Accrington Stanley 0-2 Plymouth Argyle

Matt Butcher scores for Plymouth
Matt Butcher’s goal was only his second of the season for Plymouth

Matt Butcher’s deflected strike and a late Conor Grant goal propelled Plymouth Argyle to the top of League One with a win over 10-man Accrington Stanley.

Plymouth opened the scoring in the 14th minute when former Stanley midfielder Butcher’s long-range shot hit the back of defender Baba Fernandes and slithered into the net, goalkeeper Toby Savin.

The Pilgrims could have scored the second shortly after from a Jordan Houghton free-kick, but Savin dove to deny it.

Stanley’s best chance of the first half came when goalkeeper Callum Burton saved a Korede Adedoyin strike.

Things went from bad to worse for Accrington in the 51st minute when Mo Sangare was sent off for two yellow cards – the sixth dismissal of the season in League One.

However, the home side came close to equalizing after 65 minutes when Burton superbly pushed out a 40-yard free-kick from Tommy Leigh.

Plymouth sealed it when Danny Mayor fed substitute Grant in the 78th minute and shot the ball deep into the far corner of the net.

Ryan Hardie hit both posts for Plymouth who are on pole afterwards Sheffield Wednesday lost at Barnsley, in the closing minutes as they inflicted a third loss in a row on Stanley.

Match report by PA Media.



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