A game in which Argyle needed to improve in after last weeks result against Scunthorpe Utd, unfortunately for Argyle this game didn’t end well either. The first 5 minutes were positive for The Greens as multiple corners and shots were had but no goal came of it. Walsall started taking a hold of the game and got their rewards in the 23rd minute as a good cross from the left channel in the box was met by new loan signing from West Brom Agyei who headed the ball into the net for 1-0. Poor defending from an Argyle point of view, not much Luke could do in all fairness. That goal really took the wind out of the boys in lime green, we had various chances and corners but nothing worth cheering about. We made Walsall look a good side when they were really bang average, a couple of tricky players but definitely the better team. It all looked good for Argyle early on but never really picked up after that, heads went down after the first. A tactical sub was made by Derek Adams in the 38th minute by bringing on Songo’o for Joel Grant who was bright in the first 20 minutes.
Another great following by the Green Army, Argyle’s second closest away game this season. the official attendance was 5, 495 including 1,525 of the Plymouth fans making up around 30% of the ground in fine voice once again. Second half started with Walsall having a few more chances but Argyle had a good spell of possession in the second 45′ but gave it away far too much. Argyle made one change at half-time, Nathan Blissett coming on for Jake Jervis, also switching their formation to mirror Walsall’s 3-5-2. After a few minutes it had seemed to work, Bliss knocks down a ball to Carey to whip into the box but Walsall cleared and not for the first time during the game. Argyle had a good spell of the ball for about 10 minutes, nothing lead to it other than a Jamie Ness shot that the keeper saved with ease. Derek chucked on Ruben Lameiras as the Greens last sub of the afternoon, replacing midfielder David Fox in the 74th minute, Walsall looked like they would score again soon. In the 81st minute, Oztumer won a tackle against Songo’o, ran on a few yards and stuck it in the corner to Luke’s left – a good finish. The goal shouldn’t have happened, the smallest man I’ve ever seen playing football winning a 50/50 challenge with a man 2ft taller in Songo’o, put your bleddy foot through the ball man. In all fairness to Oztumer, definitely Walsall’s best player by far, all 4ft of him.
A few shambolic decisions by Robert Jones throughout the afternoon, one Walsall player bollocking a ball at the back of Argyle’s magic machine Sonny Bradley after the whistle had been called by the ref beforehand, which didn’t go down well with myself and the Greens behind the goal who were calling for a red. I agree, if you had seen that in the Premier League he would have been sent off, only a yellow though. It just wasn’t to be Argyle’s day at that point, but there was a glimmer of hope as Bliss goes down in the box, I thought it was a penalty and it was given, Carey smashed it in the top corner but Argyle couldn’t find another after that.
Not the worst performance I’ve seen, first half of Southend was much worse. We move on though, it’s going to be a long season with plenty of points to grab. We won’t go down, I’m certain of that. A few additions in January would be nice although I know our budget will be very small compared to others but we have to accept that in League 1, it’s going to take a while for new signing Ciftci to get match fit but wasn’t too impressed by him yesterday. A lot of fans giving him stick but it’s only his second game and we’re only a few games into the season, long way to go yet ladies and gentleman. Saw a few fans on social media calling for James Brent to go, that is a bit too far, the man has saved us and kept us afloat and got promoted last season, kept Carey and Bradley, what more do you want? Do you want us to pay a million for a player and end up like last time? Unfair, give DA time and we’ll be fine, we started last season pretty badly but got promoted. As far as the day went, pretty decent in fairness. The supporters club next to the stadium was a good shout, a big hall with about 300 Argyle fans in it, £2 entrance and about £3 something for a pint and decent grub isn’t bad at all, bet Walsall made a shit tonne of money from it – also not a bad little ground. I wish Home Park had something similar, would make a fair bit of money on it as well! A good away game with a poor performance, seen plenty of them innum’.
Until next time folks..