Hello all! I recently went away with Argyle to watch them take on promotion favourites Southend Utd. After spending a fair few hours on the coach, leaving at 6.30am at Home Park on Saturday we reached the ground, not the greatest view from the outside. I do like the historic old football grounds though, reminds me very much of Luton Town’s stadium. Around 800 of the Green Army made their way to Essex, great numbers and in fine voice once again, so typical of the support of the club.
First half Argyle started very similar to how they’ve started this season, conceding very early and not really waking up. I feared that the game would be Bristol City all over again, a cross from the right hand side within a few minutes of the game kicking off, unfortunately Sonny Bradley deflected it past his own keeper and that was 1-0 Southend already. Argyle were absolutely useless in the first half, one to forget I think, we had a couple of chances though, Carey going close and Blissett having a couple of good chances. Second half performance was much better, DA brought on Songo’o and Ainsworth to try and change the game in Argyle’s favour. The changes had an instant impact, Ainsworth running at Southend with his pace and trickery did open up the game quite a bit. Unfortunately Mr Reliable, David Fox, had a bad game and was booked early on – leading to his substitution. Argyle were starting to get into the game, having a couple of pops at goal themselves but were still shaky at the back, didn’t think Southend posed much of a threat second half, they were playing very simple football and we were making too many school boy errors. I don’t like to criticize players too much but Miller is a liability, was pretty solid throughout last season. With Oscar out, I’m extremely worried that we don’t have a solid right back this season, we will ship a lot of goals in League 1, very weak down the right hand side.
The problem I have with football is the standard of refereeing, this was another example of the poor standard of it. Multiple times he went against Argyle with his decisions, there were three times Southend players were kicking our players above the knee, first half and second half but completely missed by the ref. It almost does feel like everyone is against us sometimes and I can understand why, if the EFL did something about the standard of their refs, maybe fans would go to the games more often.
Anyway, more Argyle pressure ended up with Argyle having a corner around the 60 minute mark, Carey from the right hand side, and Ryan Edwards climbed highest and headed the ball into the net making it his first goal for Argyle right in front of the Green Army. In the celebration, with bodies and limbs flying everywhere, I ended up trapping my foot in between the row of seats in front and broke my foot. Unfortunate injury as I had to sit on the coach all the way back to Plymouth and then go to hospital, feeling sore at the moment! Argyle’s second half performance was a definite improvement on the first half, Carey’s shot late into the second half, with the Southend keeper pulling off a wonderful save – otherwise it was 1-2 to Argyle. A deserved point for Argyle on a difficult pitch, a point is a great result away from home. My man of the match was Nathan Blissett once again, won every ball in the air, has great ball control and held the line pretty well on his own. He had a few chances to score today, possibly should of scored but an all round good performance, he is certainly impressing me at the moment. For the Green Army it was business as usual, great atmosphere in great numbers, not a bad little stadium but finding an away pub was difficult so my recommendation is to go to the sea front rather than walking around the ground trying to find somewhere.
Argyle’s next game is at home to Scunthorpe Utd on this coming Saturday, hope you’ve enjoyed the read and catch the next edition soon!