Ten-man Plymouth Argyle secured their Football League survival despite going down to Joe Bunney's second-half header at Rochdale.

The teenage debutant scored with his first touch from Scott Tanser's cross.

Plymouth had defender Max Blanchard sent off early on for a professional foul on former Argyle striker George Donnelly.

Argyle's Jake Cole made a good save from Reece Gray after 15 minutes while Dale's Michael Rose hit the bar.

Despite losing, Argyle finished one point clear of the relegation zone, with Barnet and Aldershot dropping down to the Football Conference.

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (6)

Rochdale

  • 01 Lillis
  • 04 Cavanagh
  • 05 Cansdell-Sherriff
  • 25 Rose
  • 33 O'Connor (Tanser - 70' )
  • 37 Thomas Booked
  • 07 Kennedy
  • 09 Donnelly Booked (Bunney - 74' )
  • 10 Gray Booked
  • 22 Grant (Camps - 74' )
  • 40 Henderson

Substitutes

  • 13 Collis
  • 12 P Edwards
  • 34 Tanser
  • 26 Logan
  • 32 Camps
  • 30 Allen
  • 39 Bunney

Plymouth

  • 01 Cole
  • 02 Berry
  • 04 Blanchard Dismissed
  • 05 Branston
  • 14 Bhasera (Charles - 89' )
  • 17 Nelson
  • 18 Bryan
  • 06 Hourihane
  • 15 Wotton
  • 27 Gurrieri (Harvey - 83' )
  • 24 Reid (Chadwick - 76' )

Substitutes

  • 20 Gilmartin
  • 26 Charles
  • 08 Young
  • 07 Cowan-Hall
  • 09 Chadwick
  • 28 Murray
  • 29 Harvey
Ref: Geoff Eltrigham
Att: 4,272

Match Stats

Shots

24 4

On target

13 0

Corners

7 2

Fouls

12 7

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +3:14 Full time

Full Time The referee ends the match.

90:00 +2:13

Nick Chadwick takes a shot. Save made by Josh Lillis.

90:00 +0:29

Free kick awarded for a foul by Ian Henderson on Tyler Harvey. Direct free kick taken by Jake Cole.

87:53 Substitution

Substitution Anthony Charles on for Onismor Bhasera.

87:53

Scott Tanser has an effort at goal from outside the area which misses left.

85:34

Ian Henderson takes a inswinging corner to the near post, Scott Tanser has shot on goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

85:22

Scott Tanser takes a shot. Blocked by Guy Branston.

82:33

Corner taken by Joe Bryan from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Peter Cavanagh.

82:33 Substitution

Substitution (Plymouth) makes a substitution, with Tyler Harvey coming on for Andres Gurrieri.

81:36

Nick Chadwick concedes a free kick for a foul on Shane Cansdell-Sherriff. Shane Cansdell-Sherriff takes the free kick.

81:20

Callum Camps takes a shot. Jake Cole makes a save.

80:15

Effort on goal by Paul Wotton from just outside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.

79:20

Wayne Thomas gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nick Chadwick. Onismor Bhasera takes the direct free kick.

77:56

Assist by Scott Tanser.

77:56 Goal scored

Goal! - Joe Bunney - Rochdale 1 - 0 Plymouth Joe Bunney scores a headed goal from close in. Rochdale 1-0 Plymouth.

75:15

Direct free kick taken by Jake Cole.

75:15 Substitution

Substitution Reuben Reid goes off and Nick Chadwick comes on.

75:15

Callum Camps gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Onismor Bhasera.

73:41

Free kick crossed right-footed by Ian Henderson from left channel, Guy Branston manages to make a clearance.

73:41 Substitution

Substitution Callum Camps comes on in place of Bobby Grant.

73:41 Substitution

Substitution George Donnelly leaves the field to be replaced by Joe Bunney.

73:41

Andres Gurrieri concedes a free kick for a foul on Scott Tanser.

69:33 Substitution

Substitution Scott Tanser replaces Darcy O'Connor.

69:08

Free kick awarded for a foul by Wayne Thomas on Reuben Reid. Joe Bryan takes the direct free kick.

68:55

Michael Rose has an effort at goal from outside the penalty area missing to the wide left of the goal.

65:08

Michael Rose has an effort at goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.

64:43

Short corner worked by Ian Henderson.

63:45

Jake Cole takes the free kick.

63:45 Booking

Booking George Donnelly goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

63:30

Foul by George Donnelly on Joe Bryan, free kick awarded.

63:17

George Donnelly takes a shot. Blocked by Curtis Nelson.

60:50

Michael Rose has an effort at goal from outside the area which misses left.

54:38

Jason Kennedy takes a shot.

50:22

Effort on goal by Bobby Grant from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.

49:32

Michael Rose takes a shot. Conor Hourihane gets a block in.

48:46

Michael Rose takes a short corner.

45:01

The second half begins.

45:00 +3:01 Half time

Half Time The referee blows for half time.

45:00 +2:38

Bobby Grant produces a cross, save by Jake Cole.

45:00 +0:57

Free kick awarded for a foul by Darcy O'Connor on Joe Bryan. Free kick taken by Onismor Bhasera.

43:49

Reuben Reid concedes a free kick for a foul on Shane Cansdell-Sherriff. Shane Cansdell-Sherriff restarts play with the free kick.

43:29

Reece Gray takes a shot. Save made by Jake Cole.

41:04

The referee blows for offside against Ian Henderson. Jake Cole takes the free kick.

37:09

Michael Rose takes a shot.

33:32

Peter Cavanagh has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide right of the goal.

30:28

Foul by Ian Henderson on Durrell Berry, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Jake Cole.

29:37

Ian Henderson concedes a free kick for a foul on Durrell Berry. Direct free kick taken by Jake Cole.

28:51

Darcy O'Connor concedes a free kick for a foul on Joe Bryan. Onismor Bhasera takes the direct free kick.

28:33

Michael Rose produces a cross, clearance by Onismor Bhasera.

27:26

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Curtis Nelson by George Donnelly. Paul Wotton restarts play with the free kick.

26:53

Jason Kennedy has an effort at goal from outside the area missing to the wide left of the goal.

26:20

Foul by Guy Branston on Reece Gray, free kick awarded. Peter Cavanagh takes the free kick.

24:53

Corner taken right-footed by Ian Henderson from the left by-line, Durrell Berry manages to make a clearance.

24:35

Reuben Reid produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the goal.

23:52

Foul by Michael Rose on Conor Hourihane, free kick awarded. Paul Wotton restarts play with the free kick.

23:00

Ian Henderson takes a shot. Blocked by Paul Wotton. Peter Cavanagh takes a shot. Guy Branston gets a block in. Inswinging corner taken by Michael Rose from the right by-line.

19:02

Bobby Grant takes a shot. George Donnelly takes a shot. Jake Cole makes a save. Michael Rose takes the inswinging corner, Reece Gray takes a shot. Jake Cole makes a save. Effort on goal by Ian Henderson from just outside the area goes harmlessly over the target. Blocked by Onismor Bhasera.

17:28 Booking

Booking Booking for Reece Gray.

16:24

Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Ian Henderson, Guy Branston manages to make a clearance.

14:14

Michael Rose has an effort direct from the free kick, Conor Hourihane gets a block in.

14:14 Dismissal

Dismissal The referee sends off Maxime Blanchard for professional foul.

13:41

Maxime Blanchard challenges George Donnelly unfairly and gives away a free kick.

13:03

Reuben Reid is ruled offside. Peter Cavanagh takes the indirect free kick.

11:10

Joe Bryan decides to take a short corner.

10:39

Ian Henderson takes a shot. Blocked by Guy Branston.

9:34

Curtis Nelson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Bobby Grant. Direct free kick taken by Jason Kennedy.

7:26

Maxime Blanchard takes a shot. Blocked by Shane Cansdell-Sherriff.

6:32

Curtis Nelson restarts play with the free kick.

6:32 Booking

Booking The referee cautions Wayne Thomas for unsporting behaviour.

6:23

Foul by Wayne Thomas on Joe Bryan, free kick awarded.

1:00

Foul by Curtis Nelson on Bobby Grant, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Michael Rose.

0:00

The game kicks-off.

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