Full Time: Plymouth Argyle 2 Fleetwood Town 1

Picture:  Derick Thomas

Picture: Derick Thomas

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FLEETWOOD Town were made to pay for sloppy defending and ill discipline on another dismal away day

Strunning Plymouth boosted their survival hopes just before the half hour, Jon Parkin pushing Conor Hourihane as Argyle whipped in a deep corner kick, Paul Wooton putting away the penalty.

And it got worse for Graham Alexander’s lacklustre visitors before the break - Paul McKenna giving away posession deep inside his own half, Jason Banton with a low shot to beat Scott Davies.

Fleetwood almost hit back before half time, Junior Browns’ effort somehow turned off the line by Jake Cole.

Town did create a foothold with 15 minutes remaining, a defensive error letting in David Ball, his cool finish giving Fleetwood hope.

Barry Nicholson almost bagged an equaliser before a rash challenge from Paul McKenna brought the comeback to a crashing halt.

The sliding challenge on Hourihane earned him a second yellow, ten-man Town very nearly becoming nine when Jon Parkin pushed Hourihane right in front of referee Trevor Kettle.