robbie Williams gets a block in.

84:41

The referee blows for offside against Juvhel Tsoumou. Jamie Young takes the free kick.

83:48 Substitution

Substitution Mark Molesley joins the action as a substitute, replacing Adam Mekki.

81:32

Corner taken by Adam Mekki from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance by Robbie Williams.

79:59

Free kick taken by Jamie Young.

79:59 Substitution

Substitution Reece Connolly is brought on as a substitute for Ben Smith.

79:59

The assistant referee signals for offside against Onismor Bhasera.

79:09

Juvhel Tsoumou fouled by Troy Brown, the ref awards a free kick. Paul Wotton crosses the ball in from the free kick.

78:36

Danny Hylton is adjudged to have handled the ball. Indirect free kick taken by Romain Larrieu.

77:34

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Adam Mekki.

76:33 Booking

Booking Onismor Bhasera receives a caution for unsporting behaviour.

76:18

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ben Herd by Onismor Bhasera. Direct free kick taken by Darren Jones.

73:15

The referee penalises Peter Vincenti for handball. Free kick taken by Romain Larrieu.

72:13

Corner taken by Adam Mekki from the left by-line, Troy Brown has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the left of the target.

71:52

Danny Hylton takes a shot.

71:27

Ben Herd takes the free kick.

71:27 Booking

Booking Paul Wotton is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

71:02

Paul Wotton challenges Danny Hylton unfairly and gives away a free kick.

68:45 Substitution

Substitution Steve Fletcher replaces Warren Feeney.

67:12

Foul by Paul Wotton on Wilko Risser, free kick awarded. The free kick is delivered right-footed by Ben Herd from left channel, Darren Jones challenges Maxime Blanchard unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Romain Larrieu.

65:20

Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Paul Wotton.

64:10

Adam Mekki takes the outswinging corner, free kick awarded for a foul by Troy Brown on Robbie Williams. Free kick taken by Romain Larrieu.

62:48

Troy Brown is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Romain Larrieu takes the indirect free kick.

62:15

Wilko Risser fouled by Darren Purse, the ref awards a free kick. Ben Herd takes the direct free kick.

55:51

Shot comes in from Danny Hylton from the free kick, Romain Larrieu makes a save. Shot from close range by Adam Mekki misses to the right of the target.

55:51 Substitution

Substitution Juvhel Tsoumou comes on in place of Nick Chadwick.

55:51

Foul by Darren Purse on Wilko Risser, free kick awarded.

54:55

Unfair challenge on Wilko Risser by Simon Walton results in a free kick. Adam Mekki delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right channel, clearance made by Simon Walton.

53:58

Direct free kick taken by Anthony Straker.

53:58 Booking

Booking Warren Feeney is cautioned.

53:51

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Troy Brown by Warren Feeney.

50:50

Foul by Peter Vincenti on Paul Wotton, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Romain Larrieu.

50:16

Corner taken by Adam Mekki.

48:58

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Paul Wotton by Adam Mekki. Romain Larrieu restarts play with the free kick.

47:41

Danny Hylton is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Romain Larrieu.

47:10

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Troy Brown by Nick Chadwick. Ben Herd takes the free kick.

45:24

Free kick awarded for a foul by Anthony Straker on Paul Wotton. Robbie Williams has an effort direct from the free kick.

45:01

The referee gets the second half started.

45:00 +1:58 Half time

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

45:00 +0:10

Centre by Adam Mekki, Troy Brown takes a shot. Romain Larrieu makes a save.

45:00 +0:10 Booking

Booking Robbie Williams goes into the book.

44:54

Robbie Williams gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Adam Mekki.

44:30

The offside flag is raised against Warren Feeney. Indirect free kick taken by Jamie Young.

43:38

Headed effort from deep inside the area by Nick Chadwick misses to the left of the goal.

42:48

Troy Brown gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Warren Feeney. Robbie Williams takes the free kick.

41:49

Direct free kick taken by Robbie Williams.

41:49 Booking

Booking The referee shows Darren Jones a yellow card.

41:40

Unfair challenge on Warren Feeney by Darren Jones results in a free kick.

39:22

The referee penalises Danny Hylton for handball. Romain Larrieu restarts play with the free kick.

37:16

Danny Hylton takes a shot.

34:36

Corner from the right by-line taken by Adam Mekki, clearance by Maxime Blanchard.

34:20

Peter Vincenti takes a shot. Save by Romain Larrieu.

33:39

Aaron Morris fouled by Onismor Bhasera, the ref awards a free kick. Ben Herd restarts play with the free kick.

27:52

Outswinging corner taken by Adam Mekki from the right by-line.

27:08

Unfair challenge on Danny Hylton by Darren Purse results in a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Adam Mekki from left wing.

25:33

Free kick awarded for a foul by Nick Chadwick on Ben Smith. Ben Herd sends in a cross, Headed effort from inside the area by Darren Jones misses to the left of the goal.

23:37

Ben Herd fouled by Onismor Bhasera, the ref awards a free kick. Adam Mekki delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, clearance by Simon Walton.

22:39

Adam Mekki produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the left of the goal.

20:50

Wilko Risser is caught offside. Robbie Williams restarts play with the free kick.

18:01

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Durrell Berry by Peter Vincenti. Direct free kick taken by Romain Larrieu.

13:34 Goal scored

Goal! - Alex MacDonald - Plymouth 1 - 0 Aldershot Alex MacDonald fires in a goal from deep inside the penalty box low into the middle of the goal. Plymouth 1-0 Aldershot.

13:01

Wilko Risser gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Simon Walton. Free kick taken by Romain Larrieu.

12:45

Aaron Morris takes a shot. Paul Wotton gets a block in.

10:12

The referee blows for offside against Warren Feeney. Jamie Young restarts play with the free kick.

9:28

Unfair challenge on Ben Smith by Onismor Bhasera results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Jamie Young.

8:27

Warren Feeney is caught offside. Jamie Young restarts play with the free kick.

4:55

Nick Chadwick has an effort at goal from outside the box which misses left.

2:14

Corner taken right-footed by Paul Wotton, Maxime Blanchard produces a header from inside the area that goes over the crossbar.

1:28

Warren Feeney fouled by Troy Brown, the ref awards a free kick. Paul Wotton produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick, blocked by Aaron Morris.

0:00

The game begins.

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