• Date: Sat 06 March 2010
  • Venue: Home Park
  • Ref: Woolmer, KA
  • Attendance: 9,582
Plymouth Argyle

Plymouth Argyle

Johnson (71) P

1 - 1
Preston North End

Preston North End

St Ledger (18)

Plymouth Argyle vs Preston North End

Team Lineups

Plymouth Argyle

David Stockdale
Chris Barker
Richard Eckersley
Karl Duguid
Carl Fletcher
Chris Clark (Rory Fallon, 54)
Damien Johnson
Kari Arnason
Luke Summerfield (Craig Noone, 46)
Jamie Mackie
Joe Mason

Preston North End

Andy Lonergan
Youl Mawene
Sean St Ledger
Billy Jones
Tom Williams
Richard Chaplow
Keith Treacy (Darren Carter, 87)
Matty James
Ross Wallace (Chris Sedgwick, 53)
Jon Parkin
Neil Mellor (Chris Brown, 71)

Match Report
Plymouth Argyle came from behind to earn a deserved 1-1 drawagainst Preston North End that will have done little to inspire confidence as they look to avoid relegation from the Championship this term. The Pilgrims fell behind midway through the first half when Sean St Ledger headed home but fought back strongly for a point with Northern Ireland international midfielder Damien Johnson levelling from the penalty sport after Matt James had handled. Argyle goalkeeper David Stockdale had already come to the Pilgrims' rescue in the first half, saving at the feet of midfielder James, before Preston's early pressure told with a simple goal. St Ledger had no problems rising unimpeded above the defence to head home Ross Wallace's right-wing corner midway through the first half. Centre-back St Ledger came close to adding a second soon afterwards, when Stockdale beat out a fierce free-kick from Wallace, but the Lilywhites' skipper could not direct his first-time shot on target and the ball trickled wide of the goalpost. The home side were struggling to get into the game, but found their rhythm leading up to half-time and were unlucky not to go in on level terms after teenage forward Joe Mason hit the target with a tremendous header from Chris Clark's cross only for goalkeeper Andy Lonergan to spectacularly tip the ball over the crossbar. Manager Paul Mariner sent on winger Craig Noone for the second half, and his early corner was headed wide by Carl Fletcher, before another Clark-Mason combination forced Longergan into action. The momentum stayed with the home side, although Preston's disciplined defending prevented Plymouth from getting too many clear sights of goal. They finally got their break midway through the second half when Fletcher's goal-bound header from another Noone corner was handled by James, allowing Johnson to equalise from the penalty spot. Argyle so nearly got the win they craved in the final minutes. Noone's 30-yard shot shot hit the underside of the crossbar and came out to Rory Fallon, but the New Zealanders header was brilliantly saved by Lonergan.
Live Text Commentary
Full time

That's it, it's all over, the referee has blown the final whistle.

Yellow Card

The referee has booked Billy Jones.

Yellow Card

The referee has booked Youl Mawene.


Keith Treacy is being taken off, Darren Carter has come on in his place.


Neil Mellor is replaced by Chris Brown.


Damien Johnson takes a penalty for Plymouth and scores!.


Chris Clark is being taken off, Rory Fallon has come on in his place.


Preston are replacing Ross Wallace with Chris Sedgwick.


Luke Summerfield is being taken off, Craig Noone has come on in his place.

Second half

The second half is under way with the score currently at 0 v 1.

Half time

Half time whistle is blown by KA Woolmer


Goal!! Sean St Ledger scores for Preston.


The ref has blown his whistle and the match has started.

Awaiting Kickoff

Plymouth face Preston at 3pm on Saturday, March 6th.