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Plymouth Argyle eased their relegation fears with a priceless 3-0 victory over Sheffield United at Home Park.

Graham Coughlan's early goal set the tone for a disastrous evening for Neil Warnock's side, as they lost keeper Paddy Kenny to injury and slipped five points adrift of the play-off pack.

Warnock's policy of not selecting a substitute goalkeeper meant Phil Jagielka had to take the gloves and there was little the defender could do to prevent Paul Wotton and Dexter Blackstock adding further goals.

Plymouth have endured a torrid run of eight league games without a win and they were hammered 5-0 at Upton Park at the weekend, so Coughlan's goal after three minutes, volleyed in from Tony Capaldi's cross, proved a real shot in the arm.

Wotton fired a free kick just wide of goal as the home side continued to press, but he was bang on target two minutes after half time when he crashed a right-foot drive beyond Jagielka.

Nick Chadwick and Micky Evans both put good chances wide of the post before Blackstock, on in place of Evans, headed in Peter Gilbert's cross to complete the scoring.