Plymouth Argyle earned a convincing win at fellow play-off hopefuls Fleetwood.

Reuben Reid slammed the Pilgrims ahead, having earlier been denied by home keeper Chris Maxwell.

Matt Parsons then hit the woodwork before Luke Young made it 2-0 with a defected second-half effort.

Antoni Sarcevic was denied in a one-on-one with Argyle keeper Jake Cole, Maxime Blanchard headed a third for Plymouth and Conor Hourihane's free-kick made it 4-0.

Argyle's third successive win away from home moves them to eighth in the League Two table, seven points behind Fleetwood in sixth.

Fleetwood manager Graham Alexander told BBC Radio Lancashire:

Post-match: Fleetwood boss Alexander

"I'm a realist and a professional, and getting beaten 4-0 isn't good enough. Before I look for any positives out of that, I have to confront the negatives.

"There's a difference between playing and competing. We played, but I don't think we competed - when you're right on the line and on the verge of going over the line.

"That's the worst feeling I've had all season. I'm really disappointed - I'm not clever enough to come up with a better word than 'disappointed' that isn't a swear word."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Fleetwood Town

  • 28 Maxwell
  • 15 McLaughlin Booked
  • 20 Taylor
  • 08 Schumacher (Murdoch - 31' )
  • 06 Pond
  • 05 Roberts (Morris - 64' )
  • 22 Hughes
  • 35 Marrow (Parkin - 52' )
  • 10 Matt
  • 18 Sarcevic Booked
  • 07 Evans

Substitutes

  • 01 Davies
  • 04 Murdoch
  • 09 Parkin
  • 14 Hogan
  • 16 Cresswell
  • 24 Morris
  • 34 Mandron

Plymouth Argyle

  • 01 Cole
  • 02 Berry
  • 26 Parsons
  • 17 Nelson
  • 16 Trotman
  • 04 Blanchard
  • 15 Wotton Booked (Obadeyi - 86' )
  • 06 Hourihane
  • 07 Alessandra (Boco - 83' )
  • 09 Reid (Morgan - 83' )
  • 14 Young

Substitutes

  • 08 Boco
  • 10 Morgan
  • 18 Harvey
  • 25 Purrington
  • 27 Gurrieri
  • 28 Obadeyi
  • 32 Dawson
Ref: Steve Bratt
Att: 2,131

Match Stats

Shots

11 16

On target

6 7

Corners

10 8

Fouls

15 6

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Fleetwood Town 0, Plymouth Argyle 4.

90:00 +4:07 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Fleetwood Town 0, Plymouth Argyle 4.

90:00 +3:18

Attempt missed. Josh Morris (Fleetwood Town) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

90:00 +2:50

Corner, Fleetwood Town. Conceded by Matthew Parsons.

90:00 +0:43

Luke Young (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

90:00 +0:43

Foul by Antoni Sarcevic (Fleetwood Town).

88:49 Booking

Booking Antoni Sarcevic (Fleetwood Town) is shown the yellow card.

88:42

Matthew Parsons (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick on the right wing.

88:42

Foul by Antoni Sarcevic (Fleetwood Town).

86:11

Conor Hourihane (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

86:11

Foul by Jamille Matt (Fleetwood Town).

85:23 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Plymouth Argyle. Tope Obadeyi replaces Paul Wotton.

84:47 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Fleetwood Town 0, Plymouth Argyle 4. Conor Hourihane (Plymouth Argyle) from a free kick with a left footed shot to the top left corner.

84:01 Booking

Booking Conor McLaughlin (Fleetwood Town) is shown the yellow card.

84:00

Conor Hourihane (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

83:55

Foul by Conor McLaughlin (Fleetwood Town).

82:33 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Plymouth Argyle. Romuald Boco replaces Lewis Alessandra.

82:13 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Plymouth Argyle. Marvin Morgan replaces Reuben Reid.

81:59

Attempt missed. Conor McLaughlin (Fleetwood Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

80:36

Corner, Plymouth Argyle. Conceded by Nathan Pond.

80:23

Attempt missed. Lewis Alessandra (Plymouth Argyle) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

78:30

Luke Young (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

78:30

Foul by Jamille Matt (Fleetwood Town).

78:01

Hand ball by Reuben Reid (Plymouth Argyle).

77:07

Neal Trotman (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

77:07

Foul by Jon Parkin (Fleetwood Town).

76:48

Attempt missed. Reuben Reid (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the left following a set piece situation.

76:15

Luke Young (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

76:15

Foul by Stewart Murdoch (Fleetwood Town).

74:55 Booking

Booking Paul Wotton (Plymouth Argyle) is shown the yellow card.

74:48

Foul by Paul Wotton (Plymouth Argyle).

74:48

Matty Hughes (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

73:26

Attempt missed. Jon Parkin (Fleetwood Town) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

72:38

Foul by Durrell Berry (Plymouth Argyle).

72:38

Josh Morris (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

71:45

Foul by Curtis Nelson (Plymouth Argyle).

71:45

Nathan Pond (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

71:12

Corner, Plymouth Argyle. Conceded by Conor McLaughlin.

69:08 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Fleetwood Town 0, Plymouth Argyle 3. Maxime Blanchard (Plymouth Argyle) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Luke Young with a cross following a corner.

68:36

Corner, Plymouth Argyle. Conceded by Gareth Evans.

67:35

Luke Young (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick on the right wing.

67:35

Foul by Antoni Sarcevic (Fleetwood Town).

65:49

Attempt missed. Lewis Alessandra (Plymouth Argyle) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

64:54

Foul by Conor McLaughlin (Fleetwood Town).

64:54

Reuben Reid (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

64:31

Attempt saved. Luke Young (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

63:30 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Fleetwood Town. Josh Morris replaces Mark Roberts.

62:19

Corner, Fleetwood Town. Conceded by Curtis Nelson.

62:01

Attempt saved. Antoni Sarcevic (Fleetwood Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

61:17

Corner, Plymouth Argyle. Conceded by Conor McLaughlin.

60:37

Attempt blocked. Mark Roberts (Fleetwood Town) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is blocked.

60:18

Corner, Fleetwood Town. Conceded by Matthew Parsons.

58:11

Corner, Plymouth Argyle. Conceded by Chris Maxwell.

57:56

Attempt saved. Lewis Alessandra (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is saved in the top centre of the goal.

56:49

Corner, Fleetwood Town. Conceded by Curtis Nelson.

55:18

Lewis Alessandra (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

55:18

Foul by Nathan Pond (Fleetwood Town).

53:31

Corner, Fleetwood Town. Conceded by Curtis Nelson.

51:05 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Fleetwood Town. Jon Parkin replaces Alex Marrow.

49:24

Attempt blocked. Lewis Alessandra (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

47:00 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Fleetwood Town 0, Plymouth Argyle 2. Luke Young (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Durrell Berry.

46:00

Neal Trotman (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:58

Foul by Matty Hughes (Fleetwood Town).

45:00

Second Half begins Fleetwood Town 0, Plymouth Argyle 1.

45:00 +1:10 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Fleetwood Town 0, Plymouth Argyle 1.

44:57

Attempt missed. Lewis Alessandra (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

44:44

Matthew Parsons (Plymouth Argyle) hits the bar with a left footed shot from outside the box.

43:31

Foul by Matty Hughes (Fleetwood Town).

43:31

Conor Hourihane (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

42:16

Attempt saved. Gareth Evans (Fleetwood Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

41:57

Attempt blocked. Stewart Murdoch (Fleetwood Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

40:23

Attempt saved. Antoni Sarcevic (Fleetwood Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

39:34

Attempt missed. Conor Hourihane (Plymouth Argyle) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

39:10

Corner, Plymouth Argyle. Conceded by Stewart Murdoch.

38:31

Attempt blocked. Matthew Parsons (Plymouth Argyle) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

34:35

Attempt blocked. Jamille Matt (Fleetwood Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

30:13 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Fleetwood Town. Stewart Murdoch replaces Steven Schumacher because of an injury.

29:58

Corner, Fleetwood Town. Conceded by Paul Wotton.

29:09

Corner, Fleetwood Town. Conceded by Jake Cole.

28:58

Attempt saved. Matty Hughes (Fleetwood Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

26:54

Corner, Plymouth Argyle. Conceded by Nathan Pond.

25:49

Corner, Fleetwood Town. Conceded by Neal Trotman.

22:55

Foul by Conor Hourihane (Plymouth Argyle).

22:55

Steven Schumacher (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

21:04 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Fleetwood Town 0, Plymouth Argyle 1. Reuben Reid (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Durrell Berry with a cross.

20:17

Attempt saved. Reuben Reid (Plymouth Argyle) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

19:27

Attempt missed. Conor Hourihane (Plymouth Argyle) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

16:34

Corner, Fleetwood Town. Conceded by Jake Cole.

16:11

Attempt saved. Gareth Evans (Fleetwood Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top right corner.

15:28

Corner, Fleetwood Town. Conceded by Conor Hourihane.

9:49

Corner, Plymouth Argyle. Conceded by Conor McLaughlin.

8:00

Reuben Reid (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick on the left wing.

7:58

Foul by Gareth Evans (Fleetwood Town).

4:35

Foul by Maxime Blanchard (Plymouth Argyle).

4:35

Antoni Sarcevic (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

3:53

Foul by Steven Schumacher (Fleetwood Town).

3:53

Luke Young (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

1:52

Hand ball by Jamille Matt (Fleetwood Town).

0:00

First Half begins.

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