Plymouth soared to fifth in the Championship with a 3-1 defeat of Derby, to the delight of their manager, Ian Holloway, and despite being reduced to 10 men for most of the second half.
The Argyle manager is annoyed that his side are not getting the credit they deserve but hopes yesterday's victory will make people pay attention. "It was a battle out there," he said. "It wasn't pretty but we have got great team spirit. Maybe more people will take a bit of notice of us now because we are not one of the fashionable clubs."
Argyle were reduced to 10 men in the 48th minute when Mathias Doumbe received his second yellow card for a foul on Morten Bisgaard. It could have signalled the start of the end for Argyle, as Derby were in the ascendancy having cancelled out Paul Wotton's 44th-minute spot-kick opener with Arturo Lupoli's sixth goal of the season in first-half stoppage time.
The on-loan Arsenal teenager stuck a leg out to turn Michael Johnson's shot past home keeper Luke McCormick. But Wotton's second penalty conversion put Argyle back in front in the 63rd minute after Johnson fouled Barry Hayles.
Adam Bolder almost restored parity with a deft chip but McCormick back-pedalled to make a magnificent save, tipping the ball over. The save proved crucial as Argyle went 3-1 ahead when Tony Capaldi's pacy inswinging corner was headed home by Marcel Seip at the far upright.
Goals: Wotton (44 pen) 1-0, Lupoli (45) 1-1, Wooton (63 pen) 2-1, Seip (79) 3-1.
Plymouth Argyle (4-4-2): McCormick; Connolly, Doumbe, Seip, Capaldi; Norris, Nalis, Wotton, Buzsaky (Samba 77); Hayles, Ebanks-Blake (Aljofree 51, Summerfield 73),. Substitutes not used: Larrieu (gk), Djordjic.
Derby County (4-4-2): Grant; Edworthy, Moore (Leacock 56), Michael Johnson, Camara; Bisgaard (Smith 68), Bolder, Oakley (Seth Johnson 77), Lupoli; Howard, Stead. Substitutes not used: Bywater (gk), Jackson.
Referee: P Taylor (Hertfordshire).
Booked: Plymouth Argyle Hayles, Doumbe, Buzsaky, Capaldi. Derby County Moore, Michael Johnson. Sent off: Doumbe.
Man of the match: Wotton.
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