Saints pay the penalty
By Andy Clarke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Paul Wotton's late penalty gave Plymouth a 2-1 win over Southampton.Paul Wotton scored his fourth goal in three games to give Plymouth a 2-1 victory over Southampton at Home Park.
The Argyle skipper slotted in an 84th minute penalty after Claus Lundekvam had handled in the area, to condemn George Burley's side to their seventh defeat in nine games.
Plymouth's fine recent run - just one defeat in their last nine - has lifted them into 14th place, while Burley must now fight a relegation battle after seeing his side slump to 17th, just six points above the bottom three.
Lilian Nalis tested Saints keeper Bartosz Bialkowski with an early header before Nathan Dyer's shot was saved by Romain Larrieu in the Argyle goal.
Micky Evans fired over from 12 yards shortly before the break, before Nick Chadwick broke the deadlock in stoppage time when he drove home left-footed after a poor clearance from Lundekvam.
Dexter Blackstock headed wide and Darren Potter headed over as the visitors looked for an equaliser, which they found in the 70th minute when Andrew Surman headed in Chris Baird's cross for his first goal for the club.
Kenwyne Jones missed a good opportunity to put the Saints ahead and they were made to pay when Wotton scored from the spot.