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.
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