Date: 23rd January 2016 at 8:54pm
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Promotion chasing Argyle and play-off hopefuls Bristol Rovers shared the points in a 1-1 draw at the Memorial Stadium.

Billy Bodin gave Rovers the lead against the run of play in the 79th minute but Argyle showed just how good the character is in the team with an 88th minute equaliser from Man of the Match Josh Simpson. The result dropped Argyle to second in League Two but still a massive nine points ahead of Rovers in fourth place.

Derek Adams opted for a rare 4-4-2 formation for this game with Reuben Reid and Ryan Brunt starting together up front although it was Brunt who dropped back into midfield when the Greens were defending.
Fit again Graham Carey was on the bench.

The first half was a scrappy battle with Argyle enjoying lots of early possession, the best chance fell to Gregg Wylde but the Argyle winger fired his angled shot against the crossbar, Brunt also had a header well saved.

Rovers had a better second half of the first half with striker Rory Gaffney causing problems, despite that pressure from Rovers they didn`t really create any chances.

Argyle keeper Luke McCormick had the usual opposition player attempting to close him down when kicking, it’s now a usual tactic from League Two teams to try and hinder McCormick’s excellent kicking. The keeper was also on the end of what appeared to be some unsuitable comments from one or two Rovers players.
Josh Simpson and Carl McHugh both played well for the first half.

The second half was much better for Argyle with Wylde causing all sorts of problems on the left wing, however Jake Jervis was very disappointing on the opposite flank.
McHugh and Simpson controlled the midfield and the Greens were dominating possession but couldn`t find the killer final ball to break down a resolute defence.

The atmosphere was now building which was quite a feat in an awful stadium with both sets of fans willing their team for a win.

Craig Tanner replaced the tiring Reid and the formation changed to the usual 4-2-3-1 with Tanner playing behind Brunt.

A header was cleared off the line with the Argyle players claiming a hand was used although it looked like a shoulder was used by the Rovers defender.

With Argyle in the ascendency Jervis miscontrolled a pass which allowed Rovers to break away, Jermaine Easter appeared to handle the ball but the ref waved play on and Rovers grabbed a goal through Bodin against the run of play.

With their tails now up Rovers nearly added a second goal but McCormick pulled off a world class save that is just as important as scoring a goal.

A Kelvin Mellor free-kick eventually found McHugh who set-up Simpson to smash the ball low and into the corner for a well deserved equaliser. Players and fans celebrated a memorable goal in the corner of the Memorial Stadium.

Despite Carey coming on and some late pressure Argyle couldn’t find a winner but the late equaliser demonstrated why this team is heading for promotion.

Rovers are on a good run at home and yet for the most of the second half it was Argyle who looked like the home team.

McHugh and Simpson were brilliant and had extra work to do because of the formation change.
Reid is still not fit and it showed, Jervis was very disappointing and his poor touch led to the goal.
Mellor made several crucial clearances, sensing danger behind the centre backs.
Gary Sawyer also had a good game, linking well with Wylde.
Carey rarely touched the ball, he played on the left and good to see him back.
Tanner made a difference when he came on and got the team further up the pitch.

My eight game unbeaten away run continues.

MotM Simpson.

McCormick 7, Mellor 7, Nelson 7, Hartley 7, Sawyer, McHugh 8, Simpson 8, Wylde 7, Jervis 3, Brunt 6, Reid 4. Threlkeld 7, Tanner 7, Carey n/a.