Monday, 12 December 2011

Plymouth Argyle - Home Park

Plymouth Argyle FC
Home Park

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Matchday Number: 76
Saturday 3rd May 2003
Plymouth Argyle 2-0 Wycombe Wanderers
Nationwide League Division 2

I have been to Plymouth's Home Park a fair few times, the first an end of season game where both sides rested several players. The highlight was probably a 4-2 victory on penalties in the Football League Trophy a year later, but I am going to write here about another defeat, this time 2-1 in the League Cup in 2007.

Well, another game, another poor performance and inevitably another defeat. Wycombe were simply dire, only offering one shot on target, a deflected Stefan Oakes shot which mercifully for the 250 strong Wycombe following went in. We had 3 other shots, all of which went nowhere near on target.

It’s not that I’m expecting us to beat 
Plymouth, who after all are a decent championship side, even if they did play some of their reserves. But at least let’s have a go. Generally this season and the back end of last we have not been getting enough decent shots in, or creating much attacking wise. Lambert says he wants to “win ugly” but what about when we are losing while barely mustering an attack.

The total lack of willing to help out those who try and create chances is concerning too. Several times Matt Bloomfield or Sergio Torres were trying to take on the whole 
Plymouth side as we were not supporting them by getting into positions from where they could receive the ball.

It’s no the whole team that is the problem, indeed Matt Bloomfield had a very good game, but with so many new faces it’s bound to take some time for the new people to settle in. Dave McCracken and John Sutton look like they will need time adjusting to life in League 2. But all is not lost, let them get into the swing of things by coming on from the subs bench, not by sticking everyone in straight away. I’m convinced they will come good, no matter what anyone says, the SPL is a fairly decent level, probably akin to the lower half of the Championship or top half of League. So given time the new players will bed in and prove to be very good players for Wycombe Wanderers.
So for Saturday’s game at Dagenham, I’d go 3-5-2 which produced several good performances in the early part of last season.





SUBS: Shearer, McCracken, Martin, Woodman, Sutton

Jamie Young for me is a safer, more reliable choice in goal and the presence of Gary Holt in midfield will allow Torres & Bloomfield to get forward and get involved in creating chances.

Matt Bloomfield should take the captain’s armband, although concerns over his ability to boss people around and lead the team may see Stockley as a more natural choice. But at least give him a chance before dismissing the idea. He certainly led by example last night and was full of running and hard work. This Guardian Football article has got a fairly good assessment of his strengths
And if the performances weren’t enough certain sections of the crowd decided to boo the team off the pitch. After a long awkward journey and a poor performance frustration sets in, but booing is counter productive and only serves to make the problems worse, certainly this early on in the season. Come December if we are still in this position of being on a dire run of form then yes, questions need to be asked on whether the right decisions have been taken. And of course there is the fans forum, next Thursday to put across some points of view, whether it be team wise or what goes on elsewhere at the club behind the scenes.

So Dagenham on Saturday, the return of Jermaine Easter which should spark some life back into the side. I sincerely hope that I have something more positive to write come Saturday evening

HOME PARK has been redeveloped on 3 sides, in an all seater bowl. The one remaining stand, the Mayflower, is now all seated, though when I first went, the bottom tier was a terrace. It's a decent ground, but you have to walk a fair bit to find a pub. There is however a good burger van at the ground, the £5 gutbuster was pretty filling, but I still had room for chips afterwards!

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