August 24, 2013
Pilgrims down Dale
John Sheridan's new-look Plymouth recorded their first Home Park victory of the season, a hard-fought 1-0 success over Rochdale.
Argyle took a 25th minute lead through Reuben Reid's penalty following a foul on his strike partner Marvin Morgan by Rochdale goalkeeper Josh Lillis.
Dale responded with midfielder Matt Lund sending a dipping half volley just over the bar from 20 yards.
Lillis made a superb diving save to his left to keep out target man Morgan's downward header from skipper Conor Hourihane's 34th minute free kick. Hourihane did beat Lillis five minutes later but his curling right-footed shot hit the crossbar.
Argyle started on the front foot with Morgan heading just wide from Lewis Alessandra's cross from the right.
The Greens continued to force the pace and Reid should have done better at the far post when Lillis failed to hold Curtis Nelson's long, looping throw-in from the right.
Dale - managed by former Argyle central defender Keith Hill - pressed tirelessly for a leveller in the second half but rarely tested home keeper Luke McCormick.
|Reuben Reid (pen 25')|
|23 Luke McCormick||1 Josh Lillis|
|5 Guy Branston||25 Michael Rose|
|16 Neal Trotman||6 Oliver Lancashire|
|17 Curtis Nelson||15 Javan Vidal|
|2 Durrell Berry||22 Jack O'Connell|
|8 Romuald Boco||16 Matt Done|
|11 Dominic Blizzard||7 Peter Vincenti|
|7 Lewis Alessandra||12 Matthew Lund|
|6 Conor Hourihane||8 Andrew Tutte|
|10 Marvin Morgan||40 Ian Henderson|
|9 Reuben Reid||11 Scott Hogan|
|1 Jake Cole||Robbie Thomson 21|
|3 Andre Blackman||Ashley Eastham 5|
|4 Maximo Blanchard||Rhys Bennett 3|
|22 Jamie Richards||Joe Rafferty 2|
|14 Luke Young||Reece Gray 10|
|27 Andres Gurrieri||Bastien Hery 14|
|18 Tyler Harvey||Joe Bunny 39|
|Andres Gurrieri for Reuben Reid (73)||Joe Bunny for Matt Done (54)|
|Andre Blackman for Romuald Boco (82)||Bastien Hery for Andrew Tutte (69)|
|Luke Young for Dominic Blizzard (86)|
|Durrell Berry (12)||Matthew Lund (33)|
|Guy Branston (62)||Jack O'Connell (38)|
|Matt Done (53)|
|· Squads: Plymouth Argyle | Rochdale|