plymouth argyle manager peter reidPlymouth Argyle boss Peter Reid believes the relegation haunted greens have given themselves "a great shout" at escaping relegation from League One following back-to-back Easter wins.

With three games to go, Reid's greens are three points from safety with a match in hand over their relegation rivals following a 1-0 home win over play off chasing MK Dons.

Reid said: "The lads have given themselves a great shout, a fighting chance and that is all you can ask.

"It's going to be difficult because the game in hand - at home to Southampton - is a very difficult one and we now have to concentrate on out next game, which is a local derby at Exeter and everyone knows about local derbies."

Playmaker Simon Walton scored the 21st minute winner from a 20 yard free kick and Reid - whose side won at relegation rivals Dagenham & Redbridge on Good Friday - admitted: "It's another win, it's another clean sheet; that's two 1-0 wins and two clean sheets. Fantastic, I could not have asked for more over Easter.

"The players have been magnificent and I have said it before but now I am running out of things to say about them.

"They defended superbly, showed their determination and their charcater.

"I thought MK Dons were the better side, I thought they passed it better, worked us all over the place but for sheer endeavour, character and grit, it was tremendous from my players.

"I was eulogising about the players being brilliant at Peterborough when we got beat, so being second best today and winning? That's the way it goes."

Argyle's on-loan Tottenham keeper David Button made a brilliant save to deny Daniel Powell with his outstretched, trailing leg in the 27th minute and right back Karl Duguid cleared the follow-up shot from Angelo Balanta off the goal-line as Plymouth clung on to their clean sheet.

Button later made two breath-taking saves to deny Dons' sub Keanue Marsh-Brown as the visitors threw the kitchen sink at brave Argyle, whose central defender Stephane Zubar was oustanding.

In the fourth and final minute of stoppage time, Yala Bolasie - who had been denied by Dons number one David Martin midway through the half - eventually beat the keeper but saw his rising drive crash off the bar.

Argyle have now won three of their last four games.

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