2017/18 English League One, Regular Season
  • Ruben Lameiras (3', 88')
  • Graham Carey (33', 52')

Plymouth back in play-off places after hammering Southend

Plymouth moved back into League One's top six with a comprehensive 4-0 win over mid-table Southend thanks to two goals apiece from Ruben Lameiras and Graham Carey.
Lameiras opened the scoring, finishing off a brilliant passing move by steering a low shot past United keeper Mark Oxley after being teed up by target man Ryan Taylor.
Simon Cox missed a golden opportunity to level when Argyle keeper Remi Matthews could only parry Dru Yearwood's thumping 30-yard drive into his path.
Southend would rue that miss as within a minute as Carey fired promotion-chasing Plymouth 2-0 ahead with an audacious, deflected strike from the right of the box that flew up and over Oxley and in.
Carey doubled his tally and extended Argyle's lead in the 52nd minute when he swept in Oscar Threlkeld's pinpoint cross from the byline.
He missed an opportunity for a hat-trick when substitute Joel Grant won a 73rd-minute penalty after John White's foul. Carey's rising spot-kick flew off the top of the crossbar.
It was left to Lameiras to make it 4-0 in the 88th minute when he pounced as Oxley failed to hold Grant's strike.

English League One Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Portsmouth 14 +13 33
2 Peterborough United 14 +10 27
3 Sunderland 13 +13 26
4 Accrington Stanley 14 +5 26
5 Barnsley 13 +15 25
6 Doncaster Rovers 14 +5 25
7 Luton Town 14 +3 22
8 Walsall 13 +1 22
9 Charlton Athletic 13 +3 21
10 Coventry City 14 -1 21
11 Fleetwood Town 14 +8 20
12 Southend United 14 0 20
13 Blackpool 12 +5 19
14 Burton Albion 13 -1 17
15 Scunthorpe United 14 -7 17
16 Rochdale 14 -7 16
17 Wycombe Wanderers 14 -4 15
18 Shrewsbury Town 14 -4 12
19 Gillingham 13 -7 12
20 Bristol Rovers 14 -4 11
21 AFC Wimbledon 14 -10 11
22 Oxford United 14 -10 10
23 Bradford City 14 -12 10
24 Plymouth Argyle 14 -14 7

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