Plymouth drew 0-0 with League One play-off rivals Sunderland as both sides missed a chance to bolster their slim hopes of sneaking into the automatic promotion spots.
Argyle was able to recall leading scorer Ryan Hardie and he came the closest to the goal in the first half, sending a 41st-minute header just past the post from Conor Grant’s fast cross.
The home side had the better of the chances in the first half, with Niall Ennis forcing a good 20th-minute save from Anthony Patterson with his first shot after Steven Sessegnon dropped from the touchline.
Defender Macaulay Gillesphey tried his luck from distance in the 31st minute, but his shot flew over.
Nathan Broadhead’s hard-hitting angle shot early in the second half signaled Sunderland’s intention and forced a superb reflex save from Michael Cooper, who used his foot to keep the ball out.
Broadhead provided the threat minutes later when he returned a cross through the six-yard box, beating Cooper with an effort that needed to be cleared by centre-back Dan Scarr.
Argyle replied, with Danny Mayor on Grant’s start to place his first shot just wide in the 67th minute.
Sessegnon’s superb run down the right and deep cross forced Grant’s 86th-minute shot to be deflected just wide.