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Plymouth Argyle 0-0 Portsmouth

Plymouth slipped to sixth as they survived late drama to claim a goalless draw against close play-off rivals Portsmouth.

Pompey winger Jamal Lowe rounded Argyle stand-in keeper Kyle Letheren in the last minute of normal time but his shot was cleared off the line by Plymouth's on-loan Bristol City central defender Zak Vyner.

Seconds later Portsmouth skipper Brett Pitman's powerful stoppage-time header crashed off the face of the bar.

That was as close as either side came to scoring in an engrossing encounter between the South Coast League One play-off rivals.

At the other end, Plymouth playmaker Graham Carey tested Pompey keeper Luke McGee with a drilled left-footed drive.

Carey twice came close before that shot with two audacious efforts from the edge of the box.

The first in the 49th minute drifted just over the bar and the second - not long after - went even closer as Plymouth pressed for an opener.

In the first half the best efforts fell to Lowe, whose shot was saved by Letheren, and Pitman, who scuffed a Lowe cross from six yards out.

Argyle's best first-half chance came when Ruben Lameiras sent a cross flying over from the right but just out of the reach of striker Joel Grant.

Grant was called up as Argyle target man Ryan Taylor was ruled out of taking his place in Argyle's winning line-up.

Report supplied by Press Association.

Line-ups

Plymouth

Formation 4-3-3

  • 25Letheren
  • 18Threlkeld
  • 22Vyner
  • 15Bradley
  • 3SawyerSubstituted forTaylor-Sinclairat 72'minutes
  • 14Makasi
  • 24Fox
  • 6Ness
  • 10Carey
  • 16Grant
  • 11LameirasSubstituted forFletcherat 89'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Miller
  • 4Songo'o
  • 17Taylor-Sinclair
  • 27Fletcher
  • 30Paton
  • 31Cooper
  • 33Sangster

Portsmouth

Formation 4-1-4-1

  • 1McGee
  • 20Thompson
  • 5Clarke
  • 16Whatmough
  • 17Donohue
  • 7O'KeefeSubstituted forRonanat 58'minutes
  • 18Lowe
  • 26Evans
  • 33Close
  • 22Naismith
  • 8Pitman

Substitutes

  • 6Burgess
  • 9Hawkins
  • 14Ronan
  • 19Chaplin
  • 29Deslandes
  • 35Bass
  • 38Haunstrup
Referee:
Dean Whitestone
Attendance:
14,634

Match Stats

Home TeamPlymouthAway TeamPortsmouth
Possession
Home60%
Away40%
Shots
Home6
Away10
Shots on Target
Home1
Away4
Corners
Home2
Away3
Fouls
Home8
Away15

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Plymouth Argyle 0, Portsmouth 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Plymouth Argyle 0, Portsmouth 0.

  3. Post update

    Graham Carey (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Jack Whatmough (Portsmouth).

  5. Post update

    Moses Makasi (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Jamal Lowe (Portsmouth).

  7. Post update

    Attempt blocked. Jamal Lowe (Portsmouth) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

  8. Post update

    Foul by David Fox (Plymouth Argyle).

  9. Post update

    Kal Naismith (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Plymouth Argyle. Alex Fletcher replaces Ruben Lameiras.

  11. Post update

    Oscar Threlkeld (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick on the left wing.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Kal Naismith (Portsmouth).

  13. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jack Whatmough (Portsmouth) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right following a corner.

  14. Post update

    Corner, Portsmouth. Conceded by Aaron Taylor-Sinclair.

  15. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jamal Lowe (Portsmouth) header from a difficult angle on the left misses to the left.

  16. Post update

    Attempt missed. Brett Pitman (Portsmouth) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high.

  17. Post update

    Foul by David Fox (Plymouth Argyle).

  18. Post update

    Connor Ronan (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  19. Post update

    Foul by Moses Makasi (Plymouth Argyle).

  20. Post update

    Brett Pitman (Portsmouth) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wigan41269681275487
2Blackburn422512576373987
3Shrewsbury412410755332282
4Rotherham422171468511770
5Scunthorpe4216161059491064
6Plymouth411810135348564
7Portsmouth42196175451363
8Charlton421711145450462
9Peterborough4216131364521261
10Blackpool431414155653356
11Bristol Rovers42168185862-456
12Fleetwood43159195762-554
13Bradford40166184961-1254
14Doncaster401314134946353
15Southend421411174962-1353
16Gillingham421216144448-452
17Oxford Utd421311185762-550
18Wimbledon421310194253-1149
19Walsall421212185162-1148
20Oldham411113175468-1446
21Rochdale411015164553-845
22Northampton431110223974-3543
23MK Dons421012204261-1942
24Bury4279263465-3130
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