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Posted Sun 24 Apr 11 at 20:52 PM

Survival Hopes Setback

Plymouth may be desperately short of cash and unable to pay their players. But it has not affected the attitude of people who don't know where the next salary cheque is coming from, writes Jack Steggles.

They prove that with a battling display to pull of a victory that increased their slim hopes of survival and pushed the Daggers closer to the dreaded drop.

John Still's men were up for the scrap and gave it all they had. But the season long struggle is taking its toll and they lacked the spark to achieve the vital breakthrough.

Clear cut chances were few and far between and when the Daggers did threaten they were defied by Argyle keeper David Button, who had a spell on loan at the London Borough of Barking & Dagenham Stadium two years ago.

Button did well to spread himself and save from John Akinde on the stroke of half time, when Jon Nurse set him up. And he did eve better in the second half with a superb double save from Akinde and a follow up shot from Danny Green that looked to be on it's way in.

The only other worthwhile chances fell to Peter Gain early on and he sliced the ball well wide. And late in the game Darren Currie dragged a shot Wide after turning inside a defender and setting up a chance for himself.

It was one of those frustrating days made worse when Argyle - roared on by a magnificent travelling army of fans - snatched the lead three minutes into the second half.

Gain conceded a free kick some 25 yards out and Rory Patterson breached the defensive wall with a shot that went through and left Tony Roberts with no chance.

And it left Still complaining, with complete justification, people in the wall had not done their job and the ball should never have been allowed to get through.

Roberts had come to the Daggers rescue on the half-hour mark, with a brilliant save from Yannick Bolasie after sloppy defending had let him in And he did well to keep out the rampaging Patterson in the 64th minute.

Scott Doe suffered an injury trying to repair the damage in the build up and was replaced by Will Antwi.

Now it's on to Huddersfield to continue the fight for survival and they can't come much tougher than that. But Still is convinced his players have got what it takes to scrape the points needed to stay in League One.

All Daggers fans are praying he is right.

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