Plymouth up to seventh

Date published: Saturday 11th April 2015 6:25

Anthony O’Connor opened the scoring in the second minute and fellow defender Carl McHugh made it two just after the hour mark.

Vadaine Oliver’s acrobatic goal set up a tense finish, but Argyle held on to move up to seventh.

The recalled O’Connor opened the scoring with his first touch of the ball, meeting Bobby Reid’s floated free-kick from the left with a superb looping header that beat Stags goalkeeper Sascha Studer.

Argyle failed to build on their early advantage and in the 22nd minute home keeper Luke McCormick made a fine diving save to keep out Reggie Lambe’s volley from Chris Clements’ corner.

Mansfield had the better of the first-half chances with Lambe firing just over as the interval approached and Oliver smashing a shot inches wide in stoppage time.

But the hosts doubled their lead when McHugh glanced in a near post header from Reid’s corner in the 63rd minute.

A minute later Mansfield striker Oliver scored with a superb volleyed bicycle kick after his initial headed effort came back off the post.

But the Stags could not find a late equaliser and remain six points above the relegation zone.

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