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Torquay out of relegation zone after second straight win

A second straight win lifts Torquay United out of the League Two relegation zone. Plymouth Argyle also won, but there were defeats for Yeovil Town and Exeter City.

Marek Stech was back in goal for the Glovers following a four-month lay-off. Credit: EMPICS Sport



Yeovil Town's four-match unbeaten run is over after the Glovers lost 1-0 at home to Blackburn.

A second-half strike by £8m hitman Jordan Rhodes was enough to earn Rovers a second away win of the season.

Rovers boss Gary Bowyer made one change to his side as he targeted back-to-back wins for the first time since October, with David Dunn replacing former Manchester United youngster Josh King in the side's engine room.

But striker DJ Campbell, who was one of six people questioned as part of a spot-fixing investigation and has been placed on bail until April 2014, was left out of Rovers' match-day squad - despite the 32-year-old returning to training this week.

Yeovil, who went into the game after successive draws, welcomed back goalkeeper Marek Stech following a four-month lay-off after he broke two bones in his hand against Birmingham City in August.

But there was no settling in period for the former West Ham stopper as he endured a busy afternoon in the first-ever meeting between the two sides.

Blackburn striker Rhodes, who has caught the eye of a number of Premier League sides this campaign, almost opened the scoring inside two minutes when Ryan Lowe's low drive hit his heels, but the ball deflected straight into Stech's arms.

The Lancashire side kept flooding forward in numbers, but Tom Cairney and Dunn were twice guilty of spurning glorious chances in the early exchanges.

Yeovil had their giant Czech goalkeeper to thank again before the break as Cairney's curling effort was pushed wide, before Rhodes was thwarted from close range.

The Somerset side started the second period with more vigour, and on-loan striker Ishmael Miller almost handed Yeovil an unlikely lead when his drilled shot was bravely blocked by Rovers skipper Scott Dann.

Looking a completely different side after the break, Yeovil midfielder John Lundstram almost lifted the roof at Huish Park with a swirling 20-yard strike, but Blackburn stopper Simon Eastwood clawed the stinging effort over the bar,

As the game descended into a frantic affair, Dunn's sensational solo effort was saved by Stech moments before Miller's thundering shot cannoned off the crossbar at the other end.

However, Rovers made Yeovil pay for some slack defending shortly before the hour mark when Dunn fed Rhodes, who slammed the ball home to notch his 13th goal of the season.

Undeterred by the setback, Yeovil continued to threaten and came inches away from an equaliser minutes later when Joe Ralls saw his curling effort crash off the post.

The Glovers desperately pumped the ball long to Miller and saw a penalty appeal turned down in the closing exchanges, but Rovers' rearguard stayed firm to earn a rare three points on the road.

Jason Lowe shoots for Blackburn at Huish Park. Credit: EMPICS Sport

It's a disappointing result but we mustn't be devastated about it.

We didn't get our passing game going in the first half and kept giving the ball away, and if you do that against a top team in this division then you'll be in trouble.

In the second half we kept the ball better, created a number of chances and hit the bar and the post. We were in the ascendancy, but then their goal came on the break against the run of play.

We know they're a good side and we gave everything we had, but with a bit of luck and better judgment we may have got something out of it.

I thought we controlled Rhodes well in the game, but he got into that position once and stuck the ball in the net.

We have to learn from these games, but we're still learning about teams in the top half of this division who are looking to get into the Premier League.

– Gary Johnson, Yeovil Town manager


Aaron Downes' 50th minute goal earned Torquay three points at Dagenham & Redbridge. Credit: Tony Marshall/EMPICS Sport

Torquay United have climbed off the foot of the table and out of the relegation zone after their second successive win.

Aaron Downes scored the only goal of the game five minutes into the second half - heading home Jak McCourt's cross.

The home side piled on the pressure, but the Gulls defended magnificently, and goalkeeper Michael Poke was impressive all afternoon.

Sheffield Wednesday loanee Caolan Lavery scored on his Argyle debut. Credit: Nigel French/EMPICS Sport

Plymouth Argyle picked up their first league win in four games after beating Bury at Home Park.

Caolan Lavery scored on his debut to put the Pilgrims ahead in the 11th minute. The 21-year-old had already seen a header tipped over the bar by Bury goalkeeper Brian Jensen.

Luke Young released Lavery down the left. The striker, on loan from Sheffield Wednesday, cut inside and ran through on goal, before firing past the veteran 'keeper.

Chris Sedgwick levelled the scores early in the second half when he lobbed Luke McCormick from 20 yards.

But with 12 minutes left on the clock, Reuben Reid popped up to hit the winner after good work from Lewis Alessandra.

The win moves Argyle six points clear of the relegation zone.

Marc Richards scored Chesterfield's second goal against Exeter City on Friday night. Credit: Simon Cooper/EMPICS Sport

Exeter City disappointingly lost at home to Chesterfield on Friday night.

It was the Grecians fifth home defeat of the season. Oliver Banks and Marc Richards scored the goals in the second half.

Paul Tisdale's men could only manage one shot on target all evening.

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