Plymouth Argyle's losing start to the season continues against Fleetwood Town
PLYMOUTH ARGYLE 0 FLEETWOOD TOWN 2
A LACKLUSTRE Argyle were easily beaten in their first home League Two game of the season.
Fleetwood were always in control after David Ball scored twice in the opening 12 minutes.
The Pilgrims struggled to come up with any goal attempts, even after a triple substitution in the second half.
The defeat leaves them without a point, or a goal, after their first two league fixtures.
Argyle's starting line-up was the same as for the League Cup first round tie at Birmingham City in midweek.
Manager John Sheridan went with Jake Cole as his first choice goalkeeper, with Luke McCormick among the substitutes.
McCormick started the season-opening 1-0 defeat at Southend United last Saturday and was the pick of the Pilgrims' players in an otherwise dismal display.
However, Cole was given the chance by Sheridan to impress against Birmingham, and he did so.
Cole made some fine saves, including one from a penalty, and that was enough to earn him the start for the visit of Fleetwood.
Argyle had six players making their competitive home debuts, with the midfield trio of Lewis Alessandra, Dominic Blizzard and Rommy Boco among them.
The other three were defenders Andre Blackman and Neal Trotman, plus striker Marvin Morgan.
Fleetwood had opened their league campaign with a 3-1 home win against Dagenham and Redbridge.
Sheridan promised an attacking approach from his side but Argyle conceded two goals in the opening 12 minutes.
Both were scored by Ball, Fleetwood's lone striker, and they were superbly taken.
He gave the Lancashire visitors the lead in the 10th minute with a low 18-yard shot which beat the dive of Cole.
Ball then made it 2-0 when he expertly curled the ball high into top corner of the net.
The Fleetwood striker could have completed his hat-trick in the 18th minute but shot across the face of goal from a narrow angle.
Argyle had to wait until the 26th minute for their first shot on target when Reid's long-range strike was parried away by Fleetwood 'keeper Scott Davies.
Davies then blocked another attempt from Reid with his body following an excellent pass into the penalty area from Blizzard.
Fleetwood midfielder Junior Brown headed over the bar from a right-wing cross as the Pilgrims continued to struggle to contain the visitors.
There was very subdued atmosphere inside Home Park at the start of the second half as Argyle gave their long-suffering supporters little to cheer about.
Cole saved a 20-yard shot from Brown as Fleetwood remained firmly in control of the contest.
Morgan was moved into a central attacking role with Reid, having played out on the left in the first half, but there was no improvement from the Pilgrims.
Fleetwood's Antoni Sarcevic fired wide from distance before Sheridan made a triple substitution in the 64th minute.
Blizzard, Reid and Boco were replaced by Luke Young, Tyler Harvey and Gurrieri respectively.
Young's first involvement in the match saw him send a 25-yard free-kick high into the Barn Park End.
By now, Fleetwood were content to defend their 2-0 and make sure they did not give any encouragement to their struggling opponents.
Passes repeatedly went astray from Argyle and they could not put any pressure on the Fleetwood defence.
It was all too easy for Fleetwood and there is much for Sheridan to be concerned about after the Pilgrims' poor start to the League Two season.
ARGYLE: Jake Cole; Durrell Berry, Neal Trotman, Curtis Nelson, Andre Blackman; Lewis Alessandra, Dominic Blizzard (Luke Young 64 mins), Conor Hourihane, Marvin Morgan; Rommy Boco (Andres Gurrieri 64 mins); Reuben Reid (Tyler Harvey 64 mins).
Substitutes (not used): Jamie Richards, Luke McCormick (gk), Ben Purrington, Ryan Lane.
FLEETWOOD: Scott Davies; Liam Hogan, Ryan Cresswell, Mark Roberts, Stephen Jordan; Ryan Crowther (Conor McLaughlin 90 mins), Steven Schumacher (Stewart Murdoch 86 mins), Jeff Hughes, Junior Brown (Dean Howell 86 mins); Antoni Sarcevic; David Ball.
Substitutes (not used): Nathan Pond, Jamille Matt, Matty Blair, David Lucas (gk).
REFEREE: Chris Sarginson (Staffordshire)
ATTENDANCE: 7,280 (90 away)
GOALS – Argyle: None; Fleetwood: Ball 10, 12 mins