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2017/18 English League One, Regular Season
  • Ruben Lameiras (3', 88')
  • Graham Carey (33', 52')

Plymouth back in play-off places after hammering Southend

Plymouth moved back into League One's top six with a comprehensive 4-0 win over mid-table Southend thanks to two goals apiece from Ruben Lameiras and Graham Carey.
Lameiras opened the scoring, finishing off a brilliant passing move by steering a low shot past United keeper Mark Oxley after being teed up by target man Ryan Taylor.
Simon Cox missed a golden opportunity to level when Argyle keeper Remi Matthews could only parry Dru Yearwood's thumping 30-yard drive into his path.
Southend would rue that miss as within a minute as Carey fired promotion-chasing Plymouth 2-0 ahead with an audacious, deflected strike from the right of the box that flew up and over Oxley and in.
Carey doubled his tally and extended Argyle's lead in the 52nd minute when he swept in Oscar Threlkeld's pinpoint cross from the byline.
He missed an opportunity for a hat-trick when substitute Joel Grant won a 73rd-minute penalty after John White's foul. Carey's rising spot-kick flew off the top of the crossbar.
It was left to Lameiras to make it 4-0 in the 88th minute when he pounced as Oxley failed to hold Grant's strike.

English League One Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Ipswich Town 12 +14 27
2 Wycombe Wanderers 14 +9 27
3 Peterborough United 13 +14 24
4 Fleetwood Town 12 +9 23
5 Oxford United 14 +11 22
6 Doncaster Rovers 13 +8 22
7 Sunderland 13 +6 22
8 Blackpool 14 +2 21
9 Coventry City 13 +1 21
10 Bristol Rovers 14 -1 21
11 Rochdale 14 -3 19
12 Rotherham United 12 +7 18
13 Burton Albion 12 +3 18
14 Shrewsbury Town 13 -3 18
15 Lincoln City 15 -3 17
16 Portsmouth 12 +1 16
17 Gillingham 14 +2 15
18 Accrington Stanley 13 -4 14
19 Milton Keynes Dons 14 -9 13
20 Tranmere Rovers 14 -10 13
21 AFC Wimbledon 15 -6 12
22 Southend United 14 -25 5
23 Bolton Wanderers 12 -23 -5