Hello ladies and gentlemen, I am over the moon.
Doncaster Rovers 0 – 1 Plymouth Argyle, bleddy get in, a fantastic result. Promotion sealed? A lot seem to think it’ll take 4 wins from the remaining games to get over the line. Personally I don’t think we even need as many as that but opinions are allowed to be voiced. Let’s take nothing away from the result, a typical Argyle away performance. No surprise to see the Carey – Bradley effect from a set piece, I believe it’s Sonny Bradley’s 7th goal of the season – not bad for a centre back. Argyle defended wonderfully after scoring the vital goal which puts Argyle clear and out of sight of 4th place. Not the best performance but solid and efficient, Doncaster fans will feel disheartened about the result and may feel they deserved a goal today. They might be right, although having only 3 shots on target, Doncaster had plenty of goalscoring opportunities to put the game to bed early on. Luke McCormick had made some fantastic saves during the match, arguably his best performance of the season. Of course Argyle’s back four were resolute, including the wonderful man Sonny Bradley, Mr Reliable. Sonny had sent Argyle fans crazy in the 50th minute of the match with a powerful header from yet again, a Graham Carey corner. Again, not a surprise to see that combination once again. It worked once again and Argyle should have had a second shortly after with Carey’s shot going well wide, in which he could have crossed to Jake Jervis in the box, who was screaming out for it. He might have had a case there, Argyle’s number 14. Nevertheless Argyle defended with grit and confidence which continued over the course of the second half, leading Argyle to a 1-0 win at top of the table Doncaster, reducing the gap to 3 points and further increasing Plymouth’s point gap between them and 4th place, to 13 points.
As it stands…
With Argyle increasing the gap between them and the trailing pack, we come to the last remaining games of the season in which will decide who is promoted automatically. Let’s take a look at the run in of League two’s current top three..
We’ll start with the leaders:
Doncaster Rovers. A tough run in for Rovers as they travel to Grimsby town next, followed by play-off hopefuls Mansfield. Two games that won’t be easy by all means, they then follow up with a trip to Colchester. A game at home to again, play-off hopefuls Blackpool who have soared into the play-off spots of recent. Doncaster then finish off with games away at Wycombe, at home to Exeter and finishing the season off at Hartlepool. Not the easiest of run ins but no game is easy. Doncaster will be expected to win a majority of the remaining games but with Argyle just behind, it will prove to be an exciting finale for the League Two Crown.
Portsmouth FC. Pompey, 3rd in the table next travel to Hartlepool follow by games at home to Yeovil and then rivals Plymouth in the battle of the dockyards. The Blues follow with fixtures away at Notts County, at home to Cambridge then a crunch game at play-off chasing Mansfield. Portsmouth finish off their season against relegation threatened Cheltenham. Like Doncaster, Pompey have a tough run in as well, mostly away from home. They will be expected to pick up the points at home, but things can change so quickly in League Two as we already know. Pompey are looking to extend the gap between them and 4th placed as well and will look for maximum points in their remaining games.
Plymouth Argyle FC. 2nd in the table Plymouth play their next game at home to Accrington Stanley, in which they will be expected to win against the mid table Lancashire side. They follow that with a trip to Crawley Town, not an easy fixture but Argyle will be looking to get as many points as they can to see themselves over the line. Portsmouth is the next game, a huge game for both sides, a potential promotion day for one or both of these sides. Plymouth will play Newport County after that, they will be hugely expected to win a game against a side all but relegated out of League Two, but with nothing to play for, they could cause an upset. Argyle will be back on the road against Colchester Utd, in which they could be promoted by then. They will finish off their season at home to Crewe, followed by a long trip to Grimsby Town. On paper, Plymouth have the easier run in. As I have said, no game is easy but Argyle will be expected to win a majority of their games. Only needing possibly 3 wins to cross the line and get promotion to League 1. Across the three teams, it will be very interesting to see what happens, who will slip up? We shall see.
Doncaster will be looking to return to League 1 at the first time of asking, expected of a team of such quality. For Plymouth, after last season’s disappointment will be looking to get automatic promotion from League 2, with their in depth squad, it looks like it’s finally going to pay off after a few seasons of financial and play-off hurt. Portsmouth will be looking to get automatically promoted after a couple of seasons in League 2, like Argyle, have suffered financially in recent seasons after a great fall from the Premier League. It will be great for Plymouth and Portsmouth to get up the leagues again, with such big, passionate fan bases, it is a shame to see such clubs as low in the football pyramid as they are. Good days are ahead.
Only time will tell, and the football gods.. I hope you enjoy the read, I always enjoy writing about football but it would also be great to hear your thoughts of the run in, team forms and more. Comment below! I will be back with another football blog, when all three automatic promotion spots are sealed. There will also be an in depth blog about the playoffs in League Two, until then, goodbye!