Three defeats in a row see Darren Ferguson’s men take a late-season-knock to their title hopes following defeat to play-off contenders, Exeter City.

This season Rovers have been known for the team that likes to go behind first before making their trade mark come-back.

Well it seemed that was going to be the case today. It all started within the first 14 minutes where Exeter capitalised from a set piece won by Jake Taylor.

Rovers then responded through James Coppinger who volleyed into the top-left corner of goal from the far-right hand side post.

From there on Rovers dominated, but fluffed their lines too many times upfront by not taking enough of their chances, which gave the confidence for Exeter to go on and get two more goals – giving Plymouth the top spot.

The second Exeter goal came from the penalty spot as David Wheeler stepped up, but ended up missing; forcing Lawlor into pulling off two fantastic saves, but he was defeated by Wheelers third rebound.

Finally, Exeter wrapped up the three points for their play-off campaign with 19-year-old, Ollie Watkins out-muscling Craig Alcock to go one-on-one with Ian Lawlor, before squaring over to substitute, Liam McAlinden.


ROVERS XI: Lawlor; Alcock, Wright, Butler, Mason; McCullough, Blair, Grant, Rowe, Coppinger; Marquis.

ROVERS BENCH: Marosi, Middleton, McSheffrey, Taylor-Sinclair, May, Williams and Manideville.

EXETER CITY XI: Pym, James, Harley, Wheeler, Grant, Watkins, Moore-Taylor, Taylor, Sweeney, Reid and Brown.

EXETER CITY BENCH: Olejnik, Tillson, Holmes, McAlinden, Ampadu, Croll and Stcaey.


REFEREE: C. Breakspear