Accrington Stanley held out for a point against fellow strugglers Plymouth, who are now only clear of the League Two relegation zone on goal difference.

Argyle debutant Anthony Charles made a fine goal-line clearance to keep out James Beattie's first-half header.

But the hosts were on top after the break and visiting goalkeeper Cameron Belford made several fine stops.

He blocked Onismor Bhasera's close-range strike and saved brilliantly with his legs to keep out Reuben Reid.

But Plymouth were not able to find the breakthrough and remain three points behind Accrington, who are in 19th place.

VIEW FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Plymouth Argyle Manager John Sheridan told BBC Radio Devon:

"I was very frustrated with the way we played in the first half. There was no urgency.

"When we brought (Luke) Young on, he changed the game, he was the best player on the pitch.

"I think they will be pleased with the result, but for us it feels like a defeat.

"It's going to be hard to get confidence back into the players."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (5)

Plymouth

  • 20 Gilmartin (Cole - 43' )
  • 02 Berry
  • 04 Blanchard Booked (Young - 65' )
  • 05 Branston Booked
  • 14 Bhasera
  • 17 Nelson
  • 26 Charles
  • 06 Hourihane
  • 07 Cowan-Hall
  • 24 Reid
  • 28 Murray (Harvey - 90' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Cole
  • 16 Lowry
  • 03 Williams
  • 08 Young
  • 15 Wotton
  • 27 Gurrieri
  • 29 Harvey

Accrington Stanley

  • 01 Belford
  • 02 Murphy
  • 03 Liddle
  • 06 Winnard
  • 16 Hunt (Carver - 60' )
  • 34 Wilson
  • 04 Joyce
  • 08 Barnett
  • 07 Lindfield (Miller - 78' )
  • 21 Beattie
  • 33 Boco

Substitutes

  • 22 Dawber
  • 24 Molyneux
  • 12 Miller
  • 14 Clark
  • 15 Dixon
  • 17 Gray
  • 19 Carver
Ref: Russell
Att: 6,509

Match Stats

Shots

7 9

On target

4 3

Corners

5 13

Fouls

7 10

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +12:31 Full time

Full Time The referee blows for the end of the match.

90:00 +10:17

Durrell Berry concedes a free kick for a foul on Marcus Carver. James Beattie shoots direct from the free kick, Jake Cole makes a save. Corner taken by Charlie Barnett from the left by-line, clearance by Curtis Nelson.

90:00 +9:10

Luke Young fouled by Luke Joyce, the ref awards a free kick. Anthony Charles takes the free kick.

90:00 +7:21

Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Laurence Wilson.

90:00 +4:22

Marcus Carver gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Guy Branston. Direct free kick taken by Luke Young.

90:00 +1:57 Substitution

Substitution Ronan Murray leaves the field to be replaced by Tyler Harvey.

90:00 +1:17

The referee gives a free kick against Conor Hourihane for handball. Luke Joyce restarts play with the free kick.

89:16

Luke Joyce takes a shot. Save by Jake Cole.

88:30

The offside flag is raised against Paris Cowan-Hall. Free kick taken by Cameron Belford.

85:51

Dean Winnard gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Luke Young. The ball is sent over by Ronan Murray, Paris Cowan-Hall takes a shot. Blocked by Michael Liddle. Ronan Murray takes a short corner.

81:04 Booking

Booking Guy Branston receives a yellow card.

80:27

Free kick awarded for a foul by Peter Murphy on Paris Cowan-Hall. Free kick crossed right-footed by Ronan Murray, Unfair challenge on Peter Murphy by Guy Branston results in a free kick. Cameron Belford takes the direct free kick.

77:47 Substitution

Substitution George Miller comes on in place of Craig Lindfield.

76:46

Reuben Reid takes a shot. Cameron Belford manages to make a clearance. Corner taken right-footed by Ronan Murray, save made by Cameron Belford.

74:19

Corner taken left-footed by Laurence Wilson, Guy Branston manages to make a clearance.

73:14

Inswinging corner taken by Ronan Murray from the left by-line, Shot from just outside the box by Luke Young goes over the bar.

72:10

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Laurence Wilson, save by Jake Cole.

71:25

Unfair challenge on Anthony Charles by Marcus Carver results in a free kick. Jake Cole takes the free kick.

69:25

The referee blows for offside. Free kick taken by Cameron Belford.

65:48

Shot on goal by Reuben Reid from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.

64:49 Substitution

Substitution Luke Young joins the action as a substitute, replacing Maxime Blanchard.

63:08

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Laurence Wilson from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Reuben Reid. Charlie Barnett takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Curtis Nelson.

61:20

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Paris Cowan-Hall by Michael Liddle. Direct free kick taken by Jake Cole.

59:57 Substitution

Substitution Marcus Carver replaces Nicky Hunt.

51:02

Onismor Bhasera takes a shot. Save by Cameron Belford. Corner taken short by Charlie Barnett.

47:36

Free kick awarded for a foul by Luke Joyce on Onismor Bhasera. Anthony Charles restarts play with the free kick.

47:00

Free kick awarded for a foul by Anthony Charles on Craig Lindfield. Nicky Hunt takes the free kick.

45:01

The second half begins.

45:00 +4:20 Half time

Half Time The half-time whistle blows.

45:00 +3:15

Shot from just outside the box by Charlie Barnett goes over the target.

45:00 +2:14

Foul by James Beattie on Onismor Bhasera, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Jake Cole.

42:54 Substitution

Substitution Jake Cole on for Rene Gilmartin.

40:01

Corner taken by Charlie Barnett played to the near post, James Beattie takes a shot. Clearance made by Onismor Bhasera.

39:02

Inswinging corner taken by Charlie Barnett from the left by-line, Header from close range by James Beattie misses to the right of the goal.

38:23

Charlie Barnett takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post.

37:13

The ball is swung over by Onismor Bhasera, Ronan Murray takes a shot. Save by Cameron Belford.

34:39

Anthony Charles challenges Romuald Boco unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Nicky Hunt.

30:39

Effort from the edge of the area by James Beattie goes wide of the left-hand upright.

29:58

Corner taken left-footed by Laurence Wilson, Anthony Charles makes a clearance.

27:16

Maxime Blanchard challenges Laurence Wilson unfairly and gives away a free kick. Peter Murphy takes the direct free kick.

25:52

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

23:13

Charlie Barnett takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, clearance by Reuben Reid.

22:44

Shot on goal by Craig Lindfield from just inside the area clears the crossbar.

18:10

Centre by Craig Lindfield, Close range shot by Romuald Boco goes wide of the left-hand upright.

16:06

Corner taken right-footed by Ronan Murray to the near post, save by Cameron Belford.

15:23

Ronan Murray fouled by Nicky Hunt, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed right-footed by Ronan Murray, Luke Joyce makes a clearance.

10:19

Corner taken by Charlie Barnett from the left by-line played to the near post, Reuben Reid makes a clearance.

6:54

Cameron Belford takes the direct free kick.

6:54 Booking

Booking Booking for Maxime Blanchard for unsporting behaviour.

6:48

Unfair challenge on Craig Lindfield by Maxime Blanchard results in a free kick.

3:34

Unfair challenge on Anthony Charles by James Beattie results in a free kick. Rene Gilmartin takes the free kick.

2:33

Headed effort on goal by James Beattie from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the goal.

1:16

Foul by Curtis Nelson on Romuald Boco, free kick awarded. Peter Murphy takes the free kick.

0:00

The game begins.

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