Writer: Ian De-Lar
Date:Sunday December 29 2013
AFC Wimbledon 1 - 1 Argyle.
Smith 47, Reid 88.
A stuttering but battling performance from Argyle earned a draw courtesy of a late goal from in-form Reuben Reid to secure a seven point haul from the three festive holiday games played so far.
Sometimes in football fans, players and managers just have to accept that a team is not playing well and will have to battle to grind out a result and today against Wimbledon was one of those occasions.
With Wimbledon winning just three points from their last five games and Argyle wining two games on the bounce you`d expect the Greens to walk away with a win safely tucked under their belts from this festive fixture. Instead it was the Dons who were the better team in the first half and could and should have made it at least 2-0 before the break.
Argyle keeper Luke McCormick made two excellent saves to keep the game level at 0-0, the first a low save from Luke Moore and the second a one-on-one situation against Michael Smith.
The left-side of the Wimbledon attack were running riot against Max Blanchard at right-back with Andres Gurrieri struggling to support his team mate and defend the tacks, instead cross after cross into the Argyle area had to be dealt with by the excellent Curtis Nelson and Neil Trotman.
When Argyle did venture forward possession was too easily given away and the ball treated like a hot potatoe, that said Lewis Alessandra did have a great chance to grab an undeserved lead but his shot was well saved by Ross Worner.
Argyle didn`t learn a lesson for the second half because yet another cross was created on the right side of the Green formation and this time Smith made no mistake and headed in from close range. 1-0 to the Dons.
Gurrieri, while failing miserably with his defensive duties, suddenly had his best spell of the game as an attacker and started to cause problems, however John Sheridan had seen enough and subbed the winger and brought on Durrell Berry and switched to a 3-4-1-2 formation with Alessandra playing behind the two strikers and it was he who had a great chance to level the game but scooped the cross from Reid over the bar.
Gurrieri has been good for Argyle and just had a bad day at the office today, he`ll come good again.
With any Wimbledon attack down the Argyle right side now thwarted the Pilgrims had a foothold in the game and with Sheridan bringing on a further two subs a point was there for the taking.
Widemen Nathan Thomas and Tope Obadeyi were employed as strikers with new signing Thomas playing a little deeper, the move from Sheridan looked puzzling but the pace of the two subs unsettled the Wimbledon defence.
Suddenly Argyle looked a good attacking team and built up some pressure on Worner and his defenders.
With time running out youngster Ben Purrington, now playing as left wing back, sent over a fantastic defence splitting cross and there was Reid to slam home the equaliser to send the 817 Argyle fans into Green raptures.
Argyle now pressed for the winner but time ran out and had to settle for a point, which looked at one stage very unlikely.
It wasn`t the best performance from Argyle, too many times the ball was given away, however battling qualities, grit and determination are still good characteristics to have in a team and the players showed that in bucket loads today, last season we would have lost the game.
Questions still remain about the right side of the team and how Gurrieri and Blanchard will work together going forward but let`s celebrate the form of Reuben Reid who has now scored 12 goals and without him the team would really be struggling.
Man of the Match: Reid.
Date:Sunday December 29 2013
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