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Argyle Win First Pre-season Game

Argyle Win First Pre-season Game

Elburton Villa 0 - 3 Plymouth Argyle

Argyle ran out easy winners in their first pre-season friendly.

A decent run out where fitness and touch were the important issues rather than the scoreline.

Elburton played in the red and white Exeter kit and unveiled their new stand which looked like an oversize bus stop!
The event was well organised and attracted a very good crowd.

The first half Argyle team had a look of a reserve side with Cole in goal, a defence of Blanchard, Wotton, John and Rannankari, the midfield and forward line was full of Plymouth youngsters - Vassell, Young (captain), Allen and Purrington with Harvey and Lecointe upfront.

Elburton had the better of the first ten minutes and were quick to 'close down', Argyle were slow to get going but once Allen and Young got their foot on the ball Argyle started to play.
Vassell was lively on the right wing, Purrington was on the left flank and struggled to make an impression in an unfamiliar position.

John was steady on the left side of central defence and Rannankari looked ok at left back if a little light weight.
Lecointe gave Argyle the lead and if it wasn't for some excellent saves from the Elburton keeper Argyle would have had three or four more goals.

River Allen was very impressive and kept the game flowing!!

All change for the second half with McCormick in goal and a back four of Berry, Nelson, Richards and John, a midfield of Vassell, Hourihane, Blizzard and Rannankari and a front two of Reid and Morgan.

Morgan and Reid were a hand full, as was Rannankari on the left wing, he looks and plays like a taller Craig Noone. Perhaps left wing is his best position, away from the physical attributes needed at left back?

Morgan was all arms and legs and will win and give away many free kicks during the league season.
Morgan and Reid converted penalties with Reid and Blizzard both hitting the wood work.

Rannankari went off injured midway through the second half, which was a pity because he was playing well, he wasn't replaced so Argyle carried on with 10 players and switched to a 3-4-2 formation.

John had a much better second half and looked the pick of the new players, he could earn a contract purely because he covers two positions.
McCormick's kicking was excellent but then we already knew that.

Blizzard didn't really get involved but is neat and tidy and is similar to Hourihane.

The big message from the bench and through the team was look after the ball, pass and move and play football which bodes well for the new season.

No Branston, Alessandra, Feeney, Dickson or Gurrieri, although he was at the match.

It's still very early days and too early to judge but still a good workout.



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Writer:Ian De-Lar
Date:Tuesday July 9 2013
Time: 10:34PM

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