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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 Luton Town 42 +44 87
2 Barnsley 43 +38 85
3 Sunderland 42 +35 83
4 Portsmouth 42 +32 83
5 Charlton Athletic 43 +23 79
6 Doncaster Rovers 43 +17 69
7 Peterborough United 42 +9 65
8 Coventry City 43 +3 64
9 Burton Albion 43 +11 60
10 Blackpool 43 +1 59
11 Fleetwood Town 42 +7 57
12 Oxford United 43 -5 56
13 Gillingham 43 -12 51
14 Bristol Rovers 43 -3 50
15 Shrewsbury Town 43 -7 50
16 Accrington Stanley 42 -18 48
17 Rochdale 43 -31 48
18 Wycombe Wanderers 43 -13 47
19 Plymouth Argyle 43 -18 47
20 Scunthorpe United 43 -24 46
21 AFC Wimbledon 43 -22 45
22 Southend United 43 -14 44
23 Walsall 43 -24 43
24 Bradford City 43 -29 36