Argyle 2 Fleetwood 1 - match report
FOR 45 minutes at Luton seven days earlier, and more than an hour of the visit of Fleetwood to Home Park, Freddie Ladapo had cut a frustrated, unproductive figure.
Then his and his side’s fortunes turned in ten amazing minutes, when he scored the goals that gave the Pilgrims a magnificent bounceback victory from their chastening defeat at Kenilworth Road.
Paddy Madden tested the late nerves by pulling a goal back for the visitors five minutes from time but Argyle, and Ladapo in particular, deserved to hold for three welcome points.
Antoni Sarcevic had been passed fit to face his former club after having been written off by manager Derek Adams in the build-up to the game.
Sarcevic – a Wembley winning goalscorer for the Trawlermen – had shown rapid powers of recovery to overcome a dead leg sustained in the previous week’s defeat at Luton Town.
Doubts about fellow midfielder Jamie Ness also subsided later in the week to allow him to take his place in a starting line-up that showed just one change from that at Kenilworth Road.
With Graham Carey suspended for one match following a fifth yellow card of the season against the Hatters, Ruben Lameiras made his first league start in more than a month.
Ryan Taylor continued his comeback from injury with a place on a substitutes’ bench that also included full-back Joe Riley, whose previous appearance in an Argyle squad had been in mid-September.
The Pilgrims took time to get into their stride, initially unsettled, it seemed, by the visitors’ high and hard press.
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