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Reid Seals Late Argyle Win

Reid Seals Late Argyle Win

Argyle 1- 0 Bristol Rovers
Reid 82.

Attn: 8,631.

A scrappy game with Argyle not playing well but still winning and keeping a clean sheet - we'll take that all season!

Reuben Reid's late headed winner from a Conor Hourihane free-kick was the difference between the two sides who cancelled each other out for most of the game.

Argyle boss John Sheridan gave home debuts to new signings Jamie Reckord and Hamza Bencherif and preferred Luke McCormick to wear the gloves instead of the unfortunate Jake Cole.

The first half was a scrappy affair devoid of goal chances and excitement, the only incident of note came in the third minute when Hourihane lunged into a tackle on Rovers Tom Lockyer. The Pilgrims' skipper was lucky not to receive a red card for the two-footed challenge and escaped with just a booking.

Marvin Morgan wasn't having the best of games up top for Argyle, usually the big striker is Mr Reliable but for the first 45 minutes he was having a mare, not to worry because he would come good for the second half.

It was all change for the second half and the game came to life.
Morgan moved to the left with Rommy Boco now operating just behind Reid, the Greens now showed an urgency and were quick to close down Rovers and stifle their attacks.

The goal came late in the second half when a Hourihane free-kick was met by Reid 12 yards out who thumped his header past the helpless Steve Mildenhall in the Rovers goal.

Argyle professionally wound down the clock in the closing minutes to seal the win and move up to 12th in League Two.

Despite not playing well Argyle fought for the win and edged a scrappy game, this bodes well for the future because successful teams manage to grab a win despite not firing on all cylinders.

There were not too many stand-out players but special mentions to Neil Trotman, who was the most consistent player in a green shirt; and to Boco for his second half performance, also Reid for scoring the decisive goal.

Of the new guys Reckord had the better game although he didn't venture forward much but having two proper full-backs in their correct positions made a big difference to the balance of the team.
Bencherif started brightly and then faded, the signs are there that he will be a big player for us and his late runs from midfield to get into the box is a big difference when compared to the static Blizzard.

Looking at the team, I reckon only Boco, Alessandra and Berry are under six foot, the rest are monsters and just what we need for this league.

The Green Army were superb during the second half and can claim an assist because the goal came in the middle of their prolonged chanting and complete support for the team.

McCormick 7, Berry 6, Trotman 8, Branston 6, Reckord 6, Alessandra 6, Bencherif 6 (Young 6), Hourihane 6, Boco 7, Morgan 6, Reid 7.

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Writer:Ian De-Lar
Date:Saturday September 7 2013
Time: 6:17PM

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