Argyle beat Posh to earn first victory

29 September 2009 10:16
Darren Ferguson's side had their chances to go ahead in the first half, but saw a spirited Argyle side snatch the points thanks to goals from Jamie Mackie and Rory Fallon.[LNB]Craig Mackail-Smith scored late on for Peterborough but Ferguson's men were unable to force the draw.[LNB]Paul Sturrock had come under fire from Plymouth fans following the poor start to the season and needed this win at London Road, which ended a five-month wait for victory.[LNB]Ferguson handed a debut to Tottenham winger Danny Rose but it was the visitors who started brightly.[LNB]Argyle last won in April but were presented with a great chance to open the scoring in the fifth minute.[LNB]Charlie Lee, back in the Posh line-up after an ankle injury, fouled Fallon on the right flank and when James Paterson swung over the free-kick Mackie got ahead of his marker but headed wide from six yards out.[LNB]Peterborough forward Mackail-Smith then forced Romain Larrieu into a smart save with a powerful volley before heading tamely at Larrieu when well placed.[LNB]Rose then let fly from 25 yards as Ferguson's side stepped up the pace, but Mackail-Smith should have broken the deadlock in stoppage time at the end of the first half.[LNB]Rose and Russell Martin combined to play the ball into the near post, but Mackail-Smith saw his low effort well tipped around the post by the diving Larrieu.[LNB]Fallon headed straight at Joe Lewis at the start of the second period, but the visitors did move ahead in the 63rd minute.[LNB]Posh left-back Jamie Day was forced off through injury and as the defence was reorganising, Mackie found space inside the area to plant a shot across Lewis and into the corner.[LNB]The goal shook the hosts and Sturrock's side doubled their lead in the 69th minute.[LNB]A fine counter-attack ended with the ball at the feet of left-back Gary Sawyer and he picked out the arriving Fallon perfectly, with the former Swansea man heading powerfully past Lewis from close range.[LNB]Mackail-Smith dragged another effort wide as Posh searched for a way back and the persistent forward did reply with four minutes remaining.[LNB]Strike partner Aaron McLean wriggled free on the left of the penalty area and dinked in a cross which Mackail-Smith powerfully headed into the far corner.[LNB]But Sturrock's men held on for a morale-boosting win which lifts Argyle off the bottom.[LNB][LNB]

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