Wright-Phillips uses his head: Match Review

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Bradley Wright-Phillips' injury-time header gave Plymouth a vital 2-1 win over Doncaster to keep alive their Coca-Cola Championship survival hopes.

Doncaster dominated the first half and deservedly went in front in the 58th minute when James Coppinger collected James Hayter's pass before firing past Plymouth goalkeeper David Stockdale.

The Pilgrims responded by bringing on Joe Mason and the change paid dividends when he got on the end of Damien Johnson's cross to grab the equaliser.

Hayter hit the crossbar as Doncaster went in search of the winner but in the first minute of injury-time Onismor Bhasera's free-kick found Wright-Phillips and he headed home to send the visiting Green Army into raptures.

The result moved Plymouth to within three points of safety and left Doncaster six points adrift of the play-off places.

Plymouth started like a team fighting for their lives and went straight at Doncaster with Chris Clark having a shot blocked into the path of Reda Johnson who fired straight at Neil Sullivan.

Doncaster gradually began to find their rhythm and Mark Wilson had a shot saved by Stockdale before Hayter was off target after being found by John Oster's corner.

Stockdale's form has been one of the few positives for Plymouth in recent weeks and he produced another fine save with 16 minutes gone to tip Coppinger's shot around the post.

Minutes later Johnson had a header saved by Sullivan and at the other end Coppinger's cross found Hayter, but he headed wide when he should have done better.

Doncaster continued to press with Oster firing over from the edge of the box and just after the half-hour mark Stockdale made another fine save to deny the hosts.

Plymouth failed to clear their lines and the ball fell to on-loan Arsenal man Jay Emmanuel-Thomas but his shot was parried away by the keeper.

The home side finished the half on top and Hayter was off-target with another effort from 20 yards before Coppinger fired wide just before the break.

Plymouth looked bright at the start of the second-half and Wright-Phillips' cross found Clark on the edge of the box but he dragged the shot wide.

However, Doncaster quickly took control once again and Emmanuel-Thomas let fly with a rasping effort from 25 yards but Stockdale made another good save.

Moments later Emmanuel-Thomas had a header saved by Stockdale before Doncaster took the lead with 58 minutes gone.

Hayter played the ball into Coppinger and he rode a tackle before firing a half-volley past the helpless Stockdale.

Emmanuel-Thomas was causing Plymouth problems and he tried his luck with another effort from distance but the ball ran harmlessly wide.

Doncaster looked likely to get a second but with 67 minutes gone, Johnson's cross found Mason who finished well from inside the box just six minutes after coming on.

The home side responded well and Emmanuel-Thomas got on the end of a cross from Hayter but Stockdale came to Plymouth's rescue once again to tip the shot over the bar.

With 11 minutes remaining Doncaster came agonisingly close to going back in front when James O'Connor backheeled to Hayter who smashed the ball against the crossbar.

The game looked to be heading for a draw but in the first minute of stoppage time Bhasera's free-kick found Wright-Phillips and he headed in a vital winner.

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James Coppinger
Doncaster Rovers
Joe Mason
John Oster
James O'Connor
James Hayter
David Stockdale
Reda Johnson
Jay Emmanuel-Thomas
James O'Connor
Neil Sullivan
Damien Johnson
Mark Wilson
Plymouth Argyle
Bradley Wright-Phillips
Chris Clark

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