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VIDEO: Plymouth Argyle 5 Morecambe 0: Match report

By HeraldSport  |  Posted: March 02, 2014

Durrell Berry shoots Argyle into the lead against Morecambe with his first goal for the club

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WHAT a week it has been for Argyle. Eleven goals and nine points have put them firmly into League Two play-off contention.

They followed up away wins against Dagenham and Redbridge and Fleetwood Town with a 5-0 drubbing of Morecambe at Home Park on Saturday.

It took the Pilgrims only five minutes to open the scoring when right wing-back Durrell Berry grabbed his first goal for the club.

Former Morecambe player Lewis Alessandra made it 2-0 with an excellent low finish in the 40th minute.

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Centre-back Curtis Nelson headed home in the 77th minute before substitute Andres Gurrieri added a fourth goal.

Another outstanding team performance from Argyle was rounded off by Alessandra in stoppage time.

Matt Parsons made his home debut for the Pilgrims, playing in a left wing-back role as part of a 3-5-2 formation.

The visitors had a couple of early chances, with striker Jack Sampson having a close range header saved by Jake Cole.

Then Nelson got a crucial touch to a low left-wing cross from Jack Redshaw otherwise Andy Fleming would have had a tap-in.

But the Pilgrims survived those near misses and took the lead in the fifth minute.

Parsons had a shot parried away by Morecambe ‘keeper Barry Roche and the ball broke to Argyle’s other wing-back, Berry.

From a central position inside the penalty area, he slotted low into the bottom right corner of the net.

It was his first goal for the club in his 97th appearance, after signing in the summer of 2011.

Nelson headed over the bar from a right-wing cross from Luke Young and captain Conor Hourihane had a shot blocked by Morecambe defender Mark Hughes.

After that lively start to the contest, there was a lull in the goalmouth action.

Morecambe’s Alex Kenyon had a shot saved by Cole in the 25th minute after the ball rebounded to him off Argyle centre-back Neal Trotman.

Alessandra went close to putting the Pilgrims 2-0 up shortly after the half hour mark with a fierce strike which deflected wide for a corner.

Cole comfortably saved a glancing header from Kenyon in the 37th minute.

Moments later, Reid beat the visitors’ offside trap but his shot was blocked by a combination of Roche and defender Andy Parrish.

It was 2-0 to Argyle in the 40th minute, after great play from Hourihane.

He intercepted a pass from Morecambe’s Sean Beeley and then released Alessandra with a precise pass.

He raced into the box and fired low past Roche for his 11th goal of the season.

Hourihane shot over the bar at the start of the second half after he was released by a pass from Reid.

The Argyle captain could not hit the target from a narrow angle as he broke into the box.

Sampson sent a header too high after a cross from Morecambe left-back Robbie Threlfall in the 54th minute.

Roche then made a fine diving save to keep out Hourihane’s 20-yard drive after he again linked up with Reid.

Young curled a free-kick narrowly over the bar from outside the penalty area in the 64th minute as Argyle searched for a third goal.

There was a standing ovation for Wotton when he was substituted in the 73rd minute.

Tyler Harvey, at 18 half the age of Wotton, was his replacement, with Young taking over his midfield holding role.

Harvey almost put Argyle 3-0 up when he made a superb run forward but his shot was kicked away by Roche.

The resulting corner was taken by Young and aimed deep to the far post where Nelson headed high into the roof of the net.

Gurrieri was a late substitute for Hourihane and put Argyle 4-0 up in the 87th minute.

The Pilgrims broke, at speed, from inside their own penalty and the move ended with a cross from Harvey being stabbed high into the net by Gurrieri.

Harvey was picked out by a superb pass from Young, who had an outstanding game.

The goalscoring was not over, either, as Argyle grabbed a fifth goal in the second minute of stoppage time.

Alessandra heaped more misery on his former Morecambe team-mates as he curled a shot into the far corner of the net.

The away game against West Country rivals Bristol Rovers cannot come soon enough.

ARGYLE: Jake Cole; Maxime Blanchard, Neal Trotman, Curtis Nelson; Durrell Berry, Luke Young, Paul Wotton (Tyler Harvey 73 mins), Conor Hourihane (Andres Gurrieri 85 mins), Matt Parsons; Reuben Reid (Marvin Morgan 80 mins), Lewis Alessandra.

Substitutes (not used): Rommy Boco, Ben Purrington, Andres Gurrieri, Tope Obadeyi, Cameron Dawson (gk).

MORECAMBE: Barry Roche; Sean Beeley (Kevin Ellison h/t), Andy Parrish, Mark Hughes, Robbie Threlfall; Andrew Wright; Stewart Drummond, Alex Kenyon (Ryan Williams 79 mins); Andy Fleming; Jack Redshaw, Jack Sampson (Marcus Marshall 79 mins).

Substitutes: Tony Diagne, Chris McCready, Joe McGee, Andreas Arestidou (gk).

REFEREE: Graham Horwood (Bedfordshire)

ATTENDANCE: 6,827 (45 away)

GOALS – Argyle: Berry 5 mins, Alessandra 40 mins, 90 +2 mins, Nelson 77 mins, Gurrieri 87 mins

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  • greenoopnorth  |  March 03 2014, 8:31PM

    Great win Argyle, as I've said before consistency and confidence goes hand in hand in this game. Both of these are running through the squad right now and it's a joy to see. The final whistle hasn't gone yet and we all must keep our feet on the ground. More of the same please lads - party time at the end of the season with a bit of luck, which is also very useful in football.

  • pilgrimpete  |  March 03 2014, 7:22PM

    DrDoctorX - what happened to the 100-nil

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  • bobbybiscuit  |  March 03 2014, 12:54PM

    Well I am gobsmacked! My gob has never been so smacked. :-) Fantastic team performances lately and a great time to have a good run in. In my wildest dreams I never thought I would say in this season that they are doing really well. Free scoring at the moment and the really good thing is that goals are now coming from all over the park. Everyone wants to score. This is what will get PAFC in to the play offs. Fingers crossed eh?

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  • Gazzerama  |  March 03 2014, 12:17PM

    I don't want to get too excited cos theres still along way to go but....... WE ARE GOING UP, I SAID WE ARE GOING UP... nuff said.

  • WILFWASTHEMAN  |  March 03 2014, 9:56AM

    The real name of Dr X is Ivor Michael Alan Pratt - otherwise known as IM A PRATT.He holds the world record for switching allegiance between clubs.What he knows about fooball could be written on the back of a stamp using the top half only - still he is obviously a saddo so we should not take way his little pleasures in life so do keep posting sunshine.

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  • Boggy23  |  March 02 2014, 8:11PM

    Just who is DrX, does he not have a real name! Or is he too embarrassed to admit who he is. Calls himself a footy fan... Pah, a true fan will support his team through thick and thin, not jump ship when the going gets tough. So, when Man City hit the buffers I expect he will switch to Liverpool, Everton etc, or whoever is on a winning streak..... Just like Argyle. So, Grow up DrX and stop showing everyone what a pathetic prat you are.s

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  • Codebreaker  |  March 02 2014, 12:22PM

    Welcome aboard Rev. Honest to God, it was brilliant performance. Made me cry watching all those goals go in!

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  • TheMercenary  |  March 02 2014, 12:08PM

    It brought a tear to my eye to see such wonderful performance from my team. What a terrific all round effort from all concerned. Thanks lads.

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  • imapilgrim  |  March 02 2014, 12:04PM

    FICKLE ! the lot of you , with that is the exception of trots .

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  • plymgeorge1  |  March 02 2014, 10:19AM

    Again great result and I agree with many that that was the best performance by the greens for many a year,it is a puzzle that the team has not performed to this level for most of the season given that the majority of the team were inherited by Sheridan., with the exception of Trotman ,Parsons Reid and Allessandra who have been stand out signings with the latest recruit Parsons really looking top drawer(oops sorry forgot about Obadeji who seems to have given up the Bury bench in favour of Argyle"s) so although I am delighted to be proven wrong at the moment I agree with Davidoflancs that JS has still not conviced me that he is right for the long term at this club,again I reiterate that I hope i am totally wrong and the guy goes on to be a huge success at HP.But before you all hit the THUMBS DOWN key which I fully expect you should look back at your comments before and just after Christmas not many had a good word to say about him and his coaching staff then ,and that includes you Trottie old boy,its easy to jump ship when the good or bad times arrive ,but who knows now with the REV on board the good times will stay. Well done to Wilf for battling his way to the game ,good on you and I am with you on MOM it has to be Wotts but Parsons (divine intervention ?) ran him close. Now roll on next Saturday, lets have a good turnout of the Green Army in Bristol and a win against the Gasheads to keep the momentum going. Great atmosphere and excitement being generated at HP reminds me of Luggys glory days.

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