Pilgrims snatch Forest win
By Simon Fudge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Plymouth Argyle earned a late 3-2 victory over Nottingham Forest at Home Park.
Plymouth Argyle continued their fine start to the Championship season with a late 3-2 victory over Nottingham Forest at Home Park.
An injury-time penalty from Paul Wotton (pictured) denied Forest the chance to take a share of the points in Devon on Bank Holiday Monday.
Bobby Williamson's side took the lead mid-way through the first half when Micky Evans's cross fell to David Norris and he hammered a low strike home for a 1-0 lead.
The visitors nearly levelled through Marlon King, but the former Gillingham striker struck a shot just past Plymouth's goal.
That missed opportunity proved costly for the East Midlands club, as Plymouth doubled their lead when Wotton's corner found David Friio on the right side of the penalty area.
The Frenchman's centred lob found the head of Graham Coughlan, who made it 2-0 five minutes before the break.
Forest would reply just before half time, as Eoin Jess volleyed home Andy Reid's cross on the edge of Plymouth's box to make it 2-1 at the break.
Both sides exchanged early chances after half time through Forest's King and Plymouth's Friio, before Wes Morgan missed from six yards out with a header that could have levelled matters for the visitors.
Joe Kinnear's side, however, would not be denied, as Jess pounced to score his second goal with ten minutes left after Plymouth goalkeeper Luke McCormick failed to hold David Johnson's fierce drive.
Kris Commons nearly won the match for Forest after forcing McCormick into a fine save from his well-struck shot, but it would be the home side that took the honours from the penalty spot.
In the dying stages, Forest's Chris Doig brought down Plymouth substitute Keith Lasley in the box and Wotton stepped up to knock his spot kick past goalkeeper Barry Roche.