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Forest Green Rovers 0-1 Plymouth Argyle

Forest Green fell to only their second home defeat of the season as Plymouth knocked the leaders off their League Two perch.

Midfielder Antoni Sarcevic struck the only goal of the game in the first half to send Rovers tumbling to their first home loss since August.

In a high-octane first-half, it was Plymouth who threatened first - Joel Grant failing to get enough purchase on a teasing Byron Moore cross after Sarcevic conjured the opportunity.

Rovers boast a miserly defence, conceding just 10 in 16 games, but they were breached in the 24th minute and it was Sarcevic who opened Rovers up.

The Plymouth playmaker punished some sleepy defending from a short corner to slalom across the box and arrow a deflected strike beyond the flailing Joe Wollacott.

Rovers looked for parity and almost found it deep into first-half stoppage-time. The scrambling Alex Palmer got a finger on an arrowed Joseph Mills cross which dropped over the crossbar.

Plymouth remained resolute after the break as Rovers knocked on the door. Carl Winchester found the head of Matty Stevens, which fell to Jack Aitchison, but the midfielder watched his powerful drive fly over.

Six minutes of added time saw Plymouth hold on with Rovers going close through Ebou Adams and Liam Shephard.

Report supplied by PA Media

Line-ups

Forest Green

  • 13Wollacott
  • 3BernardBooked at 45minsSubstituted forMillsat 85'minutes
  • 6Rawson
  • 20KitchingBooked at 30mins
  • 23MillsSubstituted forMcGinleyat 45'minutes
  • 14Adams
  • 7Winchester
  • 2Shephard
  • 9Stevens
  • 29Aitchison
  • 10Collins

Substitutes

  • 5Mills
  • 15Morton
  • 18Dawson
  • 19McGinley
  • 22Godwin-Malife
  • 24Thomas
  • 28Taylor

Plymouth

  • 24PalmerBooked at 90mins
  • 5Wootton
  • 6Canavan
  • 3Sawyer
  • 25Grant
  • 8EdwardsBooked at 83mins
  • 7Sarcevic
  • 10Mayor
  • 21McFadzeanSubstituted forRileyat 45'minutesSubstituted forTelfordat 69'minutes
  • 16GrantSubstituted forTaylorat 84'minutes
  • 17MooreBooked at 31mins

Substitutes

  • 1Cooper
  • 2Riley
  • 9Taylor
  • 11Telford
  • 20Randell
  • 32Cooper
  • 39Rudden
Referee:
Sam Purkiss
Attendance:
3,897

Match Stats

Home TeamForest GreenAway TeamPlymouth
Possession
Home58%
Away42%
Shots
Home13
Away6
Shots on Target
Home1
Away1
Corners
Home10
Away5
Fouls
Home13
Away17

Live Text

Match ends, Forest Green Rovers 0, Plymouth Argyle 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Forest Green Rovers 0, Plymouth Argyle 1.

Booking

Alex Palmer (Plymouth Argyle) is shown the yellow card.

Attempt missed. Matt Mills (Forest Green Rovers) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Jack Aitchison with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Forest Green Rovers. Conceded by Byron Moore.

Attempt blocked. Liam Shephard (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Farrend Rawson.

Attempt blocked. Matt Mills (Forest Green Rovers) header from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Matt Stevens.

Corner, Forest Green Rovers. Conceded by Danny Mayor.

Attempt blocked. Ebou Adams (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Matt Stevens.

Corner, Forest Green Rovers. Conceded by Scott Wootton.

Attempt missed. Liam Kitching (Forest Green Rovers) header from very close range is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Jack Aitchison with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Forest Green Rovers. Conceded by Josh Grant.

Attempt blocked. Ebou Adams (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Carl Winchester (Forest Green Rovers).

Antoni Sarcevic (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ebou Adams (Forest Green Rovers).

Dominic Telford (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Forest Green Rovers. Matt Mills replaces Dominic Bernard.

Substitution

Substitution, Plymouth Argyle. Ryan Taylor replaces Joel Grant.

Booking

Joe Edwards (Plymouth Argyle) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Ebou Adams (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Joe Edwards (Plymouth Argyle).

Foul by Liam Kitching (Forest Green Rovers).

Dominic Telford (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Matt Stevens (Forest Green Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ebou Adams.

Corner, Forest Green Rovers. Conceded by Niall Canavan.

Ebou Adams (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Joe Edwards (Plymouth Argyle).

Foul by Nathan McGinley (Forest Green Rovers).

Antoni Sarcevic (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Ebou Adams (Forest Green Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Niall Canavan (Plymouth Argyle).

Attempt missed. Dominic Telford (Plymouth Argyle) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Danny Mayor with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Plymouth Argyle. Conceded by Dominic Bernard.

Corner, Forest Green Rovers. Conceded by Josh Grant.

Attempt missed. Dominic Telford (Plymouth Argyle) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Antoni Sarcevic with a cross following a set piece situation.

Foul by Nathan McGinley (Forest Green Rovers).

Joel Grant (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Farrend Rawson (Forest Green Rovers).

Joel Grant (Plymouth Argyle) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Swindon1810353122933
2Forest Green179442011931
3Bradford169342415930
4Crewe179352722530
5Exeter188642320330
6Cheltenham1685327141329
7Northampton188462619728
8Port Vale187742423128
9Newport167631713427
10Colchester177552216626
11Plymouth177552520526
12Salford186662328-524
13Cambridge186572319423
14Mansfield185672625121
15Macclesfield175661720-321
16Crawley185672530-521
17Leyton Orient185582430-620
18Grimsby155462020019
19Scunthorpe184682325-218
20Carlisle1853101931-1218
21Walsall1853101426-1218
22Oldham173771826-816
23Morecambe1835101630-1414
24Stevenage172781221-913
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