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Wright-Phillips double settles derby: Match Review

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League One leading scorer Bradley Wright-Phillips took his season's tally to 12 goals with a Devon derby double as Plymouth beat Exeter 2-0.

Wright-Phillips, playing as the lone striker for Peter Reid's Pilgrims, struck with the opening goal in the 28th minute when he cleverly hooked home Craig Noone's free-kick.

Wright -Phillips doubled his tally by heading home Noone's inch perfect cross from the left in the 57th minute, leaping between two City defenders to beat Artur Krysiak with a trademark deft finish.

City - who won 2-1 at Home Park in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy last month - looked nothing like the team that won that night.

Plymouth started brightly and man of the match Noone crossed from the right for Joe Mason, who glanced a header towards goal and the touch it took off the head of City central defender Troy Archibald-Henville's sent the ball off the face of the crossbar.

The Grecians were reeling in front of a near sell-out 14, 347 attendance and were let off when Plymouth full-back Onismor Bhasera's shot was cleared.

City keeper Krysiak made a brilliant save to keep out Rory Patterson's thumping low drive and was similarly well placed to save Kari Arnason's thumping long range shot.

City almost levelled in first-half stoppage-time but experienced forward Jamie Cureton hooked his shot across the face of goal.

When they threatened at 2-0 down, the Grecians found recalled Plymouth keeper David Button - on loan to Argyle from Spurs - in unbeatable form.

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