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Plymouth Argyle

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23/08/09 15.00

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Another late goal gave Derby County all three points at Pride Park as they came from behind to record a 2-1 victory over Plymouth Argyle. Goals from centre back pairing Jake Buxton and Miles Addison did the damage for The Rams after they fell behind to sixteenth minute Alan Judge penalty. Jake Buxton levelled before halftime and his side dominated long periods of the second half without Roman Larrieu having to work too hard in the Argyle goal but a last minute corner saw Miles Addison head in at the far post to give his side all three points.

Steve Davies returned to the starting line-up with Rob Hulse and Kris Commons having to settle for a place on the bench and there was a first start for loanee Jake Livermore after his suspension.

The game got underway in sweltering conditions and Derby had the first effort of the game when Gary Teale cut inside from the left but his effort was easily gathered at the near post after three minutes. Plymouth`s first shot came on ten minutes when the ball was only partially cleared to the edge of the box and Jim Paterson picked it up but his shot took a deflection and went over the top.

Both sides were cancelling each other out with the visitors not allowing The Rams any time on the ball and Nigel Clough`s side were unable to find their passing game early on. Jamie Mackie escaped down the left on sixteen minutes and his pace got him into the area only for his shot to bounce out again off the far post, as Jake Buxton lunged into a tackle on the edge of the box from the rebound Alan Judge went down under the challenge and the referee pointed to the spot. Judge picked himself up to confidently fire home the penalty high to Bywater`s left to put his side in the lead.

Lee Croft made progress down the right but his cross was palmed away by Larrieu as he looked to give his side an immediate route back into the match but despite some heavy pressure the chances were not coming for the home side. Indeed Jamie Mackie twice went close with efforts from outside the area as the visitors posed some issue on the break.

Another Lee Croft ball seemed to strike the arm of Paterson but the appeals were waived away by the officials and Jake Livermore had an effort blocked in the area after more neat build-up play from The Rams. Gary Teale then made progress down the left before again cutting inside but a deflection took his shot wide of the near post.

However, the pressure eventually told and when a deep free kick wasn`t cleared by the visitors defence Larrieu kept out Steve Davies` header only for the ball to be cleared as far as Robbie Savage who hit a shot back into the area that was turned home by Jake Buxton from eight yards to level the scores with five to go until halftime. Miles Addison had another looping header cleared off the line as Derby kept the pressure up but couldn`t find another break through before halftime.

Plymouth made a change at halftime with McNamee replacing Clark and it wasn`t long until Duguid was also replaced by Summerfield. Derby had started the half strongly and a Stephen Pearson volley was not far away but they were rocked on their heels with a an injury to Steve Davies five minutes into the second half as he was stretchered off with his lower leg heavily strapped to be replaced by Rob Hulse.

Rory Fallon put an effort not far wide as Plymouth made a rare break forward and Arnason made a last ditch tackle to deny Hulse as he looked to get on the end of a Livermore flick. Croft and Teale were making inroads down the flanks and a number crosses were cleared or not quite falling to teammates as Derby continued to dominate.

Hulse had another flicked header from a Connolly ball but couldn`t get enough on his effort and Kris Commons came off the bench to replace Lee Croft with a little over a quarter of an hour remaining with Gary Teale moving to the right to accommodate.

Jamie Mackie forced Stephen Bywater into a smart save at his near post as Plymouth got forward and he was then denied again by a combination of the keeper and a last ditch lunge from Robbie Savage after he had burst past Dean Moxey and run in on goal, the danger eventually being nullified after a free kick for handball was awarded against the visitors.

Paul Green came off the bench to replace Jake Livermore with five minutes to go and a run of corners in the dyeing moments saw The Rams score the winner. Gary Teale swung in a corner from the left and Larrieu misjudged the flight of the ball allowing Addison to convert at the far post with a towering header. Four minutes of time were added and despite dome pressure from the visitors Nigel Clough`s side saw out the time to claim their second home victory of the season.

Star Player

Robbie Savage
Ran his socks off in midfield and was at the heart of most of The Rams better moments, his volley in the first half set up the equaliser and he looks settled in his new sitting role.


Writer:MikeC
Date:Sunday August 23 2009
Time: 1:01PM

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