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'Thankfully we got that second goal to ease the nerves around the place'

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: December 10, 2012

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Carl Fletcher was mightily relieved after Plymouth Argyle's 2-0 victory over York City at Home Park on Saturday.

Although Fletcher's side stayed in 20th position in npower League Two, it ended a sequence of seven games without a win. The Pilgrims had not picked up maximum points since they beat Rochdale 3-1 on October 20.

Fletcher has repeatedly lamented about luck being against his team in recent matches as Argyle have slid down the table. But fortune was on the Pilgrims' side when they took the lead against York on the stroke of half-time.

City left-back Jamal Fyfield got the final touch as the ball bounced into the net after a corner from midfielder Luke Young. Substitute Nick Chadwick wrapped up the win for Argyle with a second goal in the 89th minute.

Argyle's manager said: "It's a big relief, and it's a clean sheet as well, which we are delighted with. I thought the lads were very professional.

"We completely dominated the game. I don't think York even had a shot on target.

"It wasn't anything majorly different to what we have been doing over the last couple of months," Fletcher added. "We got that rub of the green and the couple of goals which the performance deserved.

"We have had it so often this season where we are in control and then something falls to them [the opposition] and it goes in the back of the net.

"You are always worried like that, especially at 1-0, but thankfully we got that second goal to ease the nerves around the place."

It was only York's second defeat in 11 away League Two games this season. Fletcher said: "York are a good side. We knew if we gave them time and space they could pass around us and pick us off.

"The lads did their jobs, and they did it for themselves and for one another."

Fyfield's own goal came after Argyle had dominated the first half in terms of possession without creating too many clear-cut chances.

Fletcher said: "There was a melee and it just went in. That's probably the luck we have not had lately.

"After that, to be picky, we could have had more quality in the final third. Other than that, we looked solid and for a team with a lot of young players out there we looked fairly mature and in control. That was a pleasing point for me."

Chadwick's goal was only his second of the campaign. He was a substitute on Saturday, after starting the Pilgrims' previous four matches.

Rhys Griffiths replaced Chadwick as the lone striker in Argyle's 4-4-1-1 formation against York, before making way for him in the 73rd minute. Fletcher said: "I spoke to Chaddy on Friday and told him I wasn't going to play him.

"He has done well for us the last four games. He has been working hard and been getting bumped and bruised. He probably didn't get the goal he deserved in those games.

"I said to him once the game had got stretched he could come on and get his goal, and it panned out that way – which was brilliant."

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