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Rovers 1 Plymouth Argyle 1

13 January 2018

Alfie Beestin’s first league goal wasn’t enough for Rovers to claim all three points, as Plymouth Argyle snatched a draw at the Keepmoat Stadium.

Rovers started the game the brighter, and Tommy Rowe had the game’s first chance to open the scoring.

Good work down the right from Rodney Kongolo saw him play the ball back to Rowe, with the midfielder cutting onto his left and firing just wide of Remi Matthews’ far post from 25 yards out.

Argyle’s first chance came after 20 minutes, with Oscar Threlkeld’s ball into the box being met by Ryan Taylor, who tried an ambitious overhead kick, but Mathieu Baudry was able to turn the ball behind for a corner.

Rovers came forward again, and it was John Marquis who squandered a great chance to put the home side in front.

He capitalised on Ryan Edwards’ hesitation to collect a pass back to him as he raced one-on-one with former Rovers’ loanee Matthews, but the keeper was once again able to get down well and push the ball away from danger.

Kongolo was next to try and open the scoring as he met James Coppinger’s cross into the area, but his drilled effort was claimed by Matthews, who was very busy in the game’s opening 25 minutes.

It wouldn’t be long though until Rovers got the goal they deserved, and it was a superb bit of link-up play that unlocked the Argyle defence.

Marquis and Rowe’s superb play down the middle opened up space for the latter to feed the ball through for Beestin, and he smashed home into the top corner from just inside the box to open the scoring.

After the interval, it was the visitor’s who came out firing, firstly with captain Gary Sawyer shooting just over from outside the area.

Sonny Bradley was next to go close, as his header from Graham Carey’s free-kick was blocked on the line by Houghton.

Rovers did come forward Houghton and substitute Alfie May both having shots on goal blocked by the Argyle defence in quick succession, with the game now springing into life as the clock ticked towards the final 20 minutes.

The goal that the visitors were looking for did come with 15 minutes to go, albeit with a hint of controversy surrounding the Argyle equaliser.

David Fox’s free-kick into the area was met at the back post by Edwards, who seemingly had pulled Andy Butler to the ground, but went unnoticed to make it one-all.

Argyle then almost turned the game on its head, as Lionel Ainsworth pulled the ball back for Antoni Sarcevic, but the Plymouth man saw his effort saved brilliantly by Lawlor who kept the scores level.

Rovers were unable to grab a late winner, but maintained their unbeaten run in the league going, and they now travel to high-flying Shrewsbury Town next Saturday as they will look to keep their good form going.

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