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Home Park (ATT 12,756) 26th December 2008 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: R East

Plymouth Plymouth Argyle vs Southampton So'ton


So'ton 0

Pilgrims punish Saints

Fourth straight defeat for struggling Southampton

Last Updated: 26/12/08 10:23pm

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Fallon: Opening goal

Fallon: Opening goal

Southampton suffered their fourth straight defeat after going down 2-0 to Plymouth at Home Park.

Goals from Rory Fallon and Luke Summerfield were enough to give Paul Sturrock victory over his old club.

The defeat leaves Southampton just one point and one place above the drop zone and increases the pressure on Saints boss Jan Poortvliet.

Victory also eased Plymouth's fears of getting sucked into the battle to beat the drop following a run of six games without a win.

The Pilgrims were only denied an early lead by a superb double save from Saints goalkeeper Kelvin Davis.

The former Sunderland man kept out Chris Clark's initial effort and then somehow recovered to claw Fallon's follow-up header from underneath the crossbar.

Moments later it was Saints who almost took the lead, but Romain Larrieu pulled off a fine save to deny young striker David McGoldrick.


But Plymouth went ahead in the 38th minute when Craig Noone latched onto a poor defensive clearance and swung the ball into the six-yard box from where an unmarked Fallon planted a firm header past Davis and into the net.

It was Fallon's fifth goal of the season, marking the striker's return to the side following a suspension in style.

And four minutes after the break Argyle's lead was doubled, courtesy of Summerfield's second goal of the season.

Saints defender Olly Lancashire was adjudged to have handled Fallon's shot, and after the visitors' protests had died down Summerfield stepped up to send Davis the wrong way from the spot.

Eight minutes later Noone, enjoying a lively full home debut, thumped a shot against the post

Summerfield's superb pass then sent substitute Jamie Mackie scampering through on goal, but Davis did well to kept out the midfielder's first-time shot.

For Saints, Ryan Smith drilled an ambitious long-range effort over the crossbar and Lancashire headed wide from Andrew Surman's corner, but Plymouth were not unduly troubled to leave Poortvliet with plenty to ponder ahead of Sunday's tough trip to Reading.

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2 Watford 46 89
3 Norwich City 46 86
4 Middlesbrough 46 85
5 Brentford 46 78
6 Ipswich Town 46 78
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 46 78
8 Derby County 46 77
9 Blackburn Rovers 46 67
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12 Charlton Athletic 46 60
13 Sheffield Wednesday 46 60
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15 Leeds United 46 56
16 Huddersfield Town 46 55
17 Fulham 46 52
18 Bolton Wanderers 46 51
19 Reading 46 50
20 Brighton and Hove Albion 46 47
21 Rotherham United 46 46
22 Millwall 46 41
23 Wigan Athletic 46 39
24 Blackpool 46 26


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