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The visitors saw the majority of the ball, but it was the Blues who were deadly in front of goal to secure the points.
Ronan Curtis bagged a brace before the break, with his second strike the result of some terrible defending.
Tom Naylor scored his third goal in as many appearances early in the second half and the prolific John Marquis was also on target before Oli Finney grabbed a late consolation from the spot.
Kenny Jackett made four changes from the side that drew at Plymouth in front of the Sky Sports cameras on Monday night.
Haji Mnoga came in for his full league debut, while Curtis returned from Republic of Ireland international duty.
There were also starts for Jack Whatmough and Ellis Harrison, as Callum Johnson, Rasmus Nicolaisen and Ben Close dropped to the bench, with Ryan Williams missing out through injury.
It was the visitors who dominated possession in the first half, but Pompey were more assured at the back and more clinical at the other end.
Craig MacGillivray – making his 100th appearance for the club – was called into action in the early stages, making a fine stop to deny Finney.
Skipper Naylor then made a well-timed challenge inside the area to stop Tom Lowery getting a shot away.
The Blues had not really threatened at the other end, but were celebrating taking the lead on 15 minutes.
CURTIS swapped passes with Marquis and scuffed his shot, but that took the ball past the grasp of Will Jääskeläinen and into the bottom corner of the net.
Crewe will wonder how they were not level just moments later after Harry Pickering cut back for Finney.
His goal-bound effort was blocked by Sean Raggett and MacGillivray somehow prevented Daniel Powell from converting the loose ball.
A fine John Marquis back-heel then started a quick counter and the striker received a pass back via Curtis and Marcus Harness, but fired wide.
Offrande Zanzala went close at the other end, with his header from a Lowery free-kick deflected behind off Jack Whatmough.
And Pompey were then gifted a second goal by their opponents late in the first half, as Crewe tried to play the ball across their defence.
Omar Beckles took a poor touch and Curtis took advantage to burst clear, being fouled first by the defender and then Jääskeläinen.
But referee James Oldham played the advantage and CURTIS was able to poke the ball over the line, despite the best efforts of Luke Offord to clear.
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Jackett made a double switch at the break and replaced both his full-backs, as Mnoga and Cam Pring made way for Johnson and Lee Brown.
And the hosts almost add a third goal soon after the restart, with Sean Raggett’s header cleared from the line by Finney and Perry Ng then getting the ball to safety.
But they did extend their advantage on 50 minutes, as Harness’ cross was only cleared as far as NAYLOR, who guided the ball into the bottom corner from the edge of the box.
The Blues were well on top now and Curtis started a quick counter-attack, with Harrison sliding a pass across the box and Marquis’ cushioned effort rolling agonisingly past the post.
So it came as no surprise that a fourth goal arrived before the hour mark, although the hosts did get the rub of the green.
Crewe were – rightly – arguing that a throw should have been awarded in their favour, but a quick-thinking Harrison took it quickly and found Curtis.
He cut inside and drew a smart stop from Jääskeläinen, with Marquis hammering the loose ball against the crossbar.
But it bounced straight back towards League One’s top scorer and MARQUIS made no mistake with his header.
Crewe kept battling and MacGillivray did well to tip over Olly Lancashire’s header, not realising the defender had been flagged offside.
They brought Callum Ainley off the bench and he almost reduced the deficit, courtesy of a fierce effort that rattled the post.
Both sides were still looking to get forward when possible, although Harness and Harrison were given deserved rests for the closing stages, as Bryn Morris and Jordy Hiwula entered the fray.
Ainley sent a shot flashing narrowly wide in stoppage-time and Crewe did manage to score a late consolation.
Brown was rather harshly penalised when the ball struck his arm from point-blank range and Finney converted from the spot.
It meant the hosts were unable to add a clean sheet to their three-point haul, but it was still a convincing win for Pompey.
Pompey (4-4-2): MacGillivray; Mnoga (Johnson 46), Whatmough, Raggett, Pring (Brown 46); Harness (Morris 82), Naylor (c), Cannon, Curtis; Marquis, Harrison (Hiwula 87)
Goals: Curtis 15, 40, Naylor 50, Marquis 56
Booked: Cannon, Harrison
Subs not used: Bass, Nicolaisen, Close
Crewe (4-1-4-1): Jääskeläinen; Ng (c), Beckles (Lancashire 46), Offord, Pickering; Wintle (Ainley 66); Powell (Dale 59), Lowery (Murphy 59), Finney, Kirk; Zanzala (Griffiths 90)
Goals: Finney 90+4 (pen)
Subs not used: Richards, Johnson
Referee: James Oldham
They were poor in the first half and an unfortunate own-goal from Sean Raggett meant they were trailing at the break.
But they completely turned things around in the space of three minutes following the restart, courtesy of John Marquis’ penalty and a fine Tom Naylor finish.
The Blues were unable to become the first side to leave Devon with all three points, however, as Jerome Opoku hit an Argyle equaliser.
Kenny Jackett made one change from the side that had beaten Ipswich in the FA Cup nine days earlier.
Ben Close – who scored in Pompey’s last trip to Home Park – came in for Ronan Curtis, who was away on Republic of Ireland international duty.
Andy Cannon, Naylor and Raggett had all been doubts ahead of kick-off, but the trio were passed fit to feature.
There was also a welcome return to the bench for Jack Whatmough, who had been missing since the end of October with a hamstring injury.
It was battle between the sides with best home and away records in League One respectively, but the men from Devon made the brighter start.
Ryan Hardie raced onto a pass from Kell Watts and was able to beat Craig MacGillivray to the ball, only for the keeper to recover well and deny the striker.
Watts then did well at the other end to prevent dangerous deliveries from Ryan Williams and Callum Johnson reaching their intended targets.
But Plymouth broke the deadlock on 11 minutes, with Raggett the unfortunate man to be credited with the goal.
The defender had to try to stop Hardie converting Frank Nouble’s pass and could only tun the ball into his own net.
Pompey were seeing plenty of possession and getting into some dangerous areas, although a final key pass or shot proved elusive.
One good example was when Cannon showed some neat footwork to beat Panutche Camara and play a one-two with Marquis, but could not force his way past the last defender.
A sloppy pass from Rasmus Nicolaisen then allowed Camera to find Nouble, who found space and forced a fine stop from MacGillivray.
The Blues continued to push forward and try to find a route through the Arglye back-line, but Michael Cooper was not being forced into action.
Their best opening came in stoppage-time, with Williams not quite able to bring Cam Pring’s cross under control and seeing the ball bounce off him and fly wide.
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Jackett made a double switch at the break, with Whatmough and Ellis Harrison on to replace Nicolaisen and Close.
But it was Plymouth who were first to threaten following the restart and they will be left wondering quite how the ball stayed out of the net.
MacGillivray got down to parry away Danny Mayor’s attempt and it seemed certain that Hardie would convert the loose ball, only for Pring to make a brilliant block.
Harrison then dived forward to try to meet Harness’ delivery from the right, but could not quite make contact.
And when the substitute was fouled by Tyrese Fornah, a Marquis free-kick cannoned back off the wall and the same players follow-up flashed past the post.
Then, when Williams’ cross was only partially cleared, a fierce Naylor strike had to be tipped over by Cooper.
But the Blues were level just past the hour mark when Watts battled with Whatmough to reach a cross and the ball struck his outstretched arm.
Referee Charles Breakspear had no choice but to point to the spot and MARQUIS confidently converted the penalty.
And the game was flipped on its head a few moments later when the Pilgrims defence failed to deal with Cannon’s cross.
The ball found NAYLOR on the edge of the box and the skipper expertly drilled it right into the bottom corner.
But it was then Plymouth’s turn to hit back on 78 minutes when they won a free-kick wide on the left.
MacGillivray was unable to claim George Cooper’s delivery, allowing Dom Telford to nod the ball back and leave Opoku with a simple finish.
With the game so delicately poised it was little surprise that tempers became frayed and both Naylor and Ben Reeves were booked for a spot of mutual shoving.
A knock from Williams then saw Haji Mnoga brought on for the final few minutes, which passed by without either side able to find a winner.
Plymouth (3-5-2): M.Cooper; Aimson, Opoku, Watts; Edwards (c), Camara (Reeves 84), Fornah (Grant 67), Mayor, G.Cooper; Nouble, Hardie (Telford 63)
Goals: Raggett 11 (og), Opoku 78
Booked: Opoku, Reeves
Subs not used: McCormick, Wootton, Canavan, Abraham
Pompey (4-2-3-1): MacGillivray; Johnson, Raggett, Nicolaisen (Whatmough 46), Pring; Naylor (c), Close (Harrison 46); Harness, Williams (Mnoga 90), Cannon; Marquis
Goals: Marquis 63 (pen), Naylor 65
Booked: Marquis, Cannon, Naylor
Subs not used: Bass, Downing, Morris, Hiwula
Referee: Charles Breakspear
Michael and his wife Gail (Nixon) meet with Michael’s friend Jerry (Comeau), who has a business offer for Michael. Gail is frustrated that Michael wants to take it, while Michael gets curious about an abandoned train yard behind the restaurant that Gail shows no interest in. When Michael is driving Shirley home that night, they stop at the train yard and explore it, eventually sharing a kiss. They come to the conclusion that they couldn’t do that anymore, but Michael pays Shirley extra.
Melissa (Lauren Birkell) discovers the truth about babysitting outings from Shirley and Michael tells Jerry about it. Michael asks Shirley if any of her other friends can “babysit” and her friend Melissa volunteers. Shirley asks her for 20% of the money as her cut to which Melissa agrees. They convince their friend Brenda (Louisa Krause) to take the babysitting job as well and the girls set up a working business, going so far as to have business cards printed up. Michael learns that Shirley is babysitting for others besides him, which makes him uncomfortable and upset.
Problem arises when Brenda invites her rough and aggressive younger stepsister Nadine (Halley Wegryn Gross) into the group without checking with Shirley. She soon starts her own competing business behind Shirley’s back, and Shirley starts to lose customers. Shirley confronts Brenda and Brenda agrees to search Nadine’s room. She reports back that she found nothing. With Michael ‘on watch’, Shirley and Melissa search Nadine’s locker but find nothing. They end up trashing the school to hide their true motive. The next day everything was destroyed, which called for a mandatory assembly. During the assembly Shirley calls the girls to the band room to discuss the issues. Shirley than tells Nadine to stop going behind her back and doing business without her permission and that she gets twenty percent of all their cuts. Then they all are dismissed.
Melissa presents Shirley with fake permission slips for a trip to Jerry’s cabin for a weekend. The girls will be going under the make-believe of a school trip, while the men will be there on a “business retreat”. Michael is uncomfortable with Shirley being with other guys at the party. Jerry has supplied drugs at the party and attempts to rape Brenda.
Later at school Brenda decides she wants to quit and Shirley agrees but Melissa is worried that Brenda will talk. Melissa has several of their customers attack and threaten Brenda’s brother. Shirley finds out and confronts Melissa at lunch and gets upset.
Michael’s wife confronts him about his distance and that he has been lying about his job situation and Michael finally voices some of his frustrations about the marriage, while Gail responds with hers. Michael tries to encourage Shirley to run away with him, while Shirley reminds him that this is just business and he’s cheating himself. She ups the price for him and walks off.
She then tries unsuccessfully to contact Brenda. She hears that Nadine is babysitting without her knowledge and calls Melissa, who is with Jerry, and they go to confront her. They soon arrive and Jerry finds Nadine and gives her to Shirley and Melissa who then threaten to throw her off a building. With Nadine almost falling off, Jerry pulls her back after beating up the man in the vehicle. Shirley then discovers that her own father was having sex with Nadine. She then breaks down and starts to cry.
The movie ends with another voiceover by Shirley. Shirley talks about how what she did was wrong and that she could never forgive herself. Across the street from Michael’s house Shirley sees Michael interacting with his family. He glances over and then walks off, leaving Shirley who then drives off.