Plymouth Argyle 0-0 Sunderland – BBC Sport


Plymouth Argyle drew 0-0 at home to League One play-off rivals Sunderland as both sides missed an opportunity to boost their hopes of sneaking into the automatic promotion places.

Argyle were able to recall top scorer Ryan Hardie, who came closest to scoring when his 41st-minute header flew just past the post from Conor Grant’s pacy cross.

The home side had the best of the first-half opportunities, with Niall Ennis forcing a good 20th-minute save from Anthony Patterson with his first-time shot following Steven Sessegnon’s cutback from the byline.

Defender Macaulay Gillesphey tried his luck from range in the 31st minute, but his shot flew over.

Nathan Broadhead’s thumping angled shot at the start of the second half signaled Sunderland’s attempt and forced a superb reflex save from Michael Cooper, who used his foot to keep the ball out.

Broadhead provided the threat minutes later when he turned a cross back across the six-yard box, beating Cooper with an effort that needed to be cleared by central defender Dan Scarr.

Argyle countered, with Danny Mayor teeing up Grant to place his first-time shot just wide on 67 minutes.

Sessegnon’s superb run down the right and deep cross resulted in Grant’s 86th-minute shot having to be deflected just wide.

Line-ups

Plymouth

Formation 3-5-2

  • oneCooper
  • 5Wilson
  • 6Scarr
  • 3Gillesphey
  • 17S SessegnonBooked at 90mins
  • 28Pereira CamaraSubstituted forRandellat 65′minutes
  • 4Houghton
  • 10Elderly
  • fifteenGrant
  • elevenEnnisSubstituted forJephcottat 76′minutes
  • 9HardySubstituted forGarrickat 82′minutes

substitutes

  • 7Broom
  • 14Garrick
  • twentyRandell
  • 25Burton
  • 27Law
  • 31Jephcott
  • 33crichlow

Sunderland

Formation 3-5-2

  • twentyPatterson
  • fifteenWinchester
  • 26Wright
  • 17CirkinBooked at 59mins
  • 25clarke
  • 27mateSubstituted forNeilat 80′minutes
  • 4EvansBooked at 84mins
  • 8emblemSubstituted forrobertsat 76′minutes
  • 13O’NienSubstituted forgoochat 74′minutes
  • 9Broadhead
  • 14Stewart

substitutes

  • oneburger
  • 5Batth
  • elevengooch
  • 19Xhemajli
  • 24Neil
  • 32Hume
  • 77roberts

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