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Pilgrims make progress: Match Review

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Plymouth came from behind to end a run of three successive Coca-Cola Championship defeats with an impressive 3-1 win at Barnsley.

The hosts had the upper hand in the first half with Jay Rodriguez and Emil Hallfredsson coming close to opening the scoring before Hugo Colace finally did on the stroke of half-time, volleying in Carl Dickinson's cross from the edge of the area.

Plymouth got back into the game midway through the second period with a spectacular Carl Fletcher strike.

With the scores level the visitors looked the better of the two sides and after coming close a number of times they finally went ahead through Jamie Mackie following a well-worked corner.

Rory Fallon then got his name on the scoresheet against his old club with seven minutes to play with the pick of the goals as he lobbed goalkeeper Luke Steele from long range.

Plymouth had an early chance when Fletcher's sliced shot fell to Fallon but he was off balance and made little contact from six yards.

The hosts then missed a glorious chance to take the lead when Rodriguez squared the ball for Hallfredsson along the six-yard box but he managed to blast the ball wide.

Rodriguez then forced a chance of his own when he took a shot on early from outside the box and Argyle goalkeeper David Stockdale was forced to tip the ball around the post.

The hosts were starting to dominate proceedings and Filipe Teixeira was the next man to test Stockdale. He beat two men on the right-hand side before cutting in and firing a shot at goal which was well held.

The hosts took a deserved lead in first-half injury time as Dickinson's cross found its way to Colace, who arrived late to smash the ball past Stockdale from the edge of the area.

The second half started in much the same fashion and Dickinson almost added a second when he let fly with a fierce shot from 30 yards, but it whistled wide as Stockdale scrambled across his goal.

The visitors got themselves on level terms after 64 minutes when Fletcher volleyed in from the edge of the area following a poor attempted clearance from the Barnsley defence.

The goal spurred Argyle into life and Damien Johnson hit the crossbar with a drilled effort just moments later.

Plymouth substitute Yannick Bolasie then put a great cross in for Fallon but he was unable to get a clear head at goal. The duo combined again with 16 minutes to play to set up Mackie and give Plymouth the lead. Bolasie's cross from the right was flicked on by Fallon and Mackie was there at the back post to head the ball into the empty net.

The Pilgrims made sure of the points with seven minutes to play when Fallon picked the ball up 35 yards from goal and spotted Steele off his line before lifting the ball over the keeper and into the unguarded goal.

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Rory Fallon
Carl Fletcher
Maxi Rodriguez
Football
Jay Rodriguez
Luke Steele
Championship
Hugo Colace
David Stockdale
Yannick Bolasie
Carl Dickinson
Jamie Mackie
Barnsley
Damien Johnson
Plymouth Argyle

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