Pilgrims ease past Railwaymen
By Mark Kendall. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
Plymouth pulled further away from the relegation zone with a resounding 3-0 win over Crewe - their second home success of the week.
Paul Wotton, Dexter Blackstock and Scott Taylor were on the scoresheet as Crewe - who played the entire second half with ten men following Steven Foster's dismissal - ended the game well beaten.
David Norris had already seen a long-range effort fly narrowly wide when the hosts hit the front midway through the first period.
Recent signing Nick Chadwick latched on to Clayton Ince's parry and squared for Wotton (pictured) to fire home from 18 yards.
Crewe struggled to find a way back into the game, and their task was made even harder when Foster received his marching orders for tugging back Chadwick as he closed on goal three minutes before the break.
However, the ten men started the second half brightly and Kenny Lunt saw a decent volley from range saved by Luke McCormick.
Substitute Dexter Blackstock gave the hosts some breathing space on 68 minutes shortly after coming on.
The on-loan Southampton hit-man shot home crisply from the edge of the box for his second goal in as many games.
Luke Varney could have given Crewe late hope, but put a header wide ten minutes from time.
The Pilgrims put a gloss on the scoreline when Taylor - another substitute - prodded home from close range in injury time to notch his first goal since his move from Blackpool.
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